Answer to Written Question: Unlawful dismissals and deplorable labour practices by Ryanair

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Schmit

on behalf of the European Commission


It is for the competent national authorities, including the courts, to ensure, having regard to the specific circumstances of the case, that the national legislation transposing EU Directives is correctly and effectively applied by individual companies. The Commission is supporting Member States in identifying best practices to enforce the law in relation to aircrews in order to ensure fair working conditions and a level playing field. This is notably done through an expert group on social matters related to aircrews that was created as a follow up to the report published by the Commission in 2019 as regards maintaining and promoting high social standards in the aviation sector.

The EU Financial Regulation obliges the beneficiaries of the EU budget to comply with the applicable legislative provisions, including the social and labour law.

The sectoral Regulations provide the implementing provisions for specific programmes financed under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the Next Generation EU. These include strict audit and control procedures and financial corrections of relevant amounts to ensure that the expenditure from the EU budget is traceable, spent correctly and that beneficiaries comply with the EU legislation in all fields, including employment and social affairs.

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