Bratislava, Nicosia, Riga and Sofia offers to host ELA seat published by the Council

The Council of the EU has published the offers sent by four EU countries to host the seat of the future European Labour Authority (ELA) by Bratislava (Slovakia), Nicosia (Cyprus), Riga (Latvia) and Sofia (Bulgaria)

The offers were received by 6 May 2019 in line with the selection procedure for the seat of the ELA, agreed by the representatives of member states.

The offer of Cyprus can be found at: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/39269/cyprus-ela-offer-en.pdf and the relevant campain is accompanied by the Twitter handle #ELAtoCyprus.

The 60 page offer brochure contains an introduction by the President of the Republic:

“Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is aspiring to host the European Labour Authority (ELA), expected to commence its workings within 2019. In a union of Solidarity, a Europe united in diversity, it would be the first ever European body to be hosted in Cyprus. Safeguarding the citizens’ rights, through ensuring equal opportunities and achieving better and safe conditions for employment, has always been one of the Union’s main priorities. In this regard, the establishment of ELA marks an important milestone towards a more socially responsible and fair European Union. ELA has a decisive role to play and Cyprus stands ready, by all means, to support this common cause. Hosting the Authority has been the natural outcome of Cyprus’ continuous support for the establishment of a common labour authority and its commitment to promoting fair working conditions, social cohesion, and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights,” the President states in his introductory message.

“Cyprus, with an open, diverse and multicultural society, besides its abundant historical heritage and natural wealth, offers a uniquely safe and stable environment to live and work, as well as advanced infrastructure, high quality health services and social security, high educational standards for English or French speakers and numerous employment prospects. Nicosia, an extraordinary modern city with captivating history, enjoys all the necessary conditions for successfully hosting ELA, offering all the necessary means and tools for an efficient working environment, as well as the ideal quality of life for its staff and families. Hosting ELA in Cyprus would also substantially increase EU’s visibility across the eastern and southern part of the Union. Choosing Nicosia would come as a vote of confidence to countries and citizens at the EU’s periphery sending a message of decentralisation, solidarity and equality of all its member states, further enriching the Union’s unique institutional set-up and the overall operating framework of its agencies. We look forward to your support. In examining the proposal we are presenting today, I am convinced that you will recognise the perfect balance and match between the objective criteria and Cyprus’ offer,” President Anastasiades mentions.

“Cyprus’s Social Partners, both Workers’ Unions and Employers’ Federations and Organisations, are strongly backing this initiative, something that encourages us to further enhance our efforts to host ELA in Nicosia. Cyprus looks forward to the successful establishment of this Authority and its even more successful and fruitful future, ” concludes President Anastasiades.

Source: Cyprus News Agency