Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Home Affairs, has prepared two proposals which would make it easier for people to work in the EU temporarily. One proposal aims to entice highly-educated experts and professionals to the EU by making the application process simpler. The other proposal would help regulate seasonal work.
Malmström told Swedish Radio News that the rules around temporary workers aren't very clear so that often less-educated workers in the fruit and vegetable industries are taken advantage of with low pay. She said her proposal could affect 100,000 people each year. Many EU countries lack rules for seasonal work which means workers are unaccounted for and can more easily be taken advantage of by employers. Seasonal workers would get the right to work six months per year inside the EU. The proposal would set a minimum wage and guarantee a place to stay.