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Commissioner László Andor has welcomed the 9th December agreement by the EU's Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers on a so-called 'general approach' on the proposal for a Directive on the enforcement of the posting of workers.
The Commission presented its proposal in March 2012.
With respect to administrative requirements and national control measures, one of the most important elements of the proposal, the text agreed by Council strikes a balance between the necessity of guaranteeing legal certainty and transparency for service providers, while acknowledging Member States' competence.
With respect to the protection of workers' rights in direct subcontracting relationships, the text agreed by Council recognises the importance of liability of the contractor in this respect, while allowing Member States some flexibility to uphold the necessary appropriate measures, thus respecting the different social models and industrial relations systems existing in EU countries.