The European Commission presented a proposal for the creation of a new a decentralised European Agency: A European Labour Authority, due to an increase in cross-border mobility in the European Union and some 3rd countries (EEA and Switzerland). The EU Labour Authority will aim to provide information and guidance on job opportunities, grants and other content related to European relocation of individuals and businesses. It would also give support to Member States for the implementation of European rules, as well as providing mediation services for cross-border disputes between, for example, organisations and Member States
ESBA welcomes the idea, and the intention to ease cross-border mobility for both businesses and for individuals. SMEs face lot of administrative burden when operating cross-border. A European Labour Authority would have the potential to facilitate cross-border mobility and competitiveness within Single Market. However, based on negative experiences with earlier attempts of cross-border mechanisms, such as the Single Points of Contact (Services Directive), ESBA has doubts as to how realistic implementation of such a mechanism will be and therefore its real added value.