Part-time work Directive and employee representation are priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency

The Luxembourg Presidency of the EU, which covers the second half of 1997, has confirmed that its priorities include the transformation of the social partners' framework agreement on part-time work into EU legislation, progress in the discussions on employee involvement, and the ratification of the Amsterdam Treaty.

Luxembourg, which took over the Presidency of the European Council from the Dutch Government in July 1997, has listed the following measures and activities as among its priorities:

  • the ratification of the draft Amsterdam Treaty, agreed in June (EU9707135F). It is envisaged that the Treaty will be signed on 2 October. After this date, the ratification process will begin in each member state;
  • pressing ahead with the final phase of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU); and
  • making progress on enlargement (EU9708143F). Accession negotiations will continue with the six countries whose applications were cleared for processing by the European Commission last month (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia).

Among the Luxembourg Government's priorities in the social dimension are the transformation of the social partners' June 1997 framework agreement on part-time work (EU9706131F) into Community legislation and the achievement of progress in the discussions on employee involvement at the national level (follow-up to the consultation document on employee information and consultation at the national level) and in the European Company (follow-up to the Davignon Report) (EU9706132F). In addition, the Council is now keen to establish and formalise contacts between the labour market and social affairs ministers of the member states and their counterparts in the accession countries.

Luxembourg will hold the Presidency of the Council until the end of 1997.

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