August 23, 2017 / 5:45 PM / 10 months 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.

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka pose for photographers in Salzburg, Austria, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

“Our talks mark a real step forward, real progress towards 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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