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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

Brussels looks to boost long-term apprenticeships abroad 07 September 2017, 00:05 CET
Seven pilot projects offering long-term apprenticeships abroad of at least 6 months are to be pre-financed by the European Commission, in a bid to promote apprenticeships abroad of longer duration.

Work-related accidents cost EU EUR 476 bn a year 06 September 2017, 22:22 CET
Work-related ill-health and injury costs the EU 3.3 per cent of its GDP, or EUR 476 billion every year, according to new estimates of the cost of poor occupational safety and health presented Monday.

EU Commission's new Diversity and Inclusion Charter 20 July 2017, 23:53 CET
A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to reach at least 40 per cent women in management by 2019 are two key features of the Commission's new human resources strategy. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) staff and older staff. Concrete steps will be taken to make best use of the talent of all of the Commission's employees.

Unfair burden on the young: EU employment review 19 July 2017, 18:08 CET
An annual review of employment and social developments in Europe, published Monday, finds a particularly high burden, exacerbated by demographic ageing, being placed on younger generations.

Brussels launches social security information system 04 July 2017, 17:02 CET
The EU Commission launched Monday a new IT platform that will connect electronically around 15,000 social security institutions of EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) 04 July 2017, 16:58 CET
EESSI is an IT system that helps social security institutions across to EU exchange information more rapidly and securely, as required by the EU rules on social security coordination. At the moment most exchanges are paper-based: these are going to be replaced by electronic exchanges in the coming years, as EU Member States progress with connecting to EESSI.

Carcinogens at work: EU Council, Parliament reach agreement 29 June 2017, 22:54 CET
The EU presidency and European Parliament reached a provisional agreement Wednesday on a new directive to help protect workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace.

Brussels announces portable EU pension plan 29 June 2017, 18:23 CET
The EU Commission announced plans Thursday for a new class of pan-European pension products, allowing European consumers to benefit from more choice when saving for retirement.

Personal Pensions Products 29 June 2017, 18:18 CET
Personal pensions (also known as 'private pensions') are long-term savings products that individuals contribute to on a voluntary basis, complementing state and workplace pensions. They have a role to play in linking long-term savers with long-term investment opportunities. The Commission is exploring ways to increase choices for retirement saving and build an EU market for personal pensions.

Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) 29 June 2017, 18:12 CET
The European Commission launched on 29 June a new pan-European personal pensions label to help consumers save for retirement.

EU Skills Profile Tool for non-EU Nationals 21 June 2017, 00:15 CET
On the occasion of the United Nations' World Refugee Day, the European Commission is today releasing the 'EU Skills Profile Tool for Third-Country Nationals'.

EU agrees better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances 15 June 2017, 22:37 CET
EU Member States reached a general agreement Thursday to guarantee the protection at the workplace of more than 4 million workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemical substances.

Worker entitled to paid holiday: EU Court opinion 08 June 2017, 15:18 CET
It is incompatible with EU law to require a worker to take leave first before establishing whether he is entitled to be paid for it, EU Court of Justice Advocate General Tanchev made clear in an opinion Thursday.

European Solidarity Corps 31 May 2017, 00:26 CET
The European Commission adopted on 30 May a proposal for a dedicated legal base and budget for the European Solidarity Corps.

Uber still needs licences: EU Court advisor 11 May 2017, 18:47 CET
The innovative Uber electronic taxi platform is required to obtain necessary transport licences under national law, a European Court advocate general made clear in an opinion Thursday.

German law on worker participation compatible with EU law: EU Court 04 May 2017, 13:39 CET
Advocate-general Saugmandsgaard Øe confirmed in an Opinion from the European Court of Justice Thursday that German law on employee participation is compatible with EU law.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation 27 April 2017, 22:30 CET
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

EU sets out principles for a social dimension 27 April 2017, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men 09 March 2017, 23:40 CET
A report on gender equality to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday shows that despite women's employment rate reaching an all-time high, women still earn 16.3% less than men across Europe.

Social rights: EU prepares to address citizens' disconnect 23 January 2017, 17:56 CET
More "fairness and social justice in Europe" is the aim of of the European Commission as it prepared next steps towards a European Pillar of Social Rights Monday at a high level conference in Brussels.

UK needs migrant workers, but will they come? - report 17 January 2017, 23:22 CET
A new report on the impact of Brexit on UK migration shows that job sectors where EU workers are most needed are seeing the biggest immediate dip in interest following the leave vote in June.

Modernisation of EU policy on health and safety at work 12 January 2017, 23:24 CET
The European Commission took action on 10 January 2017 to promote and modernise Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up 15 December 2016, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission unveiled an overhaul of social security rules Wednesday, acknowledging a Brexit campaign which highlighted 'benefits tourism' as a major concern of voters.

European Solidarity Corps 08 December 2016, 11:36 CET
The European Solidarity Corps is a new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Young people who take part in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles. You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.

European Solidarity Corps 08 December 2016, 12:09 CET
The European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps on 7 December 2016, providing young people between the ages of 18 and 30 with the opportunity to sign up for new opportunities to make an important contribution to society across the EU, and to gain invaluable experience and acquire valuable skills at the start of their career.