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Living and Working in the EU

Living and working in the European Union.

European Commission CSR site
Corporate Social Responsibility on the European Commission's Employment/Social Affairs DG site.

Free movement of workers in the EU
Every citizen of the EU has the right to work and live in another Member State without being discriminated against on grounds of nationality.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
EU-OSHA is the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health. Its work contributes to the European Commission's Strategic Framework for Safety and Health at work 2014-2020 and other relevant EU strategies and programmes, such as Europe 2020.

Federation of European Employers
FedEE provides a practical HR resource for companies operating internationally across Europe, with a focus on employment law, pay and labour relations. First established with EU funding in 1989, it is now a rapidly-growing independent organisation serving the needs of multinational employers worldwide.

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.

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.

Schengen Area
The Schengen Area is an area without internal borders, an area within which citizens, many non-EU nationals, business people and tourists can freely circulate without being subjected to border checks. Since 1985, it has gradually grown and encompasses today almost all EU States and a few associated non-EU countries.

EUROPOL - the European Police Office
Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens. We do this by assisting the European Union’s Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. Large–scale criminal and terrorist networks pose a significant threat to the internal security of the EU and to the safety and livelihood of its people. The biggest security threats come from terrorism, international drug trafficking and money laundering, organised fraud, counterfeiting of the euro currency, and people smuggling. But new dangers are also accumulating, in the form of cybercrime, trafficking in human beings, and other modern-day threats. This is a multi–billion euro business, quick to adapt to new opportunities and resilient in the face of traditional law enforcement measures.

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.

EurLife - Quality of life database
EurLife is an interactive database on living conditions and quality of life in Europe, offering data drawn from the surveys of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and other published sources. The data deals with the objective living conditions and subjective well-being of European citizens. It covers the 25 current EU Member States and three candidate countries: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

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.