The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU reached a common understanding on the possible compromise of the proposal for revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova led the negotiations on behalf of the Council while Élisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP) and Agnes Jongerius (S&D) represented the European Parliament. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, represented the European Commission in the trialogue. The proposal will be presented in Coreper for approval by the Member States and in the European Parliament for approval by the Members of the Parliament.
The progress in the negotiation process was achieved in Brussels late in the evening on March 18th.
"We believe that the negotiated proposed package is a balanced one. It establishes the principle of equal pay for equal work in the same place, and at the same time provides more legal certainty for both workers and employers", said Deputy Minister Roussinova in a statement to the media. She also underlined that the compromise proposal negotiated by the Bulgarian Presidency preserves the basic elements of the agreement reached by the Member States in the EPSCO Council on 23 of October 2017.
The amendments of the Directive aim at establishing clear rules for the provision of services in the European Single Market while at the same time ensure better protection of the posted workers’ rights.
Final agreement on the Directive will strengthen the social dimension of the European Union - one of the basic priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency. In the long-term, the practical implementation of the Directive will put into effect the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights, in particular the principle of fair working conditions.