09 listopada 2005
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, announced on 27 September that the Commission would either codify or abolish a range of legislative proposals as part of a move towards better and simpler regulation in the EU, and to show that the EU is listening to the concerns of its citizens and businesses.
20 rujna 2005
At a second reading, given at its plenary session on 7 September 2005, the European Parliament (EP) considered the common position  (EU0412206F ) adopted by the Council of Ministers on 18 April 2005 on a proposed Directive that seeks to protect workers against the risks arising from optical radiation. The draft Directive on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (optical radiation) is the fourth and final part of the European Commission’s original 1992 'physical agents' draft Directive. The 1992 proposal was split into four parts in 1999: the other three topics covered - vibration, noise and electromagnetic fields (EU0405202N ) - have now all been adopted as separate Directives.  http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2005/ce172/ce17220050712en00260050.pdf  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/council-discusses-draft-directives-on-working-time-equality-and-radiation  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/council-adopts-directive-on-protection-against-exposure-to-electromagnetic-fields
19 rujna 2005
On 22 March 2005, a joint text entitled Framework of actions on gender equality  was concluded by the cross-sector European-level social partners - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) (including representatives of the EUROCADRES/CEC Liaison Committee), the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe (UNICE)/European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP). This joint text is the culmination of work on gender equality, carried out within the framework of the social partners’ three-year work programme, covering 2003-5 (EU0212206F ).  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/social_dialogue/docs/300_20050322_gender_equality_en.pdf  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/eu-level-social-partners-issue-work-programme-for-2003-5
05 rujna 2005
A new international framework agreement has been signed by management at the German-headquartered plastics, automotive components and electronics manufacturer Gebrüder Röchling KG, its European Works Council and representatives of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) and the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF). It is dated 30 November 2004, but was publicised by the signatory parties on 15 August 2005.
11 kolovoza 2005
Employment and social affairs ministers met on 7-9 July 2005 for an informal Council, the first under the UK’s six-month EU Presidency, which runs until the end of 2005. Ministers debated the current employment situation in the EU, agreeing that unemployment, standing at 19 million, is 'unacceptably high'. They agreed that reforms need to be introduced to bring down this figure. Consequently, they discussed a range of practical measures to achieve this. This discussion was held within the context of the ongoing debate on updating the European social model and the EU’s 10-year Lisbon strategy for employment and economic growth, launched in March 2000 (EU0004241F ). In addition, ministers viewed two projects in the Belfast area that had made progress in providing the local communities with successful employment and training support services: the Springvale Training Centre, which provides young and adult jobseekers with training to enable them to work in local companies; and the Shankill Jobs and Benefits Office, a project that provides advice on social security, careers, and helps people with disabilities to find work and young people to find holiday jobs.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/lisbon-council-agrees-employment-targets
10 kolovoza 2005
On 11-12 July 2005, the European Commission organised a major conference on demographic change, held in Brussels. The conference aimed to support the debate initiated by the Commission’s recent Green Paper entitled 'Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations ', issued in March 2005. The Green Paper focused on the demographic changes that are set to take place in Europe over the coming 25 years. It stated that the number of older workers (aged 55 to 64) will have risen to 24 million in the EU by 2030, as the 'baby-boomer' generation become senior citizens. In addition, the EU will have 34.7 million citizens aged over 80 (compared with 18.8 million at present). Further, the EU’s fertility rate is falling, to 1.48 in 2003, which is below the level needed to replace the population (2.1 children per woman). Accordingly, the Green Paper estimates that the EU's population will fall from 469.5 million in 2025 to 468.7 million in 2030.  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2005/mar/comm2005-94_en.pdf
26 srpnja 2005
The 93rd annual conference  of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was held on 31 May to 16 June 2005. It was attended by over 3,000 representatives of national governments from 178 countries, employer organisations and employee representative bodies. This article gives an overview of the main areas of debate at the conference.  http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc93/index.htm
26 srpnja 2005
On 8 July 2005 the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) announced that an international framework agreement  had been concluded between management representatives from the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS NV) and the European Works Council of EADS NV. The agreement was reached at the end of June 2005 and was co-signed by the IMF president, Jürgen Peters, and general secretary, Marcello Malentacchi, in the first week of July 2005.  http://www.imfmetal.org/main/files/05071112175266/IFA_EADS_eng.pdf
04 srpnja 2005
The Social Dialogue Committee in the European electricity industry is made up of representatives of trade unions active in the sector and of the employers’ organisation Eurelectric. The committee meets twice a year, with the most recent meeting taking place on 22 June 2005. At this meeting, the participants discussed issues based on the joint work programme that was adopted in December 2004.
04 srpnja 2005
The European Commission proposed the establishment of a Restructuring Forum in its five-year social policy agenda, issued in February 2005 (EU0502205F ). The Forum is a high-level body made up of representatives of all players and stakeholders in restructuring. It aims to meet regularly to discuss ways to manage restructuring so that it has as little detrimental impact as possible on the employees involved, the wider community and the environment.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/commission-issues-five-year-social-agenda