The measures agreed as part of an adjustment program do not necessarily have to abide by the European acquis, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said in a letter responding to two MEPs who requested the restoration of collective agreements in Greece, seen by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.
In the letter, Juncker says the European Court has confirmed that bailout programs are implemented by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and are outside the EU’s legal order. In other words, when national measures are agreed upon as part of an adjustment program, Greece is not implementing European legislation and therefore the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights does not apply as such in the Greek measures.
Juncker notes that the Commission understands its duty and is committed to the common values and principles enshrined in the Charter. “Our aim is to ensure that as part of the Greek government’s proposals for reforms in the labour market, collective agreements will emerge as a strong and effective tool that will help Greece promote intelligently sustainable growth, quality jobs, prosperity and social cohesion,” he is quoted as saying.
The letter was sent to Portuguese MEP and VP of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, Maria João Rodrigues, and German MEP Jutta Steinruck.