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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Single permit: equal rights and treatment for foreign workers

Non-EU workers in Europe should have the same rights regarding working time, leave and social security as EU nationals, said the Employment Committee on Wednesday. However, MEPs also made it clear that Member States may choose to allow tax benefits only when workers' family members live in the same country. In addition, they backed the Commission's proposal to exclude posted workers from the scope of legislation. The proposed "single permit" directive aims to streamline bureaucratic procedures for all potential immigrants applying to live and work in an EU Member State, by enabling them to obtain work and residence permits via a single procedure. It would also confer a standard set of rights on non-EU workers comparable to those enjoyed by EU citizens, such as minimum working conditions, recognition of educational and professional qualifications and access to social security.

Source: European Parliament