Events

11.03.2013
 
 

Frontier workers: Assessment of the situation after twenty years of the Internal Market: Problems and Perspectives", stakeholders' consultation at the CoR


Location: Committee of the Regions, Brussels

The increase of cross-border mobility has been identified by the European institutions as well as by the OECD as being one of the strongest triggering factors for succeeding in the Europe 2020 Strategy. However, cross-border labour mobility is not sufficiently addressed at EU level which is why the CoR has decided to draft an own-initiative opinion aiming both to take stock of the current situation and to present a forward-looking action plan to address remaining challenges.

Based on the own-initiative opinion on Frontier workers: Assessment of the situation after ten years of the Internal Market: Problems and Perspectiveswhich the CoR adopted in November 2004 this new own-initiative opinion will look at cross-border labour mobility, including coordination of tax agreements or coordination between tax and social security agreements for cross-border activity, portability of pensions rights, recognition of professional qualifications, access to public sector jobs for non-nationals and financing of EURES-T partnerships.

The rapporteur is Dr Karl-Heinz Lambertz (PES/BE), Minister-President of the German-speaking Community in Belgium.

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an own–initiative opinion on "Frontier workers: Assessment of the situation after twenty years of the Internal Market: Problems and Perspectives". Ten years after CoR's own-initiative opinion on Frontier workers: Assessment of the situation after ten years of the Internal Market: Problems and Perspectives, adopted in November 2004, the purpose of this opinion is to address on-going issues and challenges related to cross-border labour mobility. This document also can be found on the CoR website.

Both the European institutions and the OECD have identified cross-border mobility as one of the strongest triggering factors for the possible success of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This own-initiative opinion is also inscribed within the 2013 CoR priorities on strengthening the single market and of territorial cooperation and cohesion.

From political, economic and social perspectives it is obvious that this dossier is of high relevance for local and regional authorities. However, at EU level, cross-border labour mobility is not addressed systematically and it would therefore be of high strategic relevance if the CoR were to present a stock-taking document and a forward-looking action plan to address remaining challenges.

In this context, the Rapporteur on the Opinion, Mr. Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ (BE/PES), Member of the ECOS Commission of the CoR and Minister-President of the German-speaking Community in Belgium together with his expert, the AEBR's Secretary General Mr Martin GUILLERMO-RAMÍREZ, would like to convey representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views in the preparation of this opinion.

The consultation will take place on:

Monday 11 March, 15:00-17:30
At the premises of the Committee of the Regions
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 70


The Rapporteur would be very keen to debate on your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, you will be invited to react and to give your views on the Rapporteur's working document that you will receive upon registration or via the CoR website. In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them by e-mail to the addresses below.

The meeting will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation allowing you to speak in German, English and French, while listening in German and English. Please note that the mother tongue of the rapporteur is German.

You can already register to participate in this debate to further shape the Rapporteurs views. For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to confirm your participation before Friday, 8 March at 15.00 by registering on the following link).

For more information, please contact the CoR team:
-> For the ECOS Commission: Mr. Robert Rönström, Tel: +32 2 282 2192, e-mail: Robert. Rönström@cor.europa.eu,
-> For Relations with stakeholders: Mr. Peter Verlinden, Tel: +32 2 282 2170, e-mail: Peter.Verlinden@cor.europa.eu.