Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected under a Parliament/Council informal deal endorsed by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Parliament's negotiators strengthened the draft to clarify rules for companies, by distinguishing genuine posting from attempts to circumvent the law, but also gave EU member states some flexibility in carrying out compliance inspections.
Growing unemployment - especially among the young, leading to their emigration – the loss of small firms and rising poverty rates, even among the middle class, are the key impacts of the economic crisis and adjustment measures designed by the ECB/EU Commission/IMF “Troika” for Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, say Employment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. It calls for a jobs and social recovery plan for these countries.
The priorities of the Greek Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Greek ministers, from 16 to 23 January. This text will be updated daily.
European economic governance decisions must not be made by a latterday “Congress of Vienna” – they will succeed only if parliaments across the EU work well together and are closely involved and in control of them, said European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Monday. He was speaking at the opening of this year’s European Parliamentary Week, which brought together MEPs and national MEPs to discuss all aspects of economic governance and policy coordination.
The weakening of collective agreements, high levels of unemployment and the violation of fundamental social rights were the main social consequences in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, and Ireland, the four countries subject to the Troika's programmes, said employment MEPs and experts at a public hearing on Thursday.
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under a Parliament/Council informal deal endorsed by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday. This fund, which replaces the Food Distribution Programme, will pay for food aid, basic material assistance and social inclusion measures for the EU’s most deprived citizens.
The employment and social aspects of the role and work of the Troika will be examined in a specific Employment and Social Affairs Committee report, to be debated for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. The committee vote is scheduled for February 2014.
EU workers who move to a different EU country will be allowed to safeguard their supplementary pension rights, under a deal between Parliament and member states backed by employment MEPs on Monday. The legislation will apply to EU workers who move within the EU and, at Parliament’s insistence, also to cross-border workers.
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under an informal deal concluded by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. This should ensure that the Fund is fully operational from 1 January 2014.
EP and member state negotiators reached agreement on Tuesday afternoon on rules to allow EU workers who move to a different EU country to safeguard their supplementary pension rights. Negotiations had been deadlocked in Council for six years.