The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding working conditions of solo self-employed persons

On 9 December 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) approved a draft communication containing guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed persons (“Draft Guidelines”). The Draft Guidelines reflect the concerns raised both within the Commission, but also at Member State level, that with the rise of “platform work”, but also the growing role of sub-contracting and outsourcing in the current EU labour market, self-employed individuals may face challenging working conditions, notably in terms of pay, job security and lack of representation. Encouraging collective bargaining by self-employed individuals is seen by some as the right way forward. Yet, self-employed individuals are in principle

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl, The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding working conditions of solo self-employed persons, 9 December 2021, e-Competitions December 2021, Art. N° 104649

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