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European Commission releases its 2018 work programme

The work programme consists of a main Communication accompanied by key annexes (new initiatives, legislation subject to fitness checks, key priorities, and more).

The Communication refers to the European Pillar of Social Rights as a means to give renewed momentum to the process of convergence towards better working and living conditions, and to “drive the EU’s social agenda at all levels and will help us move towards a common understanding of what is socially fair in our single market – towards a Social Standards Union “.

Key 2018 priorities include the European Accessibility Act, the EU Work Life Balance directive, the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive, the Blue Card directive, and a New Deal for Consumers following the fitness check of current EU consumer law – all processes which COFACE is trying to follow closely.

New initiatives planned include a proposal to set up a European Labour Authority and a multi-purpose European social security number that will simplify citizen’s interactions with administrations  in a range of areas. The Commission also plans an initiative on access to social protection for atypical self-employed workers. A number of initiatives are also planned in the financial field (e.g. Fintechs).

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