EC calls on Lithuania to urgently regulate work of third-country seasonal workers

  • 2023-04-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The European Commission on Wednesday urged Lithuania to swiftly transpose all provisions of the directive on third-country seasonal workers into national law and has launched an infringement procedure over this issue, the European Commission Representation in Lithuania said.

The EC has sent letters of formal notice to Lithuanian and nine more countries, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia and Luxembourg for failing to transpose in a fully conform manner all provisions of the Seasonal Workers Directive.

"The Commission considers that these Member States have incorrectly transposed and/or implemented some obligations under the Directive. The addressed Member States have now two months to respond to the arguments raised by the Commission," the EC said.

Adopted in 2014, the Seasonal Workers Directive sets the conditions of entry and stay of non-EU nationals for the purpose of employment as seasonal workers. It ensures fair and transparent rules for admission of non-EU seasonal workers, ensures decent working and living conditions and equal rights for those workers and protects against exploitation.