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ELA and Italy promote a discussion on the transnational aspects of platform work, together with Spain

The European Labour Authority, together with the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policies  and in cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, held an event in Rome to discuss the transnational aspects of platform work.

Event in Rome

The utmost relevant topic of the regulation of work in the digital age was the center of the event held in Rome on the 6th of July. Identifying the cross-border aspects requiring cooperation among the Member States, and between them and the social partners, was the main focus of the meeting promoted by ELA through its National Liaison Officers, in line with its mandate.

The event saw the participation of ELA Executive Director Mr Cosmin Boiangiu, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Mr Nicolas Schmit and the Labour Ministers of Italy and Spain, Mr Andrea Orlando and Ms Yolanda Diaz. The General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, Mr Luca Visentini, and Ms Stefania Rossi from Confindustria, in representation of Business Europe, also participated in the opening discussion.

In the discussion panels, representatives from Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands exchanged their practices in labour law, collective agreements and inspections with respect to platform work. They shared their expectations for close cross-border cooperation in the exchange of data and inspection activities, as well as their ideas for a role for ELA in enhancing capacity building and information provision across the EU.

The European Commission Director for Jobs and Skills, Ms Manuela Geleng, as well as ELA’s Management Board members of Italy and Spain, Mr Romolo De Camillis and Mr Gonzalo Giménez Coloma, voiced their expectations with respect to the possible role of ELA in supporting fair working conditions for platform workers, with activities such as information to workers on rights and obligations, mutual learning and understanding of national regulatory and enforcement practices, data collection and analysis for risk assessment and joint or concerted cross-border inspection activities.

The event was the occasion for the Italian and the Spanish Ministers of Labor to sign a Declaration of Intents to strengthen their bilateral cooperation, with a special focus on labor inspections. ELA could play a role in supporting the implementation of bilateral activities in line with its mandate.

ELA plans to follow up on this event by conceptualizing its future activities related to platform work, as part of its planned engagement with the new phenomenon of ‘virtual free movement of workers’. This will be in agenda at ELA’s next Working Group on Information in November 2022.