The Elimination of Child Labour and the EU
In contrast with the US, which is not subject to restrictions with respect to the range
of its competences, the European Union1 disposes only of those competences which
have been transferred to it by the Member States through the constituent treaties. The
principle of the ‘competences attribuées’ is fundamental to communitarian law. To
what extent the EU can be involved in the elimination of child labour will depend on
the competences of the EU in the ﬁeld of labour law.