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Employment ministers have not yet reached agreement on the directive on posted workers

Yesterday in Luxembourg was held the meeting of Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Slovenia was represented by the State Secretary Dejan Levanič. One of the most important items on the agenda was to discuss the proposal for a directive on the implementation of Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. Member States have made efforts to overcome various views on the outstanding articles of the Directive and to achieve consensus on the text.

Slovenia has throughout the negotiations as well as at the meeting supported the adoption of a directive to curb anomalies witnessed in providing services to posted workers. State Secretary Levanič in the discussion pointed out that we need to follow a key added value of the Directive that is to ensure the highest possible level of protection of posted workers' rights while creating clear rules to achieve greater transparency in the rules. That will directly contribute to easier and more efficient provision of services in the single market and consequently to economic growth and jobs.

Therefore, Slovenia was one of the few countries that has favored the introduction of a closed system of control measures that would bring transparency to companies providing services in another Member State, as well as joint and several liability in case of a violation of the rights of posted workers.

Despite some convergence of views, the ministers failed to reach a compromise. Secretary of State Levanič expressed his regret at the failure of the negotiations, because, as he said, it is the last act in the package for the single market, which would help to improve the functioning of the internal market and, consequently, economic growth, employment and greater social inclusion. Next opportunity for the directive will be at the next meeting of the Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs, on the 9th December.

Council has adopted a Declaration on the European Alliance for apprenticeship and was briefed on the status of initiatives in relation to the issue of youth employment. The Ministers took note of the recent evaluation of the European Semester and a political debate on the social dimension of EMU. The Council also adopted conclusions on special report of the European Court of Auditors concerning the effectiveness of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.