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On 11 March 2024, employment and social affairs ministers from the EU Member States endorsed the agreement reached with the European Parliament in February 2024 on the platform work directive. The directive introduces the presumption of employment – to be applied following national rules – as well as the first EU rules to regulate algorithmic management in the workplace. Platform work is an umbrella concept covering a heterogeneous group of economic activities completed through a digital platform ...

The EU internal market has, over the years, led to a 'transnationalisation' of companies and groups of companies, i.e. the expansion of their operations to multiple EU Member States. However, procedures for informing and consulting employees in the Member States are often not geared towards the transnational structure of the company that takes the decisions affecting those employees. This may lead to the unequal treatment of employees affected by decisions in the same undertaking or group of undertakings ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee, assesses the status of political strikes in the EU. While workers' strikes generally seek to pressure an employer, "political strikes" are aimed at the government. Even though such political strikes are often organised to defend and protect workers' interests, they can also have exclusively political objectives. Such "purely political" strikes ...

The study considers the potential of the European Social Security Pass (ESSPASS) as a tool for the enforcement of labour and social security rights. It explains the challenges in social security coordination and considers whether the current conceptualisation of ESSPASS can alleviate these problems. To increase ESSPASS’ effectiveness, this report recommends expanding the current scope to include documents pertaining not only social security and health care but also to labour law, notably the national ...

This European added value assessment (EAVA) supports the European Parliament's legislative initiative 2023/2051(INL) entitled 'EU framework for the social and professional situation of artists and workers in the cultural and creative sectors'. Reviewing the existing legal framework and identifying the gaps, the study explores possible policy options to tackle the problems and looks at why EU action is needed. It analyses the potential impacts of the policy options, also conducting a qualitative and ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions (PETI), provides an overview of the right to petition and the rules, procedures and practices used by parliaments for handling petitions, notably in terms of the submission of petitions, admissibility criteria, powers of consideration and criteria for closing petitions. The study also discusses publicity and feedback provided by petitions ...

The aim of this study is to present the possibilities offered by Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement for the achievement of social goals and to analyse how these possibilities have been transposed into national law and implemented by contracting authorities across the EU. Another aim is to identify obstacles to the use of existing provisions and make recommendations with regards to possible future EU action.

The European Council sets the long-term political priorities for the EU. These priorities, which are sometimes updated and fine-tuned in reaction to crises, need to be communicated to EU citizens, the other EU institutions, and the world. Beyond the central communication through the European Council's conclusions, EU leaders convey their own messages. But do they all do this in the same way? On the same topics? With the same messages? To answer these questions, this EPRS study provides an overview ...

The EU institutions engage in regular structured dialogue with representatives of churches, and religious, non-confessional and philosophical organisations, on the basis of Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This dialogue, which takes the form of high-level meetings or working-level discussions, is focused on policy issues on the European agenda. It traces its origins to earlier initiatives, such as that launched in 1994 by Jacques Delors – 'A soul for Europe ...

In February 2022, the European Commission proposed a draft directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, to introduce mandatory due diligence on human rights and environmental criteria, and directors' duty of care. Parliament has long advocated binding EU legislation on this issue, not least in a 2021 resolution. In March 2023, the Committee on Legal Affairs adopted its report on the proposal, calling for a number of changes. The report will be debated during the May II 2023 plenary session ...