On 19 July in Budapest took place a meeting of Visegrád Group Prime Ministers. The V4 Prime Ministers held a meeting with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Before, they had a meeting in closed circle.
After the meeting of the Visegrád Group Prime Minister Beata Szydło informed about achieving a common position. She underlined that the V4 group wanted the policy in the field of posting of workers to be based on a compromise which would not close the market for family companies due to administrative burdens or protectionism.
“This is our aim and we will pursue it together. We authorised Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban to negotiate this issue with France.”
– stated PM B. Szydło.
On 11 May 2017, V4 Prime Ministers pulished a common statement on revision of the Posting of Workers Directive. Prime Ministers emphasised importance of the internal market as significant instrument of European integration. It brings benefits for both European citizens and enterpreneurs.
At first sight, authorising Prime Minister of Hungary to negotiate revision of posting directive is kind of failure, defeat, bearing in mind that Poland is country which posts the largest number of workers in the whole EU. However, considering common interest all of the countries on lower level of wages, speaking with one voice may be helpful. Host countries are no longer unanimous. A lot depends on adjustment proposals submitted by V. Orban on behalf of V4 (if he were authorised by other members of the Group). If the only thing he does is an objection against proposal (while not submitting his own compromise), this originally ridiculous project, significantly destructed by co-rapporteurs at the EP will be voted on the possibly worst variant. I still believe that V4 negotiations with France are very importnat, but the most important thing is to find a common view with Spain, Portugal and Germany. Conference on care sector for elderly people organised at the EP by MEPs: Danuta Jazłowiecka and Sven Shulze proved that protection of Directive’s status quo is primarily a public (not only economical) interest of Germany. 80% of legally working carers in Germany are posted workers. The problem is that only 20% of carers is legally employed. Care sector can force Germans to look for more consensual solution and Polish goverment should seek for their support. Common interests of Central-Eastern Europe, Portugal and Spain were previously discussed by LMI. These three countries gives a chance for balanced forces in the dispute about posting of workers. So far, arithmetics of votes at the EP and EC is merciless. If we do not persuade Germans, Spanish and Portuguese, satisfaction with the Europe’s collapse of the two-speed EU sealed by proposal of the Directive, will give us nothing. A speed, which does not mean Euro zone but which brings back Iron Curtain.
– Marek Benio, PhD, Vice President of Labour Mobility Initiative