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European negotiation on working time

In a joint letter addressed in mid-November to the European Commissioner for Social Affairs, László Andor, the social partners indicated that they wanted to start negotiations following the consultation of the Commission on the revision of the job.

The opening meeting of the negotiations takes place on 8 December 2011. If the European social partners succeed in concluding these negotiations within the nine-month period provided for by the Treaty, they will inform the Commission of the results obtained at the beginning of September 2012. And the text thus concluded will then have to be implemented by decision of the Council of Ministers of the 27 in accordance with article 155 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.

Working time is one of the subjects sea ​​serpents " of the European Union. After several judgments of the European Court of Justice recognizing the obligation of employers to make a more precise count of working hours, in particular on-call times, a first attempt had failed. The social partners had failed to agree on a negotiation. And the European Commission's proposal to modify the existing directive did not meet with a majority of member states in favor of it. A subject to follow closely…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).