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The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on 29-30 September 2014 in Brussels.
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Vote on general budget 2015

On 3 September Members voted on the draft opinion of Maria Arena (S&D-BE) and the figures on the general budget for the financial year 2015. EMPL priorities for next year are youth employment, training and further education, job-creation, high-level of quality and sustainable employment, social exclusion, entrepreneurship and Social Business Initiative, health and safety at work and the social dimension of EMU. Several pilot projects and preparatory actions have been adopted.

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European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2014 priorities

On 29 September EMPL committee will discuss the 255 amendments and compromises on the draft opinion of Sergio Gutiérrez-Prieto (S&D-ES), containing suggestions about the implementation of the policy priorities for 2014 and vote on it the day after. The vote in Plenary is expected for the second October session.
Procedure: 2014/2059(INI))

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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

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