Romanian president says European Union workers directive needs improvement

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday won the support of two eastern European states in his campaign against EU rules on the employment overseas of workers from low-pay countries, calling the current system a "betrayal" of European values.

Macron embarked Wednesday on a three-day diplomatic blitz through Austria, Romania and Bulgaria to drum up support for his ambitious plan to reform the directive at a summit in October.

"The single European market and the free movement of workers is not meant to create a race to the bottom in terms of social regulations", Macron told reporters after meeting Kern in the city of Salzburg. "Austria and France are on the same wavelength".

France has long pressed for reform of the EU's Posted Workers Directive, which allows firms to send their cheaper workers to another European Union nation and keep them on existing employment terms, not those of the host country.

The directive was launched in 1996 to help stimulate cross-border business activity, however critics argue that the bloc's eastward expansion in 2004 has opened the system to abuse.

French President Emmanuel Macron got lukewarm support from Romania on Thursday for his push to tighten European Union rules over the employment overseas of workers from low-pay countries, but enough for him to express confidence of a deal by year-end.

Emmanuel Macron will ask for better norms for French workers in the face of unfair labor competition in Eastern Europe during a visit to the region from August 23 to 25, said a French official last week, quoted by Reuters.

Macron The EU is a'real step closer to overhauling controversial cheap labour rule

Austria has seen the number of posted workers rise from around 106,000 in 2014 to 166,490 in 2016 in a workforce of four million, according to the Vienna-based research institute L&R Sozialforschung.

France also demands greater efforts to fight fraudulent use of the directive, under which 286,000 people were employed in the country in 2015.

Backed by Vienna and Berlin, Paris wants the job duration of detached employees to be limited to 12 months - half the period proposed by the EU's executive Commission.

However, the Czech Republic and Slovakia want the field of road transport exempted from the EU's future directive.

In a statement made by the side of Austrian Chancellor, Christian Kern, he stressed that both countries had a "perfect alignment" of views in this case. She then arrived in Bucharest, Romania today in a navy minidress and matching jacket to meet with President Klaus Iohannis and his wife Carmen.

Poland is the country that benefits most from the Posted Workers Directive.

Eastern and central European governments say Macron's proposals go too far and will undercut their competitiveness.

More news: Chalobah and Maguire named in England squad to face Malta and Slovakia

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

White House reshuffle: Trump fires far-right Steve Bannon
Bannon has returned to his role as executive chairman to Breitbart News , a position he held before joining Trump's campaign. The statement came shortly after The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had chose to remove Bannon.

Oxford University employee and U.S. professor charged with Chicago murder
Lathem had described the killing as the biggest mistake of his life, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The Cook County medical examiner's office released the findings in Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau's death on Friday.

Search expands for missing sailors from USS John McCain
The Malaysian Navy , also involved in the search operation, may have located other remains, too, the commander of the U.S. Navy ship collision near Singapore on Monday said that she and her husband "couldn't be prouder" of their son.

Germany slams Erdogan's 'interference' in vote
These troops are participating in the US-led coalition's fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. "They are all enemies of Turkey". Tensions increased after the abortive coup attempt against Mr Erdogan in July 2016, in which at least 240 people died.

High quality video streaming to be cut for Verizon customers
In the Beyond Unlimited plan , you get unlimited 4G LTE data, but you're only throttled once you exceed 22GB per billing cycle. Go Unlimited : Unlimited talk and text, 4G LTE 480p (" DVD quality streaming ) and mobile hot spot at 600 kbps".

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Gets Augmented Reality For Force Friday
The first edition of " Force Friday " occurred on September 4, 2015 and proved to be a major boon for the toy industry. Now the keepers of the Star Wars flame plan to do that one better with Find the Force .

FC Barcelona opens at home today amid sombre mood
He said: "I have people, friends there, so I was phoning a couple of them to be sure that everything was fine". Barcelona took the lead in the game when Alin Tosca deflected Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are 'on the run'
Iraqi commanders say the number of people left inside the city itself, including militants and their families, is closer to 5,000. As the operation continues, thousands of civilians living in severe and precarious conditions are fleeing to safer areas.

New KFC VR Training Game Brings Horror Into The Workplace
KFC, seeing an opportunity to make the training process more interactive, has chose to blaze the trail for VR training. The Virtual Training Escape Room was designed for the Oculus platform using the Rift headset and Touch controllers.

Armed 'disgruntled employee' shoots at one person, holds hostages in Charleston
SWAT teams and a bomb squad have been called in to help secure the situation, witnesses said on social media. This was not a hate crime. "It's a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment".

Eight missing after a landslide in the swiss Alps
It was not immediately clear when residents would be able to return to their homes. "The noise was deafening", one of them said. The landslide also forced the evacuation of several small villages in south-eastern Switzerland .

Aaron Mooy scores historic victor for Huddersfield Town
Aaron Mooy's moment of magic gave Huddersfield Town a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in their first Premier League home match. Now they sit joint top of the Premier League and are making a huge mockery of their pre-season billing as relegation favourites.

Divers Discover Remains of Missing US Sailors As Navy Orders Safety Check
Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority said the Alnic also sustained damage, but that there were no injures among its crew. The Greek-owned, Liberian-flagged tanker is about three times the size of the McCain , the Navy Times reported .

Trump to address nation on "Path Forward" in Afghanistan on Monday night
But several months later, the level remains stuck at about 8,400 U.S. and about 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops. He will "provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement" in Afghanistan and South Asia, the statement said .

Chad Henne will start at quarterback for the Jaguars against the Panthers
The struggles of Blake Bortles forced head coach Doug Marrone to let Chad Henne get some playing time with the starters. Anything beyond that is simply gravy as the Jaguars likely turn the page on another failed experiment at quarterback.


More News

News
More News