Volume XV, 5-2016
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Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive: Principle “Less Is More” Has Gone

Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive: Principle “Less Is More” Has Gone

Adding new rules to the posting of workers issue proposed by the European Commission in March would bring more complexity and over-regulation if adopted.

On 20th July, the Commission decided to follow up with the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive despite the opposition of 11 national parliaments. Issued yellow card has not stopped President Juncker ́s determination to add more bureaucracy and illegality when it comes to the posting of workers. Current problems with posting such as fake self-employment or non-payment of wages or social security by the employer in the posting country should be addressed by the Enforcement Directive 2014/67/EU which was due to be transposed only by June 18th this year. In coherence with the principle of evidence based policy-making that the Commission, Parliament and Council endorse, the effects of the implementing legislation should be awaited and evaluated in order to judge if any new measures are necessary. It seems that the Commission ́s principle “less is more” has already been forgotten. The proposal made in March damages exibility and balance represented by the current directive. It will create legal uncertainty by broadening the reference to the minimum pay rates to “general remuneration” as well as extending universally applicable collective agreements from the construction sector to all sectors.

We deem it not necessary as the problems to be tackled regarding working conditions mainly exist in the construction sector. » read more «

Country Specific Recommendations – Guidelines For Short And Long Run

In its 2016 recommendations for the Czech Republic, the European Commission pointed out the need for sustainable public nance, removing the regulatory and administrative barriers impeding investments, improvement of the management of research and development system including matching academic world with private.

The recommendations adopted so far have focused rather on short term targets. This time - within the sixth cycle, the Commission has also made its comments on long term targets such as public nance and economy development. The recommendations re ect the government ́s political programme. However the realization and political support of individual initiatives are key, agreed representatives of national and EU institutions, trade unions, business and other stakeholders who discussed the CSRs on 15th June 2016 in European House in Prague. The speakers agreed that the recommendations focus on key areas of Czech economy, though the political support and implementation are key. » read more «

Setting Up The Relationship With China

At the end of July, the College of Commissioners held an orientation debate concerning political, economic and legal impacts of the expiry of some provisions in China’s Protocol of Accession to the World Trade Organisation which will end on the 11th of December 2016, and the possibility of granting China the market economy status that would significantly change the way that antidumping tools to protect EU market have been used.

The first orientation debate took place already in January 2016. » read more «

EESC CORNER – Need For Fair International Trade

The Consultative Commission on Industrial Changes (CCMI) prepared recently two important opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Europe’s industry exigency of protection against unfair competition practices. In the rst EESC Opinion (CCMI/146) “Market economy status for China” EESC warns against granting China the market economy status (MES) and calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with ef cient trade defence instruments (TDIs).

The EESC points to the disastrous impact » read more «