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The next EMPL Committee meeting will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 from 15.00 to 18.30 and on Tuesday 2 December 2014 from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.30 in Brussels.
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Temporary agency work: committee debate

During their meeting on 20 November 2014 in Brussels, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee discussed a report from the Commission on the application of the Directive on temporary agency work. The Committee also looked at the amendments on the opinion regarding the European Central Bank Annual report for 2013.

Study on Costs and Returns of Investments: Accommodation for People with Disabilities

This study has been prepared at the request of the EMPL Committee, to provide an overview of the policy measures in place to encourage and support the employment of people with disabilities and in particular: sheltered workshops; reasonable accommodations; alternative labour market policies; and Universal Design. The study provides information on developments on costs and returns of investment for these measures, detailed descriptions of the situation in six Member States (Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and an economic analysis of selected measures. Costs and returns of investments consist of the costs associated with the intervention, their effects (the extent to which the objectives have been achieved), and their benefits (the monetary value of the effects) – this may include intangible benefits such as quality of life as well as financial returns. The study will be presented to the Members by its authors.

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European Central Bank – Annual Report for 2013

On 20 November Members continued the discussion of the issue based on the 88 amendments tabled on the draft opinion of David Casa (EPP, MT). The adoption will take place during the EMPL meeting on 2 December.

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Report from the Commission on Directive 2008/104/EC on temporary agency work

The purpose of this Directive is to ensure the protection of temporary agency workers and to improve the quality of temporary agency work by ensuring that the principle of equal treatment is applied to temporary agency workers, and by recognising temporary-work agencies as employers, while taking into account the need to establish a suitable framework for the use of temporary agency work with a view to contributing effectively to job creation and to the development of flexible forms of working. On 20 November the Commission presented the report reviewing Member States’ implementation of the Directive and the development since the publication of this report.

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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