On 3 September Members will vote on the draft opinion of Maria Arena (S&D-BE) and the figures on the general budget for the financial year 2015. EMPL priorities are youth employment, training and further education, job-creation, high-level of quality and sustainable employment, social exclusion, entrepreneurship and Social Business Initiative,health and safety at work and the social dimension of EMU.Several pilot projects and preparatory actions have been proposed.
European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2014 priorities
Every year since 2011, Member States coordinate their budgetary and growth-oriented policies under the procedure known as the European Semester. EMPL committee, together with ECON and BUDG committees plays an active role in forming European Parliament’s contribution to the European Semester policy making process. On 3 September EMPL – as associated committee – will consider the draft opinion of Sergio Guttiérez Prieto(EPP, ES) containing suggestions about the implementation of the policy priorities for 2014: differentiated, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation; restoring normal lending to the economy; promoting growth and competitiveness; tackling unemployment; and modernising public administration. The deadline for tabling amendments is scheduled for 9 September.
Migration and Development - key studies from the Policy Departments
Migration is inherent to individuals and human communities around the world and has important policy implications for origin and destination countries. Very different areas of society are covered by the various Policy Departments’ studies addressing the phenomenon of migration. Inside the EU these include the legal framework —division of competences between the EU and Member States and implementation of international laws; the effects of migrants on labour markets and related social protection aspects; and the respect for fundamental rights of migrants, especially vulnerable groups such as women and refugees. Beyond the Union’s borders, cooperation with third countries on the migration area is also important to fight irregular migration, protect basic human rights and increase the positive impact of migration on development through remittances and circular migration among others. A selection of key studies on these issues is available here.
Quality of life - key studies by policy departments
The European Union, through its actions in a wide range of areas, has delivered nearly sixty years of peace, stability and economic progress to EU citizens, thus contributing to the improvement of their quality of life. ‘Quality of life’ is a broad, multidimensional concept, going beyond traditional categories such as ‘economic production’ or ‘living standards’. ‘Quality of life’ includes not only the material aspects of life, but rather everything that one may value in living. Among the features that shape quality of life are health, environmental conditions, economic security, education, social connections, physical integrity, activities that people engage in and their ability to participate as full citizens in the framing of policies. A list of studies that were published by the European Parliament’s Policy Departments, illustrating the EU’s capacity to contribute to the improvement of the citizens’ quality of life, is available here.
Predstavitev in pristojnosti
Odbor, pristojen za:
1. politiko zaposlovanja in vse vidike socialne politike, vključno z delovnimi pogoji, socialno varnostjo, socialno vključenostjo in socialno zaščito;
2. pravice delavcev;
3. ukrepe zdravstvenega varstva in varnost pri delu;
4. Evropski socialni sklad;
5. politiko poklicnega usposabljanja, vključno s poklicnimi kvalifikacijami;
6. prost pretok delavcev in upokojencev;
7. socialni dialog;
8. vse oblike diskriminacije na delovnem mestu in trgu dela, razen diskriminacije na podlagi spola;
9. odnose z:
- Evropskim centrom za razvoj poklicnega usposabljanja (Cedefop),
- Evropsko fundacijo za izboljšanje življenjskih in delovnih razmer,
- Evropsko fundacijo za usposabljanje,
- Evropsko agencijo za varnost in zdravje pri delu,
kot tudi za odnose z drugimi pristojnimi organi Unije in mednarodnimi organizacijami.