EU moves to set up European Labour Agency
EU is to move forward with plans for a new European Labour Agency that would police work standards for immigrants across the bloc.
The new EU authority will help crack down on undeclared work by EU migrants – a practice sometimes accused of driving down conditions and wages for foreign and domestic workers alike.
The authority will also help member states resolve cross-border disputes, provide information for workers and employees alike about cross-border working, and help enforce EU law. There are estimated around 17 million EU nationals working in EU countries other than their own.
Under the proposals agreed by negotiators for the European Parliament and European Council on 14 February, participation in the authority will be voluntary. The plan must be formally signed off by member states and MEPs.
The agency was first proposed by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in 2017. A location for the agency’s head office will be decided when it has been formally signed off.