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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

European Vocational Skills Week 21 November 2017, 23:27 CET
From 20 to 24 November 2017, the European Commission is organising the second European Vocational Skills Week, building on the success of last year's initiative. Why a European Vocational Skills Week? Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. This is at the heart of the New Skills Agenda

Weekly rest period allows for flexibility, rules EU Court 09 November 2017, 21:51 CET
A worker's weekly rest period can be granted on any day during each seven-day period, and does not necessarily have to be granted the day following six consecutive working days, the EU Court ruled Thursday.

Organisation of working time - Working Time Directive 09 November 2017, 21:01 CET
To protect workers' health and safety, working hours must meet minimum standards applicable throughout the EU. The Working Time Directive sets out minimum safety and health requirements for the organisation of the working time of workers. These cover: minimum periods of daily and weekly rest, annual leave, breaks and maximum weekly working time; aspects of night and shift work.

EU Globalisation Fund proves its worth 01 November 2017, 23:36 CET
An EU report on the performance of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, published Wednesday, affirms its role in providing support to people losing their jobs as a result of globalisation.

European Week for Safety and Health at Work 27 October 2017, 00:11 CET
Held each year in October (calendar week 43), the European Week for Safety and Health at Work is a highlight of every Healthy Workplaces Campaign. With hundreds of awareness-raising events taking place across the EU and beyond — and extra impetus given to media coverage — it is an ideal opportunity to get involved in the campaign.

EU votes in stricter limits on exposure to carcinogens at work 25 October 2017, 23:35 CET
Stricter EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogens at work - which could help save up to 100,000 lives in the next 50 years - won the EU Parliament’s final approval Wednesday.

Ministers agree position on EU posted workers directive 25 October 2017, 23:04 CET
EU ministers agreed a compromise Monday on the posting of workers directive, allowing posted workers to generally benefit from the same rules governing pay and working conditions as local workers.

Police height limit may discriminate against women: EU Court 18 October 2017, 23:10 CET
A Greek law laying down a minimum height requirement irrespective of sex, as a criterion for admission to a police school, may discriminate against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.

MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers 18 October 2017, 18:32 CET
MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.

Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality 12 October 2017, 20:24 CET
Gender equality in Europe is progressing at a snail's pace, according to an updated Gender Equality Index published Wednesday, showing Sweden as the top-performing country and Greece at the bottom.

Record high employment rates in EU: review 05 October 2017, 23:15 CET
The EU's latest report on the employment and social situation in the EU shows record high employment rates and signs of improvement for youth employment.

EU boost for long-term apprenticeships in Europe 05 October 2017, 22:49 CET
The EU Commission adopted Thursday a proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships, with a view to increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices.

Initiative to boost apprenticeships in Europe 05 October 2017, 22:15 CET
The European Commission adopted on 5 October 2017 a proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships.

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income 28 September 2017, 22:37 CET
Introducing minimum income schemes in all EU Member States is one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty, Euro-MPs on the Parliament's Employment Committee said on Thursday.

Brussels looks to extend scope of EU rules on work contracts 27 September 2017, 00:18 CET
The EU Commission is in talks with trades unions and employers' organisations on making rules on employment contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.

Employment contracts 26 September 2017, 22:32 CET
The following pages present the minimum requirements set by the EU employment laws. The following information aims to give an overview of employment contracts rules, but won't cover all the details of the rules and provisions.

Updating EU rules on employment contracts 26 September 2017, 23:20 CET
The European Commission has entered into further discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at EU level on how to modernise the rules on employment contracts, in order to make these contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.

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.