The Workers' Group is organising an event to a study on the European Labour Authority, in which concise, evidence-based recommendations are given in order to ensure that this Authority fulfils its purpose.
The Workers' Group is organising an event for the presentation and discussion of the study "Overview of the national strategies on work 4.0 – a coherent analysis of the role of the social partners".
The study will be presented by its author, Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Advisor at the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.
The forthcoming period will be decisive for the future of the EU institutions in general, but in particular for the living and working conditions of EU citizens. This is why the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising an extraordinary meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss the social achievements of the ending Bulgarian EU Presidency and to look ahead at future challenges on the way towards a social Europe for all.
The decline of employment in the European agriculture sector increases the need of EU and non-EU seasonal workers at peaks of planting and harvesting activities. EU citizens’ freedom and right to work across the Union allows the proper functioning of the market economy by providing labour where and when it is needed. Still, after 30 years of the single market, once seasonal workers arrive at their destination, they are subject to fragmented, often localised, employment arrangements and rules.
the EESC proposes:
- The EESC proposed to make sure that the relevant European and national legislation is fully implemented and enforced so as to reduce precarious work and the prevalence of the associated mental health problems;
- to adopt specific legislation on preventing psychosocial risks at EU level;
- to combat identified work-related psychosocial risks at the source.
- The EESC considers the Social Imbalance Procedure (SIP) an opportunity to enhance the coordination of national efforts to improve their social governance and reduce social inequalities within a country and between Member States
- underlines that the SIP should be integrated into the European Semester, throughout its different phases
- calls on the Commission and the Member States to consider making existing rules for funds allocation (including the ESIF, RRF and others) more flexible.
- The EESC welcomes the recommendation, especially the establishment of realistic and sufficient criteria for making minimum income available to all;
- believes that minimum income schemes should be part of national strategies to combat poverty;
- suggests that Member States should assess minimum income levels regularly and ensure that the minimum income is in line with inflation.
This study identifies key barriers to accelerating the renovation rate in the residential building sector and to implementing the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). It provides a summary of, and recommendations for, overcoming these obstacles.
Labour Market Observatory (LMO) study
For the current mandate (October 2020 to April 2023) of the Civil Society Organisations’ Group (Group III), it has been decided to concentrate on the topic of poverty and on the role of civil society organisations and citizens' initiatives in combating it. The objective of the work programme of Group III for this period is to contribute to making local communities more sustainable, resilient, equitable, productive and socially just, whilst also upholding the highest levels of democratic governance, respect for rights and the rule of law.