Free movement of people is a fundamental right of the European project. Today, 17 million European Union (EU) citizens live or work abroad in another EU Member State. Among them, some have a specific legal status: the posted workers. According to the latest Eurostat report, in 2015 there were over 2 million, an increase of 41% from 2010. The framework of these practices has been discussed at the European Commission during the last couple of years, especially due to social dumping behaviours. This situation has led to two main decisions: the amendment of the posting of the workers directive and the setup of a transnational regulatory body. In response, the European Labour Authority has been created. The organisation is based in Bratislava – Slovakia, and will start its activity from October 2019. It will:
- Facilitate access for individuals and employers to information on their rights and obligations as well as to relevant services;
- Support cooperation between EU countries in the cross-border enforcement of EU law, including facilitating joint inspections;
- Mediate and facilitate solutions in case of cross-border disputes between national authorities or labour market disruptions.
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