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The European Commission has requested Cyprus and Sweden to implement into their national law new EU legislation which defines conditions for temporary agency workers (Directive 2008/104/EC).
The Directive guarantees a minimum level of protection to temporary agency workers while supporting the positive role played by temporary agency work by providing flexibility in the labour market.
The deadline for Member States to implement the new Directive was 5 December 2011. Cyprus and Sweden have still not done so. Although the process of adopting national implementing measures is under way in both countries, there are no precise indications when this process will be completed.
As a result temporary agency workers in Sweden and Cyprus may be denied the guaranteed working conditions to which they are entitled under the Directive.
The request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Cyprus and Sweden now have two months to notify the Commission of measures taken to implement the Directive. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer these Member States to the EU's Court of Justice.