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Economy & Jobs 15-04-2021

Momentum for Social Europe

EU minimum wage legislation can help drive much-needed momentum for social policy reform, writes Oliver Röpke.
Competition 08-04-2021

Greater corporate tax transparency is also good for business

Far from making life harder for business, public country-by-country reporting will actually improve relations with investors, and benefit both companies and consumers, writes Elena Gaita.

EU social summit offers prospect to move ‘from principles to action’, presidency says

Portugal's Secretary of State for European affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, assured Lusa on Tuesday that there is a prospect of moving "from principles to action" at the planned Social Summit of the European Union to be held next month in Porto, which is to be a centrepiece of the country's six-month presidency of the Council of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2021

European recovery sidelines the young generation

Despite being the most affected group by the coronavirus-induced crisis, young Europeans feel increasingly left out from plans for post-pandemic recovery. Experts call for targeted measures to support them and ensure a quick implementation of the EU’s Youth Guarantee at the national level.
Digital & Media 17-03-2021

Uber grants UK drivers worker status in world first

Uber on Tuesday (16 March) said it is granting its UK drivers worker status, with benefits including a minimum wage – a world first for the US ride-hailing giant.
Politics 16-03-2021

Putting due diligence at the heart of sustainable business

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The European Commission is set to table a draft law by the end of June that will require companies to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights and environmental abuse and corruption. That follows years of campaigning by EU lawmakers and civil society groups, and a shift in attitude from much of the business community. This event report looks at what is likely to be in the legislation and the challenges ahead.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2021

Spain declares delivery riders to be staff, in EU first

Spain's government announced Thursday (11 March) a deal that will recognise riders working for delivery firms such as Deliveroo and UberEats as salaried staff following complaints about their working conditions -- a first in the EU.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2021

MEPs demand ambitious law on human rights due diligence

MEPs have urged the European Commission to table an ambitious due diligence law obliging EU companies to address all aspects of their value chains that could affect human rights, the environment and good governance.
Global Europe 09-03-2021

Thousands across the world defy virus restrictions for Women’s Day rallies

Tens of thousands on Monday (8 March) defied coronavirus restrictions, gathering worldwide on International Women's Day to denounce gender violence and inequalities.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

The carers in our own homes are essential workers, too

The COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated just how fragile and unsustainable Europe’s current social and home care model is. It's time for the EU to reassess, writes Shannon Pfohman.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

It’s time for an EU law to end gender-based violence

On International Women’s Day, a group of twenty Green MEPS call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Merkel in 8 March message: Pandemic risks undoing gains for women

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday (7 March) that the pandemic risked rolling back progress made on gender equality, as women take on the lion's share of childcare in lockdown and are more likely to work in at-risk jobs.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2021

EU unemployment reinsurance scheme falls off Commission’s radar 

An EU reinsurance scheme to support national unemployment benefits was not part of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan presented on Thursday (4 March), although the European Commission has been supportive of the idea.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2021

Asking job seekers to reveal previous salaries is ‘discrimination’, EU’s Dalli says

The EU's Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, presented on Thursday (4 March) the first EU-wide compulsory rules to force companies to disclose salaries by type of work and employees’ sex. The goal is to tackle the pay gap between men and women in the EU, currently at 14%.
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Economy & Jobs 22-02-2021

Young people in Europe’s post-COVID transition – enabling them to be the solution, not the problem

Most people have never experienced anything like the current Covid-19 pandemic, its effect on societies and economies. Young people have been particularly hard-hit. Supporting them with quality education and sustainable jobs is essential, not only for this generation, but for...
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Non-financial performance is too important a matter to be left to financiers

Europeans want companies to be accountable for their environmental impact. That is one of the reasons why revising the EU's non-financial reporting directive is as political as it is technical, write Olivia Grégoire and Pascal Durand.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

New Spanish law to make food delivery workers ‘permanent staff’

Spain's labour ministry, trade unions, and employer’s associations have agreed this week in principle to a law improving the rights of food delivery workers employed by global digital platforms like Deliveroo, granting them the status of “permanent staff” instead of self-employed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Digital skills 11-02-2021

EU40 president: Basic digital skills have to become mainstream across Europe

As digital skills have become essential in the labour market, especially for young people, there is an increased urgency to tackle the inequalities of the digital divide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have said.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2021

EESC President: Crisis is widening gap between school and real life for youth

Europe needs to "get the economy up and running" to help its youth find opportunities and bridge the gap between school and the workplace, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Christa Schweng told EURACTIV in an interview.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.
Transport 05-02-2021

Spain agrees ‘rescue plan’ to save aerospace jobs

The Spanish government, trade unions, and employer’s associations announced on Wednesday (3 February) an emergency rescue plan to maintain production capacity in the country’s aerospace factories and save thousands of jobs, mainly in the Spanish branch of EU manufacturer Airbus. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2021

Crisis bites hard in Spain’s labour market as 219,000 lost their jobs in January

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Spain’s labour market is devastating as over 218,000 people lost their job in January, according to new figures. The services, tourism, and the hotel, restaurant, and catering (HORECA) sectors are among the most affected, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.