BETA


2018/2034(INI) Employment and social policies of the euro area

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead EMPL HETMAN Krzysztof (icon: PPE PPE) LÓPEZ Javi (icon: S&D S&D), TREBESIUS Ulrike (icon: ECR ECR), TOOM Yana (icon: ALDE ALDE), KUNEVA Kostadinka (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), LAMBERT Jean (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), MARTIN Dominique (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion CULT CHOUNTIS Nikolaos (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL) Luigi MORGANO (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2019/03/14
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2018/10/25
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/10/25
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 282 votes 71, with 39 abstentions, a resolution on the employment and social policies in the euro area.

Unemployment in the euro area : Members recalled that in June 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area was 8.3 %, which was down from 9.0 % in June 2017 and constituted the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. However, despite a steady decline, the youth unemployment rate (16.9%) remains at an unacceptable level and is more than twice the total unemployment average, with about 1 in 3 young people unemployed in some countries.

While the total employment rate for the euro area in 2017 was 71 %, the employment rate for women was 65.4 %. The employment rate of 55-64 year-olds was 57 % in 2017 in the EU. It is also estimated that 118 million European citizens are still at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 1 million more than the pre-crisis level.

Improving the employment situation : Parliament stressed that the economic recovery is not evenly distributed across the euro area , and there is still much room for improvement in terms of economic convergence, the fight against youth and long-term unemployment, gender imbalances, labour market segmentation and inequality, especially for vulnerable groups.

The resolution noted that income inequality would have been much higher were it not for the redistributive effects of social transfers , which in 2015 reduced the share of people at risk of poverty by approximately one third (33.7 %). However, it regretted that its impact was insufficient and differed greatly across the Member States.

Country recommendations : Parliament welcomed the particular attention given to social challenges in the Commission's 2018 country-specific recommendations, which are an important part of the European Semester. However, it expressed concern that only half of the recommendations for 2017 have been fully or partially implemented .

It encouraged the Member States, therefore, to step up their efforts to implement the recommendations, particularly in the following areas:

poverty and social exclusion, including child and in-work poverty, especially among vulnerable groups: youth and long-term unemployment in line with the Council recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market; income inequalities; wage growth; combatting early school leaving and the high number of NEETs; education, lifelong learning, vocational education and training (VET); the sustainability and adequacy of pension systems; healthcare, including long-term care; secure and adaptable employment; gender balances, namely labour market participation, and the gender pay and pension gaps.

Labour market reforms in euro area Member States should therefore be undertaken to:

provide quality employment for all, including disadvantaged groups such as women, young people, people with disabilities and people with a migrant background; promote reliable labour contracts , tackle bogus self-employment and promote adequate social protection for all types of contracts; allow for easy entry and re-entry to the labour market by promoting labour mobility, providing reintegration measures and proper training for unemployed and promoting equal opportunities; ensure an adequate supply of lifelong learning and digital skills training ; improve the work-life balance by allowing flexible working arrangements, advantageous family leave take up and increased investment in affordable and quality childcare services; increase social investment to improve the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; undertake the necessary reforms and to increase social investment so as to ensure the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; reduce gender pension gaps and to ensure intergenerational equity through decent and sufficient retirement benefits , in order to eradicate poverty and social exclusion in old age and, in tandem, to ensure the long-term sustainability and adequacy of pension systems, to promote higher employment rates for decent jobs which provide greater pension contributions and do not overburden the younger generation.

European Pillar of Social Rights : Parliament stressed that the EU’s social goals and commitments should be as equal a priority as its economic goals. It called on the Commission and the Member States to reinforce social rights by implementing the European Pillar for Social Rights in such a way as to build a real social dimension for the EU (through legislation, policy-making mechanisms and financial instruments provided at the appropriate level).

Member States were called on to develop actions and strategies in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights to address the social needs of those for whom the labour market is inaccessible, namely those facing extreme deprivation, such as the homeless, children and young people and those with chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Documents
2018/10/25
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/10/22
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/10/16
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Krzysztof HETMAN (EPP, PL) on the employment and social policies in the euro area.

Improving the employment situation : Members recalled that in June 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area was 8.3 %, which was down from 9.0 % in June 2017 and constituted the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. However, despite a steady decline, the youth unemployment rate (16.9%) remains at an unacceptable level and is more than twice the total unemployment average, with about 1 in 3 young people unemployed in some countries.

