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High level meeting on free movement and preventing social dumping


Prime Ministers Charles Michel (Belgium), Xavier Bettel (Luxembourg), Mark Rutte (the Netherlands) and Stefan Löfven (Sweden) will host a roundtable discussion in Brussels on 25 June, on the topics of free movement, fair competition and decent work in the EU.

The free movement of goods and services and the right of every EU citizen to work anywhere in the European Union are unique, and hold exceptional potential for social and economic prosperity.

However, there is a need to ensure that gains from free movement are not offset by back-tracking with regard to working conditions and employee rights, which could result in situations where employees are being remunerated differently for carrying out the same work at the same European workplace.

The round table discussion will provide input to the Commission’s Mobility Package later this year.

Participants include: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Confederation of European Business (BusinessEurope)

There will be a photo opportunity when the participants enter the meeting. After the discussion the Prime Ministers will be available for questions from media. (Doorstep)

Venue:  Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, Brussels.

Time:  25 June, 11.00 photo opportunity, 12.00 doorstep No accreditation is needed. Security measures from approximately 13 pm with restricted access to the Schuman area.

Press contact for the round table discussion

Elisabet Dahlén Jonsson
Press and Communications Officer
Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU
+32 476 50 50 22

Press contact to the Prime Ministers

Dan Lundqvist Dahlin
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sweden
+ 46 72 553 66 29

Dirk-Jan Vermeij
Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU
+ 32 475 669252

Barend Leyts
Spokesperson of the Belgian Prime Minister
+ 32 486 22 68 65

Paul Konsbrück
Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg
+352 621 880 299