Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

01/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2021 07:24

Martin Klus: “The crisis has highlighted the importance of job mobility in the EU. The launch of the new European Labour Authority (ELA) in Bratislava is good news also for our[...]

'Together with the seat of the European Labour Authority (ELA), which is one of the youngest agencies in the European Union, a prestigious institution, a qualified workforce and new opportunities are coming to Slovakia. The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis but also a social crisis that has created economic distress for many EU citizens. They face uncertainty and job constraints. Therefore, as the host country of the European Labour Authority, Slovakia, together with other partners in the Union, wants to contribute to greater protection of cross-border labour mobility and better coordination of social security. Only in this way will the citizens feel that the EU is close to them and that the quality of our lives is not decided exclusively in Brussels, far from us.'

This was stated by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVEZ SR), Martin Klus, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Bratislava, during a video conference with the ELA Executive Director Cosmin Boiangiu, a Romanian diplomat whose candidacy for ELA was supported by Slovakia.

The aim of the online talk was to establish cooperation and start a dialogue on the main challenges of the European Labour Authority, which will have a seat in Slovakia. The expected date of the official start of ELA's operation in Bratislava is July 1, 2021.

'I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent cooperation between Slovakia and Romania. We agree that the EU should also consider the aspect of geographical balance and show an appreciation for the 'diligence' of the so-called new member states when deciding on the location of new agencies. We have not forgotten how the government in Bucharest supported us in our efforts to win the ELA headquarters for Bratislava, which we finally succeeded in doing,' said Martin Klus, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

He added that at the end of last year, Slovakia again successfully supported Romania in its candidacy for the location of the headquarters of the European Centre for Cyber Security.

In this context, ELA Executive Director Cosmin Boiangiu explained that the imminent start of operations of the new institution in Bratislava will be preceded by the signing of the agreement. Talks with the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family of the Slovak Republic, as well as with other experts or lawyers, on the finalization of the wording of the agreement could be completed within a few weeks.

'Our mutual interest is to conclude the negotiations on the so-called guest agreement so that the seat of the European Labour Authority will be settled in Bratislava as soon as possible, despite the persisting obstacles associated with the coronavirus pandemic,' said Martin Klus.

From the position of State Secretary of the diplomatic service of the Slovak Republic, he also promised cooperation with the ELA leadership and called for the continuation of mutual communication, including the fine-tuning of practical issues related to the arrival of dozens of qualified workers with families in Bratislava.