Record number of people in employment in the EU
The employment rate continued to rise and reached 73.2 % in the second quarter of 2018. EU employment increased in all sectors except in agriculture.
The unemployment rate continued to decrease: in October 2018, it stood at 6.7 % in the EU and 8.1 % in the euro area, reflecting a decrease of 0.7 % in both cases compared to a year earlier.
Uncertainty over draft regulations “driving time & tachograph” in the European Parliament
While the main debates focus on the opposition between Western European MEPs who are in favour of harmonising social and market rules, and Central, Eastern and Peripheral European MEPs who are in favour of further liberalisation in the sector, FIEC advocated that construction companies should benefit from broader exemptions to this burdensome and costly legislation. Indeed, construction companies are not road transport companies and should not be treated as such.
The question is, what will happen now? In procedural terms, the situation is uncertain for the Parliament. Some MEPs would like to stop working on this issue, while others want to obtain an agreement before the European elections. The text might be tabled at one of the next Plenary sessions (end of January or February) and put to vote on the basis of the Commission’s initial proposal.
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