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European Labour Authority

In his 2017 State of the European Union address, President Juncker stated that EU rules on labour mobility should be enforced in a fair, simple and effective way. 

To this end, he proposed that a European Labour Authority be established to strengthen cooperation between labour market authorities at all levels and better manage cross-border situations.

In line with the Commission's Work Programme, the Commission is scheduled to present a proposal in the first semester of 2018.

What would the ELA do?

The establishment of a European Labour Authority should contribute to ensuring fairness in the single market. Concretely, it would be an effective organ to support national administrations, businesses, and mobile workers by:

  • Improving cooperation at EU level on cross-border mobility and social security coordination matters:
  • Improving access to information and transparency regarding rights and obligations in the field of labour mobility and social security systems

A European Labour Authority would help to strengthen trust in the Internal Market, enhancing its functioning and fairness, and promote the opportunities offered by the European labour market both for businesses and workers alike.