The Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Marius Budăi, had, on Sunday evening, a working dinner with Enrique Calvet Chambon, rapporteur of the European Parliament on the file on Transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union, which aims the revision of the Directive on an employer’s obligation to inform employees on the conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship, the so called “Written Statement Directive”.
Romania welcomed the fact that a general approach was reached in EPSCO Council (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council) of the 21st of June 2018, organized by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and considers that the negotiated text respects the compromise between current and future forms of work, in order to achieve safer employment and the need not to introduce disproportionate administrative burdens for employers, especially for small and medium sized enterprises.
Minister Budăi stated to the European official that Romania aims, during holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, to finalize the technical discussions with the European Parliament and to organize the last trilogues to obtain the final text, for the revision and adoption of the directive.
“I assure you that we will seek, both myself and my negotiating team, to have a constructive dialogue between the two parties throughout the negotiations and to find equitable, legally solid compromise solutions that respond to the objectives of the European Parliament, but which, at the same time, can be supported by as many Member States as possible and provide adequate protection for workers, without generating excessive and unjustified administrative burdens at the level of employers”, stated Marius Budăi.
In turn, Rapporteur Enrique Calvet Chambon stated to Minister Marius Budăi that he is convinced that a compromise can be reached between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, so that the “Written Statement Directive” is revised.
The vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs was obtained on the 18th of October 2018, and the mandate to start negotiations with the Council of the European Union was obtained in the EP plenary session of the 15th of November 2018.
On the 8th of January 2019 was held the first technical meeting organized during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which assured the preparation of the trilogue meeting of the 10th of January 2019.
In the context of substantial changes in the labour market and the emergence of new forms of work, the proposal for a directive:
- complements and modernises the existing information obligations of each worker regarding his working conditions;
- creates new minimum standards to ensure the fact that all workers, including those with atypical employment contracts, benefit from the predictability and security of working relationships;
- introduces measures to avoid imposing an administrative burden on employers, for example by giving them the possibility to electronically provide the requested information. (At the same time, the new rules will create a level playing field for business, so that employers benefit from a fair competition on the Internal Market, with fewer gaps).