EC stands by equal pay proposal, Hungary opposes

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The European Commission confirmed its position on an earlier announced proposal whereby employers in the European Union would be required to pay workers from other EU member states the same remuneration and benefits as locals. Hungary has argued that the proposal is in breach of an EU principle.

The EC made the proposal last March. Yesterday it said the proposal does not constitute a breach of the subsidiarity principle, which ensures that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the options available at national, regional or local level, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. 

The news agency recalled that after the proposal was announced a year ago, Hungary and ten other member states (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) argued that it was in breach of the principle of subsidiarity. At the same time, the national parliaments of five member states (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) claimed it was compatible with the principle.

“We have carefully analyzed all arguments put forward by national parliaments and discussed their concerns with them. All things considered, we have concluded that our proposal fully complies with the principle of subsidiarity and we will therefore maintain it,” said Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility, according to MTI.

“Posting of workers is a cross-border issue by nature. The Juncker Commission remains firmly committed to the free movement of people on the basis of rules that are clear, fair for everybody and enforced on the ground,” she added.

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