U.S. EU Working Group
The opening session of the 7th US-EU OSH Conference. Shown from left to right: Armindo Silva, Director for Employment, Social Legislation and Social Dialogue, EC; David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, OSHA; Leandros Nicolaides, Director, Department of Labor Inspection, Cyprus (representing the EU Presidency); William Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU; and Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, EC.
The U.S. EU Working Group on Employment and Labor-Related Issues was established in 1996 via a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) signed by Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his European Commission counterpart. Over the years the Working Group has sponsored meetings, workshops and conferences that draw expertise from governments, trade unions, businesses, academia, and other organizations.
There are no upcoming events in this forum.
September 12, 2013: U.S. EU videoconference on unemployment insurance.
Experts from the Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, and the European Commission Directorate-General for Employment shared information on the history, financing and implementation of the U.S. Unemployment Insurance system, and EU research on automatic stabilizers.
July 11-13, 2012: The 7th Joint U.S. EU Conference on Occupational Safety and Health Brussels, Belgium.
The theme of this event was “Critical Issues on Worker Health and Safety.” The conference focused on four main topics: 1) Nanotechnology in the Workplace; 2) Occupational Exposure Limits for Chemical Substances; 3) Occupational Safety and Health in a Green Economy; and 4) Prevention of Catastrophic Accidents. In addition, there was a government-to-government Special Session on Occupational Safety and Health Statistics. The working groups on the four main topics produced a wide range of recommendations for possible future action and cooperation. The participants in the special session agreed to undertake a joint project focused on comparing work-related fatality data. The conference also provided a forum to highlight collaboration on the launch of the first dedicated global wiki on occupational safety and health, which is slated to take place in 2013.
Kristin Lipke Sparding