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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps is the 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.

European Solidarity Corps
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.

European Vocational Skills Week
The first European Vocational Skills Week, organised by the European Commission, aims to inspire people to discover, use and improve their talents and abilities through vocational training.

Gender employment gap costs Europe EUR 370 bn per year
The total cost of a lower female employment rate in the European Union - more than 10 per cent lower than the male equivalent - is EUR 370 billion, according to a report from Eurofound.

EU unemployment rate lowest since 2009
Employment in the EU has increased in almost all Member States, according to the autumn edition of the European Commission's Employment and Social Development in Europe Quarterly Review.

Revised Europass Framework
The European Commission adopted on 6 October a proposal to revise the framework for Europass, a suite of tools and services which support the transparency of skills and qualifications across the European Union.

Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative - progress report
A Communication adopted by the European Commission on 4 October highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013.

EU Court rules on Spanish use of rolling fixed-term contracts
The use of successive fixed-term contracts to cover permanent needs in the health care sector are contrary to EU law, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Retiring employee still due annual leave allowance
An employee ending his employment of his own will is nevertheless entitled to an allowance if he was not able to use up all or part of his right to paid annual leave, the EU Court ruled Wednesday.

Brussels sticks to its guns on posting of workers
Following a review of its proposal to revise the Posting of Workers Directive, the EU Commission concluded Wednesday that the proposal does not constitute a breach of the subsidiarity principle.

EU Data Protection Regulation: Where do businesses need to take action now?
After a protracted negotiation and design phase, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Parliament on 04/14/2016 and entered into force on 05/24/2016. After 20 years, data protection law is at a whole new level and particularly uniform for the European Union.

EU approves new rules on occupational pensions
The EU agreed new rules for work pension funds Thursday, in a bid to improve the way they are governed and to enhance clarity in the information that is provided to pension savers.

Occupational pension funds
EU rules governing the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision.

Single language invoice requirement breaches EU law: EU Court
The obligation to draw up cross-border invoices exclusively in a particular language, failing which they are null and void, infringes EU law, the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday.

Skills Agenda for Europe
The European Commission adopted on 10 June a Skills Agenda for Europe.

EU 'Blue card' review to attract highly-skilled workers
A proposed review of the 'blue card' scheme for highly-skilled workers from third countries will integrate those with a right to stay in the EU as early as possible, the Commission said Tuesday.

Eurozone jobless lowest since 2011 at 10.2 pct
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the Eurozone remained stable at 10.2% in April compared with the previous month, according to Eurostat, and down from 11.0% in April last year.

Better protection against cancer-causing chemicals 'could save 100,000 lives'
New EU rules to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace could save 100,000 lives in the next 50 years, says Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.

New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers
Harmonised EU entry and residence rules were approved by the EU Parliament Wednesday, making it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.

EUR 1.8m EU aid to help redundant Belgian workers
The EU Commission is proposing to provide Belgium with EUR 1.8 million to help 488 workers made redundant by several manufacturers of construction machinery in the Wallonia region.

Big variations in jobless across EU regions
While unemployment rates fell in the majority of EU regions in 2015 compared with the previous year, figures from Eurostat show a huge variation in the levels of unemployment across Europe.

70 pct employment for 20-64 yr-olds in EU
The employment rate of the EU population aged 20 to 64 stood at 70.1% in 2015, up compared with 2014 (69.2%), but still slightly below its 2008 peak (70.3%), according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Sustainable work and healthy ageing for all: EU launches major campaign
A new EU campaign focuses on Europe’s enterprises and the need to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life.

'Trade secrets' directive given EU green light
Euro-MPs gave the green light Thursday to new EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets. The legislation ensures freedom of expression and information, so that the rules do not restrict the work of journalists.

EU proposals for the steel industry: Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe
The European Commission suggests policy measures to support the European steel sector to overcome its serious challenges, largely due to global overcapacity.