Regulation (EU) 2019/1149 establishing a European Labour Authority

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 setting up the European Labour Authority in the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

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The European Labour Authority (ELA)  aims at helping individuals, businesses and national administrations to get the most out of the opportunities offered by free movement and to ensure fair labour mobility. The objective of the Authority is three-fold:

  • to provide information to citizens and business on opportunities for jobs, apprenticeships, mobility schemes, recruitments and training, as well as guidance on rights and obligations to live, work and/or operate in another Member State of the European Union;
  • to support cooperation between national authorities in cross-border situations, by helping them ensure that the EU rules that protect and regulate mobility are easily and effectively followed;
  • to provide mediation and facilitate solutions in case of cross-border disputes, such as in the event of company restructuring involving several Member States.

The European Labour Authority was first announced by the President of the European Commission during his 2017 State of the Union address. The launch was included in a package of measures, together with a Communication on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The European Commission adopted the proposal on 13 March 2018. A general approach was agreed by the Council of the European Union on 6 December, while the European Parliament's plenary session approved the mandate for interinstitutional negotiations on 11 December. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 14 February 2019. The Parliament formally endorsed it on 16 April, followed by the Council on 13 June.

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Social Europe, 09/10/2017: Giving Juncker’s proposed European Labour Authority real clout
EurActiv, 09/03/2018: A turnaround for social Europe?
EPRS: Briefing, May 2018: European Labour Authority [Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment]
EPRS: Briefing, May 2018: European Labour Authority: Workshop summary report
EPRS: Briefing, April 2019: European Labour Authority [EU Legislation in Progress]

EurActiv, 14/09/2017: Commission wants new EU labour authority to crack down on worker abuse
EUObserver, 14/03/2018: Scene set for battle on hosting new EU labour agency, 14/03/2018: Commission proposes European Labour Authority
EurActiv, 19/03/2018: Commission wants EU Labour Authority to open by 2019
EurActiv, 14/02/2019: Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against abuses
Politico, 14/02/2019: Brussels approves plan for European Labor Authority
EurActiv, 19/04/2019: MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

EUR-Lex: COM(2018)131: Proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)68: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)69: Executive summary of the impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)80 - Stakeholder consultation (Synopsis report)
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on European Labour Authority
European Parliament: Legislative Train: European Labour Authority
European Commission: Press Release, 13/03/2018: Commission adopts proposals for a European Labour Authority and for access to social protection
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 13/03/2018: Question and Answers on the European Labour Authority
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/12/2018: European Labour Authority: Council agrees its position
European Commission: Statement, 14/02/2019: Fair labour mobility: Commission welcomes agreement on the European Labour Authority
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 14/02/2019: Question and Answers on the European Labour Authority
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 14/02/2019: European Labour Authority: Romanian Presidency reaches provisional agreement with the European Parliament
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 13/06/2019: European Labour Authority: Council adopts founding regulation

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