New EU labour authority officially launched

Slovakia’s labour minister says that the European Labour Authority can serve as a small European Commission.

The European Labour Authority will reside on Landererova Street in Bratislava.The European Labour Authority will reside on Landererova Street in Bratislava. (Source: SME)

The European Labour Authority (ELA) has become a reality, and in a record-short time.

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said so in Brussels on October 16 during the inauguration of the new office that will reside in Slovakia.

He unveiled the logo together with Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer).

Juncker praised the fact that one of the basic pillars of the new European Commission will be social pillar. He also wished the new agency and its council success.

The agency will start its full operation in December, the TASR newswire reported.

Pellegrini: ELA is not needless

Pellegrini stressed two moments in his speech: first, that Slovakia will serve as the headquarters for the very first EU agency since joining the club in 2004, and second, that Slovakia, which has always been searching for a social element in its politics, will host the authority dealing with labour law and labour mobility in the EU.

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