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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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Welcome pack – online handbook for Members of the EMPL committee (internal access only): http://www.commhand.ep.parl.union.eu/commhand/cms/Welcome/EMPL/empl_home
 

   
 
Highlights
 
Vote on general budget 2015

On 3 September Members will vote on the draft opinion of Maria Arena (S&D-BE) and the figures on the general budget for the financial year 2015. EMPL priorities 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 proposed.

 
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European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2014 priorities

Every year since 2011, Member States coordinate their budgetary and growth-oriented policies under the procedure known as the European Semester. EMPL committee, together with ECON and BUDG committees plays an active role in forming European Parliament’s contribution to the European Semester policy making process. On 3 September EMPL – as associated committee – will consider the draft opinion of Sergio Guttiérez Prieto (EPP, ES) containing suggestions about the implementation of the policy priorities for 2014: differentiated, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; promoting growth and competitiveness; tackling unemployment; and modernising public administration. The deadline for tabling amendments is scheduled for 9 September.

   
Migration and Development - key studies from the Policy Departments

Migration is inherent to individuals and human communities around the world and has important policy implications for origin and destination countries. Very different areas of society are covered by the various Policy Departments’ studies addressing the phenomenon of migration. Inside the EU these include the legal framework —division of competences between the EU and Member States and implementation of international laws; the effects of migrants on labour markets and related social protection aspects; and the respect for fundamental rights of migrants, especially vulnerable groups such as women and refugees. Beyond the Union’s borders, cooperation with third countries on the migration area is also important to fight irregular migration, protect basic human rights and increase the positive impact of migration on development through remittances and circular migration among others.
A selection of key studies on these issues is available here.

   
 
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 words
 
 

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