The forum is the last opportunity for Member States and regions to make their voices heard before the Commission presents its legislative proposals on the future cohesion policy, due out by summer 2011.
The new guide is a concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services in a socially responsible way in line with EU rules. It also highlights the contribution public procurement can make to stimulate greater social inclusion.
The new guide aims at clarifying the European rules applicable to the organisation and financing of services of general interest. This guide thus helps public authorities, especially at local level, to provide high quality and efficient services in line with the EU rules.
The European Commission has asked Austria to comply with the relevant EU legislation and to ensure that contractual workers in the public sector, who work less than 12 hours a week, as well as those on fixed-term contracts running for less than 6 months, receive the same treatment as their colleagues who are employed permanently and full-time.
The European Commission has asked Austria to comply with the EU legislation that protects workers from health and safety risks of excessive exposure to 'artificial optical radiation', such as laser equipment and ultraviolet A light (UVA).
The European Commission has requested the United Kingdom to put an end to discriminatory legislation allowing for differential pay of non-UK seafarers linked directly and indirectly to their nationality.
While the EU technically emerged from the recession, growth continues to be sluggish, hesitant and unequally spread, the latest edition of Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor quarterly shows. Restructuring measures appear increasingly to be affecting public sector employment as a result of widespread public spending restrictions and cuts.
However, conditions are generally set to remain weak and uneven for some time, with potentially persistent unemployment in others, says latest Monthly Labour Market Monitor released by the European Commission.
The EU Employment and Social Policy ministers will hold their traditional informal meeting from 17 to 18 January in Gödöllő. The meeting will take place in Hungary under the auspices of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU. Commissioner Andor will represent the European Commission.
The Annual Growth Survey charts a clear direction on where Europe should be heading in the next year, with ten pressing actions focussed on macro-economic stability and fiscal consolidation, structural reforms and growth-enhancing measures.