The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under a Parliament/Council informal deal endorsed by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday. This fund, which replaces the Food Distribution Programme, will pay for food aid, basic material assistance and social inclusion measures for the EU’s most deprived citizens.
The employment and social aspects of the role and work of the Troika will be examined in a specific Employment and Social Affairs Committee report, to be debated for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. The committee vote is scheduled for February 2014.
EU workers who move to a different EU country will be allowed to safeguard their supplementary pension rights, under a deal between Parliament and member states backed by employment MEPs on Monday. The legislation will apply to EU workers who move within the EU and, at Parliament’s insistence, also to cross-border workers.
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under an informal deal concluded by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. This should ensure that the Fund is fully operational from 1 January 2014.
EP and member state negotiators reached agreement on Tuesday afternoon on rules to allow EU workers who move to a different EU country to safeguard their supplementary pension rights. Negotiations had been deadlocked in Council for six years.
Commissioners Olli Rehn and Laszlo Andor came under fire from various quarters on Thursday when presenting the Commission's Annual Growth Survey to MEPs on the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment committees. Many MEPs disputed Mr Rehn's claim that economies were improving and critised the Commission for continuing to administer more of the same medicine. German centre-right MEPs chided the Commission for having taken aim at their country in its latest assessment of EU economies.