The European Commission suggests establishing a European labour Authority, which could be based in Romania, the head of the EC Representation in Bucharest, Angela Cristea (photo), has said on Wednesday during a meeting with the press.
“The European Commission makes three proposals. The first one is to set up a European Labour Authority. The second one is a recommendation that persons conducting independent activities to benefit from a minimum package of six social protection services. The third one is to establish a system to monitor the way Member States have succeeded in ensuring the social protection for all the people working on EU territory,” Cristea said, according to capital.ro.
She said an authority is needed, as currently there are various levels of social protection in the Member States, but also between the different categories of employees in the same country.
“We notice that in some Member States there are persons who do not benefit from social protection in developments such as maternity or labour accidents and it is not fair to these people, as they work the same as others, but do not have the same rights. Most disadvantaged are the independent workers and the part-time ones, seasonal workers or those with atypical contracts. The social protection systems are the same as half a century ago, when the classic contract was undetermined, full-time and where one worked almost all his life,” the EC representative said.
According to the European Commission figures, Romania is at the middle of the EU rankings in terms of social protection equity.
“Along with Romania’s economic development, the social inequities have also increased, meaning that this pattern of economic growth is not to the benefit of all citizens,” Cristea added.
She stressed that there are 17 million people in the EU working in another state than the one they come from and they are not always aware of their rights.
“We don’t want to achieve competitiveness on behalf of the employee, who benefits from low social protection, but real competitiveness, based on productivity,” Cristea said.