The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) is responsible for the employment policy and social policy including working conditions, vocational training and free movement of workers and pensioners.
The chair of the Committee is at present the German MEP, Thomas Händel, from the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left. The Committee consists of 99 members and deputies. Despite the chair and the vice-chair, also coordinators designated by given political groups play an important role in the Committee, who facilitate the work of the Committee enabling it to achieve its priorities.
The Committee’s authority embraces the employment policy and all aspects of the social policy, including working conditions, social insurance, social integration and protection. Its activity involves workers’ rights, health protection and assurance of safety at the work place. The Committee is engaged in the vocational training policy, including raising professional qualifications. Its other powers include activities aimed at combating various forms of discrimination in a workplace and on the labour market not regarding the gender-based discrimination.
The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs cooperates with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Training Foundation (ETF), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Maintaining relations with other competent bodies of the EU and international organizations let facilitate the work of the Committee.
Our greatest challenges incorporate:
- fighting unemployment especially among young people
- improving precarious working conditions
- reacting to malpractices such as undeclared employment or non-observance of the regulations protecting employees
- improving health and safety regulations