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September 19, 2021

LabMin Budai: Romania is putting in efforts to advance on Social Security System Coordination File

Romania is putting in all the efforts to advance as much as possible on the Social Security System Coordination File, in the context of some divergent elements between the stance of the European Parliament and that of the Council of the European Union, and, taking into account the short interval for negotiations, giving that the elections to the European Parliament are taking place in spring, Labour and Social Justice Minister Marius Budai stated on Tuesday in Strasbourg.

According to a release of the relevant ministry, issued  on Tuesday, the Labour Minister carried out bilateral meetings in Strasbourg with members of the European Parliament regarding the priorities of the employment and social affairs file of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

On the occasion of the working visit that Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila paid to Strasbourg, in view of presenting the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in the plenary sitting of the European Parliament, Labour and Social Justice Minister Marius Budai carried out three bilateral meetings with MEP and Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Maria Joao Rodrigues, Rapporteur on Social Security System Coordination File (revision of Regulations No.883/2004 and No.987/2009) Guillaume Balas, both members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament and Iratxe Garcia Perez, who is a member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

Minister Budai presented Romania’s priorities to the two officials of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs during the n Presidency of the Council of the EU, correlated with the relevant legislative files under negotiation.

Minister of Labor and Social Justice, Marius Budai, had a working dinner on Sunday with Enrique Calvet Chambon (photo), European Parliament rapporteur on the EU’s transparent and predictable working conditions aimed at revising the Employers Obligation Directive on the conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship, the so-called Written Declaration”.

Romania welcomed the achievement of the general approach in the EPSCO Council of 21 June 2018 organized by the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 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 small and medium-sized enterprises.

Minister Budai told the European official that Romania intends to finalize the technical discussions with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU and to organize the last trialogues to get the final text for the revision and adoption of the directive.

“I assure you that we and my negotiating team will seek to have a constructive dialogue between the two sides throughout the negotiations and to find equitable, legally sound compromise solutions that meet 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, “said Marius Budai.

The rapporteur, Enrique Calvet Chambon, also gave Minister Marius Budai the message that he is convinced that a compromise could be reached between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council, so that the “Written Declaration” directive will be revised.

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