Regulation (EU) 2019/1149 establishing a European Labour Authority (ELA) was adopted on 20 June 2019 and entered into force on 31 July 2019.
The European Labour Authority has the following objectives:
- Facilitate access to information and services to citizens and business about their rights and obligations,
- Facilitate cooperation between Member States in the enforcement of Union law within its scope, including by facilitating concerted and joint inspections, as well as by tackling undeclared work,
- Mediate and facilitate, if necessary, solutions in cases of cross-border disputes.
The Management Board of the European Labour Authority is composed of one representative from each Member State, two representatives from the European Commission, one independent expert appointed by the European Parliament and four members representing cross-industry social partner organisations at EU level, with an equal representation of trade union and employer organisations.
My colleague the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection in consultation with my Department has nominated a senior official of the WRC as Ireland's representative on the European Labour Authority (ELA). She has also nominated a senior official from her own Department as the alternate member. It is anticipated that the ELA will support the work of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection by providing information and services to citizens and business, facilitating cooperation and exchange of information between Member States and supporting them through concerted and joint inspections in order to fight abuse, fraud and undeclared work.