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Oct 25, 2017

EU ministers reach agreement on amendment to posted workers directive

Szabolcs Takács said the Hungarian delegation managed to protect the interests of the haulage sector, and made other "constructive" proposals

European Union ministers have reached a compromise on an amendment on the posted workers directive. 

According to MTI, the compromise was reached during a meeting of EU ministers responsible for employment and social affairs in Luxembourg.

Minister of State Szabolcs Takács said the Hungarian delegation managed to protect the interests of the haulage sector and made other proposals. 

At the end of the talks, attendees adopted a so-called general approach regarding the Posted Workers Directive, based on which the Council, comprising the governments of the member states, may commence consultations with the European Parliament.

Minister Takács said that on behalf of the Visegrád countries the Hungarian government made a number of “constructive” proposals which were joined by several member states, but these were only partially accepted, and in consequence, Hungary did not vote for the Council decision in the end, along with six other members.

The European Commission submitted its proposed amendments last March, pursuant to which the same regulations would apply to posted workers as regards to wages and working conditions for locals.