Yesterday Commissioner Thyssen presented the annual review of employment and social developments in the European Union.
The European Commission has proposed to provide Belgium with €1.8 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 488 workers made redundant by several manufacturers of construction machinery in the province of Hainaut (Wallonia, Belgium).
An increasing number of Europeans are working part-time. This can be a positive development if it means that people can choose more freely the balance between work and other pursuits – and between income and leisure – or if it brings employment opportunities to people who were previously excluded from the labour market: such as mothers, older workers, and students.
Today, following an agreement by social partners on working conditions in the fishing sector, the European Commission is translating the agreement into a legal proposal for a Directive. In 2013, the EU social partners in the fishing sector reached an agreement, which proposed to align EU law with the 2007 "Work in Fishing" Convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
On 27 May 2016 the European Platform to enhance cooperation in tackling undeclared work will be launched in Brussels.
On 21 April partners of the BESPAT project discussed the European dimension of personal and household services (PHS) with members of the EU institutions and representatives of the most important European PHS networks.
On 14 April 2016, the fifth meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) High Level Working Group on Employment and Labour (HLWG) took place in Brussels.
On 13 April a conference was organised by IMPact (Improving Measurement of Public Support to Personal and Household Services), an EU project co-funded by the PROGRESS programme of the EU.