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Introduction to labor mobility in the EU: where does regulation fail?

Published: 27th November 2023 Last updated: 27th November 2023

Important bottlenecks in the regulation of labor mobility within the EU are that the powers of national compliance bodies are limited to their own national borders, how to act against rogue intermediaries and how to tackle letterbox constructions effectively. So argued Jan Cremers in the kickoff of a basic course on the matter in Lyon on behalf of the ELA.

Dr. Jan Cremers of Tilburg Law School delivered a short introduction to a basic course for labor inspectors, employees of social security agencies and social partners on cross-border cooperation in the context of compliance with laws and regulations on worker mobility. Topics covered included the tools created for transnational cooperation, applicable laws and regulations, exchange of experience and information, the support that the European Labor Authority (ELA) can provide in this regard, joint inspections and experience with this in some sectors such as transport and construction. The participants came from all member states of the European Union. 

In addition to outlining the above bottlenecks, Cremers pledged better cooperation within the EU. The dependency in which migrant workers find themselves, both for their work, and for their housing and living situation, makes it necessary to develop policies based on cooperation with other institutions and NGOs. 

Jan Cremers Brussels at ELA