August 23, 2017 / 5:45 PM / a year ago

France's Macron sees progress on posted workers' issue, sees agreement in October

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday there had been progress with the leaders of Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia on finding a solution to the issue of posted workers in the European Union.

(R-L) French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and Brigitte Macron react as they listen during a piano masterclass by French pianist Dominique Merlet at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Bertrand Guay/Pool

“Our talks mark a real step forward, real progress toward a compromise in October and I’m glad about that,” Macron told reporters after a leaders’ summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg.

The European Union is trying to overcome differences between western and eastern European countries about the practice that allows firms in low-wage countries to post workers elsewhere. It is trying to reach a deal between the EU members in October.

Reporting by Francois Murphy and Michel Rose in Paris; writing by John Irish

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