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Living and working in the European Union.

MEPs back work-life balance reforms 16 July 2018, 18:35 CET
The EU Parliament's Employment Committee gave its backing Wednesday to approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.

Talks set to start on pan-European pension 20 June 2018, 17:25 CET
EU states have asked the presidency to start negotiations with the Parliament on a proposal for a pan-European pension product that would make it easier for people to put money aside for their old age.

Gay spouses have equal rights to EU residence: European Court 06 June 2018, 23:52 CET
While EU Member States have the freedom to decide whether to legalise same-sex marriages, they have no right to deny residence rights to spouses of the same sex, the EU's top court has ruled.

Northern European cities offer best living conditions: report 22 March 2018, 17:37 CET
Copenhagen and Bern offer the best living standards in the world for expatriates, according to a survey of the best and worst cities for air pollution, transport, personal security and cultural barriers.

EU action for women's rights and gender equality 09 March 2018, 00:24 CET
The European Commission set out on 8 March various initiatives it is engaged in in support of women's rights and gender equality.

EU agrees on access to products and services for disabled people 08 December 2017, 23:41 CET
The EU Council signalled its readiness Thursday to start talks with the European Parliament on the accessibility directive, to make everyday products and services more accessible to people with a disability.

Lyon wins 2018 Access City Award 07 December 2017, 13:48 CET
On the European Day for People with Disabilities, the French city of Lyon was awarded the 2018 Access City Award for its inclusive and universal accessibility. the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

rescEU: EU disaster management 23 November 2017, 23:28 CET
The European Commission has tabled a set of proposals to strengthen the EU's civil protection response and boost Europe's ability to better deal with natural disasters. The proposal establishes a dedicated reserve of operational capacities at Union level – rescEU – and strengthens preparedness and prevention measures. Concretely, it focuses on two key areas: creating the rescEU system to increase overall disaster response capacities available in the EU and investing more in prevention and preparedness.

From institutions to community living - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights report 12 October 2017, 20:50 CET
Many people with disabilities in the EU still live in institutions. They risk being isolated, marginalised and prevented from living a full, independent life, and face worse conditions than people without disabilities. This calls for systematic changes in the way support for people with disabilities is organised and funded, new reports from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveal. They suggest what people with disabilities need from the EU and its Member States to enjoy living independently with community-based support, simply taking public transport or shopping.

Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality 12 October 2017, 20:24 CET
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.

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income 28 September 2017, 22:37 CET
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.

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls 21 September 2017, 20:32 CET
The European Union and the United Nations have launched a new partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, backed by an initial dedicated financial envelope of EUR 500 million.

Work-related accidents cost EU EUR 476 bn a year 06 September 2017, 22:22 CET
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.

Brussels launches social security information system 04 July 2017, 17:02 CET
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) 04 July 2017, 16:58 CET
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.

Synthetic opioids a growing health threat: EU report 07 June 2017, 18:38 CET
Highly potent synthetic opioids pose a growing health threat, according to an EU report Tuesday which highlights rising overdose deaths and continued availability of new psychoactive substances.

Brussels acts against drug use and trafficking 16 March 2017, 00:02 CET
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday a new action plan on drugs to strengthen the EU's response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

Tougher EU gun law to close security loopholes 15 March 2017, 00:39 CET
An update to the EU's 1991 firearms directive, approved Tuesday by Euro-MPs, include tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons, such as those used in the Paris terror attacks.

Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men 09 March 2017, 23:40 CET
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.

European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 09 April 2018, 16:01 CET
The European Commission presented on 2 February its Progress Report on implementation of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

2017 EU Citizenship Report - guide 25 January 2017, 18:07 CET
The European Commission published on 24 January its third EU Citizenship Report taking stock of progress since 2014 and further presenting actions to ensure citizens can fully enjoy their rights when working, travelling, studying or participating in elections.

Social rights: EU prepares to address citizens' disconnect 23 January 2017, 17:56 CET
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.

Modernisation of EU policy on health and safety at work 12 January 2017, 23:24 CET
The European Commission took action on 10 January 2017 to promote and modernise Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

Public websites to be accessible to all 27 October 2016, 12:25 CET
The websites of hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to disabled and elderly people, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Gender employment gap costs Europe EUR 370 bn per year 13 October 2016, 22:36 CET
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.