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European Platform to tackle undeclared work: Setup and Activities

30-10-2017

This note gives a summary of the Decision by European Parliament and Council to establish a Platform to tackle undeclared work with a view to a number of changes having been introduced during negotiations. It analyses its composition, work programme and first results. Further, it discusses approaches to measure undeclared work and a number of challenges. Policy Department A has prepared this note to support an exchange of views at the Employment and Social Affairs Committee to be held on 9 November ...

This note gives a summary of the Decision by European Parliament and Council to establish a Platform to tackle undeclared work with a view to a number of changes having been introduced during negotiations. It analyses its composition, work programme and first results. Further, it discusses approaches to measure undeclared work and a number of challenges. Policy Department A has prepared this note to support an exchange of views at the Employment and Social Affairs Committee to be held on 9 November 2017.

Latin America's informal economy

22-09-2016

Informal employment affects around 130 million workers in Latin America and the Caribbean, of whom at least 27 million are young people, and represents nearly half of non-agricultural employment. Its incidence varies across the region's countries (from 30.7% in Costa Rica to 73.6% in Guatemala), sectors and population groups. Fighting informality has become a clear objective in the region. Some Latin American countries have taken big steps to reduce informality, applying a different mix of specific ...

Informal employment affects around 130 million workers in Latin America and the Caribbean, of whom at least 27 million are young people, and represents nearly half of non-agricultural employment. Its incidence varies across the region's countries (from 30.7% in Costa Rica to 73.6% in Guatemala), sectors and population groups. Fighting informality has become a clear objective in the region. Some Latin American countries have taken big steps to reduce informality, applying a different mix of specific policies and strategies and obtaining generally positive results; however, more efforts are needed. Moreover, the current crisis can endanger this positive trend. International institutions, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the EU, are also promoting measures to support the transition to the formal economy in the region, and the European Parliament has shown a special interest in this issue. Yet, formalisation in Latin America remains an important challenge, and economic growth alone is not enough to achieve it: the ILO insists on an integrated and comprehensive approach that would complement public policies with efforts by social actors as a way to achieve broad-based consensus. Experts agree that the focus should be on workers' social and labour inclusion. This briefing examines the strategies applied by five big Latin American economies – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – based on recent ILO studies, and looks at the results obtained thus far and the assistance provided by the EU and the ILO.

European Platform for tackling undeclared work

23-03-2016

Undeclared work affects both the individual and society. It deprives workers of their necessary social and health protection and imposes precarious working conditions on them. At the same time, it creates unfair competition for companies, and damages public finances and social security systems. For these reasons, the European Commission proposed on 9 April 2014 the creation of a European Platform against undeclared work to support and coordinate the Member States' efforts in preventing, deterring ...

Undeclared work affects both the individual and society. It deprives workers of their necessary social and health protection and imposes precarious working conditions on them. At the same time, it creates unfair competition for companies, and damages public finances and social security systems. For these reasons, the European Commission proposed on 9 April 2014 the creation of a European Platform against undeclared work to support and coordinate the Member States' efforts in preventing, deterring and fighting undeclared work. Following a round of trilogue meetings at which the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council debated whether or not membership of the Platform should be mandatory for Member States, the extent of its competences and who its members should be, an agreement was forged which was subsequently adopted by Parliament in February 2016. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Undeclared work in the EU

28-01-2016

Undeclared work represents a large share of the shadow economy, which also includes illegal economic activities that circumvent government regulations. The European Commission defines undeclared work as any paid activities that are lawful as regards their nature but not declared to public authorities. Obtaining reliable estimates of the share of undeclared work in an economy is, by the non-registered nature of the phenomenon, very difficult. Informal employment, or employees without contracts, was ...

Undeclared work represents a large share of the shadow economy, which also includes illegal economic activities that circumvent government regulations. The European Commission defines undeclared work as any paid activities that are lawful as regards their nature but not declared to public authorities. Obtaining reliable estimates of the share of undeclared work in an economy is, by the non-registered nature of the phenomenon, very difficult. Informal employment, or employees without contracts, was found to account for one in six employed persons in Europe in the European Social Surveys of 2008-2009. The estimates of undeclared work across Member States as measured by the European Observatory Review are presented in the map below, along with the estimated evolution of the size of the shadow economy in the period between 2003 and 2013. The European Commission has proposed the creation of a European Platform to enhance cooperation in tackling undeclared work. See our ‘Legislation in Progress’ briefing for more information.

European cooperation to tackle undeclared work

26-01-2016

Undeclared work affects both the individual – with less favourable health, social and working conditions – and society, through unfair competition, and implications for budgets and social security systems. On 9 April 2014, the European Commission proposed the creation of a European Platform against undeclared work, tasked with supporting and coordinating the Member States' efforts in preventing, deterring and fighting undeclared work.

Undeclared work affects both the individual – with less favourable health, social and working conditions – and society, through unfair competition, and implications for budgets and social security systems. On 9 April 2014, the European Commission proposed the creation of a European Platform against undeclared work, tasked with supporting and coordinating the Member States' efforts in preventing, deterring and fighting undeclared work.

