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19 December 2019
EU: the European Trade Union Confederation is calling for a European directive on mandatory Human Rights due diligence and responsible business conduct
On 18 December, the ETUC Executive Committee approved a resolution calling for a European directive on mandatory Human Rights due diligence and responsible business conduct. This should establish mandatory and effective due diligence mechanisms covering companies’ activities and their business relationships, (including franchises) and extending to their supply and subcontracting...
13 December 2019
EU: mobility package nears final destination
The EU has taken a new step forward in the fight against social dumping. After a long night of negotiations on 12 December, representatives of the European institutions reached a provisional compromise on the working conditions of truck drivers and on market rules aimed at preventing unfair competition in the transport sector. The agreement however needs to be validated by the European Parliament and Member States, a final step that cannot yet be guaranteed, some observers warn.
11 December 2019
EU: European Commission presents its Green Deal that focuses on employment
Prior to her investiture, the President of the European Commission had announced her desire for the EU ‘to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050’. On the morning of 11 December EU Commissioners secured an agreement that its President, Ursula von der Leyen presented to the waiting press. In her European ‘Green Deal’ address the President insisted that this was ‘more than just a vision’, and that it was a roadmap comprising 50 actions to be undertaken by 2050 for a ‘healthy and...
2 December 2019
EU: tough task to update European rules on social security for mobile citizens
With the Juncker Commission’s five years in office having come to an end, there is a feeling of business being unfinished when it comes to social Europe. As the former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, prepares to pass the torch on to her successor, Nicolas Schmit, she will not be able to help but notice the impasse regarding her last legislative proposal, on the coordination of social security systems.
27 November 2019
EU: European Parliament gives the green light to the new European Commission
“If we do our job well, the Europe of 2050 will be the first continent in the world to be carbon neutral. It will be a leading digital power. It will continue to be the economy that best manages to strike a balance between market forces and social concern. And it will lead the way on the great global issues.” Thus some of the then President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen’s closing words in her speech on 27 November requesting the European Parliament’s approval for the new EU...
18 November 2019
EU: final adoption of directive on cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions
Today the Council of the European Union finalised the adoption of the directive that seeks to facilitate the “mobility” of companies within the European area, while guaranteeing the rights of different stakeholders, notably workers and their representatives. The text that was definitively adopted today is the result of a compromise between different EU institutions (see article n° 11069). The next step is for the text to be published in the EU’s official journal.
29 October 2019
EU : the ETUC campaigns for full implementation of the EU Directive on Work-Life Balance
In a press statement published on 29 September 2019, the European Trade Union Confederation underlined that in order to fully transpose EU Directive 1158/2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers (c.f. article No. 11231), seven countries will have to introduce paternity leave, while others will have to extend its duration. Alongside the statement, the ETUC also published the result of its study, ‘REBALANCE, Trade unions’ strategies ad good practices to promote work-life balance’ (attached). which...
24 October 2019
EU judges dilute the role of social partners in European social policy making
Is the European Commission required to implement an agreement concluded between European social partners as part of the consultation procedure intended by the Treaty? In a ruling handed down on 24 October, the Tribunal of the European Union ruled that the European Commission, which has sole authority in terms of social policies even if the social partners have used their rights to negotiate such an agreement. For the Luxemburg Court, the European Commission remains the guardian of the general interest, while the...
16 October 2019
EU: European Labour Authority becomes a working reality
Companies looking to offer its services in another EU Member State or employ staff from different EU Member States could soon be able to turn to the European Labour Authority (ELA) and receive clear and precise information on applicable rules and regulations, including information on sector collective agreements. On 16 October 2019, the European Commission officially launched the start of the ELA’s work during its inaugural ceremony, which welcomed participants including the European Commission President,...
16 October 2019
EU : key points from the whistleblowers directive (infography)
The Directive of the European parliament and of the council on the protection of persons who report breaches of union law was adopted by the EU Council Ministers on 07 October, and intends to better protect those who report illegal activities and/or those violating EU law. Member State transposition should occur within two years of its publication in the EU Official Journal. For more information on its content we invite you to read article No. 11044 and to the directive attached below.