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The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on 16 October 2014 from 09.00 - 12.30 in Brussels.
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Hearing of Commissioner-designate for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

The Committee will hear Jyrki Katainen, the Commissioner-designate for Transport and Space.
The three-hour hearing will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 7 October from 10:00-13:00, in room József Antall 4Q2.
You can watch the live debate here.

Hearing of Commissioner-designate for Euro and Social Dialogue

The Committee will hear Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commissioner-designate for Euro and Social Dialogue.
The three-hour hearing will take place in Brussels on Monday 6 October from 14:30 -17:30, in room József Antall 4Q2.
You can watch the live debate here.

Hearing of Commissioner-designate Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, Labour Mobility

The EMPL Committee will hear Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner-designate for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility on 1 October in Brussels.
The hearing begins with a short speech of the Commissioner-designate outlining the main priorities in her prospective portfolio and the initiatives she considers putting forward during her mandate. Following her introductory remarks, Ms Thyssen will reply to questions from Members. The committee evaluates the Commissioner-designate after the meeting and sends its evaluation to the Conference of Committee Chairs. FEMM and CULT committees are associated to the hearing.
The hearing will take place on Wednesday 1 October from 9:00-12:00, in room József Antall 4Q2, Brussels.
You can watch the live debate here.

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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