Following its official inauguration and launch on 16 October 2019, the European Labour Authority has started its activities. The European Labour Authority management board will meet on 3 December 2020. It is planned for the group to adopt the work programme 2020 and further define the key activities that should be implemented for 2020.
Over 17.5 million Europeans live or work in a Member State other than that of their nationality. This figure has almost doubled compared to a decade ago. At the same time, businesses benefit from the Internal Market and operate across borders on a daily basis. Cross-border activity is an inherent feature of the EU, which benefits individuals, economies and societies as a whole. To facilitate free movement of workers within the Union, the EU has developed an extensive body of legislation pertaining to EU-level labour mobility, which keeps evolving to ensure the effectiveness and completeness of the acquis. The upcoming period will see the stabilisation of the new rules on labour mobility and a reinforced focus on their correct implementation, along with a strengthened enforcement. This will need to be complemented with a sustained effort to support free movement of workers as one of the pillars of the internal market, and to combat misperceptions surrounding it. The key new tool for strengthening enforcement of the labour mobility rules is the European Labour Authority. Inaugurated in October 2019, the Authority must now deliver on its tasks and respond to the ambitions which underpinned its creation. The Work Programme 2020 foresees a number of operational and preparatory actions spanning across the full range of the Authority’s seven tasks, including in view of the transfer of the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the EURES network.
In addition, the Authority will consolidate its administrative and governance structure, which will prepare for even more ambitious activities for the year 2021. The two tasks of “Facilitating access to information on labour mobility” and “Coordination and support of concerted and joint inspections” represent priorities of action for the Authority. Facilitating access to information on labour mobility is seen as a priority task of the Authority to bring important added value as soon as possible, and to provide a basis for other tasks. The Authority is set to improve the availability, quality and accessibility of information offered to individuals, employers and social partner organisations regarding the rights and obligations stemming from EU legislation on labour mobility and social security coordination. The Authority will set up the necessary arrangements to carry out concerted or joint inspections, with the aim of supporting at least one pilot inspection during the year 2020 to test the adequacy and effectiveness of the procedures and tools developed for common initiatives. At the same time, it will start providing learning and training opportunities for national inspectorates.
CEEP will participate in the management board on 3 December and will be represented by the chair of the CEEP Social Affairs Board, Jeanette Grenfors, who will highlight key priorities for employers in the context of quality information sharing and will further provide inputs on how joint inspections should be conducted.