Publication Archive

This archive contains all documents published by cep over the last few years:

cepAdhoc: Incisive comment on current EU policy issues.

cepPolicyBrief: Concise 4-page reviews of EU proposals (Regulations, Directives, Green Papers, White Papers, Communications) – including a brief summary and economic and legal assessments.

cepInput: Impulse to current discussions of EU policies.

cepStudy: Comprehensive examination of EU policy proposals affecting the economy.




The EU Commission proposed a directive on the posting of drivers in 2017. In the meantime, the Council and the EU Parliament have defined their positions.


The provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the EU is to be expanded and its quality improved. The corresponding proposal by the EU Commission for a Council Recommendation relates to children up to compulsory school age, their parents and the staff in ECEC facilities.


The protection of workers and the self-employed by social protection schemes is to be improved and harmonised EU-wide. The EU Commission has called for this in a proposal for a Recommendation to the Member States.


The EU Commission wants to improve the application of EU law in the area of labour mobility. For this purpose, it proposes setting up a European Labour Authority. The Authority will facilitate access to information and services on labour mobility for citizens and companies and promote cooperation between national authorities.


By way of a new Directive, the EU Commission wants to improve the working conditions of drivers in the passenger and freight transport sector. It is therefore proposing to extend the current monitoring obligations of Member States to include the drivers’ Working Time Directive.


A new Directive aims to improve the working conditions of posted drivers and ensure fair competition between hauliers. In cep’s view, however, the Directive disproportionately restricts price competition and the freedom to provide services.