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The Minister of Labour and Social Justice presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the FEMM and EMPL Committees of the European Parliament

The Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Marius Budăi, presented, on Wednesday, to the members of FEMM (Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality) and EMPL (Committee on Employment and Social Affairs) Committees of the European Parliament the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the area of competence.

Among Romania’s priorities, in the social affairs field, are included the finalization of the negotiations with the European Parliament on the Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, and on the non‑legislative segment promoting the Council Conclusions on the elimination of remuneration differences between women and men, stated Marius Budăi in front of the FEMM Committee.

Minister Budăi stated to the MEPs of the EMPL Committee that Romania aims to finalize the negotiations with the European Parliament on the Regulation on the future European Labour Authority (ELA) and also to advance the negotiations with the European Parliament on the coordination of social security systems.

“In the related legislative segment we also envisage finalizing the negotiations on the normative framework on transparent and predictable working conditions, with direct effects on both the worker and the productivity. Here we are discussing about a file in which the positions of the co‑legislators were not necessarily convergent but the common aim is to have a result that provides adequate protection to workers and respect the practices in the Member States. We also intend to finalize the negotiations on the revision of the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (IIIrd batch). We are discussing about a file that allows us to confirm once again the inclination toward the well‑being of the citizens, and the constructive atmosphere in which discussions were held so far gives me confidence that we will adopt this legislative act in the current mandate of the Parliament. We will also promote Council Conclusions on ensuring safety and health at work in the context of new forms of work”, also stated Minister Marius Budăi in front of the MEPs of the EMPL Committee.

The Minister of Labour and Social Justice participated, in the European Parliament, at a working lunch, organised by the Women Entrepreneur Platform, where topics such as European policies in support of business women were discussed, as well as the exchange of good practices.

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