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Description

This impact area focuses on socio-economic conditions of workers and unemployed, i.e. the set of rights, norms and routines which characterize the general working environment, regulate the activity of workers, and support people looking for a job. The EU pays special attention to issues regarding the health and safety at work as well as labor laws aiming to protect workers' health and wellbeing. Poor working conditions represent a huge cost for the EU economy, EU employment legislation therefore guarantees minimum levels of protection applying to everyone living and working in the European Union. The need to improve working conditions is a collective concern, prompted by both humanitarian and economic considerations. Moreover, labour laws define the rights and obligations of workers and employers in their workplace. At Community level, labour law covers two main areas: First, working conditions, including working time, part-time and fixed-term work, and posting of workers. And second, information and consultation rights of workers, including in the event of collective redundancies and transfers of undertakings.

This impact area is further specified by the taxonomy terms: Job Quality, Vocational Training, Workers´ Health, Safety and Dignity, Employees´ Legal Safety, Employees´ Rights, Employment Standards, Protection of Young People at Work, Impact of New Technologies on Jobs.

Relevant Policies

  1. There is already a substantial body of EC secondary legislation in the area of labour law. At Community level, labour law covers three main areas:
    1. Working conditions, including working time, part-time and fixed-term work, temporary agency work, and posting of workers
    2. Involvement of workers in the decision making of the employer, including information, consultation and participation in the board
    3. Protection of workers in case of transfer of undertaking, collective redundancy and employer insolvency
  2. A solid corpus of Community legislation laying down minimum requirements concerning health and safety at work has been adopted, with the aim of preventing occupational illness and accidents at work. Community action also favours information, guidance and promotion of healthy working environment. The Commission cooperates with the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work. The Commission communication "Improving quality and productivity at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work" outlines the options for further action in this area. The new strategy for 2007-2012 aims to achieve a sustained reduction of occupational accidents and diseases in the EU.
  3. Complementing the labour law instruments the monitoring of industrial change and financial participation schemes in cooperation with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (www.eurofound.europa.eu) aims at the exchange of information and best practices.

For information on concrete policies, please refer to http://europa.eu/pol/socio/index_en.htm.

Legal Basis for the Commission to Act

EU labour law is treated in Art. 136-145 (Title XI: Social Policy, Education, Vocational Training and Youth) and aims mainly at promoting the improving of employment and working conditions while ensuring a level playing field with regard to competition conditions.

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Related Terms

Job Quality

Vocational Training

Workers´ Health, Safety and Dignity

Employees´ Legal Safety

Employees´ Rights

Employment Standards

Protection of Young People at Work

Impact of New Technologies on Jobs.

Publications and applications

Titel Type of practice Updated date
European Research for Impact Assessment Tools Publication 2014-04-17 14:41
IA Report: Communication - Energy Roadmap 2050 (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-27 12:11
IA Report: Comprehensive trade and investment agreement, called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, between the European Union and the United States of America (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 21:14
IA Report: Establishing a single European railway area, as regards the opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail and the governance of the railway infrastructure (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 20:06
IA Report: Internal market for electricity and gas Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 21:53
IA Report: Investment agreement between the European Union and the People's Republic of China (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 21:08
IA Report: Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 17:46
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation of the Single European Sky (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 17:51
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation on promoting the free movement of citizens and businesses by simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the European Union (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 16:16
IA Report: Recording equipment in road transport (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-30 01:02
IA Report: The opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 20:54
The Policy-Relevancy of Impact Assessment Tools: Evaluating Nine Years of European Research Funding Publication 2014-07-09 16:32

Content for this term

Title Type Updated date
E3ME Model 2014-04-23 15:36
Job Standards and Quality Impact Area 2013-11-01 14:43