While allowing for certain flexibility to react to relevant issues that may arise unexpectedly, the work programme foresees the following activities during the next two years:
1. The Committee will closely cooperate with the European Commission throughout the transposition process of
its Agreement on Information and consultation rights of workers and their representatives adopted on 21 December 2015 into a directive and its adoption in the Council and Parliament.
The Committee will also monitor national developments on information and consultation rights, especially regarding restructuring with short updates of key developments at the Committee’s meetings in light of the content of the Agreement.
2. By the end of 2016, the Committee will produce a monitoring report of its Framework Agreement for a quality service in central administrations for a quality service in central administrations.
3. In view of the ongoing European Commission consultation of social partners on its roadmap ‘New start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families’, the Committee will prepare a common position on this particularly important topic. As part of annual reviews, the Committee will follow up on its policy recommendations towards equal pay between women and men adopted in 2014 with a view to improving access of women to decision-making positions and tackling women’s overrepresentation in low pay positions.
4. The Committee will focus on psycho-social health risks at work. To this effect, an 18-month project funded by the European Commission will look at emerging psycho-social problems, new technologies and practical use of health risk assessments. The project will consist of a mapping review of existing literature on psychosocial risks, three regional seminars (Madrid, Vilnius and Berlin) and the designing of a user friendly common health risk assessment tool in the form of a guide and a short video.
5. The Committee will work on a modernisation of administrations in the context of the European Semester and the recent economic crisis in Europe. To this effect, a Draft statement/policy recommendations on the European Semester will be produced.