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The process of simplifying EU legislation has been taken hostage by very particular corporate interests. This is the main conclusion of a new working paper published by the ETUI one day before the presentation of Commissioner Timmermans “better regulation package”.
An important international meeting on toxic products opened in Geneva on 4 May with, as one of the main items on its agenda, the inclusion of chrysotile in the Rotterdam Convention. In spite of the deleterious effects of this form of asbestos, lobbying by producer and importer states has so far enabled this carcinogenic substance to remain outside the purview of this instrument. Trade unions and NGOs have mobilised to prevent a repeat of its exemption.
Nanomaterials are used in many EU workplaces despite our limited and even non-existent knowledge about the hazards they bring to human health or the environment, and about occupational exposure impacts. As use of nanomaterials increases, it is increasingly important to ensure that workers are aware of their existence and of the best ways to prevent worker exposure in the workplace.
Highlights of the April issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
A report commissioned by the European Commission to the European Social Policy Network of independent experts published at the end of April shows that Member States have made progress in implementing reforms toward social investment but there is still a lot to be done for the modernisation of the social protection systems across the European Union.
On 22 April last, French Employment Minister François Rebsamen unveiled his draft law intended to ‘modernise’ the social dialogue. The main measures contained in this text are the following: creation of a regional representative body for firms with less than eleven employees; broader possibilities for merging worker representation bodies (i.e. trade union delegation, works committee, health and safety committee); lowering of requirements on information, consultation and negotiation.
‘The European 2020 Strategy has not delivered any true impetus for change. It has remained a technocratic project that failed to harness the resources necessary to its success’, said Philippe Pochet in an interview on the website of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE – Conseil économique, social et environnemental).
The European Commission announced on 10 April last its intention to embark on the first phase of a social partner consultation on the possibility of recasting in a single text three directives dealing with worker information and consultation. Is this initiative the prelude to a new chapter in the ‘better regulation’ programme? Isabelle Schömann, a legal expert at the ETUI, fears that the exercise could serve as a test for the future recast of European social legislation in other areas too.
The citizens' committee "Transparency for all" launched the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) An end to front companies in order to secure a fairer Europe in October 2014 in order to persuade the European Commission to submit to the Council and the European Parliament a proposal for a regulation establishing an obligation of transparency for companies and trusts.
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