More modern state aid rules for aviation
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on state aid rules in the aviation sector. The new proposals will keep the underlying principle that public financing which operates in the same way as a private investor would have done is not state aid. They look however to bring existing rules in line with recent developments in the aviation sector – like post 9/11 security threats, increased oil prices, concentration among air carriers and the advent of low-cost airlines that use regional airports. For more information, see the proposal. Comments should be sent by 25 September 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultation with trade unions and employers' representatives on undeclared work
The European Commission has launched a consultation with representatives of trade unions and employers' organisations on possible future EU measures to prevent and deter undeclared work through improved cooperation between Member States enforcement authorities, such as labour inspectorates, tax and social security authorities. László Andor commented: "Undeclared work is a scourge – it puts workers at greater risk of poverty and potentially dangerous working conditions. It undermines workers' job security, access to pensions and health care. It deprives governments of tax and social security revenue. Governments, employers and trade unions should work together at EU level to prevent and deter undeclared work". The consultation will help the Commission to implement its policy objectives to tackle undeclared work, as set out in the April 2012 Employment Package . The employees' and employers' organisations have until 20 September 2013 to submit their views and comments.