28 Ianuarie 2007
Economic growth slowed slightly across the European Union during 2005. Eurostat figures (based on seasonally adjusted data) relating to the third quarter of 2005 show that GDP growth in the eurozone (12 Member States) was 1.6%, compared with the level recorded in the third quarter of 2004. This is up from a growth of 1.9% between the third quarters of 2003 and 2004. GDP growth for the EU25 was slightly higher, at 1.8%, compared with the 2.1% increase recorded in the 12 months prior to the third quarter of 2004.
28 Noiembrie 2006
The year 2005 started off with the arrival of the new European Commission, appointed at the end of 2004 and headed by Jose Manuel Barroso. The new five-year strategy (2005-09) presented in January 2005 introduced the new Commission’s orientation with a strong emphasis on competitiveness and economic growth. The new policy priorities are also reflected in the document, /Financial Perspective for the years 2007-2013/, which was debated in the European Parliament throughout 2005.
19 Februarie 2006
The EU-level social partners in the live performance sector (EU0512207F ) - the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance (EAEA) and the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (PEARLE) - have been active in recent months in promoting social dialogue in the new EU Member States. They have planned a series of three seminars to discuss social dialogue, of which two have already taken place and a third is due in March 2006.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/performing-arts-social-partners-issue-joint-declaration-on-cultural-diversity
05 Februarie 2006
The Austrian Presidency of the Council of Ministers staged an informal employment and social affairs Council on 19-21 January 2006. The meeting was attended by EU employment ministers, social partners and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
24 Ianuarie 2006
On 22 December 2005, the Austrian and Finnish governments, which hold the Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers for the first and second six months of 2006 respectively, issued their policy priorities  for 2006. They state that the two Presidencies 'will work closely together to ensure that the work of the Council during 2006 contributes to economic and social welfare, protection of the environment, freedom and security of European citizens as well as strengthening the role of the Union within the world'.  http://www.eu2006.at/includes/Download_Dokumente/0512draft_operationalprogrammeEN.pdf
24 Ianuarie 2006
The issue of migration is deemed to be of crucial importance for the EU (TN0303105S ), which is facing an overall decline in employment after 2010, as a result of demographic changes. The European Commission estimates that, based on current migration flows, between 2010 and 2030 the number of employed people will fall by around 20 million in the EU 25 countries, as result of a falling birthrate and an ageing population. The Commission states that labour and skills shortages are already being felt in a number of sectors around the EU, and that these shortages will increase in the future. Although the effects of the ageing population are not expected to affect all EU Member States at exactly the same time and in the same proportions, the Commission believes that this is a common trend that all Member States must deal with.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/erm/comparative-information/migration-and-industrial-relations
09 Ianuarie 2006
The European Commission has designated 2006 as the European Year of workers’ mobility. The Commission hopes to use this Year of workers’ mobility to highlight the importance of encouraging and enhancing the mobility of workers in the EU, stressing the benefits that this can bring to workers and the European economy in general. It also hopes to stimulate debate on the benefits and challenges to individual workers of changing jobs and/or working abroad.
20 Decembrie 2005
Ministers met for an employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs Council in Brussels on 8-9 December 2005, under the UK Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The UK Presidency ends on 31 December.
20 Decembrie 2005
On 15 November 2005, the European Parliament (EP) adopted an own-initiative resolution on the social dimension of globalisation. In the resolution, it makes reference  to the February 2004 report of the International Labour Organisation’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation (WCSDG) (EU0403205F ) and the European Commission’s Communication  on this issue, published in June 2004 (EU0406201N ).  http://www.ilo.org/public/english/fairglobalization/index.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/ilo-world-commission-issues-report-on-globalisation  http://trade-info.cec.eu.int/doclib/html/117580.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/commission-highlights-social-dimension-of-globalisation
20 Decembrie 2005
European Union heads of state/government and ministers gathered in Brussels on 15-16 December 2005, under the outgoing UK Presidency, for a European Council meeting. In social policy and employment terms, the main areas of discussion were growth and jobs, and migration.