List of EMPL Coordinators

EMPL Coordinators minutes in 2014


European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - EGF

  • D34121 EGF 2011 017 - Aragon construction from Spain EN
  • D32985 EGF 2011 008 - Odense Steel Shipyard II Denmark EN
  • D26642 EGF 2011 020 - Comunidad Valenciana footwear from Spain EN
  • D22236 EGF 2012 000 - Technical assistance 2012 EN
  • D13066 EGF 2011 006 - Comunidad Valenciana construction of buildings from Spain EN


  • EGF, temporary agency work, employment of people with disabilities 19.11.2014
  • Unpaid bills sink EU budget talks 18.11.2014
  • Better focus on employment and social aspects of the EU2020 Strategy 06.11.2014
  • EU 2020 Strategy - Mobilisation of EGF 16.10.2014
  • Italian Presidency priorities 02.09.2014
  • Posting of workers - Employment Committee backs EP/Council deal 21.03.2014
  • Troika - MEPs call for a jobs and social recovery plan 21.02.2014
  • Success of European economic governance depends on parliamentary control 21.01.14


  • Work of the Troika - debate on employment and social aspects 17.12.2013
  • Pension rights abroad: Employment Committee backs EP-Council deal 09.12.2013
  • We want to work and make a meaningful contribution to society young people say 11.11.2013
  • Employment MEPs boost freedom of movement for workers throughout the EU 05.11.2013
  • Social dimension of EMU- more specific proposals needed, MEPs say 05.11.2013
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - employment MEPs endorse EP-Council deal 05.11.2013
  • Citizens’ Agora on unemployment: giving young people a say Citizens’ Agora on unemployment: giving young people a say 05.11.2013
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-2020, Mobility of workers and Social dimension of EMU 05.11.2013
  • A delegation of Employment and Social Affairs MEPs in Athens ahead of the Greek incoming presidency 31.10.2013
  • No position in Council on the Posting of Workers 16.10.2013
  • EMPL agenda this week vote on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-2020 14.10.2013
  • EP Council deal on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for 2014_2020 14.10.2013
  • Improving the enforcement of seafarers' rights for decent working and living conditions 08.10.2013
  • More efforts needed to strengthen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union 03.10.2013
  • The European social model, a key driver for competitiveness 26.09.2013
  • A Parliamentary delegation to Croatia to discuss employment and social aspects in the country 22.09.2013
  • Statistics on demography, public hearings on labour inspections and on creating a favourable environment for companies 16.09.2013
  • EU microfinance and employment services- Social Affairs MEPs back overhaul plan 05.09.2013
  • Strengthening the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union 10.07.2013
  • More efforts needed to tackle youth unemployment 10.07.2013
  • MEPs strike deal on European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation 27.06.2013
  • Employment MEPs seek to strengthen protection of posted workers 20.06.2013
  • Employment and Social Affairs agenda next week: Posting of Workers 17.06.2013
  • EU must maintain 3.5 billion aid to its most deprived citizens 12.06.2013
  • Wake-up call for the Council before the next summit 12.06.2013
  • Social housing - a productive investment say MEPs 11.06.2013
  • Better protection for workers exposed to electromagnetic fields 11.06.2013
  • Ensuring an adequate level of social investments in the EU 03.06.2013
  • Flag State Responsibilities: Parliament reached deal with Council 29.05.2013
  • Social Investment Package, Impact of the crisis on access to care for vulnerable groups 27.05.2013
  • Social affairs committee rejects cut to fund for the EU's most deprived 21.05.2013
  • Public pensions must ensure decent living standards, MEPs say 21.05.2013
  • The next six months will be crucial for EU's credibility 06.05.2013
  • Employment and Social Affairs agenda next week: delegations 26.04.2013
  • Social housing a productive investment not only an expense say MEPs 25.04.2013
  • MEPs back Youth Employment Initiative measures 25.04.2013
  • European Social Fund - EP negotiations with Council break down 18.04.2013
  • Common rules to calculate the resident population of an EU member state 18.04.2013
  • "Employment, in particular for the youth, is top priority on the EU agenda", says Pervenche Berès 15.04.2013
  • Delegation to ILO Conference in Oslo on Jobs, Growth and Social Justice 05.04.2013
  • Champs électromagnétiques le PE a obtenu un accord informel avec le Conseil 03.04.2013
  • State pensions must guarantee decent living standards for all, insist MEPs 22.3.2013
  • Employment and Social Affairs agenda this week 20.03.2013
  • Integrating migrants in the EU 14.03.2013
  • Removing remaining asbestos in the EU 14.03.2013
  • Youth Guarantee: Employment Chair welcomes a first European instrument to tackle youth unemployment 04.03.2013
  • Collecting statistics on demography at the EU level 25.02.2013
  • Data Protection Employment Committee adopted rules to better protect employees data 25.02.2013
  • Delegation to Germany 13-15 February 2013 15.02.2013
  • Delegation to Ireland 11-12 February 2013 13.02.2013
  • Parliament urges the Commission to act on corporate restructuring 17.01.2013
  • MEPs urge EU ministers to bring in youth guarantee schemes 16.01.2013


