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PR(06)40: The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts report on the protection of young people at work


The EEA Agreement includes a number of directives which aim to ensure minimum standards in the field of labour law. Directive 94/33/EC on the protection of young people at work is one of these directives.

The Directive aims, inter alia, at prohibiting the employment of children. Exceptions to the general prohibition can, however, be included in the national legislation, subject to certain conditions and/or procedural requirements, with regard to children being employed for the purposes of performance in cultural, artistic, sporting or advertising activities and for children aged 14 or over, who work under an in-plant work-experience scheme or a combined work/training scheme. In addition, exceptions can also be made for children aged 14 or over, and, subject to certain limitations, for children of 13 years of age if performing light work other than the abovementioned cultural or similar activities.

Furthermore, although the Directive does not prohibit the employment of adolescents, it requires that such employment is subject to strict controls and is protected under the conditions provided for in the Directive.

According to the Directive, the EFTA States are to report to the EFTA Surveillance Authority every five years on the practical implementation of the provisions of this Directive. The Authority has now published its Report, which gives a brief overview of the transposition and practical application of the Directive in the EFTA States.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson,
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Ms. Eeva Kolehmainen,
Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 32.

13 September 2006

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