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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

Commission sets out agenda for gender equality
A new Gender Equality Strategy, outlined Thursday by the EU Commission, sets out key actions for the next 5 years and commits the executive to include an equality perspective in all EU policy areas.

Gender Equality Strategy - background guide
The European Commission presented on 5 February its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe.

Unemployment in the EU at lowest rate since 2000
The unemployment rate in the 28 EU Member States was 6.2 per cent in December 2019, continuing a steady decline from previous months, according to figures published Thursday by Eurostat.

MEPs back transport package to improve conditions for drivers
A European Parliament committee approved a deal Tuesday to reform the road transport sector with revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers' rest times and better enforcement of 'cabotage' rules.

European Green Deal Investment Plan + Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented on 14 January will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Gender gap could hold back expected R&D surge: report
Complacency over gender diversity could be an important factor in holding back an expected global surge in research and development activity, according to new research published on Wednesday.

European Labour Authority
The European Labour Authority started its activities on 16 October with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

European Labour Authority begins work
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker launched a new EU agency Wednesday, the European Labour Authority, which began work by holding its first Management Board meeting in Brussels.

European Labour Authority
The European Labour Authority (ELA) ensures that EU rules on labour mobility and social security coordination are enforced in a fair and effective way and makes it easier for citizens and businesses to reap the benefits of the internal market.

Stages - Traineeship
Trainees work all over the European Commission/Services/Agencies mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and across the European Union. The content of the job depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy etc.

EU work-life balance directive comes into force
An EU Directive on work-life balance, which came into force Thursday, aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market and the take-up of parental leave and flexible working arrangements.

MEPs approve minimum rights for 'gig economy' workers
The EU Parliament approved minimum rights for workers in casual or short-term employment Tuesday, including workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs such as Uber or Deliveroo.

Final approval for new EU rules to reconcile work and family life
New rules on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave, given final approval by MEPs on Thursday, strengthen the role of a father and boost women’s representation in the workplace.

'Fairer rules' on social security agreed for workers abroad
The EU institutions came to a provisional agreement Wednesday on new rules to ensure 'fair and clear' access to social security benefits for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country.

2019 Gender Equality report
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the European Commission published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU.

Red tape cut for those who move to another EU Member State
From 16 February, bureaucratic procedures for citizens who need to present a public document to get married or start a job in the country they live in have been cut across the European Union.

EU strikes deal to boost workers' rights in non-standard jobs
The EU struck a provisional deal Thursday on a proposal for more transparent working conditions, with minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs such as Uber or Deliveroo.

EU agrees better work-life balance for parents and carers
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement Friday on a proposal to improve access for working parents to work-life balance arrangements such as leaves and flexible working arrangements.

Austria's Good Friday law discriminatory: EU Court
Austria's granting of a paid public holiday on Good Friday only to employees who are members of certain churches constitutes religious discrimination prohibited under EU law, the EU's top Court has ruled.

New EU rules on occupational pension funds in force
The EU's revised Directive on occupational pension funds, known as IORP II, which came into force on 13 January, aims to increase savers' trust in work pension funds regardless of where in the EU they are based.

Brussels consults on EU equal pay guarantee
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather information on the impact of EU rules on equal pay and how to better implement and enforce the EU equal pay principles.

EU Parliament, Council strike deal on accessibility
Key products and services such as smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities following a deal by Parliament and Council Thursday.

European Accessibility Act
The European Accessibility Act aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent legislation. This will facilitate the work of companies and will bring benefits for persons with disabilities and elderly people in the EU.

Ballerina wins contract case at EU's top Court
An Italian ballerina won her case at the EU Court of Justice Thursday when it ruled that workers in the opera and orchestral sectors cannot be excluded from protection against abuse of fixed-term employment contracts.

MEPs look to boost workers' rights in the gig economy
New rules on minimum rights for workers in on-demand, voucher-based or platform employment, such as Uber or Deliveroo, were approved by a European Parliament committee on Thursday.