The European Labour Authority was announced in September 2017 by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his 2017 State of the European Union address to ensure that EU rules on labour mobility be enforced in a fair, simple and effective way.
Following consultations and an impact assessment, a legislative proposal was presented on 13 March 2018.
The Authority should be up and running in 2019 and reach its full operational capacity by 2023. This proposal is also part of the roll-out of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The role of the European Labour Authority is to facilitate access for individuals and employers to information on their rights and obligations as well as to relevant services, to support cooperation between EU countries in the cross-border enforcement of relevant Union law, including facilitating joint inspections, and to mediate and facilitate a solution in cases of cross-border disputes between national authorities or labour market disruptions.