While the total employment rate for the euro area in 2017 was 71 %, the employment rate for women was 65.4 %. The employment rate of 55-64 year-olds was 57 % in 2017 in the EU. It is also estimated that 118 million European citizens are still at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 1 million more than the pre-crisis level.

Members noted that the economic recovery is not evenly distributed across the euro area , and there is still much room for improvement in terms of economic convergence, the fight against youth and long-term unemployment, gender imbalances, labour market segmentation and inequality, especially for vulnerable groups.

Country recommendations : Members welcomed the particular attention given to social challenges in the Commission's 2018 country-specific recommendations, which are an important part of the European Semester. However, they are concerned that only half of the recommendations for 2017 have been fully or partially implemented.

They encouraged the Member States, therefore, to step up their efforts to implement the recommendations, particularly in the following areas:

poverty and social exclusion, including child and in-work poverty, especially among vulnerable groups; youth and long-term unemployment in line with the Council recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market; income inequalities; wage growth; combatting early school leaving and the high number of NEETs; education, lifelong learning, vocational education and training (VET); the sustainability and adequacy of pension systems; healthcare, including long-term care; secure and adaptable employment; gender balances, namely labour market participation, and the gender pay and pension gaps.

Labour market reforms in euro area Member States should therefore be undertaken to:

provide quality employment for all, including disadvantaged groups such as women, young people, people with disabilities and people with a migrant background; promote reliable labour contracts , tackle bogus self-employment and promote adequate social protection for all types of contracts; allow for easy entry and re-entry to the labour market by promoting labour mobility, providing reintegration measures and proper training for unemployed and promoting equal opportunities; ensure an adequate supply of lifelong learning and digital skills training ; improve the work-life balance by allowing flexible working arrangements, advantageous family leave take up and increased investment in affordable and quality childcare services; increase social investment to improve the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; undertake the necessary reforms and to increase social investment so as to ensure the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; reduce gender pension gaps and to ensure intergenerational equity through decent and sufficient retirement benefits , in order to eradicate poverty and social exclusion in old age and, in tandem, to ensure the long-term sustainability and adequacy of pension systems, to promote higher employment rates for decent jobs which provide greater pension contributions and do not overburden the younger generation.

The report stressed that the EU’s social goals and commitments should be as equal a priority as its economic goals. It called on the Commission and the Member States to reinforce social rights by implementing the European Pillar for Social Rights in such a way as to build a real social dimension for the EU (through legislation, policy-making mechanisms and financial instruments provided at the appropriate level).

Documents
2018/10/09
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/09/05
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/07/12
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/06/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/03/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/03/15
   EP - HETMAN Krzysztof (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2018/03/05
   EP - CHOUNTIS Nikolaos (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in CULT

Documents

Votes

A8-0329/2018 - Krzysztof Hetman - Résolution 25/10/2018 13:25:36.000

2018/10/25 Outcome: +: 282, -: 71, 0: 39
DE ES FR RO IT BE LT PL FI HU CZ EE BG PT LU SI LV SE HR IE AT SK EL MT ?? NL GB
Total
55
36
55
21
29
17
8
22
10
6
15
5
7
11
4
4
4
8
3
3
7
6
3
1
1
15
35
icon: PPE PPE
112

Belgium PPE

2

Lithuania PPE

1

Finland PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Portugal PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Latvia PPE

2

Croatia PPE

For (1)

1

Ireland PPE

2

Austria PPE

2
3

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
99

Hungary S&D

For (1)

1

Czechia S&D

2

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Bulgaria S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Sweden S&D

Abstain (2)

2

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Austria S&D

For (1)

1

Slovakia S&D

1

Greece S&D

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
33

Spain Verts/ALE

3

France Verts/ALE

4

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

3
icon: ALDE ALDE
37

Germany ALDE

For (1)

1

Romania ALDE

2

Finland ALDE

2

Czechia ALDE

4

Estonia ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Sweden ALDE

Abstain (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
28

Germany GUE/NGL

4

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

1

Greece GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1
icon: NI NI
6

Germany NI

For (1)

1

France NI

Against (1)

1

Romania NI

1

Poland NI

Against (1)

1

NI

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
23

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
16

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Italy ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

2

Netherlands ENF

3
icon: ECR ECR
37

Germany ECR

3

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Belgium ECR

3

Finland ECR

Against (1)

