Hearing the news that the European social partners have decided to negotiate on new working time rules, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion welcomed the move saying: "I am very pleased that the social partners at EU level have decided to enter negotiations after the Commission's consultations with them on reviewing the Working Time Directive. This is a very strong vote of confidence in the potential and importance of European social dialogue."
The Commissioner underlined the significance for workers and employers of the decision and said: "Reviewing the Working Time rules will be complex, but it has huge practical importance for workers, businesses and public services across the EU."
He also stressed the key role that the social partners play in shaping European employment and social policy: "The social partners know and understand how working time rules operate in practice and across different sectors and Member States. Most importantly, they bring a wealth of experience in working out sustainable solutions."
The Commissioner confirmed his full support and added: "I wish the social partners every success in their negotiations. The Commission is open to providing any support they would find helpful."
Previous successful outcomes which embody agreements negotiated by the European social partners include the important EU directives on parental leave, part-time work and fixed-term work.