Portugal: €4.66 million in aid for 1,460 dismissed workers and jobless young

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the dismissal of 1,161 textile workers in three regions, the most disadvantaged among them should receive EU aid worth €4,655,883 to help find new jobs. The measures, co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), would provide the 730 workers facing the greatest […]

Deal on protecting workers from exposure to harmful substances

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A deal on new EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances was struck by Employment Committee MEPs and the Council. 12 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) will now be better […]

Posting of workers: final vote on equal pay and working conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday. The revised rules, approved by 456 votes to 147, with 49 abstentions, aim to ensure better protection for […]

Counting unemployment in the EU: The real rate comes to anything between 16.1% and 20.6%

Eurostat, the EU statistical service, repeated with more recent figures its memorable work on the real unemployment rate, that appeared for the first time in 2014 based on data for the third quarter of 2013. This time the Eurostat researchers worked with data for the last quarter of 2014. The new results they produced refer […]

Data show EU Economy in a stubbornly subdued state

At the end of the first quarter of the year (end March 2014) the Eurozone economy doesn’t show any signs of change from its subdued state of the last twelve months. The bearish and widely diverging resumption of activities still prevails, after the four-year recession period which theoretically ended at the second quarter of 2013, […]

The Commission tries to stop the ‘party’ with the structural funds

In a long awaited move, the European Commission boosts the role of trade unions, the employers’ organisations and the non-governmental organisations of civil society in allocating and monitoring the spending of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). What is at stake relates to the resources bestowed by the European Union to the European Regional […]

Not much of a help the new EU Directive on pensions

Labour mobility within the European Union is considered as the main decompression mechanism of social and economic pressures, created by differences in growth rates between member states. Looking for a job or working in another EU country has been praised by politicians and Brussels bureaucrats as the best way to increase the overall competitiveness of […]

Appalling overall unemployment in Eurozone at 20.6%

As it turns out real total unemployment exceeds by far the already dreadful percentages estimated by the national statistical services of the EU countries. According to a press release issued by Eurostat, the EU statistical service, in the EU of 27 member states apart from the tens of millions of the “normal” unemployed, there is […]

More unemployment and lower wages to make European workers competitive?

The statement that unemployment constantly increases in the European Union has become a banal observation during the past three crisis years. When however it comes to long-term unemployment, comprising workers without a job for more than one year, the end result can be that the labour force of this country or region is reduced by […]

Commission’s spending totally uncontrolled

A few weeks ago the European Court of Auditors established that the money spent on EU projects to enhance energy efficiency (€5 billion since 2000) did not achieve targets. More recently, the CoA also found that “The effectiveness of EU funding for municipal waste management (€10.8bn in the period 2000-2006) infrastructures was limited, due to […]

Social Committee teaches Van Rompuy a lesson

During this months’ European Economic and Social Committee’s plenary session, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy and EESC members held a very important debate on the current guidelines of the European Council and future efforts to reinforce the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Obviously the EESC members wanted to cover the […]