Telework and The Right to Disconnect

Telework the right to disconnect

European trade unions and employers will this week sign a work programme, including to negotiate a legally binding agreement on ‘Telework and right to disconnect’.   ETUC, BusinessEurope, SGI Europe and SMEunited will sign the Work Programme in the presence of European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis in a ceremony. The Work Programme 2022-24…

Rinat Akhmetov Files Lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights Against the Russian Federation

Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov has today filed a Lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights Against the Russian Federation and Seeks Urgent Relief for Russia’s Blockading, Looting, Destruction and Diversion of Grain and Metals Rinat Akhmetov, founder and shareholder of System Capital Management (SCM) Group and Ukrainian philanthropist, announced today the filing of an application to…

Corporate Music Awards

Corporate Music Awards

Calling all companies – do you want to improve team spirit among your workforce? If so, a new “Eurovision-type” teambuilding event has just been launched and could be just for you. The idea is the brainchild of “Corporate Music Awards” (CoMA) , a company founded in June 2021 by Lionel Duez (its CEO) and Gaëthan Dehoux (Artistic…

Minimum Wages for EU

Kim van Sparrentak

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council  have reached an agreement on rules for minimum wages in the EU. The result of the trilogue negotiations is a big step forward to combat in-work poverty, the gender pay gap and wage inequality for workers all across the EU and the Greens/EFA Group welcome the results….

EESC Supports EU’s Global Gateway

EU Global Gateway

The EU’s Global Gateway initiative is the right step forward in improving connectivity with non-EU partners and like-minded developing countries.  In its relevant opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) underlines that civil society representatives must be included on the board that will be set up to coordinate Global Gateway investments. It also stresses…

ECA Publishes Report on EU’s SME Policies

small business

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are key to the EU’s economy. But they have not really benefited from EU action aimed at enhancing their competitiveness. That is the conclusion reached by the European Court of Auditors in a special report published today. EU funds stimulated SMEs’ willingness to invest, but their impact and effectiveness on…

Greens Call for Windfall Profits Tax on Oil Companies

Philippe Lamberts

On the agreement of the EU Heads of State and Government on a partial oil embargo and the ongoing European Council meeting Philippe Lamberts MEP, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, comments: “The agreement to ban 90 percent of Russian oil from entering the European Union and to finally put the sixth sanctions package…

Internal Market Committee Visits Silicon Valley

Andreas Schwab

Last week a delegation from the Internal Market Committee visited leading tech companies including Google, Meta, Apple, Airbnb, eBay, Paypal and Uber in the Silicon Valley. From 23 to 27 May, an Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee delegation travelled to the Silicon Valley to meet with tech companies, local authorities and academia. MEPs had…

Reform of Emission Trading Scheme

Markus Beyrer

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) has voted on the reports for the reform of the Emission Trading Scheme and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, two of the most important files in the Fit-for-55 package.  The ETS covers more than 11.000 industrial installations in the EU, and with this reform it will expand its scope…