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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and working Conditions
The Foundation is a European Union body, one of the first to be established to work in specialised areas of EU policy - to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe. Its role is to provide information, advice and expertise – on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe – for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion
Operating in a highly competitive business environment and at a time of increasing pressure on the labour market, many employers in Europe are aware of the need to implement measures to improve productivity and efficiency and at the same time enhance the working environment and culture. Workplace health promotion has been shown to make a major contribution to the achievement of these outcomes. The ENWHP promotes good practice in workplace health promotion and advocates the adoption of such practice in all European workplaces.

ETUC European Trade Union Confederation
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) was set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions. The ETUC has in membership 81 National Trade Union Confederations from 36 European countries, as well as 12 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members, plus observer organisations in Macedonia and Serbia. Other trade Union structures such as EUROCADRES (the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) and EFREP/FERPA (European Federation of Retired and Elderly Persons) operate under the auspices of the ETUC.

The EU's Lisbon strategy - Growth and Jobs
The Lisbon Strategy is a commitment to bring about economic, social and environmental renewal in the EU. In March 2000, the European Council in Lisbon set out a ten-year strategy to make the EU the world's most dynamic and competitive economy. Under the strategy, a stronger economy will drive job creation alongside social and environmental policies that ensure sustainable development and social inclusion.

European Personnel Selection Office
EPSO - Official website of the European Personnel Selection Office - its aim is to provide the public with free access to reliable information about recruitment to the EU institutions and to make best use of information technology to improve the management of selection procedures.

Professional qualifications in the EU
The rights of EU citizens to establish themselves or to provide services anywhere in the EU are fundamental principles of European Community law. Regulations which only recognise professional qualifications of a particular jurisdiction are seen as presenting obstacles to these fundamental freedoms.

Europass portal
Europass helps people to make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries) and also to move anywhere in Europe. The Europass portal allows EU citizens to complete online, with the help of a tutorial and examples, their own Europass CV and Europass Language Passport.

Health and Safety at Work - EU legislation
A wide variety of Community measures in the field of safety and health at work have been adopted on the basis of Article 153 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. European directives are legally binding and have to be transposed into national laws by Member States. European Directives set out minimum requirements and fundamental principles, such as the principle of prevention and risk assessment, as well as the responsibilities of employers and employees. A series of European guidelines aims to facilitate the implementation of European directives as well as European standards which are adopted by European standardisation organisations.

Draft Directive on Services in the EU internal market
The objective of the Services proposal is to achieve a genuine Internal Market in services by removing legal and administrative barriers to the development of service activities between Member States. The proposed Directive would guarantee service providers more legal certainty if they want to exercise two fundamental freedoms (freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services) enshrined in the EC Treaty. This would make it easier for businesses to provide and use cross-border services in the EU, thus increasing cross-border competition in service markets, bringing down prices and improving quality and choice for consumers. The Directive will also strengthen the rights of users of services, for instance by enshrining the right of non-discrimination.

Labour Law Directives
EU Labour Law Directives from the European Commission's Labour Law and Work Organisation.

Services directive - EP text
European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market (COM(2004)0002 – C5-0069/2004 – 2004/0001(COD)) - text adopted 16 February 2006

European Year for Workers' Mobility
2006 has been designated the European Year for Workers’ Mobility. On this site you can find out more about activities and events carried out in the framework of the Year, and access a wealth of information on workers' mobility. It aims to open up the debate on the real benefits and challenges of working abroad or changing job.

European Job Fairs 2006
The week of 29–30 September will see the first ever Europe-wide jobs fair take place as one of the centrepieces of the European Year of Workers’ Mobility. Parallel events will take place in between 70 and 100 towns and cities across Europe and are expected to attract thousands of participants.

EURES - European Job Mobility Portal
European Employment Services (EURES) is the European Job Mobility Portal. It is designed to help find information on jobs and learning opportunities in Europe. EURES offers three types of service: information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching).