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On 19 May 2015, the European Commission presented a 700+ page package of documents. They describe the principles to which European legislation must adhere, as well as the processes leading up to making or revising EU legislation. The package is aimed at improving the conditions for Europe’s small and medium-sized companies by “cutting red tape” and “removing unnecessary burdens”. UNI Europa has criticised the package for its lack of commitment to social conditions, for its favouritism of industry needs, and for the Commission’s attempt to de-democratise the legislative process.
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Constructive discussion with Commissioner Thyssen

Tuesday 26 January 2016

On 25 January, UNI Europa representatives, lead by Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig, met with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss recent developments in Europe concerning social affairs and employment. At the meeting, the UNI Europa representatives highlighted the challenges in the new world of work due to rapid technological changes. UNI Europa has been one of…

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The Road to Rome

Sunday 17 January 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary Political and technological forces are threatening workers’ rights all over Europe. The European Commission is pushing the EU in an increasingly neoliberal direction, through initiatives such as the “Better Regulation Agenda” and is increasingly effective in its anti-worker agenda. President Juncker’s team seems set on creating an EU which put…

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Important improvements to the IIA – yet warning sign is still up

Thursday 14 January 2016

The Better Regulation Watchdog of which UNI Europa is a founding member has released a press release today: On December 8, 2015 the high-level negotiation team consisting of representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finalised the new inter-institutional agreement. Reacting to the outcome of the negotiations Christina Colclough, UNI Europa explains:…

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As good as it gets?

Monday 11 January 2016

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa Across Europe, wealth and income inequality is rising. The top 10% are getting richer whilst the bottom 40% are stuck in a standstill if not getting poorer by the day. At the same time, and making it even worse, new forms of employment are spreading…

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Deal on ‘better regulation’ – Politico reports

Friday 11 December 2015

Today, Brussels-based Politico reported that EU institutions have reached an agreement on the European Commission’s ‘better regulation‘ agenda, recognising the joint responsibility of Commission, Europan Parliament and Council of Ministers “in delivering high quality legislation” in order to strengthen the EU’s economy. After attacks from trade unions and NGOs, the Commission had to include new promises to ensure the…

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