NEGOTIATIONS. If the first meetings, regarding the revision of the directive on the work detached, have been satisfactory for Emmanuel Macron, the tone has changed with his Romanian counterpart…
Is the objective to be reached ? During his european tour of three days, the head of State has a mission to convince some of his counterparts on the merits of the revision of the directive on posted workers, which should be completed in October by the european Union. And the mission is a delicate one, because the French President wants to strengthen the measures to combat the abuse of labour secondment, including one year of the maximum duration of the secondment or in establishing the principle of “equal work, equal pay“. Measures perceived negatively by some countries of the East, who were strongly opposed to the revision in brandishing the yellow card in July 2016 (Read our article).
- France and Germany want a “reform ” ambitious” work detached
Towards a strengthening of controls at european level
From the first day (August 23), during a meeting in Salzburg, organized by the austrian chancellor, Christian Kern, the prime ministers of the Czech republic (Bohuslav Sobotka) and slovakia (Robert Fico) have given their agreement in principle to revise the directive. “It remains to refine the settings in the coming weeks to find a clever trade-off in October at the level of ministers of Work and be able to perform, under the presidency of estonia, who we meet, a real agreement, “said Emmanuel Macron at the end of the press conference quadripartie.
The leaders are awarded primarily on the strengthening of controls at a european level. “What we have recognised all four, that is to strengthen the partnership in the controls and thus to act in concert in developing actions bilateral reciprocal in terms of the strengthening of controls for combat work detached abusive“, announced the head of the State. The latter considers that these discussions “mark a real step, a real step forward towards a compromise for the month of October“.
Change of tone with Romania
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If Emmanuel Macron was able to convince the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the tone has changed in Romania this Thursday, 24 August, the countries strongly opposed to the revisions to the directive. During the joint press conference with the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, the head of the French State has acknowledged that it was “a sensitive topic in [his] country“. Even though he commended “this common desire to work together,” Emmanuel Macron denounced the “frame too small” directive-posted workers “wholed French companies to hire in France of nationals of the rest of the european Union, and in particular to low-cost countries.” And then that Romania should take the presidency of the Eu January 1, 2019, Emmanuel Macron puts a lot of pressure for this revision to be released before : “I am confident that we will find an agreement by the end of the year, “he said.
This Friday, the French head of State will meet with his Bulgarian counterpart. Again, it will be necessary to be convincing, this country is also opposed to the revision of the directive.