The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian).
In some sectors undeclared work has increasingly become a challenge. Individuals and businesses that systematically breach legislation have a disruptive effect on all working life. Social fraud, violation of tax regulation and other forms of irregular activities are ever more organised and often contain cross-border elements. Cooperation between national public agencies and across borders is necessary to combat the proliferation of undeclared work.
Following recent labour market reforms in Portugal, the extension by administrative decision of collective agreements and the expiration or renewal of collective agreements have been contentious issues in the Portuguese industrial/ labour relations debate.
Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels.
The award for "Professional training in micro, small and medium enterprises at various career stages" is open for applications until 27 September 2017.
This award aims to identify a European provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) that has contributed to VET excellence through innovative practices.
The European Commission is putting in place a network of European Vocational Skills (VET) Week Ambassadors.
Today, the Commission published the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review.
In the first quarter of 2017 self-employed people made up 15% of the workforce in EU Member States.
Half a year after the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps and following the matching of voluntary placements which started in March 2017, thousands of jobs and traineeship placements are now also kicking off.