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The European Commission has asked Estonia to provide fixed-term staff in universities and in the cultural sector with protection against successive fixed-term employment contracts as required by Directive 1999/70/EC.
This Directive, and in particular the framework agreement by the social partners at European level annexed to it, aims to improve the quality of fixed-term work by ensuring the application of the principle of non-discrimination between permanent and fixed-term workers and by establishing a framework to prevent abuse arising from the use of successive fixed-term employment contracts or relationships. The Directive must be implemented in all sectors of the economy.
The Commission's request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Estonia now has two months to notify the Commission of measures to ensure full compliance with its obligations. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer Estonia to the EU's Court of Justice.