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The EMPL Secretariat wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 January 2015 from 15.00 to 18.30 and on Thursday 22 January 2015 from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.30 in Brussels (room JAN 6Q2).
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On 2 December Members had an exchange of views with stakeholders on the European network of Employment Services, workers' access to mobility services and the further integration of labour markets (EURES). Freedom of movement is one of the four fundamental freedoms of the EU and a core element of EU citizenship. Mobility generates social and economic benefits; increased intra-EU labour mobility will widen employment opportunities for workers and help employers fill job vacancies better and faster. The Commission proposal aims to enhance access of workers to intra-EU labour mobility support services, thus supporting fair mobility and increasing access to employment opportunities throughout the Union. The aim of this discussion was to hear the views of the different stakeholders on the proposal before the Rapporteur Heinz Becker (EPP, AT) submits his draft report to the committee in January.

Employment and social aspects of the TTIP

On 2 December EMPL and INTA Committees jointly organised a public hearing on the "Employment and social aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership". The hearing focused on the impact of the TTIP on labour and social issues. EU Chief Negotiater Ignatio Garcia Bercero presented the state of play of negotiations, followed by an exchange of views with the ILO and the social partners.

Proposal for a directive on seafarers

An exchange of views with stakeholders took place during the meeting on 1 December. The relevant stakeholders were invited to reflect on the Commission’s legislative proposal, which aims to improve the rights of seafaring workers aboard vessels flying the flag of one of the 28 EU Member States by reviewing five directives from the scope of which seafarers have up to now been excluded. During the discussion the Commission presented the legislative proposal to the committee and the stakeholders informed Members about their views on the proposal. The discussion also served as a useful input for the Rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, FR), who will present her draft report to the committee in January.

European Platform - cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work

On 1 December the Rapporteur Georgi Pirinski (S&D, BG) presented his draft report on the Establishment of a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work to the EMPL committee. The Rapporteur draws attention to the complexity of the issue of undeclared work. Furthermore, he believes that the defining purpose and objective of the new European Platform should be to provide clear added value at EU level to efforts to not only prevent and deter undeclared work but, perhaps even more importantly, to regularize the jobs involved.

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EMPL 02-12-2014 - 15:24  

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators and experts were quizzed on safeguards for labour standards and public services, and how a TTIP deal could help to create high-quality jobs, at a joint public hearing held by the Employment and International Trade committees on Tuesday.

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