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19-04-2021 - 18:55

In the context of the exponential growth of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament has announced a number of measures to contain the spread of epidemic and to safeguard Parliament's core activities.

The current precautionary measures adopted by the European Parliament to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure that the institution's legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained.

The meetings will be with remote participation for Members (being able to view and listen to proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meeting). Other participants are invited to follow the meeting through webstreaming.

Following these decisions, the next remote EMPL meeting will take place on:

Thursday 22 April, 13:45 - 16:15 and 16:45 - 18:00

in room SPAAK 1A2 and will be webstreamed.

Highlights

Wallet with some euro notes
19-04-2021 - 18:58

On 22 April, EMPL Members will consider the draft report on the Commission proposal for a Directive on adequate minimum wages (COM(2020)682 - 2020/0310(COD)). As outlined in Principle 6 of the Pillar of social Rights, every worker should earn a wage allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Miniature people with a stack of coins
19-04-2021 - 18:57

On 22 April 2021, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) will organize a joint hearing on the Commission proposal for a Pay Transparency Directive.

Illustration of a button with the word vote written on it and a hand indicating to press the button
19-04-2021 - 18:57

The EMPL Committee will vote on the draft recommendation for second reading on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund and on the EMPL contribution to the Structured Dialogue 2021.

Protecting workers from asbestos
19-04-2021 - 18:56

The EMPL Committee considered the draft report with recommendations to the Commission on protecting workers from asbestos. Members heard from Eurofound about two recent studies; on the impact of digitalisation on social services, and on the employment and working conditions of long-term care workforce. Members also held a vote on the motion for a resolution on a European Child Guarantee.

Images of products containing carcinogens and mutagens, to which workers are exposed
13-04-2021 - 16:49

During the EMPL meeting on 13 April, the Committee voted on the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations on the fourth update of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. The agenda also foresaw a Hearing with Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director-nominee, and the consideration of the draft opinion entitled "The European Education Area: a shared holistic approach to education, skills and competences".

Photo of a pair of glasses on top of an open book.
12-04-2021 - 08:33

This briefing is preceding a broader study on “Fighting poverty and social exclusion (incl. minimum income schemes)” requested by the EMPL committee in view of a possible Union framework on minimum income protection. The briefing provides an institutional perspective on minimum income schemes (MIS) in Member States and their different roles and scope within national social protection systems.

Celebrating 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
31-03-2021 - 08:59

The EMPL Committee held an exchange of views on the "proposal for a Council recommendation for European Child Guarantee” on 25 March 2021, from 13.35-15.30.

Protective gear for work (hat, gloves, glasses, masks...)
31-03-2021 - 08:59

On 18 March (from 09:00 to 11:00), the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs held a hearing on "The Future Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at work, asbestos included" for the forthcoming years 2021-2027. As the previous EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at work expired by the end of 2020, the European Commission has announced a new framework aiming at maintaining and improving high OSH standards for workers across the Union in 2021.

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