29 Apr 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 APRILBrussels Daily
Commission adopts proposal by social partners to improve the working conditions in the fishing sector
Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions for workers in the fishing sector. In 2013, the EU social partners in the fishing sector reached an agreement, which proposed to align EU law with the “Work in Fishing” Convention 2007 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Once adopted by the Council, this directive will implement the social partner agreement, which provides for a higher level of protection of EU fishermen. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “Protecting our workers and their well-being is a priority for the Juncker Commission. More than 100,000 people in the EU work in the fisheries industry, often under difficult circumstances at sea. The accident and injury rate can be 15 times higher compared to other sectors. Today’s proposal will help to reduce the risks that fishermen face at work. The proposal is based on an agreement of the European sectoral social partners and an excellent example of their ability to work together to improve working conditions.” Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Karmenu Vella, stated: “The EU is leading the global fight against illegal fishing activities. IUU activity hurts the health and safety of fishermen. Today’s proposal will improve the working conditions of fishermen at sea, reduce the incentive for illegal fishing and ensure a healthy and sustainable fishing industry that continues to attract skilled and qualified workers.” More information can be found here.
New EU rules for a simpler, faster and safer Customs Union come into force
New customs rules come into force this Sunday 1 May that will make life simpler for businesses that trade in Europe and better protect consumers against illegal and counterfeit goods. The new Union Customs Code (UCC) represents a major overhaul of existing EU customs legislation, which dates back to 1992. It is a milestone for the European Customs Union, the framework which allows more than €3 trillion worth of goods to flow in and out of the EU each year. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said: “An efficient EU Customs Union facilitates trade while at the same time enforcing necessary rules for security, safety and intellectual property rights. The new Union Customs Code opens the door to new state-of-the-art IT systems that will provide fast and quality data on goods being traded and will allow extremely close coordination among the administrations of our Member States“. The Customs Union is unique in the world and is essential for the proper functioning of the Single Market. The new UCC reflects a move towards a more modern customs environment for EU countries, making European business more competitive and advancing the EU Strategy for growth and jobs. All press material is available here.