Employment - Social

Eurozone inflation rate lingers below ECB target

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The inflation rate in the 19-member euro area has remained lower than expected, despite the European Central Bank’s policy of quantity easing - designed to infuse cash into the economies to drive inflation toward...

Brexit triggers a housing crisis in Frankfurt

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Several cities stand to benefit from Brexit, including with Dublin, Amsterdam, Luxemburg, and Paris. , However, Frankfurt, as the de facto capital of the Eurozone, may be facing a housing crisis as a result. Frankfurt...

Greens praise EU Commission president’s speech

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech on September 13 was an encouragement to all those who support the great project of European unification. So said Reinhard Bütikofer, co-chair of the...

ECR critical of Juncker’s speech on EU

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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament called on the European Union to urgently change its current direction. Speaking during the September 13 State of the Union debate in the European...

Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’

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Europe’s socialists have called on European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work. Following the debate on...

President Macron faces first wave of wrath over labour market reforms

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Riot police clashed with protestors marching against labour market reforms in Paris on Tuesday, a movement that President Emmanuel Macron has dismissed as “slackers.” "I am fully determined and I won't cede any ground, not...

European Commission takes second step against Poland

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The European Commission on September 12 decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation. This is the next stage in the infringement procedure. If Warsaw does...

Mélenchon overtakes Le Pen as leader of the opposition

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The main opposition in France is no longer the far right but the far left. In a speech in Brachay, northeast France, Marine Le Pen said Saturday that she is "determined" to revitalize Front National....

ECHR: Companies cannot monitor their employee’s without their knowledge

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday that companies need to inform workers prior to monitoring their communication. The landmark case of Bogdan Bărbulescu overturns a previous judgment...

The biggest overhaul of the French labour market in decades

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Emmanuel Macron's government presented a labour market reform plan on Thursday, delivering on one of his key campaign promises. Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud presented five decrees detailed in over 200 pages as “unprecedented.," while Prime Minister...

GUE/NGL hails new proposal to tackle unemployment

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament welcomed an initiative presented by the labour ministers of Greece and Luxembourg to boost employment in the European Union. GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer...

Macron introduces labour reform bill that can “make or break” his Presidency

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Emmanuel Macron is bracing to deliver on his key campaign promise of a labour market overhaul. On Thursday he will present in Parliament a bill that could make or break his Presidency. Emmanuel Macron campaigned...

Theresa May backtracks from pledge to tackle wage inequality

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Firms incorporated in the UK will have to justify the gap in salaries between their senior management and regular employees, according to a new set of rules proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May. The widening...

Poland takes on Macron over EU labour reform

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French president Emmanuel Macron’s drive to reform the EU’s labour market rules has hit a brick wall… in Poland. On a tour of central and eastern Europe, he managed to secure the backing of...

British Food Sector survey suggests dependence on EU workers

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The very day the Office of National Statistics in the UK released figures of a sharp drop in EU migration in the UK, a study released by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation expresses...

Macron takes campaign against “posted workers” to Eastern Europe

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French President Emmanuel Macron will tour Eastern Europe to campaign against labour dumping. His first stop on Wednesday was Salzburg, Austria, where he met with Chancellor Christian Kern, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and...

Macron braces for class warfare à la française in September

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Following consultations with French trade unions on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron’s administration braces for a major political standoff over proposed labour market reforms. Currently, the French economy has returned to growth and unemployment has dropped...

Netherlands negotiates its liberal national brand to form a cabinet

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The Netherlands could soon reintroduce the teaching of the official national anthem in schools, the Algemeen Dagblad daily published last week (AD). Children will be required to learn to sing the anthem, as well as its...

French unemployment drops to 2012 levels

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French unemployment fell to its lowest level since 2012, according to the French statistical service (Insee) Data released on Thursday suggest unemployment continues its downward turn, falling by 0,1% in the second quarter to 9,2%....

