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The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on 4 November 2014 from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19.00 in room József Antall (4Q2), Brussels.
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European Platform: prevention and deterrence of undeclared work

EMPL committee will hold an exchange of views with stakeholders and the Commission about the European Platform for prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. The discussion will feed into the draft report of Georgi Pirinski (S&D - BG), which will be presented at an upcoming committee meeting.

Employment and social aspects of the EU2020 strategy

On 4 November EMPL will vote on an oral question and a draft motion for a resolution on the employment and social aspects of the EU2020 Strategy and the166 amendments tabled to it. The aim is to call on the Commission to take into account the outcome of the on-going public consultation before publishing concrete proposals for the mid-term review of the strategy. The adopted text will be tabled to the Plenary and the debate and vote is scheduled for the November II session. 

Summary of the 16 October meeting

At its meeting on 16 October, EMPL committee discussed the employment and social aspects of the EU2020 strategy, the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020, and exchanged views on the implementation of the Racial Equality Directive and Employment Equality Directive. The committee will table oral questions on all these items to an upcoming Plenary session. EMPL also adopted two opinions in letter forms about and Irish and a Greek application for the mobilisation of the European Globalisation adjustment Fund.

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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