20 March 2018

The European Commission presents a proposal for a “European Labour Authority”

On 13/3/2018 the European Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation establishing a “European Labour Authority” (ELA).

The main objectives of the ELA would be to:

  1. facilitate access to information for individuals and employers about their rights and obligations in the areas of labour mobility and social security coordination;
  2. support operational cooperation between national authorities in the cross-border enforcement of relevant Union law, including facilitating joint inspections;
  3. provide mediation and facilitating solutions in cases of disputes between national authorities or in cases of cross-border labour market disruption, such as a restructuring of companies affecting several Member States.

Once established the ELA would replace several existing EU bodies including the “Committee of Experts on Posting”, the “European Platform against undeclared work” and the Administrative Commission for the coordination of social security systems.


The proposal will now have to be discussed in the Council of Ministers and in the European Parliament and the ambitious intention of the European Commission is to have the ELA up and running in 2019.



More EU budget for transport – the campaign continues

A coalition of associations including FIEC supports a strong EU budget for transport after 2020, as the best investment plan for Europe. The campaign will intensify until the next TEN-T DAYS conference, which will take place from 25th to 27th April in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On this occasion, a Declaration prepared by the coalition will be officially presented.
Shortly afterwards, the European Commission will present its proposals for the multi-annual EU budget post-2020.
We encourage you to join this campaign and spread the word!
Website www.moreeubudget4transport.org

Twitter account @MFF4transport 

Online petition www.change.org/p/more-targeted-budget-programs-for-eu-transport



European Robotics Forum attracts around 900 visitors

Last week in Tampere, in freezing conditions, young and old, industry experts and those that were simply curious, visited the European Robotics Forum in Finland.  Among the workshops that took place during the three days, there was a session on construction robotics, organised by the University of Aachen in collaboration with eu ROBOTICS.  Following a series of opening presentations, including from FIEC, the workshop split into three groups to consider what needs to be done to accelerate the uptake of this increasingly important technology, for the benefit not only of the construction industry and its workers, but also of citizens, EU policy makers and society as a whole.  The conclusions will be available in the coming weeks.


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