Case Study Category: Labour MarketCase Study Tags: Belgium, Benelux Union, COVID-19, Labour, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
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Specific measures to assist cross-border workers commuting in the Benelux Union during COVID-19 emergency.
Numerous measures have been taken by the authorities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This caused a lot of questions, especially in the border areas by people working across the border. The countries' policy points were often very different from each other and the impact of the measures worked out very differently for employers and cross-border workers.
It is essential that the border commuters in the event of a crisis have the right to up-to-date and official information. From the moment of the first measures, the BSG has continuously adapted its information portal “Starting Point cross-border labour” with information from the three countries, regions and neighboring areas.
From 16 March 2020, the portal has been used to create a special section of “coronameasures” enabling cross-border workers to easily find the most up-to-date and relevant official information that applies directly to them, such as documents necessary to facilitate access to the country as an essential worker. This information was obtained directly through the officially concerned ministries and partner organizations in the Benelux countries and North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, the BSG has helped to provide information within the framework of the Cross-Border Labour Mobility Steering Committee to look for solutions on the impact of new measures for people working across borders within the framework of the existing treaties.