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EPSU Position Paper on the Social Investment Package

(Brussels, 28 November 2013) Following the Executive Committee of 26 and 27 November 2013, we issue an “EPSU Position on the Social Investment Package (SIP)”, finalised already in August (N.B.: The document is not yet formally endorsed by EPSU’s Executive Committee). EPSU’s Position on the SIP builds on an “EPSU Working Document” endorsed by the EPSU Executive Committee on 17 April 2013. We put our main messages upfront: • EPSU welcomes the turn in the Commission strategy by recognising the (...)

EPSU Working Document on the Social Investment Package

(Brussels, 28 May 2013) EPSU’s Executive Committee mid of April endorsed a first assessment of the Social Investment Package that focuses on the Communication “Towards Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion – including implementing the European Social Fund 2014-2020”, COM(2013)83 final. The Social Investment Package is a part of a wider approach to modernize Europe’s social system and it is considered a long-term guidance on national reforms needed to make progress towards the objectives of (...)

Joint statement in view of trialogue negotiations deciding on the EU rules to recognise professional qualifications

Brussels, 16 May 2013 EPSU co-signed a joint statement by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European Public Service Union (EPSU), the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff (EUROCADRES) and the European Council of Liberal Professions (CEPLIS) and addressed on 16 May 2013 to MEPs, some days ahead of decisive rounds of trialogue negotiations on the revision of Directive 2005/36/EC. The letter was (...)

FERPA announces to soon launch a European Citizen Initiative on Long-Term Care

Brussels 15 May 2013 The Group of Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament together with the European Federation of Retired and Older People (FERPA), a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), invited trade unions and non-governmental organisations to discuss - on 15 May 2013 in Brussels - the issue of access to quality long term care as a right for all. About 500 participants attended the event, amongst them many colleagues from the (...)

EPSU Report "Expansion and consolidation ? Major trends and eligibility for European Works Councils" in health care

(Brussels, 18 February 2013) EPSU has published the report "Expansion and consolidation ? Major trends and eligibility for European Works Councils" reviewing multinational companies involved in the healthcare sector in 2012 and assessing their eligibility for the setting up of a European Works Council. This is done in the context of European and national policies impacting on health care and the strategies of multinational companies operating in this sector. The study, building on previous (...)

EPSU Report "Eligibility for European Works Councils in the social care sector"

(Brussels, 28 September 2012) EPSU has published the report "Care home versus home care? Which direction for care services in Europe? Eligibility for European Works Councils". It had been commissioned from PSIRU and written by Dr. Jane Lethbridge. The aim of this paper is to consider the eligibility of multinational companies working in the care sector for European Works Councils. It does this in the context of European and national policies impacting on care, particularly home care, and (...)

OSE/EPSU Report on emerging EU level instruments for soft health systems governance

(Brussels, 28 September 2012) EPSU has published the report "Emerging EU level instruments for soft health systems governance". It has been commissioned from Observatoire Social Européen (OSE) and was written by Dr. Rita Baeten. This report provides a mapping of some EU level instruments for soft health systems governance emerging from the Europe 2020 strategy. The aim of the analysis is to understand their importance for the workers in the healthcare sector. It addresses three (...)

OSE/EPSU Report "Europeanization of national health systems - National impact and EU codification of the patient mobility case law"

(Brussels, 28 September 2012) EPSU has published the report "Europeanization of national health systems - National impact and EU codification of the patient mobility case law". It has been commissioned from Observatoire Social Européen (OSE) and was written by Dr. Rita Baeten. In March 2011 the Directive on the application of Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare (2011/24/EU) was signed into EU law. This Directive is the result of a lengthy and laborious policy process aimed at (...)

EPSU/Uni Hertfordshire Report on migration of health & elderly care workers and related trade union initiatives

Report by University of Hertfordshire - August 2012

Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Statement on the Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce

(Brussels, 28 September 2012) On 18 April 2012, the European Commission adopted an Action Plan for the Health Workforce in Europe [SWD(2012)93final]. This document is part of the so-called “Employment Package” that aims at supporting the economic recovery across the EU by boosting jobs, in particular in the green economy, ICT, and health and social care. In the meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Commitee for the Hospital Sector of 5 September EPSU and HOSPEEM have adopted a Joint (...)

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