UK’s labour market thrives despite slowing growth

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Despite the deceleration of UK growth, the labour market continues to create jobs, reaching the lowest level of unemployment since 1975. 31 million people or 75,1% of the working age population (16-64) in the UK...

Oettinger says UK payments will have to continue to 2020 despite Brexit

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The United Kingdom will have to keep making payments for long-term programmes to the European Union until at least 2020, even after it leaves the bloc in 2019, EU Budget Commission Guenther Oettinger told Germany's...

Eurozone recovering, unemployment lowest in years

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Europe's financial recovery has been better than expected, according to official Eurozone figures. The good news comes just a week after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the eurozone was strengthening, but warned of...

Macron to nationalize STX shipyards to prevent Italian takeover

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France announced plans to temporarily nationalize its Saint-Nazaire STX shipyards to prevent their takeover from the Italian state-controlled Fincantieri, Le Monde reported on Thursday. "Strategic Interests" Later that day, the French Economy minister confirmed the move....

Bleak news for Italy’s jobless

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Italy’s unemployment rate for 15-24-year-olds is one of the highest in the European Union, according to the findings of a new report released on July 17. The annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE)...

Employment rates rise in most OECD countries

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During the first quarter of 2016, the average rate of employment in OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries was 67.4%. This was in fact indicated on Monday by the OECD. In Belgium, the...

Oxfam unveils the “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”

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Oxfam published on Monday a pilot inequality index that ranks governments on the basis of what they do to reduce inequality. The ten best-performing governments among 152 states in the world are European: Sweden, Belgium,...

EU Commission concerned about living standards for future generations

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Despite the better economic news, the risk remains that the younger generations will have less well than their parents, finds the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen. Presenting the Annual report on...

The UK’s gay couples are uncertain of pension rights equality after Brexit

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The UK’s Supreme Court awarded a gay man the right to pass on his pension to his spouse after his death on Wednesday. The ruling was founded on EU human rights guarantees, not UK...

EU Parliament calls for growth, jobs, security

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The European Parliament on July 5 adopted a resolution aimed at achieving sustainable growth and creating jobs, as well as bosting investment in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs. Proposed by 2018 budget rapporteur Siegfried...

Parliament approves anti-dumping new robust rules 

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The EU Parliament gave today its green light to start talks soon with national governments on new EU anti-dumping rules designed to better protect EU industry and jobs. The new rules on the calculation of...

Spain’s economy grows remarkably fast, but only the 60-to-69 get a pay rise

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While Spain’s economy grows, the dividend goes only to the 60-to-69 age group. The Spanish GDP surged by 3,2% in 2015 and 2016, making the former ailing economy one of the fastest-growing in the Eurozone....

Barnier: “More ambition, clarity and guarantees” needed from the UK’s Brexit proposals

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EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier took a first go at the UK’s proposal on citizens rights, shortly after UK prime minister Theresa May presented the British proposal to the House of Commons...

Macron to visit Romania as part of his campaign against social dumping

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French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Romania as part of his tour against the “posted workers” regime. The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, invited the French President for a visit Bucharest on Friday, on the sidelines...

Advancements in improving careers for people with disabilities announced

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Project DESC (disabilities equality security careers) presented the work the group has done in furthering career accessibility for those with disabilities at the project closing conference on June 21, 2017, in Brussels. DESC is composed...

European Parliament Youth Intergroup demands ban on unpaid internships in Parliament

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134 out of the 751 members of the European Parliament signed the Manifesto for Fair Internships drafted by the European Parliament Youth Group last Thursday. The manifesto is a part of the group’s campaign...

Poland rejects ‘protectionist’ EU labour market reform

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Pushing planned reforms to its labour market, Poland’s Europe Minister Konrad Szymański has warned the European Union risks alienating its central and eastern member states. Last year, the European Commission tabled a new version of...

Polls suggest May could lose

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The suspension of the campaign for one day after the latest attack in London, theoretically, favours the ruling Conservatives, which polls suggest have an ever-shrinking lead. That may be the case. But, until Saturday's...