However, effectively enforcing EU rules across the Member States requires structured cooperation and exchange between competent national authorities, as well as resources for common activities, such as organising joint inspections or training national staff to deal with cross-border cases.
To address these issues the European Labour Authority (ELA) was announced in September 2017 by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the European Union address to ensure that EU rules on labour mobility are enforced in a fair, simple and effective way.
Regulation establishing the ELA
The Regulation defines the objectives, tasks and organizational structure of the Authority.
Role of the ELA
The ELA fosters agile and efficient work, conducive to reaching solutions to the challenges faced in the areas covered by the Regulation. The Authority:
The Authority was established on 31 July and the activities started in mid-October 2019 with the first meeting of the ELA Management Board. The ELA is expected to reach its full operational capacity by 2024.
This initiative is part of the rollout of the European Pillar of Social Rights.