23 Birželis 2005
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met on 2-3 June 2005 under the Luxembourg Presidency.
06 Birželis 2005
On 1 April 2005, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) announced that three of its institutes - the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety (TUTB) and the European Trade Union College (ETUCO) - had merged into one organisation, entitled the European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education and Health and Safety, ETUI-REHS.
06 Birželis 2005
The third meeting of the high-level group on gender mainstreaming was held on 25 May 2005. This group is made up of senior civil servants from EU Member States who are responsible for promoting the gender dimension in the management of the EU’s structural funds. The two previous meetings of the group were held in June and November 2004. The work of this group consists of contributing to the development of tools and mechanisms to integrate the gender dimension at every stage of the regional and cohesion policy process. It also consults informally on a range of related issues and shares best practices. Its remit is contained in the European Commission’s Communication on the Implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Structural Funds programming documents 2000 - 2006 , adopted on 20 December 2002 (COM (2002)748final).  http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/cnc/2002/com2002_0748en01.pdf
30 Gegužė 2005
At its plenary session on 11 May 2005, the European Parliament (EP) gave a first reading to the European Commission’s proposal , issued in September 2004 (EU0410205F ), to revise the EU Directive concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (originally adopted in 1993 and now consolidated in Directive 2003/88/EC ). The EP was voting on a report prepared by the Spanish MEP, Alejandro Cercas, which amends the Commission’s proposal significantly. The EP approved the text, which will now be transferred back to the Council of Ministers. The key areas of amendment are listed below.  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2004/sep/working_time_directive_proposal_en.pdf  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/commission-proposes-amendments-to-working-time-directive  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32003L0088&model=guichett
09 Gegužė 2005
An informal social affairs Council was held in Luxembourg on 8 April 2005. The main issue on the agenda was industrial restructuring, following the European Commission’s recent second consultation paper, issued to the EU-level social partners three days earlier (EU0504202F ). This issue is also topical in many Member States, including the UK, where the bankruptcy of the motor manufacturer Rover has been announced in recent weeks.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/commission-issues-communication-on-restructuring-and-employment
09 Gegužė 2005
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) organised a range of protest actions around European on 19 April 2005 in order to give voice to its views on the restructuring of the civil aviation sector.
29 Balandis 2005
The annual spring European Council meeting to discuss the Lisbon strategy  and the economic, social and environmental situation in the European Union was held in Brussels on 22 and 23 March 2005. The main focus of the Council summit was a mid-term review of the 10-year Lisbon strategy, which was launched in 2000 (EU0004241F ), The strategy contains concrete targets in areas such as overall employment rates, female employment and the employment of older workers. However, five years since the launch, it is now clear that, although some progress has been made, it is unlikely that the employment targets will be met (EU0502207F ). A report on the strategy, delivered by a high-level group headed by the former Dutch Prime Minister, Wim Kok, in November 2004 (EU0412205F ), offered strong criticism, stating, among other points, that there needs to be more political will to implement it.  http://europa.eu.int/growthandjobs/index_en.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/lisbon-council-agrees-employment-targets  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/draft-2004-5-joint-employment-report-issued  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/kok-group-issues-report-on-lisbon-strategy
20 Balandis 2005
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met in Brussels on 3 March 2005 to discuss a range of social policy issues and to prepare for the spring European Council summit, due to take place on 22 and 23 March 2005.
31 Kovas 2005
On 8 February 2005, the European Commission issued a proposal [http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2005/feb/com_2005_0032_f_en.pdf ] for a Directive on working time for mobile workers assigned to interoperable cross-border rail services. It will apply to rail workers who work on the rail network of at least two Member States and who cross national borders as part of their work. This proposed Directive is based on an agreement [http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/social_dialogue/docs/223_20040127_rail_en.pdf ] concluded on 27 January 2004 between the EU-level social partners in the rail sector - the Community of European Railways (CER) for employers and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) for employees. The CER and ETF agreement regulates rest periods, driving time and driving periods for these mobile workers in the rail sector, who are excluded from the 1993 working time Directive [http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett ].  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2005/feb/com_2005_0032_f_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/social_dialogue/docs/223_20040127_rail_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett
31 Kovas 2005
At a meeting held in Berlin on 10-11 November 2004, banking sector trade unions from six countries agreed a joint declaration  on cooperation and coordination in their sector’s collective bargaining policy. The unions were: Centrale Nationale des Employés (Belgium); Landelijke Bedienden Centrale-NVK (Belgium); Fédération des Employés et Cadres (France); the Independent Federation of Italian Bank Workers (Federazione Autonoma Bancari Italiani, Fabi) (Italy); Federazione Italiana Bancari e Assicurativi (Italy); the Union of Salaried Employees (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, GPA), (Austria); the Financial Sector Union of Sweden (Finansförbundet) (Sweden); and the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) (Germany).  http://www.union-network.org/unifinance.nsf/$webDocuments/5EBDDC04D6866271C1256F86003A55C0?OpenDocument