Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-082406   Duration: 00:02:51  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 15/10/2013   First transmission: 15/10/2013
On 15 October, Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour of Lithuania and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, held the press conference of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council. The Council wasn't able to reach a general approach on posting of workers directive aiming at striking the right balance between protecting workers' rights and facilitating the exercise of economic freedoms, including freedom to provide services. Despite presidency's efforts, there are two opposing groups of member states regarding article 9: the first are in favour of an open list of national control measures with the possibility to introduce new ones if necessary so as to combat effectively social dumping and other risks. The second group advocate that a closed list, as proposed by the Commission, guarantees legal certainty, compliance with European Court's case law, transparency and a functioning single market. László Andor said: 'If a compromise doesn't emerge, all parties involved only have something to loose'. He urged the Member States to reach an agreement as son as possible on the issue. The Council discussed current initiatives to support youth employment. It agreed on the Council's declaration on the launch of the EU alliance for Apprenticeships.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 General view of press conference 00:00:05
00:00:10 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
00:00:15 SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian ) Algimanta Pabedinskienė, Minister of Social Security and Labour of Lithuania, saying that: we had a very difficult but constructive meeting. I regret to announce you that we haven't been enable to agree on the enforcement directive on posted workers that has been discussed in the working group since March 2012. We were not able to reach agreement on two essential aspects of this directive that is administrative requirements that could apply to companies that post workers in a host country and on the previsions regarding liability in the case of subcontracting in the absence of the agreement we will be enable to start negotiations with the EU Parliament during our Presidency. We will discuss different possibilities on future procedures on this important file. 00:00:48
00:01:03 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:01:09 SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian ) Algimanta Pabedinskienė: I am very happy that today that we adopted a decision that is important for the entire EU. That is the Council's declaration on the launch of the EU alliance for Apprenticeships prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency. The aim of this alliance is to make sure that young people in Member States will be able to acquire efficient work experience and skills. 00:00:29
00:01:38 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:01:44 SOUNDBITE (in English) László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: These very controversial practises give raise to a lot of concerns in various EU countries. That is why the Commission, the parliament and Member States invested so much time and effort into finding a solution, compromise in this area. If a compromise doesn't emerge, all parties involved only have something to loose. The services providers will continue to be confronted to a lack of legal certainty and transparency while the posted worked will continue to see their rights ignored or abused. That is why I urge the Member States to reach an agreement as son as possible. 00:01:01
00:02:45 General view of press conference 00:00:06
00:02:51 End 00:00:00
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