DOING BUSINESS IN THE EU


Crucial: EU Labour Law Directives

EU Labour Law complements policy initiatives taken by individual EU countries by setting minimum standards. In accordance with the Treaty – particularly Article 153 – it adopts laws (directives) that set minimum requirements for

  • working & employment conditions,
  • informing & consulting workers.

Individual EU countries are free to provide higher levels of protection if they so wish. While the European Working Time Directive entitles workers to 20 days’ annual paid leave, for example, many countries have opted for a more generous right to the benefit of workers.

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Working Time Directive

To protect workers’ health and safety, working hours must meet minimum standards applicable throughout the EU.