Legal migration: Commission refers Belgium to the Court of Justice for failing to provide common rules for non-EU seasonal workers.

European Commission
Press Release
Brussels, 19 July 2018

The European Commission decided today to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to fully implement the Seasonal Workers Directive (Directive 2014/36/EU). The Directive determines the conditions of entry and stay of non-EU seasonal workers and defines the rights of those seasonal workers. Belgium, having failed to meet the initial transposition deadline of 30 September 2016, has still not fully implemented the Directive. The Seasonal Workers Directive sets out the conditions that Member States should apply when deciding to grant access to their labour markets to non-EU citizens wishing to work in an EU Member State as seasonal workers for short periods (up to nine months), often in agriculture and tourism. It ensures that these workers are treated in the same way as national workers with regard to a number of important factors such as working conditions, pay, health and safety, social security, and it provides safeguards that protect them from...
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