Recent EU news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the European Union as reported in our fortnightly newswire.

European Union: Social Partner Framework Agreement on Digitalisation

A European “Social Partner Framework Agreement on Digitalisation” published this June comes about 30 years too late and is as irrelevant and unwelcome now as it would have been then …

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European Union: Job posting nightmare

The deadline for the revised EU Posting of Workers Directive (2018/957/EU) is the end of July 2020 …

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European Union: New migration pact set for start of summer

A new “European Pact on Immigration and Asylum” announced in January 2020 was put back to this Summer due to the health crisis …

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European Union: Back to the workplace – adapting workplaces and protecting workers

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is not an organisation that cuts across anyone’s path too often, but it has produced its own useful, if sometimes over-detailed and impractical, set of guidelines on “returning to safe work” (in pdf form) …

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European Union: How usual is it to work from home in 2019?

In 2019, 5 …

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European Union: What’s happening to collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining during the crisis has largely been suspended, although trade unions have been actively involved with some governments, like Sweden, in the formation of national initiatives to deal with the crisis, and also more piecemeal agreements to cover sectoral issues – such as IG Metall’s deal with employers in the German State of North Rhine Westphalia providing extra vacation days if employees have young children …

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European Union: Employer to be responsible for paying for training

One of the biggest impacts that the EU Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions (2019/1152) will have is in the field of training …

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European Union: How many EU citizens die from influenza?

According to the European Union’s statistical office the total number of those dying from influenza for all member states in its latest available year – 2016 – was 4,186 …

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European Union: Majority of health jobs held by women

How well-prepared were different EU countries in terms of medical manpower for the present crisis? There are 14 …

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European Union: Coronavirus: What to do if you get stuck in the EU?

Non-EU/EEA Citizens whose business trips have had to be aborted because of the sudden closure of EU borders will have found themselves unable to get back to their home state and may well face the expiration of their visa …

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European Union: Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak

The European Commission has issued guidelines on the “exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak“ …

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European Union: A1-form required for business trips abroad

Those employees who were on secondment, or another form of intra-company transfer, within the EU at the time of the closure of borders will have largely returned back to their country of origin …

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European Union: Collection and compilation of statistics

One other victim of the pandemic is the collection and compilation of statistics themselves …

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European Union: GDPR and COVID-19

There are a number of data protection concerns that should be addressed by employers relating to the exceptional handling of health data in the context of the current pandemic …

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European Union: North Macedonia and Albania set to begin EU accession talks

The EU continues to seek the expansion of its Membership, with the ground now cleared for initial talks with Albania and North Macedonia …

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