The ETUCE Bureau has issued a position paper regarding the European Commission's Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020. With this position paper, ETUCE wishes to convey its opinion on this EU Framework to the Italian Presidency and to contribute to the on-going preparation of the Council resolution on this document. While ETUCE acknowledges the launch of a new common initiative and underlines the necessity to further invest in occupation health and safety in times of economic recession, the position paper takes up the opportunity to comment on a number of issues.