The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, will create a European Labour Authority aiming to offer better protection in terms of social security, like unemployment insurance or access to pension rights.

The European Labour Authority will be established as a new decentralised EU agency and should be up and running in 2019.

The Comission announced, in a statement, that it presented its proposal for a European Labour Authority, as announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address, as well as an initiative to ensure access to social protection for all workers and self-employed.

“The European Labour Authority will help individuals, businesses and national administrations to get the most out of the opportunities offered by free movement and to ensure fair labour mobility. The objective of the Authority is three-fold,” EC said.

The Authority will provide information to citizens and business on opportunities for jobs, will support cooperation between national authorities in cross-border situationsand will be able to provide mediation and facilitate solutions in case of cross-border disputes.

The Commission also presented a proposal for a Council Recommendation on access to social protection for part-time workers and self-employed.

“Today, almost 40% of people employed are either in an atypical employment situation – meaning that they are not working under a full-time, open-ended contract – or self-employed. Such persons are not always well covered in terms of social security, lacking unemployment insurance or access to pension rights,” EC said.

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