The week forward on the European Parliament – Friday February 26, 2021
Subsequent week might be a combined week of committee and political group conferences within the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet nearly and in individual in Brussels. A number of attention-grabbing votes and debates are deliberate.
On Thursday, MEPs from the Financial and Financial Committee (“ECON”) will in all probability vote for the adoption of a report on the worldwide position of the euro, within the gentle of the current communication from the European Fee on the identical topic. Basically, the report by MEP Danuta Hübner (PL, EPP) echoes the Fee communication to a really massive extent – though the rapporteur’s mandate to draft the own-initiative report predates the communication from the Fee. Fee. It takes up many factors of curiosity raised by the Fee, but additionally highlights, for instance, the precondition of a big pool of protected euro-dominated property for the euro to develop its standing as a global foreign money. The rapporteur subsequently underlines the necessity for safer European property and considers that the frequent debt that funds the NGEU, the EU’s COVID-19 restoration fund, will present a benchmark of reserve property on the degree of the EU. The report additionally expects the ECB to evaluate whether or not it’s potential to subject certificates of deposit below the present authorized foundation. Nevertheless, in contrast to the Fee communication, the draft report pays little consideration to the problem of worldwide sanctions and the position of the euro. The draft report is offered right here. The Fee communication is offered right here.
On the identical day, MEPs from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (“EMPL”) will debate a draft report on “truthful working situations, rights and social safety for platform employees”. After describing the employment scenario of platform employees, rapporteur Brunet (FR, RE) concludes that the present European framework is “unsatisfactory”. She attributes lots of the gaps within the framework to fragmentation and the dearth of uniform definitions of the phrases “employee” and “self-employed” throughout Member States. The rapporteur calls on the Fee to introduce a brand new directive on platform employees with the intention to assure them a minimal set of advantages tailored to the specificities of platform work. Specifically, she would really like the Fee to discover a number of choices, together with: (i) guaranteeing that every one platform employees are allowed and unobstructed to work on a number of platforms on the similar time; (ii) be sure that all platform employees obtain a reasoned assertion and a proper of response within the occasion of suspension or termination by the platform; and (iii) provide extra transparency concerning working situations, charges and their remuneration methodology. As well as, the rapporteur considers that any directive on platform employees ought to allow and assure them the correct to collective bargaining and so on. The draft report is offered right here.
For the complete agenda and assembly overview, please go to right here.