How will the ELA impact on the coordination of social security systems?

The European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) welcomes the proposal for a Regulation to establish a European Labour Authority as a way to ensure fair labour mobility in the internal market and to prevent social dumping and fraud.

We welcome in addition the willingness of the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the proposal to focus the activity of a future ELA on a clear objective and limited number of tasks.

In our position paper, certain common concerns from social security institutions are raised. As proposed by the European Commission, the shift of competences to the ELA in the areas of cross-border settlement of claims, cross-border data processing, mediation and dispute settlement would alter the established governance framework of European social security coordination.

Transferring those tasks to the ELA could only be acceptable if it provided significant added value to the status quo, e.g. regarding the timeliness and effectiveness of the current procedures while preserving the Member States-driven character of the Administrative Commission. For instance, transferring the governance structure for the electronic exchange to ELA during the crucial implementation period of the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) jeopardises its success by mid-2019.

In this regard, ESIP welcomes the numerous amendments submitted to the draft parliamentary report that question the integration of the tasks of the three bodies of the Administrative Commission (Technical Commission, Audit Board, Conciliation Board) within the ELA. 

In addition, ESIP agrees that the authority could provide operational support (e.g. in the area of cross-border joint inspections) benefiting also the area of social security. However, adequate safeguards to ensure the strict national competence of social security inspections and controls are lacking from the current proposal.

Find out more in the ESIP position on the ELA.