2

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands ECR

2

A8-0329/2018 - Krzysztof Hetman - Résolution

2018/10/25 Outcome: +: 282, -: 71, 0: 39
DE ES FR RO IT BE LT PL FI HU CZ EE BG PT LU SI LV SE HR IE AT SK EL MT ?? NL GB
Total
55
36
55
21
29
17
8
22
10
6
15
5
7
11
4
4
4
8
3
3
7
6
3
1
1
15
35
icon: PPE PPE
112

Belgium PPE

2

Lithuania PPE

1

Finland PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Portugal PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Latvia PPE

2

Croatia PPE

For (1)

1

Ireland PPE

2

Austria PPE

2
3

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
98

Hungary S&D

For (1)

1

Czechia S&D

2

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Bulgaria S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Sweden S&D

Abstain (2)

2

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Austria S&D

For (1)

1

Slovakia S&D

1

Greece S&D

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
33

Spain Verts/ALE

3

France Verts/ALE

4

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Hungary Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

3
icon: ALDE ALDE
38

Germany ALDE

For (1)

1

Romania ALDE

2

Finland ALDE

2

Czechia ALDE

4

Estonia ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Sweden ALDE

Abstain (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
28

Germany GUE/NGL

4

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

1

Greece GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1
icon: NI NI
6

Germany NI

For (1)

1

France NI

Against (1)

1

Romania NI

1

Poland NI

Against (1)

1

NI

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
23

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
16

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Italy ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

2

Netherlands ENF

3
icon: ECR ECR
37

Germany ECR

3

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Belgium ECR

3

Finland ECR

Against (1)

2

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Netherlands ECR

2
AmendmentsDossier
202 2018/2034(INI)
2018/06/12 CULT 43 amendments...
source: 623.730
2018/09/05 EMPL 159 amendments...
source: 625.407

