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The EU should not interfere in national labour market policies

27 October 2021

The EU should not interfere in national labour market policies

For the ECR Group, the European Parliament is about to overstep its competencies in migration. A resolution adopted today in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee (LIBE) on 'legal migration policy and law' proposes the establishment of a unified admission scheme for low- and medium-skilled third-country workers. According to ECR Shadow Rapporteur Charlie Weimers, the text will violate the subsidiarity principle enshrined in the EU Treaties if adopted in Plenary.

Following the vote, Mr Weimers said:

Today, a majority in the committee voted to increase labour migration into the EU, including medium and low-skilled labour migration. The committee also recommended amending several pieces of EU legislation to further Europeanise labour migration policies. For us, this is a clear violation of the subsidiarity principle. The individual Member States know better than Brussels what kind of skilled workers they need. There is no need for a one-size-fits-all solution.”

Labour markets in the EU Member States are extremely diverse. We have countries with more than 80 per cent labour participation and countries with less than 60 per cent labour participation. Some Member States have global records in low unemployment, and others are among the countries that register the most unemployment worldwide. Labour market policy is a textbook example of a competence that should remain with the Member States”.

Some EU Member States are very successful at attracting global talent, and I applaud them. But it is for the Member States to decide who they need and for which sectors. It is not for Brussels to dictate new rules or new structures.”

The subsidiarity principle was included in the EU Treaties to ensure that the EU only interferes on issues where the Member States are unable to find solutions. In EU legislation, labour market policy is recognised as a competence of the Member States, with only limited EU involvement.

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