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Framework agreement on telework

In the context of the European employment strategy, the European Council invited the social partners to negotiate agreements modernising the organisation of work, including flexible working arrangements, with the aim of making undertakings productive and competitive and achieving the necessary balance between flexibility and security.

This is a European agreement negotiated and implemented by the social partners (ETUC, UNICE, UEAPME and CEEP). The agreement defines telework and sets up a general framework at European level for teleworkers' working conditions. It recognises that teleworkers are afforded the general protection granted to workers based on the employer's premises and highlights key areas where the specificities of telework need to be taken into account.

The agreement was signed in 2002 and was to be implemented within three years of the date of signature. A European report was to be prepared on the basis of national reports within four years of the signing of the agreement: See the working paper COM(2008) 412 final taken from EUR-Lex. There is also an interpretation guide available in English and French.

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