Press conference by László Andor on the adoption of a directive to improve application of workers' rights to free movement in the EU: extracts

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-077764   Duration: 10:03:05  Lieu:
End production: 26/04/2013   First transmission: 26/04/2013
On 26 April 2013, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, held a press conference on the measures proposed by the European Commission to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice. Currently there is a persistent problem with public and private employers' lack of awareness of EU rules, regardless of whether the national legislation is compliant or not. This lack of awareness or understanding of the rules is a major source of discrimination based on nationality. People also consider that they do not know where to turn to in the host Member State when faced with problems concerning their rights to free movement. The proposal aims to overcome these obstacles and to help to prevent discrimination against workers on the basis of nationality by proposing practical solutions.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the EC Berlaymont building 00:00:06
10:00:11 Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in the press room 00:00:06
10:00:18 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The European Commission has just proposed to make it easier for people to exercise their right to work in another Member State. This right of every EU citizen to work freely in any country within the European Union, enshrined in the Treaty, constitutes an essential part of the EU's Single Market, and indeed of the European Union itself. This right to free movement ensures that we, as citizens of a Member State, are not limited by our own national borders when it comes to looking for work and to experiencing a different life abroad. 00:00:41
10:00:59 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:01:04 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Aside from the obvious benefits to the individual, labour mobility is good for the economy, in both the host and home countries. Studies show that migrant workers from other EU countries can boost the host country's GDP considerably. 00:00:19
10:01:24 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:30 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (in ENGLISH): In this way, the skills mismatches apparent in Europe, where one region has high unemployment and another vacancies and labour shortages, can be addressed. This is why Germany, for example, which has labour shortages in a number of sectors, is proactively trying to attract workers from Spain, Italy and other Member States with high unemployment rates, in particular youth unemployment. 00:00:29
10:01:59 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:04 SOUNDBITE by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Today's proposal would therefore require Member States to take measures to ensure the real and effective application of existing rules on free movement of workers and to make it easier for workers arriving in their country to exercise their rights. Today's proposal is about empowering individuals. Under the proposal Member States would be required to help migrant workers, and their employers to know, and to defend, their rights about working in another Member State by giving them better information, better support and better redress procedures. It's about further practical steps to create a genuine EU labour market. Ensuring better matching between labour demand and supply means that job seekers can get jobs, and acquire skills and experience that they may be unable to find in their home country. 00:01:00
10:03:05 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
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