In this Policy Paper, Sofia Fernandes, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, explains that the future authority should not be reduced to a cooperation and information exchange platform. Although this option may seem the most convenient politically and the least expensive economically, it would not be sufficient to address the tensions provoked by mobility and to strengthen the European labour market. At the same time, the new agency should not become a European super-inspectorate. There is no legal basis for granting the ELA binding powers vis-à-vis Member States.
Between these two scenarios, Sofia Fernandes distinguishes four tasks that can be entrusted to the European Authority:
- to facilitate administrative cooperation between national authorities, including for solving disputes;
- to provide a centre of expertise and training to the competent national authorities;
- to combat abuses of social and employment legislation and facilitate joint cross-border labour inspections;
- to provide a one-stop shop for citizens and business for accessing information on the free movement of workers and services.