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house of lords committee says seasonal workers proposal does not satisfy subsidiarity October 13, 2010

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In its report, the House of Lords EU Committee states:

The need for seasonal workers is, as the Commission says, “a common occurrence in most Member States”. However the needs of Member States all differ as regards the numbers of workers needed, the times at which and for which they are needed, the work for which they are needed, and many other matters. Additionally there are differences between Member States as to whether their needs for seasonal workers can be satisfied primarily by workers from other Member States (as is the case with the United Kingdom), or whether they need to rely mainly on third country nationals. Article 79(5) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union recognises that the volume of admissions to their territory of third country nationals is a matter for determination by the Member States.
.. Because of these differences, we believe that the entry to and residence in each Member State of third country nationals as seasonal workers can be and should be governed primarily by a combination of these market factors and of the policy of each State towards the admission of such workers. Action at
EU level does not seem to be necessary.

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