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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

EU votes in stricter limits on exposure to carcinogens at work
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.