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European Commission Warns Greece to Incorporate Directive on Working Conditions

BRUSSELS – The European Commission sent Greece a reasoned opinion for failure to incorporate into nationa law the directive on on transparent and predictable working conditions (Directive EU 2019/1152) on Thursday.

In its letter to Greece, the Commission noted that these rules provide more extensive and updated labour rights and protection to the 182 million workers in the EU. For example, it said, workers would have the right to more predictability regarding assignments and working time. They will also have the right to receive timely and more complete information about the essential aspects of their job, such as place of work and remuneration. “The new rules will also benefit in particular an estimated two to three million workers in precarious forms of employment,” it added in its letter.

In September 2022, the Commission sent letters of formal notice to 19 member-states for not incorporating at all or fully the directive into national laws. It followed this up with reasoned opinions for Greece, Spain, and Luxembourg, it said, “as these countries have still neither notified national measures to implement the new EU rules, nor have they communicated a draft law with a specific timing for adoption.” It gave the three countries two months to notify their national measures or face a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

(ANA-MPA/M. Aroni)

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