Commission requests views on
reviewing Working Time Directive
European Commission is consulting European social partners about whether action
is needed at EU level on the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) and what scope
it should take. This is the first step towards a comprehensive review of the
Directive and comes after previous attempts to amend existing legislation
reached an impasse last year.
Commission put forward a proposal to amend Directive 2003/88/EC, principally to
clarify the application to on-call time; to give more flexibility in
calculating weekly working time; and to review the individual opt-out from the
48-hour limit. But last year government representatives and the European Parliament
concluded they could not reach agreement on the proposal. As a result, the Commission is planning a
comprehensive review of the existing working time rules, starting with a
thorough evaluation of the current provisions in their application which will
start with consultation the social partners and an extensive impact assessment.
In the document ‘The
Coalition: our programme for government’, the new Government states: “We will
ensure that there is no further transfer of sovereignty or powers over the
course of the next Parliament. We will examine the balance of the EU’s existing
competences and will, in particular, work to limit the application of the
Working Time Directive in the United
Kingdom.” There could be fun ahead!
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