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Energy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission reportChoose translations of the previous link 

Map of Europe © EU

23/07/2014

Employment and social rights, Energy and natural resources, Regions and local development

The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe.

 

Commission outlines measures to maximise job opportunities in the green economy Choose translations of the previous link 

Janez Poto─Źnik and László Andor © EU

02/07/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The Green Employment Initiative Communication presents an integrated framework to allow labour market and skill policies to play an active role to support this transition.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.6% - EU28 at 10.3% Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman working at desk © EU

01/07/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.6% in May 2014, stable compared with April 2014, but down from 12.0% in May 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.3% in May 2014, down from 10.4% in April 2014, and from 10.9% in May 2013.

 

Council discusses safety of medical devices

Laszlo Andor and Ioannis Vroutsis © EU

20/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council looked at ways of improving the safety of medical and in vitro devices in the EU.

 

Health and safety at work: Strategic Framework sets out EU objectives for 2014-2020 Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

06/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

This new Framework aims at ensuring that the EU continues to play a leading role in the promotion of high standards for working conditions both within Europe and internationally, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.7% - EU28 at 10.4%Choose translations of the previous link 

Young woman working in textile factory © EU

03/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.7% in April 2014, down from 11.8% in March 2014, and from 12.0% in April 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.4% in April 2014, down from 10.5% in March 2014, and from 10.9% in April 2013.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.8% - EU28 at 10.5%Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman search job adverts in newspaper © EU

02/05/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.8% in March 2014, stable since December 2013, but down from 12.0% in March 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.5% in March 2014, stable compared with February 2014, but down from 10.9% in March 2013.

 

Better enforcing posted workers’ rights

Workman inspecting roof © EU

16/04/2014

Employment and social rights

Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected by a draft law already informally agreed with the Council, and endorsed by Parliament.

 

Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence Choose translations of the previous link 

Man counting money © EU

09/04/2014

Employment and social rights

The Platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a phenomenon that causes serious damage to working conditions, fair competition and public budgets.

 

Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

07/04/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problems in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.6%Choose translations of the previous link 

People representing various professions © EU

01/04/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.9% in February 2014, stable since October 2013. It was 12.0% in February 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.6% in February 2014, down from 10.7% in January 2014.

 

EU leaders and social partners stress need to rebuild confidence in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy © EU

20/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

The Summit agreed on the need for further collective efforts to pursue sustainable economic growth, while ensuring social cohesion and quality employment.

 

Man looking in job agency window © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.8%

28/02/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in January 2014, stable since October 2013. It was also 12.0% in January 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.8% in January 2014, stable since October 2013.

 

Seasonal worker picking fruit in greenhouse © EU

More rights and better working conditions for non-EU seasonal workers

05/02/2014

Employment and social rights

Seasonal workers from outside the EU will be entitled to better working and living conditions, including proper accommodation and a limit on working hours, under a law passed by Parliament.

 

People outside job centre © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.7%

31/01/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in December 2013, stable since October. It was 11.9% in December 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.7% in December 2013, down from 10.8% in November.

 

José Manuel Barroso and Antonio Tajani © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission calls for immediate action for a European Industrial Renaissance

22/01/2014

Business, Employment and social rights

The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth and to mainstreaming industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas.

 

László Andor © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Annual Review highlights need to address risks of in-work poverty

21/01/2014

Employment and social rights

The review shows how taking up a job can help people to get out of poverty, but only in half of the cases: much depends on the type of job found, but also on the household composition and labour market situation of the partner.

 

Different professions and EU flags © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Employment: Commission proposes to improve EURES job search network

17/01/2014

Employment and social rights

The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help employers, notably small and medium businesses, to fill job vacancies faster and better, under a proposal just presented by the European Commission.

 

László Andor © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission publishes guide on application of ‘Habitual Residence Test’ for social security

13/01/2014

Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens rights

The new guide gives more clarity about the EU 'Habitual Residence Test' and will facilitate its application in practice by Member States' authorities.

 

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Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% - EU28 at 10.9%

08/01/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in November 2013, stable since April. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable since May. 

 

László Andor at the press conference © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Structural and investment funds: Commission boosts partners' role in planning and spending

07/01/2014

Employment and social rights, Regions and local development

The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle requires Member States to strengthen cooperation between their authorities responsible for spending EU structural and investment funds and project partners.

 

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Commission proposes best practices to reduce the social impact of restructuring

13/12/2013

Business, Employment and social rights

Best practices for anticipating company restructuring and minimising their impact on workers and social conditions have been outlined by the European Commission in the form of an EU Quality Framework for anticipation of Change and Restructuring.

 

László Andor © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes standards to improve quality of traineeships

04/12/2013

Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary.

 

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Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% - EU28 at 10.9%

29/11/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in October 2013, down from 12.2% in September. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable compared with September.

 

Workers passing through EU flags © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU

25/11/2013

Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens rights

The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.

 

Two workmen unloading bricks from truck © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Globalisation Adjustment Fund provided over €73.5 million to support 15 700 EU workers in 2012

14/11/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) helped a total of 15 700 workers dismissed due to the economic crisis and the effects of globalisation find new job opportunities in 2012, according to a report today by the European Commission.

 

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European Semester 2014: strengthening the recovery

13/11/2013

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of this year’s Annual Growth Survey (AGS), adopted by the Commission.

 

Man looking window in job agency © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.2% - EU28 at 11.0%

31/10/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2% in September 2013, stable compared with August. The EU28 unemployment rate was 11%, also stable compared with August.

 

Woman searching newspaper © EU

MEPs pave the way for greater professional mobility in the EU

09/10/2013

Employment and social rights

A virtual professional qualifications card, to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists, architects and other professionals to move to and practice in another EU country will be introduced by a new draft law voted by Parliament.

 

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The future of the Economic and Monetary Union: Commission proposes ideas to deepen social integration

02/10/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

 

Workers passing through EU flags © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

European Commission and Member States to assess barriers restricting access to regulated professions

02/10/2013

Employment and social rights

The European Commission has adopted a communication announcing the start of an evaluation of national regulations on access to professions.

 

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Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.9%

01/10/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in August 2013, stable compared with July. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, also stable compared with July.

 

Jobs in the EU © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% - EU 28 at 11%

30/08/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in July 2013, stable compared with June. The EU28 unemployment rate was 11%, also stable compared with June.

 

People queuing in front of job agency © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

June 2013: Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% - EU27 at 10.9%

31/07/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in June 2013, stable compared with May. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, down from 11.0% in May.

 

Men at work © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

May 2013: Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1%, EU27 at 10.9%

01/07/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in May 2013, up from 12.0% in April. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable compared with the previous month. In both zones, rates have risen markedly compared with May 2012, when they were 11.3% and 10.4% respectively.

 

Young woman working in a textile factory © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review highlights advantages of traineeships; latest migration trends

25/06/2013

Temporary contracts can be a good opportunity for a young person to get into the labour force in particular if they are linked to education or training, according to the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.

 

Different professions and EU flags © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes to help jobless by improving efficiency of public employment services

17/06/2013

The European Commission has proposed a Decision to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation to better address the needs of the unemployed and businesses.