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Employment Policy in the EU

Latest news on employment policy in the European Union.

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.

European Solidarity Corps
The European Commission adopted on 30 May a proposal for a dedicated legal base and budget for the European Solidarity Corps.

Uber still needs licences: EU Court advisor
The innovative Uber electronic taxi platform is required to obtain necessary transport licences under national law, a European Court advocate general made clear in an opinion Thursday.

German law on worker participation compatible with EU law: EU Court
Advocate-general Saugmandsgaard Øe confirmed in an Opinion from the European Court of Justice Thursday that German law on employee participation is compatible with EU law.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

EU sets out principles for a social dimension
The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men
A report on gender equality to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday shows that despite women's employment rate reaching an all-time high, women still earn 16.3% less than men across Europe.

Social rights: EU prepares to address citizens' disconnect
More "fairness and social justice in Europe" is the aim of of the European Commission as it prepared next steps towards a European Pillar of Social Rights Monday at a high level conference in Brussels.

UK needs migrant workers, but will they come? - report
A new report on the impact of Brexit on UK migration shows that job sectors where EU workers are most needed are seeing the biggest immediate dip in interest following the leave vote in June.

Modernisation of EU policy on health and safety at work
The European Commission took action on 10 January 2017 to promote and modernise Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up
The EU Commission unveiled an overhaul of social security rules Wednesday, acknowledging a Brexit campaign which highlighted 'benefits tourism' as a major concern of voters.

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.