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European Working Time Directive (EWTD)

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European Working Time consultation - where to go from here?

In December 2014, the European Commission launched the latest public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC in the hope to make progress following the failed negotiations of the cross-sectoral social partners at the end of 2012. The Commission’s declared goal is to consider making appropriate changes that would make the Directive more suitable for dealing with the ongoing challenges Europe’s employment sectors are subject to. The outcomes of the (...)

Working for Equity in Health : Final Conference

Registration is now open for the concluding PROGRESS Project Conference – Working for Equity in Health to be held in Brussels on Monday, November 26th 2012. EPHa is a partner in the project The concluding PROGRESS Project Conference – Working for Equity in Health - will be held in Brussels on Monday, November 26th 2012. Registration The aim of PROGRESS has been to explore the relationship between work and worklessness as social determinants of health and using an asset based (...)

[EPHA Briefing] European Working Time Directive

October 2012 - Following a failed attempt to revise the current European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in the period 2004-2009, the European Commission started another two-stage consultation process with the social partners in 2010, which is scheduled to conclude by the end of 2012. The EPHA Briefing on the EWTD provides background information on the Directive and examines some of the key sticking points at the heart of the ongoing debate. The current Directive - 2003/88/EC - (...)

The European Commission extends social partners’ negotiation period on reviewing European Working Time Directive

The European Commission has agreed to a joint proposal from the social partners to extend the negotiating period on reviewing the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) to December 31 2012 as negotiations are making progress. Following unsuccessful deliberations in 2009, when the Commission’s last proposal failed to be adopted after two readings in the Parliament and a conciliation procedure, the European Commission again consulted social partners in 2010 about possible changes to (...)

Working Time Directive: Towards a workable compromise? Views of the Royal College of Physicians

The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) has introduced a number of restrictions that have been criticised in the UK and in other European countries, especially regarding doctors. The European Commission is in the process of consulting amongst social partners - i.e. trade unions and employers - to gauge their acceptance of a revised Directive. As explained in previous EPHA articles, the Working Time Directive limits the number of hours that doctors are allowed to work over an average (...)

Ireland and Greece under EU fire for excessive working time for doctors

The European Commission has decided to launch an ’infringement procedure’ against Ireland and Greece for not complying with the EU rules limiting working time for doctors in health services. If both countries do not adapt their legislation, they will be brought up to the European Court of Justice. After having sent letters of formal notice, the European Commission has decided to take the matter further with a ’reasoned opinion’ for not complying with the (...)

Working Group on Health Professionals

Please find below the agendas and minutes of EPHA’s Working Group on Health Professionals, bringing together experts from EPHA member organisations representing, amongst others, medical, pharmacy, nursing, and CAM associations, as well as various specialists operating within these sectors. The Working Group on Health Professionals falls under EPHA’s Strategic Aim 2, Objective 2, ’’To support a well-trained and skilled health workforce’’. 2012 meetings (...)

EPHA briefing: "New Skills for New Jobs."

The Commission released the flagship initiative ‘Agenda for New Skills for New Jobs.’ This strategy will outline how the Commission will work with Member States to meet the EU 2020 target of increasing the employment rate for women and men to 75 %. The ‘Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’ flagship initiative sets out 13 key actions with accompanying and preparatory measures. One of the accompanying measures is for the European Commission to work with Member States to (...)

European Parliament changing its approach to health?

During the first week of March, Brussels was awash with rumours about a possible restructuring within the Parliament on health issues. Commentators were suggesting that health may be removed from its current home in the ’ENVI’ Committee (Environment, Health and Food Safety) to a new Health-only Committee under the 2009-2013 Parliament. EPHA was asked to comment on these rumoured changes (please click here for the full article in the Brussels press). If the rumours are correct (...)

Fears that reducing junior doctors working hours will compromise patient care

Continuity of care for patients, the quality of training for doctors and the efficiency of hospitals could be compromised when junior doctors hours have to be reduced further next year to meet the requirements of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), according to the Royal College of Physicians’s Lead on EWTD Professor Roy Pounder. From August 2009, implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), will prevent junior doctors from working more that 48 hours per (...)
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