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EU: promoting decent work

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The Commission has just presented a Communication on decent work, which reaffirms the EU’s commitment to decent work, both inside and outside its borders. The elimination of child and forced labour is at the heart of this effort.

According to the latest figures, “160 million children – one in ten worldwide – are forced to work and 25 million people are in forced labour”. The EU supports decent work in all sectors and policy areas, in line with an approach that includes workers in domestic markets, in third countries and in global supply chains. The objective is “at the heart of an inclusive, sustainable and resilient post-pandemic recovery”.

In concrete terms, the Commission is preparing a new legislative instrument to effectively ban the entry of forced labour products into the EU market, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union speech.

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