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2 July 2015
E-010744-15
Question for written answer E-010744-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE) , Fernando Maura Barandiarán (ALDE) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Maria Arena (S&D) , Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Dominique Bilde (ENF) , José Blanco López (S&D) , Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D) , Andrea Bocskor (PPE) , Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Nessa Childers (S&D) , Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL) , Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D) , Silvia Costa (S&D) , Nicola Danti (S&D) , Marielle de Sarnez (ALDE) , Karima Delli (Verts/ALE) , Angel Dzhambazki (ECR) , Norbert Erdős (PPE) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , José Inácio Faria (ALDE) , Juan Carlos Girauta Vidal (ALDE) , Esteban González Pons (PPE) , Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE) , Theresa Griffin (S&D) , Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D) , Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto (S&D) , Marian Harkin (ALDE) , Krzysztof Hetman (PPE) , Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE) , Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE) , Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE) , Danuta Jazłowiecka (PPE) , Agnes Jongerius (S&D) , Petra Kammerevert (S&D) , Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D) , Béla Kovács (NI) , Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) , Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE) , Javi López (S&D) , Krystyna Łybacka (S&D) , Svetoslav Hristov Malinov (PPE) , Curzio Maltese (GUE/NGL) , António Marinho e Pinto (ALDE) , Csaba Molnár (S&D) , Luigi Morgano (S&D) , Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (PPE) , Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Momchil Nekov (S&D) , Norica Nicolai (ALDE) , Demetris Papadakis (S&D) , Marek Plura (PPE) , Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE) , Frédérique Ries (ALDE) , Dominique Riquet (ALDE) , Virginie Rozière (S&D) , Alfred Sant (S&D) , Olga Sehnalová (S&D) , Siôn Simon (S&D) , Helga Stevens (ECR) , Eleftherios Synadinos (NI) , Tibor Szanyi (S&D) , Claudia Tapardel (S&D) , Marc Tarabella (S&D) , Pavel Telička (ALDE) , Romana Tomc (PPE) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Bogdan Brunon Wenta (PPE) , Flavio Zanonato (S&D) , Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE) , Milan Zver (PPE)

 Subject:  Progress made in the implementation of the recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
 Answer in writing 

The OECD has recently published a report entitled ‘Skills Outlook 2015 — Youth, Skills and Employability’ which outlined the risk of abuse in companies practices when recruiting interns as their workforces. The abuse of traineeships has led to an exclusion of necessary and structural employment positions. The Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework Traineeship highlights that ‘there is a lack of transparency regarding working conditions for traineeships’ and this might lead to use of trainees ‘as a cheap or even unpaid labour’.

Unfortunately, this situation occurs mainly in countries with the highest level of youth unemployment. The recruitment of interns into company’s personnel is not targeted towards their training or improving their skills to facilitate access to the labour market. On the contrary, companies are using some traineeships to reduce their labour costs in order to maintain their short-term profits and endangering the company’s long-term competitiveness and development.

The recommendation foresees that the Commission should monitor the progress made by Member States.

1. Has the Commission analysed the information regarding the policies enforced by the Member States on the application of this recommendation?

2. Is the Commission scrutinising the measures adopted by the Member States that prevent using trainees as a workforce instead of giving them the skills they need to be prepared to enter the labour market?

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