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

docs/3/body
EC
events/2/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2018-0329&language=EN
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-8-2018-0329_EN.html
events/5/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2018-0432
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2018-0432_EN.html
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
committee
EMPL
rapporteur
name: HETMAN Krzysztof date: 2018-03-15T00:00:00 group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) abbr: PPE
shadows
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
committee
EMPL
date
2018-03-15T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: HETMAN Krzysztof group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) abbr: PPE
shadows
committees/1
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Culture and Education
committee
CULT
rapporteur
name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos date: 2018-03-05T00:00:00 group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
committees/1
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Culture and Education
committee
CULT
date
2018-03-05T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
activities
  • date: 2018-03-15T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2018-03-05T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos body: EP shadows: group: S&D name: LÓPEZ Javi group: ECR name: TREBESIUS Ulrike group: ALDE name: TOOM Yana group: GUE/NGL name: KUNEVA Kostadinka group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean group: ENF name: MARTIN Dominique responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2018-03-15T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: EPP name: HETMAN Krzysztof
  • date: 2018-11-12T00:00:00 body: EP type: Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
commission
  • body: EC dg: Secretariat-General commissioner: JUNCKER Jean-Claude
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
committee
EMPL
date
2018-03-15T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: HETMAN Krzysztof group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) abbr: PPE
shadows
committees/0
body
EP
responsible
False
committee
CULT
date
2018-03-05T00:00:00
committee_full
Culture and Education
rapporteur
group: GUE/NGL name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos
committees/1
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Culture and Education
committee
CULT
date
2018-03-05T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos group: European United Left - Nordic Green Left abbr: GUE/NGL
committees/1
body
EP
shadows
responsible
True
committee
EMPL
date
2018-03-15T00:00:00
committee_full
Employment and Social Affairs
rapporteur
group: EPP name: HETMAN Krzysztof
docs
  • date: 2018-06-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE623.744 title: PE623.744 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2018-07-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE620.972&secondRef=02 title: PE620.972 committee: CULT type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2018-09-05T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE625.407 title: PE625.407 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2019-03-14T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=31661&j=0&l=en title: SP(2019)4 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
events
  • date: 2018-03-15T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-10-09T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-10-16T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2018-0329&language=EN title: A8-0329/2018 summary: The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Krzysztof HETMAN (EPP, PL) on the employment and social policies in the euro area. Improving the employment situation : Members recalled that in June 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area was 8.3 %, which was down from 9.0 % in June 2017 and constituted the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. However, despite a steady decline, the youth unemployment rate (16.9%) remains at an unacceptable level and is more than twice the total unemployment average, with about 1 in 3 young people unemployed in some countries. While the total employment rate for the euro area in 2017 was 71 %, the employment rate for women was 65.4 %. The employment rate of 55-64 year-olds was 57 % in 2017 in the EU. It is also estimated that 118 million European citizens are still at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 1 million more than the pre-crisis level. Members noted that the economic recovery is not evenly distributed across the euro area , and there is still much room for improvement in terms of economic convergence, the fight against youth and long-term unemployment, gender imbalances, labour market segmentation and inequality, especially for vulnerable groups. Country recommendations : Members welcomed the particular attention given to social challenges in the Commission's 2018 country-specific recommendations, which are an important part of the European Semester. However, they are concerned that only half of the recommendations for 2017 have been fully or partially implemented. They encouraged the Member States, therefore, to step up their efforts to implement the recommendations, particularly in the following areas: poverty and social exclusion, including child and in-work poverty, especially among vulnerable groups; youth and long-term unemployment in line with the Council recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market; income inequalities; wage growth; combatting early school leaving and the high number of NEETs; education, lifelong learning, vocational education and training (VET); the sustainability and adequacy of pension systems; healthcare, including long-term care; secure and adaptable employment; gender balances, namely labour market participation, and the gender pay and pension gaps. Labour market reforms in euro area Member States should therefore be undertaken to: provide quality employment for all, including disadvantaged groups such as women, young people, people with disabilities and people with a migrant background; promote reliable labour contracts , tackle bogus self-employment and promote adequate social protection for all types of contracts; allow for easy entry and re-entry to the labour market by promoting labour mobility, providing reintegration measures and proper training for unemployed and promoting equal opportunities; ensure an adequate supply of lifelong learning and digital skills training ; improve the work-life balance by allowing flexible working arrangements, advantageous family leave take up and increased investment in affordable and quality childcare services; increase social investment to improve the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; undertake the necessary reforms and to increase social investment so as to ensure the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; reduce gender pension gaps and to ensure intergenerational equity through decent and sufficient retirement benefits , in order to eradicate poverty and social exclusion in old age and, in tandem, to ensure the long-term sustainability and adequacy of pension systems, to promote higher employment rates for decent jobs which provide greater pension contributions and do not overburden the younger generation. The report stressed that the EU’s social goals and commitments should be as equal a priority as its economic goals. It called on the Commission and the Member States to reinforce social rights by implementing the European Pillar for Social Rights in such a way as to build a real social dimension for the EU (through legislation, policy-making mechanisms and financial instruments provided at the appropriate level).
