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1 European Commission 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities1 Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities Unit 01. General Coordination, Interinstitutional Relations

2 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities2 Presentation overview –DG EMPL legislation –Achievements in Simplification –Ongoing Simplification –AB Programme HLG opinion on stakeholders suggestions Consortium recommendations –Further efforts –Summary

3 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities3 DG EMPL legislation –Labour law 24 directives –Health & safety at work 30 directives –Gender equality 14 directives –Anti discrimination (Art. 13 EC) 2 directives –Free movement of workers and coordination of social security schemes 1 directive 3 regulations

4 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities4 DG EMPL legislation –Recognition of fundamental rights of workers Art. 136 EC Treaty: The Community and the Member States, having in mind fundamental social rights such as those set out in the European Social Charter signed at Turin on 18 October 1961 and in the 1989 Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, shall have as their objectives the promotion of employment, improved living and working conditions, so as to make possible their harmonisation while the improvement is being maintained, proper social protection, dialogue between management and labour, the development of human resources with a view to lasting high employment and the combating of exclusion. –Obligation for any legislative proposal: two-stage consultation of social partners Art. 138/139 EC Treaty - Consultations possibly lead to legislative proposals or to autonomous agreements (implemented by social partners)

5 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities5 Achievements Simplification Simplification initiatives in all areas under DG EMPLs competence Overall reduction of the EU body of legislation –Labour law Directive 2003/88/EC (working time) high standard of protection of workers greater flexibility in managing working time greater compatibility between work and family life avoids unreasonable constraints on companies

6 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities6 Achievements Simplification –Health & safety at work Directive 2007/30/EC (reporting obligations) Simplifies and rationalises reporting obligations Harmonises the intervals for the submission of national reports to EC 1 report to EC instead of more than 500 massive cut of indirect IOs

7 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities7 Achievements Simplification –Gender equality Directive 2006/54/EC (equal opportunities) 1 act replacing 7 directives no administrative burdens on SMEs –Anti Discrimination Art. 13 Legislation from 2000 Possible simplification in long term

8 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities8 Achievements Simplification –Free movement of workers Regulation 883/04 (social security schemes) 1 act replacing 2 regulations simple rules for the coordination of social security systems simplified administrative procedures

9 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities9 Ongoing Simplification –SRP /269/EEC & 90/270/EEC (musculo-skeletal disorders) Update of technological standards 1 act replacing two directives –AB programme 89/391/EEC (Health&Safety framework directive) 92/57/EEC (construction sites)

10 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities10 AB Programme: Consortium recommendations 30 long list recommendations 13 one-pagers (short list) -thereof 5x Type 1 – 8x Type 2 3 impact fiches

11 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities11 AB programme: HLG opinion on stakeholders suggestions ( ) 90/270/EEC (display screen equipment) The HLG advises the Commission to review the added value of Directive 90/270/EEC and to at least adapt the above mentioned directives to technological developments without compromising on legitimate safety and health requirements. SRP 2009

12 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities12 AB programme: HLG opinion ( ) 89/391/EEC (AB programme) The HLG advises the Commission to call upon the Member States to ensure a lean transposition and implementation of EU rules, in particular with respect to SMEs. The Group recalls that the Member States share the responsibility in reducing red tape for businesses. EMPL agrees – in line with consortium recommendation 2003/88/EC (working time) The HLG welcomes the proposed changes which will simplify the application of the directive. The Group calls upon the Commission to strive for further simplifications and reductions of administrative burdens and to avoid the introduction of more burdensome additional requirements in the ongoing legislative procedure. In line with DG EMPL objectives

13 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities13 Further efforts –AB Programme 92/57 (construction sites) EC & ACSH are preparing guidance document –Extension of AB programme 2004/37/EC (carcinogens) Review of directive: IA incl. IO mapping 1994/45/EC (works councils) IO mapping

14 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities14 Summary –Need to take account of specificities of legislation in EMPL area –Full review of EMPL acquis has been undertaken and resulted in significant simplification initiatives –DG EMPL committed to the AB programme

15 European Commission Reduction of Administrative Burdens Working environment/employment relations 04/03/2009Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities15 Contact Nicolas GIBERT-MORIN Head of Unit EMPL/01 – General Coordination, Interinstitutional Relations


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