The European Commission has proposed a Circular Economy package to mainstream circular economy products on the European market, scale up circular economy business models and increase circularity literacy in Europe. As part of the EU Industrial Strategy and the EU Green Deal, the new Circular Economy Package outlines measures to accelerate circular economy in the European Union. The outlined measures will target companies and consumers alike.
With the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, workers in the EU will have the right to more complete information, a limit to the length of probationary periods, take up another jobwith another employer, be informed within a reasonable period in advance when work will have to be done, effective measures that prevent abuse of zero-hour contract work, receive a written reply to a request for transfer to another more secure job or receive cost-free mandatory training related to the job.
Following a request from EU Member States, the Commission is proposing today a temporary short-term derogation from rules on crop rotation and maintenance of non-productive features on arable land. The impact of such measure will depend on the choice made by Member States and farmers, but it will maximise the EU's production capacity for cereals aimed for food products. It is estimated to put back 1.5 million hectares in production compared to today.
The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are the building blocks which supplement and strengthen the existing centralised European patent granting system. A reform of European patents has been long awaited, and it will come into effect on January 2023. With the new European patent with unitary effect, companies are free from the choice of countries of application.
The European Commission has adopted an amendment to the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, initially adopted on 23 March 2022 to support the economy in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This amendment extends the Temporary Crisis Framework by providing for the following additional types of aid measures in line with the REPowerEU Plan: accelerating the rollout of renewable energy and facilitating the decarbonisation of industrial processes.
The Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of theDigital Services Actand Digital Markets Act, proposed by the Commission in December 2020. The Digital Services Package sets out a first comprehensive rulebook for the online platforms that we all depend on in our daily lives. These new rules will be applicable across the whole of the EU and will create a safer and more open digital space, grounded in respect for fundamental rights.
The European agricultural statistics system (EASS) is undergoing a major modernisation plan following the publication of the ‘Strategy for Agricultural Statistics for 2020 and beyond’. This enhancement programme aims to provide the most accurate statistics for the design and evaluation of the agricultural and other related EU policies (e.g. climate and environment policies), while reducing the costs and burden of data collection.
The Commission has presented a set of measures to help Ukraine export its agricultural products. In particular, a series of urgent measures have been agreed to tackle transport bottlenecks. Among these measures are: the request to European agents to urgently provide rolling stock, vessels and lorries; prioritize shipments of Ukrainian agricultural exports; apply maximum flexibility in customs operations and other inspections; as well as evaluating the storage capacity of goods in EU territory.
The Directive establishes a framework for the adequacy of statutory minimum wages, promoting collective bargaining on wage setting, and enhancing the effective access of workers to minimum wage protection in the EU. The main elements of the Directive are: A framework for setting and updating statutory minimum wages, Promoting and facilitating collective bargaining on wages, and Improved monitoring and enforcement of minimum wage protection.
On May 18th, Member States, workers and employers in the EU Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) reached an agreement on the need to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease in health and social care and in domiciliary assistance and, in a pandemic context, in sectors where there is an outbreak in activities with proven risk of infection, and supported an update of the EU list of occupational diseases.
The proposal for a transitional regulation would introduce transitional adjustments and amendments that are necessary due to the changes that come with the Commission’s proposals on the CAP beyond 2020 and to ensure the continuity of the CAP until the new system is in place. It touches upon several provisions of the current CAP legal framework. A number of delegations agreed with a one-year transitional period, while others were in favour of covering as well 2022.
The European agricultural statistics system (EASS) is undergoing a major modernisation plan following the publication of the ‘Strategy for Agricultural Statistics for 2020 and beyond’. This enhancement programme aims to provide the most accurate statistics for the design and evaluation of the agricultural and other related EU policies. Interinstitutional negotiations are underway, with technical meetings and trilogues planned until June 2022.