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Originally called International Working Women's Day, 8th of March has been celebrated for more than 100 years to recognise the role of women and their contributions to society.

Women make up 45% of the employed population in the European Union. But still too many workplaces are designed with a typical male worker in mind.
A 'gender sensitive' approach to health and safety at work is needed to make the working lives of women healthier, safer and more productive. This includes actions to make work sustainable for an ageing workforce.


The European Commission is taking action to promote occupational safety and health in the EU.

Building on past efforts, the Commission's new initiative aims to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME's and micro-enterprises, in their efforts to comply with the existing legislative framework, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.

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On 1 January 2017, Malta adopts the Presidency of the Council of the EU. This marks the beginning of the third and final term of the current Presidency trio, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
At a challenging time for the EU, the Maltese Presidency aims to foster debate with a focus on social inclusion, migration and the single market.