Healthy Workplaces

The Commission, together with the  European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,  has launched the EU-OSHA 2020-2022 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’.  The campaign focuses on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are impairments of bodily structures, such as muscles, joints and tendons, that are caused or intensified primarily by work or the work environment. …

Europe Needs Housing Action Plan

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has sounded the alarm and called for an urgent European housing action plan, stressing that an EU strategy is essential to ensure universal access to decent, sustainable and affordable housing in the future. Decent and affordable housing is running short in the EU and, for this reason, a…

Commission Revamps Erasmus+

The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy. Funded through Erasmus+ for a maximum budget of €4 million each, the platforms will be active in sectors such as green innovation and urban greening, microelectronics, and the furniture…

How to Use REACT-EU Fund

In letters to EU Ministers responsible for Cohesion policy, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, and Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, have clarified how Member States can make use of the REACT-EU fund.  The fund is part of Next Generation EU and will focus on supporting labour market resilience, jobs, SME’s and low-income…

Jobs For Europe’s Youth

The European Commission says it is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU, and thrive in the green and digital transitions. The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the often difficult start many young people face in the labour market. We need to…

A Minimum Wage for Europe

Last Thursday (4 June) the Commission launched a consultation of European trade unions and employers’ organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the European Union. This follows the first-stage consultation which was open from 14 January to 25 February 2020, to which the Commission received replies from 23 EU-wide social…