  • Employment MEPs urge ministers to back youth guarantee schemes 19.12.2012
  • Renforcer la protection des travailleurs de l'UE exposés aux champs électromagnétiques 06.12.2012
  • MEPs debate the rights of workers posted in another EU country 27.11.2012
  • An EU act to better anticipate and manage restructuring, MEPs say 20.11.2012
  • Greece has done it's part, say Greek ministers 15.11.2012
  • Involving the ILO in the Troïka, MEPs insist 15.11.2012
  • EU aid to redundant workers should continue after 2014, say MEPs 06.11.2012
  • Employment and pensions' reform in Bulgaria 01.10.2012
  • Employment and pensions' reform in Bulgaria 01.10.2012
  • Social enterprises should have proper running conditions 25.09.2012
  • Boosting protection for workers posted abroad within the EU 25.09.2012
  • Delegation to Nicosia measures to fight unemployment 03.09.2012
  • We must invest in jobs for people 16.06.2012
  • More EU efforts needed to tackle youth unemployment, say MEPs 24.05.2012
  • Tackling soaring youth unemployment in the EU 24.04.2012
  • Better social protection for airline staff and cross-border workers 18.04.2012
  • Electromagnetic fields moratorium 29.03.2012
  • Détachement des travailleurs 22.03.2012
  • New rules on social security systems 01.03.2012
  • Electromagnetic fields 29.02.2012
  • Annual growth survey 17.02.2012
  • Pervenche Berès re-elected Chair of EP Employment Committee 25.01.2012


  • EGF - Debate on Council refusal to extend crisis derogation 15.12.2011
  • EP reiterates its call for labour markets to Bulgarians and Romanians 15.12.2011
  • Reinforcing legislation on health and safety at work 15.12.2011
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - Exceptional crisis measures 05.12.11
  • EMPL Delegation to Copenhague 24-25 November 30.11.11
  • MEPs unwrap social funds reform package 23.11.2011
  • Improving health and safety at work 23.11.2011
  • Boosting social economy 23.11.2011
  • EGF delegation to Madrid and Barcelona 03.11.2011
  • Opening up EU labour markets to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens 25.10.2011
  • Doing more to include people with disabilities 25.10.2011
  • Regional social policy: reservations about Commission proposal 06.10.2011
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund crisis measures to be extended until of 2013 29.09.2011
  • An EU Agenda for new skills and jobs 27.09.2009
  • Implementation of the Working Time Directive in the field of road transport: state of play 12.09.2011
  • MEPs call for the European Globalisation Fund to have its own budget line 08.09.2011
  • 2012 - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 07.07.2011
  • Social services: privatisation is not an answer to the crisis 06.07.2011
  • Helping Europe’s next generation to work 30.06.2011
  • Promoting labour and social standards outside Europe 09.06.2011
  • The future for social services of general interest 07.06.2011
  • Eurofound intensifies work relations with the EP Social Affairs Committee 18.05.2011
  • Members of the EP Employment committee visiting Warsaw 19.04.2011
  • Members of the EP Employment committee in Lisbon to discuss with 01.04.2011
  • Pension reforms should ensure sustainability and adequate income 16.02.2011
  • Promoting the external dimension of EU social policies 11.02.2011
  • Members of the EP Employment committee take part at the World Social Forum 10.02.2011
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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.
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Thomas Händel