The Commission has published an evaluation of the 2004 social partners agreement on work-related stress, concluding that it has had positive effects where implemented although the agreement has not been implemented evenly throughout Europe.
The Commission has decided to take Spain to the European Court of Justice for refusing EU pensioners access to free medication while temporarily residing in Spain.
Several non-Belgian European citizens who worked in the Belgian Congo or Ruanda-Urundi and contributed to the Belgian social security system do not enjoy the same social rights as their Belgian colleagues. On the basis of their complaints, the Commission has acted to enforce compliance with the principle of non-discrimination between European citizens in line with the Treaty and European legislation.
The European Commission has asked the UK to change provisions in its legislation that exempt some maintenance and repair activities from the application of the EU directive on protection of workers from asbestos.
The European Commission has requested Italy to take professional experience and seniority acquired by doctors in another Member State into account when determining their rank or working conditions (like salary, grade career development) in the Italian public sector.
The labour market in the EU has remained broadly stable, with consistent signs of recovery in some Member States, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet released by the European Commission.
The Commission approved an application from the Czech Republic for assistance under the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The €323 820 requested by the Czech authorities will help 460 redundant workers back into employment.
The Commission has approved an application from Poland for assistance under the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF). The €453 570 will help 200 employees made redundant by three machinery and equipment manufacturers in the Polish region of Podkarpackie.