The European Parliament is urging Brussels to ban unpaid training to prevent exploitation

The plenary session of the European Parliament urged the European Commission on Wednesday to ban unpaid internships in accordance with legislation that guarantees quality internships across the EU and Thus avoiding the exploitation of trainees.

The European Parliament, by 404 votes in favour, 78 against and 130 abstentions, approved a report asking the Community Executive Council to propose guidance on Training quality This will update the current framework.

According to MEPs, the new Directive should establish Minimum quality standardsincluding rules on the duration of training, as well as on remuneration and access to social protection in accordance with national law.

In addition, they ask to be practices adequate compensation It covers, at a minimum, the basic necessities of life – such as food, housing and transportation – taking into account the cost of living in each member state.

The report also called on European Union countries to adopt these practices More accessible for people with disabilities and for those coming from fragile environments that also promote cross-border activities.

MEPs also invite the Commission to Review the current quality framework For training and the introduction of more binding rules for EU countries.

Socialist in the European Parliament Alicia Homs, rapporteur of the report, said:The trainees do real workTherefore, they must be treated and paid as workers. It’s time to stop exploiting them as cheap or free labour.”

Although the text has received majority support from the European Parliament, Homs has no regrets The Spanish Parliament abstained from voting, despite the fact that the majority of MEPs from his political group voted for him. “They did not agree with their rhetoric to end the vulnerability of scholarship holders,” he settled.

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