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Slovakia‘s Ďuriš Nicholsonová to lead important EP committee

Slovak MEP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová has been elected Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) in a secret vote, while Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský was elected one of the Committee's Deputy Chairman.

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) is one of the largest and most important committees in the European Parliament with roughly 110 members. EMPL is responsible for employment and social policy issues as well as labor rights, health, and safety at work, vocational training, free movement of workers, social dialogue, problems with discrimination in the workplace and so on.

Slovak MEP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonováfr, who was elected the EMPL Chairwoman, received 38 votes in a secret vote. Her nomination was submitted by the European Conservatives and Reformists

EP Faction, which has the right to fill the Committee chair. Subsequently, Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský was elected one of the Deputy Chairmen.

"Now I have to cancel my vacation with my husband, which is not easy for me. So thanks for doing this to me," joked Ďuriš Nicholsonová while thanking those who elected her.

She then reintroduced herself to her colleagues and reminded them that, for example, she worked as a State Secretary at the Slovak Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family between 2010 and 2012. In this post, she dealt with employment issues as well as disadvantaged groups.

After being elected, Tomáš Zdechovský said that the objective of his work in the Committee is not to introduce further regulations, quotas or single minimum wage standards. "I will fight against similar proposals. On the contrary, I plan to promote the most effective use of European Social Fund finances and to look for and address various gaps in legislation to eliminate problems of people living abroad," he added.

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