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25/09/2004
Others

Advisory Report 2004/05 - Quality labels and sustainable development
Existing sustainability quality labels have only a small share of the Dutch consumer market (less than 5%). The CCA believes their effectiveness will be improved by providing consumers with more comprehensive information about the value of the quality labels and what they stand for. Further sustainability criteria should also be developed. Opinions in the CCA differed as to how potent sustainability quality labels are as an instrument for influencing consumer behaviour. Some members did not see this as possible, while others thought quality labels can be made to have a greater impact on consumers, specifically by setting criteria at various levels and by means of marketing.

24/09/2004
Social Policies

Advisory Report 2004/03 - SER recommends greater freedom of choice with regard to working conditions services
Companies should have more freedom when consulting experts on matters relating to working conditions. This could lead to services that are more customised at company level. Thecurrent regulation dating from 1994 concerning the ompulsory intervention of Working Conditions Services (arbodiensten) does not take sufficient account of the increased responsibility placed on employers and employees with regard to absence due to illness and illness or injury leading to incapacity for work. The regulation also needs to be amended in order to comply with European legislation.This opinion was presented in an advisory reportCompanies should have more freedom when consulting experts on matters relating to workingconditions. This could lead to services that are more customised at company level. The current regulation dating from 1994 concerning the compulsory intervention of Working Conditions Services (arbodiensten) does not take sufficient account of the increased responsibility placed on employers and employees with regard to absence due to illness and illness or injury leading to incapacity for work. The regulation also needs to be amended in order to comply with European legislation.

21/09/2004

Immigrazione in Italia. Indici di inserimento territoriale

01/08/2004
Labour

"About amending Presidential Degree - Provisions for those working with fixed-term contracts" -Draft Presidential Degree

26/07/2004
Climate Change, Social Policies

OPINION 03/2004 on the Bill for a Royal Decree regulating the greenhouse gas emission trading scheme
The purpose of this Decree is to transpose Directive 2003/87/EC, which establishes one of the market instruments provided for in the Kyoto Protocol, namely trading in emis-sion allowances. In article 9 the Directive states that each Member State shall develop a National Allocation Plan (NAP) specifying the quantity of allowances that it intends to allocate for that period and how it proposes to allocate them, based on homogenous cri-teria for the distribution of allowances throughout the country.In its preliminary remarks, the Council notes that the willingness of the social partners to address this process was highlighted in the recent Declaration for Dialogue between Management and Labour: Competitiveness, stable employment and social cohesion, of 8 July 2004.The Council therefore applauds the setting up of dialogue committees in each sector of activity, with the presence of the government and the trade unions and employers? or-ganizations in the various fields concerned. But the Council deems that this considera-tion should be included in the articles of the bill, which would benefit the adaptation and relaxation of the Plan that is needed in view of the different circumstances to be taken into account in the criteria for allocating emission allowances. These factors should expressly include a mention of social circumstances, and in particular forecasts for and effects on employment.The Council deems that this mechanism for institutional participation by the employers? organizations and the trade unions in the monitoring and adaptation of the Plan would help to effectively resolve the differences between the government and the various sec-tors on the distribution of allowances by activity, in line with the lists envisaged on ei-ther side, with a view to allowance projections and requests. The Council therefore rec-ommends that the initial forecasts in the NAP should be adjustable during the Plan?s life, pursuant to the agreements reached through the instruments for dialogue between management and labour.

20/07/2004

Gli aspetti economici, sociali e istituzionali del fenomeno sportivo

20/07/2004

Il patto di stabilità e di crescita: quale politica economica per l'Europa?

20/07/2004

Il progetto di riforma della seconda parte della Costituzione

20/07/2004
International Policies

Report by SER Committee of Socio-Economic Experts - Higher Growth through European Cooperation
The SER Committee of Socio-Economic Experts(CSEE) urges that an adequate EU policy is essential if the Netherlands and the other member states are to ensure sustained higher economic growth. Such a policy is particularly important for a small country like the Netherlands, which, due to its open economy, depends heavily on successful cooperation within Europe. An effective EU policy can be particularly beneficial in ensuring an efficient internal market and in creating a European ?knowledge area?.

19/07/2004
Labour

Life security funds - Filing of annual accounts, annual reports, and reports of auditors or chartered accountants -opinion 1489

19/07/2004
Labour

Collective agreement No. 36 quindecies of 19 July 2004 modifying collective agreement No. 36 of 27 November 1981 holding conservatory measures concerning temporary work, temporary agency work and provision of labour

19/07/2004
Labour

Occasional work in the agriculture and horticulture sector - Project of royal decree - opinion 1490

19/07/2004
Labour

Project of royal decree modifying the royal decree of 18 July 2002 holding measures aimed at promoting employment in the non-profit sector and containing various measures - opinion 1491

07/07/2004
Social Policies

Second biennial report of the Service for the Fight against Poverty, Insecurity and Social Exclusion - Joint opinion 1488 of the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council

07/07/2004

Il dispositivo antiriciclaggio: bilanci e prospettive

01/07/2004
Immigration

"Agriculture and food safety in the context of the Euromed partnership" - Initiative Opinion

01/07/2004
Others

"Creation of a Greek Nurses' Association and other provisions" - Draft Law

01/07/2004
International Policies

"Immigration and cooperation between countries in the Mediterranean" - Initiative Opinion

29/06/2004
Social Policies

Status of artists - Exemption for limited artistic activities / Contributions reduction - Projects of royal decrees - opinion 1486

29/06/2004
Labour

Project of royal decree aimed at promoting the employment of workers laid off in corporate restructurings - opinion 1485

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