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Posted on 12-02-2018

Social and employment policy: general principles

01-01-2018

The social dimension of European integration has been greatly developed through the years. It is a key aspect of the Europe 2020 strategy, which aims to ensure ‘inclusive growth’ with high levels of employment and a reduction in the number of people living in poverty or at risk of social exclusion.

The social dimension of European integration has been greatly developed through the years. It is a key aspect of the Europe 2020 strategy, which aims to ensure ‘inclusive growth’ with high levels of employment and a reduction in the number of people living in poverty or at risk of social exclusion.

The fight against poverty, social exclusion and discrimination

01-01-2018

By supporting Member States in the fight against poverty, social exclusion and discrimination, the European Union aims to reinforce the inclusiveness and cohesion of European society and to allow all citizens to enjoy equal access to available opportunities and resources.

By supporting Member States in the fight against poverty, social exclusion and discrimination, the European Union aims to reinforce the inclusiveness and cohesion of European society and to allow all citizens to enjoy equal access to available opportunities and resources.

Employment policy

01-01-2018

Creating more and better jobs is one of the main goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The European employment strategy (EES), with its employment guidelines and supporting programmes such as the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme, is designed to contribute to growth and jobs, labour mobility and social progress.

Creating more and better jobs is one of the main goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The European employment strategy (EES), with its employment guidelines and supporting programmes such as the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme, is designed to contribute to growth and jobs, labour mobility and social progress.

Posted on 18-01-2018

Posting of workers

01-01-2018

As stipulated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and reinforced by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee the mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. However, with regard to the posting of workers as a specific type of cross-border labour mobility, there is a need to balance internal market freedoms with measures guaranteeing respect for the rights of workers. Currently, the 1996 ...

As stipulated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and reinforced by the case-law of the European Court of Justice, the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guarantee the mobility of businesses and professionals within the EU. However, with regard to the posting of workers as a specific type of cross-border labour mobility, there is a need to balance internal market freedoms with measures guaranteeing respect for the rights of workers. Currently, the 1996 rules on the posting of workers are being revised to address unfair practices and promote the principle that the same work at the same place should be remunerated in the same manner.

Posted on 17-01-2018

Environment policy: general principles and basic framework

01-12-2017

European environment policy rests on the principles of precaution, prevention and rectifying pollution at source, and on the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Multiannual environmental action programmes set the framework for future action in all areas of environment policy. They are embedded in horizontal strategies and taken into account in international environmental negotiations. Last but not least, implementation is crucial.

European environment policy rests on the principles of precaution, prevention and rectifying pollution at source, and on the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Multiannual environmental action programmes set the framework for future action in all areas of environment policy. They are embedded in horizontal strategies and taken into account in international environmental negotiations. Last but not least, implementation is crucial.

Climate change and the environment

01-12-2017

At the UN climate conference in Paris in December 2015, Parties worldwide agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, while improving energy efficiency by 27% and increasing the share of renewable energy sources to 27% of final consumption. A key mechanism in fighting climate change is the EU Emissions Trading System.

At the UN climate conference in Paris in December 2015, Parties worldwide agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, while improving energy efficiency by 27% and increasing the share of renewable energy sources to 27% of final consumption. A key mechanism in fighting climate change is the EU Emissions Trading System.

Posted on 21-12-2017

Air and noise pollution

01-12-2017

Air pollution harms our health and our environment. It mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy pursues full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels within the EU and to take the necessary measures to bring them down to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates noise emission from specific sources.

Air pollution harms our health and our environment. It mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy pursues full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels within the EU and to take the necessary measures to bring them down to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates noise emission from specific sources.

Posted on 20-12-2017

Common transport policy: overview

01-11-2017

Transport policy has been one of the EU’s common policies for more than 30 years. Alongside the opening-up of transport markets and the creation of the Trans-European Transport Network, the ‘sustainable mobility’ model will take on even greater importance between now and 2020 — particularly in view of the constant rise in greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, which threatens to jeopardise the European Union’s efforts to achieve its climate goals.

Transport policy has been one of the EU’s common policies for more than 30 years. Alongside the opening-up of transport markets and the creation of the Trans-European Transport Network, the ‘sustainable mobility’ model will take on even greater importance between now and 2020 — particularly in view of the constant rise in greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, which threatens to jeopardise the European Union’s efforts to achieve its climate goals.

Road transport: harmonisation of legislation

01-12-2017

It is impossible to create a single European market for road transport without harmonising the relevant legal provisions in force in the Member States. The measures adopted by the EU are of a fiscal, technical, administrative and social nature.

It is impossible to create a single European market for road transport without harmonising the relevant legal provisions in force in the Member States. The measures adopted by the EU are of a fiscal, technical, administrative and social nature.

Rail transport

01-11-2017

EU rail transport policy is geared towards the creation of a Single European Railway Area. Three packages and a recast were adopted in the space of 10 years following the opening-up of the railway sector to competition in 2001. A fourth package, designed to complete the Single European Railway Area, was adopted in April 2016 (the technical pillar) and in December 2016 (the market pillar).

EU rail transport policy is geared towards the creation of a Single European Railway Area. Three packages and a recast were adopted in the space of 10 years following the opening-up of the railway sector to competition in 2001. A fourth package, designed to complete the Single European Railway Area, was adopted in April 2016 (the technical pillar) and in December 2016 (the market pillar).

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