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The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on 3-4 September 2014 in Brussels in room József Antall JAN (4Q1).
 
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Employment and Social Affairs in the European Parliament - an in-depth analysis

The in-depth analysis gives an overview of the area of work covered by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament. After setting out the legal basis of the Treaties, this expertise prepared by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs presents the legal and policy instruments available in this policy field, and explains the existing funds. The analysis concludes with an outlook on the challenges that the EMPL Committee will face in the coming legislature 2014-2019.

   
EMPL elected chair and vice-chairs of the Committee

Thomas Händel is the new chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, elected by acclamation on 07.07.14. During its constituent meeting, the Committee also elected its vice-chairs: Marita Ulvskog, 1st Vice-Chair; Danuta Jazlowiecka, 2nd  Vice-Chair; Ulla Tørnæs, 3rd Vice-Chair and Agnes Jongerius, 4th Vice-Chair. Together, the chair and vice-chairs make up the bureau of the Committee, elected for a two-and-a-half year term. The first meeting of the EMPL Committee will take place on 22.07.2014.
 

   
 
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LIBE DEVE AFCO FEMM ECON ENVI EMPL TRAN 23-07-2014 - 12:35  

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers, on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated daily.

DEVE INTA BUDG CONT ECON JURI CULT AFCO LIBE AFET PETI FEMM DROI SEDE ENVI EMPL IMCO ITRE REGI TRAN PECH AGRI 08-07-2014 - 11:26  

After the election of a President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week, parliamentary committees convened on Monday in Brussels to elect chairpersons and their deputies for next two and a half years.

Presentation and responsibilities
 
Committee responsible for:
 
1.    employment policy and all aspects of social policy including working conditions, social security, social inclusion and social protection;
2.    workers’ rights;
3.    health and safety measures at the workplace;
4.    the European Social Fund;
5.    vocational training policy, including professional qualifications;
6.    the free movement of workers and pensioners;
7.    social dialogue;
8.    all forms of discrimination at the workplace and in the labour market except those based on sex;
9.    relations with:
-    the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop),
-    the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions,
-    the European Training Foundation,
-    the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work;
as well as relations with other relevant Union bodies and international organisations.
 
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Welcome to the website of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL Committee), of which I am the Chair.
 
The EMPL Committee is mainly responsible for employment policies and all aspects of social policy, working conditions, vocational training and the free movement of workers and pensioners.
 
The EMPL Committee consists of 55 members representing the various political groups in the European Parliament. The Committee's functioning is ensured by the Chair, 4 Vice-Chairs and the coordinators appointed by the political groups, in order to link the committee's work with the priorities of the respective political family.
 
The EMPL Committee closely works with the Council, the European Commission, other institutions and representatives of the civil society to influence and to determine the legislative framework in the areas for which it is responsible. During this legislative term, these areas cover a broad range of activities, such as the fight against unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, the fight against precarious jobs, the tackling of situations of abuse, such as undeclared work or the circumvention of laws designed at protecting employees, or the improvement of rules on health and safety at work.
 
Our site is updated regularly to keep you informed of our Committee's activities. You can also follow our meetings online via EPLive.
 
Enjoy your visit!
 
Thomas Händel