Challenge to work permit rule

27th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2005, The European Commission announced this week it will ask the Netherlands to review its rules requiring EC businesses to get work permits for staff from certain new member states before temporarily posting them here.

28 July 2005

The European Commission announced this week it will ask the Netherlands to review its rules requiring EC businesses to get work permits for staff from certain new member states before temporarily posting them here.

The EC contends the Dutch requirement violates treaty rules regarding the freedom to provide services.

If the Dutch authorities fail to respond within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion, the EC said, it could bring the Netherlands before the Court of Justice.

Even after accession, businesses established in member states other than the Netherlands that want to temporarily post staff here from certain states must get them work permits.

Requiring a work permit is contrary to treaty rules regarding the freedom to provide services, the EC said.

The conditions imposed on posting employees to the Netherlands make it difficult or impossible for certain businesses established in other member states to provide services here, the EC said.

It said the work permit requirement discriminates against businesses in those states.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, European news

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