EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

EU-level developments

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Complementing its reporting on topics such as employment relations, working time, skills and pay based on reports from correspondents at national level, EurWORK also charts developments at the EU level. This coverage includes quarterly updates on EU-level developments, including actions and decisions by the European Commission, Parliament Council, key committees and the European-level social partners.

European citizens and workers have benefited in recent decades from decisions taken at the EU level in such areas as health and safety at work, social protection and equality of opportunity. Faced with new challenges, European institutions and the social partners now confront policy issues that include fostering opportunities for young people, helping older workers remain in the workforce, ensuring coherence between economic and employment/social policies and the movement of workers between Member States.

By charting the debates taking place and the decisions and agreements made from quarter to quarter at EU level, EurWORK can link developments across topic and countries to their Europe-wide policy context.

Read: NEW Role of the social partners in the European Semester
This report explores the involvement of peak social partners in the European Semester at EU and national level during the period 2011 to 2014. While their role in the European Semester is not set out in the European economic governance provisions (the so-called ‘Six-Pack’), the European institutional bodies view the two sides of industry as being key to the development of the Semester, and have called for their closer involvement. This report assesses the degree to which the social partners are involved in the different stages of the European Semester procedure on matters regarding employment and social policy issues and how their involvement could be enhanced.