SOLIDAR roundtable on defining social safeguards: a European perspective

On Monday 4th April 2016, SOLIDAR and its partner Multicultural Center Prague organised a conference on Labour mobility and citizenship: Safeguarding social standards in Europe. The first part of the conference presented particular experiences and cases of violations of labour rights of mobile EU citizens in the EU labour market (see reports) collected by civil society organisations involved in the LABCIT project (“Testing EU Citizenship as Labour Citizenship: From Cases of Labour Rights Violations to a Strengthened Labour Rights Regime” co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union). It also presented recommendations to overcome potential regulatory failures at the national and EU level (subcontracting, temporary agency work, intermediaries, etc.).

During the conference’s second part, SOLIDAR presented its position paper on social safeguards that has been developed together with its members. It presents a set of social safeguards that are considered essential to provide for a high level of social protection in the European Union. As mentioned by SOLIDAR’s Secretary General, the position paper is “the product of the work of our members” and represents an insightful advocacy tool in relation to the upcoming proposals for a Pillar of Social Rights and the Labour Mobility Package.

After presentation of the paper by Andre Hudepohl of SOLIDAR member organisation Humanitas from the Netherlands, a discussion between MEP Terry Reintke (Greens/EFA, Germany), Claude Denagtergal (ETUC) and Jordi Curell, Director for Labour Mobility in the Social Affairs Directorate (DG EMPL) followed.

A detailed event report will be available soon on SOLIDAR’s homepage.

Please find some first impressions from the conference here.

The LABCIT project, “Testing EU Citizenship as Labour Citizenship: From cases of Labour Rights Violations to a strengthened Labour Rights Regime”, which is co-funded by the Europe For Citizens Programme of the European Union, joined together twelve partners from eleven countries to investigate cases of labour rights violations of mobile EU citizens. The project held several hearings and consulted with over 250 workers, labour experts, and civil society actors and stakeholders.


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