In April, EMPL discussed a draft motion for resolution on the Social Investment Package, which addressed several related issues and stressed the importance of targeted social investments. On 30 May, the committee will vote on the 145 amendments tabled to the draft motion for resolution. Before the vote, on 29 May, EMPL will discuss the compromise amendments.
The adopted motion for resolution, in parallel with an oral question to the Commission – adopted by EMPL earlier – is expected to be subject of the Plenary discussion and vote in June.
László Andor, Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will come to the EMPL committee on 30 May to have a discussion with committee Members in the context of the structured dialogue, which is held annually between the specialised committees and the Commissioners with the relevant portfolio. The main subject of the discussion will be the implementation of the 2013 Commission work programme and the priorities for 2014, and will certainly touch upon the Commission’s activity since the beginning of its mandate in February.
Impact of the crisis on access to care for vulnerable groups
The draft report was presented to the committee in February, following a public hearing held on the same topic in January. Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA, UK), Rapporteur calls for social impact assessments of austerity measures and for recommendations tackling the social impact of such measures in the country-specific recommendations. The Rapporteur further calls for monitoring and addressing poverty reduction targets in the national reform plans. Member States should place a special focus on the most vulnerable groups and to remove access barriers, improve take-up and preventive measures so as to return to a rights-based approach and avoid long-term damage and costs stemming from non-action. 157 amendments were tabled to the original text, and these were discussed at the March EMPL meeting. EMPL will discuss the compromise amendments on 29 May then vote on the text on 30 May.
Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services
The general objective of the Commission proposal is to improve and reinforce the implementation, application and enforcement in practice of Directive 96/71/EC on posting of Workers. The more specific objectives are to ensure the effective respect of the posted workers’ rights, to clarify the obligations of national authorities, to clarify the role of trade unions and social partners and to prevent and to sanction circumvention and abuse of the applicable rules. Following the presentation of the draft report by Danuta Jazłowiecka (EPP, PL), Rapporteur and the consideration of amendments, EMPL committee will discuss the draft compromise amendments on 29 May, in relation to the total 975 amendments. The vote in Committee is foreseen at the 20 June meeting.
General framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation
Directive 2000/78/EC (the “Employment Equality Directive”) focuses on discrimination in employment and occupation, as well as vocational training, and covers direct and indirect discrimination, as well as harassment and instructions to discriminate, on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation. On 29 May, EMPL will discuss the draft report, which looks at the remaining gaps in the implementation of the Directive and analyses the obstacles preventing victims of discrimination from benefitting of the legal protection and remedies provided for by Union legislation. The Rapporteur, Ádám Kósa (EPP, HU) also pays attention to the situation in the Member States more severely hit by the economic crisis and high unemployment levels.
Cross-border collective bargaining and transnational social dialogue
Following a public hearing in February, the aim of which was to provide input to the draft report, Thomas Händel (GUE/NGL, DE) Rapporteur presented his text to the committee in April, when the deadline for amendments was set as well. Members tabled 144 amendments to the draft report, which will be the subject of the discussion in EMPL on 29 May. The debate will serve as a starting point for the Rapporteur to propose compromise amendments, in order to ensure a broad support of the final text.
Adequate, safe and sustainable pensions – plenary debate and vote
At its May Plenary session the European Parliament discussed and adopted a resolution on Adequate, safe and sustainable pensions. The draft report was drawn up by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (EPP, NL) in the EMPL committee in response to the Commission Communication on the same subject.
Parliament's unit for Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) mainly assesses the impact of introducing new technologies and identifies the best possible options for action, from a technological point of view. In 2012, STOA focused on eco-efficient transport, sustainable management of natural resources, security of the Internet, e-Government, cloud computing and social networks.
During the extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg on 20 May, EMPL committee adopted the draft report on the "Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived" with 37 votes in favour, 2 against and 4 abstentions. Since the decision to open negotiations with Council did not secure the required absolute majority, the report will now be put on the plenary agenda.
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