The Single Market Strategy will have a big impact on the labour market
The Single Market Strategy was presented by the Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on 28 October 2015. The Strategy aims at creating a deeper and fairer internal market, keeping in mind new forms of making business and improving administrative burdens. It focuses in particular on boosting opportunities for start-ups and enhance the exchange of goods and services.
There are many areas in the Single Market Strategy that will affect professional and managerial staff. For example, the collaborative economy, previously referred to as sharing economy, is one of the new ways of doing and creating jobs.
It is inevitable that collaborative economies are on the rise due to digitalisation and it is better to acknowledge them rather than ignore. The Commission is proposing a guide to deal with the regulatory challenges and monitor changes. Eurocadres thinks it is important to address the problems related to employee protection, equal treatment, health and safety requirements and social security as soon as possible.
Eurocadres thinks it is important to address the problems related to employee protection, equal treatment, health and safety requirements and social security as soon as possible.
There are too many unanswered questions in this field and therefore a common European mind-set is needed.
The Commission is also calling for reforms in regulated professions. Eurocadres thinks that an evaluation is needed as it can be very problematic to practice regulated professions with foreign qualifications is some member states.
It is a difficult and sensitive task for the Commission to evaluate which professions must be regulated and which can be more liberated, and therefore it is vital that the social partners and professional organisations are involved in the process. Eurocadres strongly continues to speak for an active recognition of skills and qualifications.
Eurocadres strongly continues to speak for an active recognition of skills and qualifications.
Eurocadres will also closely follow the initiatives on modernising intellectual property frameworks as well as the ‘services passport’. These areas will inevitable also affect workers’ rights and collective agreements.