On 4 July 2014, the European Commission (EC) launched a consultation on the practical implementation of Directive 2003/88/EC of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (“the Working Time Directive”).
The consultation mainly aims to gather the views of social partners’ organisations on whether the Directive has been transposed in a satisfactory way in the EU Member States, as well as to check if social partners have been sufficiently consulted and involved by the national authorities before the adoption of measures transposing the Directive.
Furthermore, the EC invites social partners to share the main conclusions of any of their evaluation work on the socio-economic impact of transposing measures in areas such as workers’ health and safety.
As a reminder, Directive 2014/67/EU of 15 May 2014, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) L 159 of 28 May 2014, established provisions, measures and control mechanisms aiming to ensure a better and more uniform implementation, application and enforcement in practice of Directive 96/71/EC of 16 December 1996 concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. The new framework includes measures to prevent and sanction any abuse and circumvention of applicable rules under Directive 96/71/EC.
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