  • date: 2018-10-22T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20181022&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2018-10-25T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=31661&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2018-10-25T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2018-0432 title: T8-0432/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 282 votes 71, with 39 abstentions, a resolution on the employment and social policies in the euro area. Unemployment in the euro area : Members recalled that in June 2018 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the euro area was 8.3 %, which was down from 9.0 % in June 2017 and constituted the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. However, despite a steady decline, the youth unemployment rate (16.9%) remains at an unacceptable level and is more than twice the total unemployment average, with about 1 in 3 young people unemployed in some countries. While the total employment rate for the euro area in 2017 was 71 %, the employment rate for women was 65.4 %. The employment rate of 55-64 year-olds was 57 % in 2017 in the EU. It is also estimated that 118 million European citizens are still at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 1 million more than the pre-crisis level. Improving the employment situation : Parliament stressed that the economic recovery is not evenly distributed across the euro area , and there is still much room for improvement in terms of economic convergence, the fight against youth and long-term unemployment, gender imbalances, labour market segmentation and inequality, especially for vulnerable groups. The resolution noted that income inequality would have been much higher were it not for the redistributive effects of social transfers , which in 2015 reduced the share of people at risk of poverty by approximately one third (33.7 %). However, it regretted that its impact was insufficient and differed greatly across the Member States. Country recommendations : Parliament welcomed the particular attention given to social challenges in the Commission's 2018 country-specific recommendations, which are an important part of the European Semester. However, it expressed concern that only half of the recommendations for 2017 have been fully or partially implemented . It encouraged the Member States, therefore, to step up their efforts to implement the recommendations, particularly in the following areas: poverty and social exclusion, including child and in-work poverty, especially among vulnerable groups: youth and long-term unemployment in line with the Council recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market; income inequalities; wage growth; combatting early school leaving and the high number of NEETs; education, lifelong learning, vocational education and training (VET); the sustainability and adequacy of pension systems; healthcare, including long-term care; secure and adaptable employment; gender balances, namely labour market participation, and the gender pay and pension gaps. Labour market reforms in euro area Member States should therefore be undertaken to: provide quality employment for all, including disadvantaged groups such as women, young people, people with disabilities and people with a migrant background; promote reliable labour contracts , tackle bogus self-employment and promote adequate social protection for all types of contracts; allow for easy entry and re-entry to the labour market by promoting labour mobility, providing reintegration measures and proper training for unemployed and promoting equal opportunities; ensure an adequate supply of lifelong learning and digital skills training ; improve the work-life balance by allowing flexible working arrangements, advantageous family leave take up and increased investment in affordable and quality childcare services; increase social investment to improve the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; undertake the necessary reforms and to increase social investment so as to ensure the accessibility, availability, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of their healthcare systems; reduce gender pension gaps and to ensure intergenerational equity through decent and sufficient retirement benefits , in order to eradicate poverty and social exclusion in old age and, in tandem, to ensure the long-term sustainability and adequacy of pension systems, to promote higher employment rates for decent jobs which provide greater pension contributions and do not overburden the younger generation. European Pillar of Social Rights : Parliament stressed that the EU’s social goals and commitments should be as equal a priority as its economic goals. It called on the Commission and the Member States to reinforce social rights by implementing the European Pillar for Social Rights in such a way as to build a real social dimension for the EU (through legislation, policy-making mechanisms and financial instruments provided at the appropriate level). Member States were called on to develop actions and strategies in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights to address the social needs of those for whom the labour market is inaccessible, namely those facing extreme deprivation, such as the homeless, children and young people and those with chronic physical and mental health conditions.
  • date: 2018-10-25T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
links
other
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/secretariat-general_en title: Secretariat-General commissioner: JUNCKER Jean-Claude
procedure/dossier_of_the_committee
Old
EMPL/8/12421
New
  • EMPL/8/12421
procedure/legal_basis/0
Rules of Procedure EP 54
procedure/legal_basis/0
Rules of Procedure EP 52
procedure/stage_reached
Old
Awaiting committee decision
New
Procedure completed
procedure/subject
Old
  • 4.10 Social policy, social charter and protocol
  • 4.15 Employment policy, action to combat unemployment
  • 5.20.02 Single currency, euro, euro area
New
4.10
Social policy, social charter and protocol
4.15
Employment policy, action to combat unemployment
5.20.02
Single currency, euro, euro area
activities/0/committees/1/shadows
  • group: S&D name: LÓPEZ Javi
  • group: ECR name: TREBESIUS Ulrike
  • group: ALDE name: TOOM Yana
  • group: GUE/NGL name: KUNEVA Kostadinka
  • group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean
  • group: ENF name: MARTIN Dominique
activities/1
date
2018-11-12T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Indicative plenary sitting date, 1st reading/single reading
committees/1/shadows
  • group: S&D name: LÓPEZ Javi
  • group: ECR name: TREBESIUS Ulrike
  • group: ALDE name: TOOM Yana
  • group: GUE/NGL name: KUNEVA Kostadinka
  • group: Verts/ALE name: LAMBERT Jean
  • group: ENF name: MARTIN Dominique
procedure/legal_basis/0
Old
Rules of Procedure EP 052
New
Rules of Procedure EP 52
activities/0
date
2018-03-15T00:00:00
body
EP
type
Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
committees
procedure/dossier_of_the_committee
EMPL/8/12421
procedure/stage_reached
Old
Preparatory phase in Parliament
New
Awaiting committee decision
activities
    committees
    • body: EP responsible: False committee: CULT date: 2018-03-05T00:00:00 committee_full: Culture and Education rapporteur: group: GUE/NGL name: CHOUNTIS Nikolaos
    • body: EP responsible: True committee: EMPL date: 2018-03-15T00:00:00 committee_full: Employment and Social Affairs rapporteur: group: EPP name: HETMAN Krzysztof
    links
    other
    • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/secretariat-general_en title: Secretariat-General commissioner: JUNCKER Jean-Claude
    procedure
    reference
    2018/2034(INI)
    title
    Employment and social policies of the euro area
    legal_basis
    Rules of Procedure EP 052
    stage_reached
    Preparatory phase in Parliament
    subtype
    Initiative
    type
    INI - Own-initiative procedure
    subject