Invisible jobs: The situation of domestic workers

08-12-2015

Domestic workers are persons engaged in household services such as childcare, care of the elderly or housekeeping – via a formal or informal employment relationship. They can be nationals of the country or migrants, and can have varied working conditions, involving living within or outside the household. More than 80% of the domestic workers in the world are women. Due to the 'invisible' and sometimes illegal nature of their job, domestic workers are often confronted by problems such as low pay ...

Domestic workers are persons engaged in household services such as childcare, care of the elderly or housekeeping – via a formal or informal employment relationship. They can be nationals of the country or migrants, and can have varied working conditions, involving living within or outside the household. More than 80% of the domestic workers in the world are women. Due to the 'invisible' and sometimes illegal nature of their job, domestic workers are often confronted by problems such as low pay, irregular residence and employment conditions, no social security or benefits, no access to childcare facilities for their own children and limited time off work. Some subgroups, such as immigrants or live-in workers, are particularly vulnerable to discrimination. Despite initiatives in several European Union Member States, domestic workers are not always offered protection by national labour laws, and opportunities for 'decent work' can be limited. The implementation by the Member States of Convention No 189 and Recom¬mendation No 201 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) could provide domestic workers with guarantees of decent work and similar working conditions to those of workers in other economic sectors.

The Social and Employment Situation in the Netherlands and Outlook on the Dutch EU Presidency 2016

15-10-2015

An overview of current issues in the employment and social policy fields in the Netherlands, and prospects for the Dutch EU Presidency 2016, for the EMPL Committee delegation travellin g to the Hague in November 2015.An overview of current issues in the employment and social policy fields in the Netherlands, and prospects for the Dutch EU Presidency 2016, for the EMPL Committee delegation travellin g to the Hague in November 2015.

An overview of current issues in the employment and social policy fields in the Netherlands, and prospects for the Dutch EU Presidency 2016, for the EMPL Committee delegation travellin g to the Hague in November 2015.An overview of current issues in the employment and social policy fields in the Netherlands, and prospects for the Dutch EU Presidency 2016, for the EMPL Committee delegation travellin g to the Hague in November 2015.

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Bert-Jan Buiskool, Simon Broek and Giancarlo Dente (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, Italy)

Proceedings of the Workshop on Policy Areas and Current Challenges in the Field of Employment and Social Affairs

15-01-2015

A workshop on "Policy areas and current challenges in the field of Employment and Social Affairs at EU level" was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 22/23 September 2014. A representative of the European Commission and five external experts presented the different EMPL policy areas with a view to informing and preparing new Members for the hearing of the Commissioner(s)-designate by the EMPL Committee. Furthermore, the event aimed to facilitate an exchange of views and provide a forum ...

A workshop on "Policy areas and current challenges in the field of Employment and Social Affairs at EU level" was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 22/23 September 2014. A representative of the European Commission and five external experts presented the different EMPL policy areas with a view to informing and preparing new Members for the hearing of the Commissioner(s)-designate by the EMPL Committee. Furthermore, the event aimed to facilitate an exchange of views and provide a forum for discussion between MEPs and the expert panel. This Policy Department A document contains the programme, a summary of discussions, background papers and the presentations of that workshop.

Vanjski autor

Andrea BROUGHTON (Institute for Employment Studies, the UK), Lothar LISSNER (Kooperationsstelle Hamburg, IFE), Piet RENOOY, Laura TODARO (European Public Policy, Matrix) and Mirja GUTHEIL (European Public Policy, Matrix)

European Platform to Enhance Cooperation in the Prevention and Deterrence of Undeclared Work

14-11-2014

After an an overview of evidence on undeclared work this document presents core elements of the Commission proposal on the establishment of a European network against undeclared work, main changes in the Council's "general approach", views of the Euroepan Parliament and the social partners. The briefing concludes with an analysis of related European networks and factors enhancing the effectiveness of mutual exchange.

After an an overview of evidence on undeclared work this document presents core elements of the Commission proposal on the establishment of a European network against undeclared work, main changes in the Council's "general approach", views of the Euroepan Parliament and the social partners. The briefing concludes with an analysis of related European networks and factors enhancing the effectiveness of mutual exchange.

Cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work: initial appraisal of the European Commission impact assessment

29-10-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Decision on establishing a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. Overall, the impression is that the Initial Appraisal did not benefit from a sufficiently thorough assessment and analysis, in particular as regards the options and their impacts. A more detailed and developed ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for a Decision on establishing a European Platform to enhance cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work. Overall, the impression is that the Initial Appraisal did not benefit from a sufficiently thorough assessment and analysis, in particular as regards the options and their impacts. A more detailed and developed evidence base would have been helpful in contributing to a better understanding of the scale of the problem, in particular with regard to its cross-border dimension, and of the added value of cross-border mandatory cooperation between Member States in tackling undeclared work. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal. It is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee(s) and Members more widely in their work.

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