by the EESC Workers' Group
The EESC Workers' Group hosted Professor Roberto Pedersini from the University of Milan, who presented his study How to design the European Labour Authority (ELA) to fight more efficiently social and wage dumping. Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers' Group, emphasised the important role social partners, and especially trade unions, have in ensuring the implementation of labour legislation.
The number of people living and working in a European Member State other than their home Member State has doubled over the past decade, reaching 17 million in 2017. In the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the Commission announced the creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA), which will open in 2019. Professor Pedersini explained that the ELA's "aim is to reduce fraudulent use of workers whilst taking full advantage of labour mobility." It will mainly play an enabling role, supporting national labour authorities in their cross-border investigations and cooperation.
Carlos Trindade, member of the EESC Workers' Group and rapporteur of the EESC ELA opinion, quoted Commission President Juncker: "It seems absurd to have a Banking Authority to police banking standards, but no common Labour Authority for our Single Market." He also stressed the growth in xenophobia and nationalism resulting from years of social dumping and inequality, and called for a greater role for the social partners in the ELA's governance. (jh)