European Labour Authority
Agency overview
Formed2019 (2019)
JurisdictionEuropean Union
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
Annual budget~ 50,000,000[1]

The European Labour Authority (ELA) is an agency of the European Union tasked with coordinating and supporting the enforcement of EU law on labour mobility.[1][2] Its activities started on 17 October 2019 and the agency is expected to reach a yearly budget of €50 million and 140 staff by 2024.[3] Bratislava, Slovakia is the agency's host city.[4]


The European Labour Authority (ELA) has been created to help Member States and the European Commission to ensure that EU rules on labour mobility and social security coordination are enforced in a fair, simple and effective way. ELA also has an important role to play in facilitating and ensuring effective labour mobility in Europe, in particular by activities of European Employment Services (EURES).

What ELA does

The European Labour Authority contributes to fair, simple and effective labour mobility by performing the following tasks:


Landererova 12 building in Bratislava is the host building of the ELA.[4]

The agency was first suggested by Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, during his 2017 State of the European Union address.[1] On 13 February 2018, the European Commission presented its first draft of the regulation establishing the authority.[5] On 14 February 2019, the Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on the proposal.[6] On 13 June 2019, the Commission announced that Bratislava, Slovakia would serve as the agency's host city.[7]

The agency moved to its official seat from Brussels to Bratislava on 1 September 2021 and signed the Headquarters agreement with Slovakia on 16 October 2021. The inauguration of the premises took place 9 November 2021 in the presence of Commissioner Nikolas Schmit, Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Minister of Labour of Slovakia, and hosted by Ambassador Cosmin Boiangiu, the Executive Director of ELA.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d "European Labour Authority - Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion". European Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  2. ^ Kiełbasa, Marcin (2 July 2019). "The European Labour Authority is here – time to tackle abuse and promote fair labour mobility". EURACTIV.
  3. ^ Press release (16 October 2019). "European Labour Authority starts its work". European Commission.
  4. ^ a b Staff (17 October 2019). "New EU labour authority officially launched". The Slovak Spectator.
  5. ^ "Proposal for a regulation of the Europaplan Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Labour Authority". European Commission. 2018-03-13.
  6. ^ "Commission welcomes agreement on the European Labour Authority". European Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  7. ^ "European Labour Authority ready to start working in October as decision is taken on new seat". European Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  8. ^ "European Labour Authority premises inaugurated". European Labour Authority (ELA). 2021-11-09. Archived from the original on 2021-11-22.
  9. ^ "ELA premises Bratislava". European Labour Authority (ELA). 2021-11-09 – via YouTube.