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- Blue Growth Strategy - Towards more sustainable growth and jobs in the blue economy — 06 April 2017, 23:30 CET
The Report on the 'Blue Growth Strategy - Towards more sustainable growth and jobs in the blue economy' takes stock of developments in the blue economy, lists the achievements of the EU's Blue Growth Strategy and identifies remaining obstacles.
- Renewable energy in Europe 2017: recent growth and knock-on effects - EEA report — 04 April 2017, 00:15 CET
Addressing climate change requires a globally coordinated, long-term response across all economic sectors. The 2015 Paris Agreement provides the framework for limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and for pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Early in this process, the European Union has adopted ambitious and binding climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030. Member States have set the strategic objective of building an Energy Union, which aims to provide affordable, secure and sustainable energy (European Council, 2014) and which has a forward‑looking climate policy at its core (European Council, 2015). The most recent package of legislative measures, adopted by the European Commission in November 2016, aims to consolidate and match national climate and energy efforts, and facilitate the delivery of the 2030 targets for climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (RES). This report provides information about progress in RES in 2014 at the EU, country, energy market sector and RES technology levels.
- JRC Wind Energy Status Report - 2016 Edition — 29 March 2017, 22:39 CET
This report presents the status and development of main market, technology and regulatory issues of onshore and offshore wind energy. Global installed capacity reaches a new record year after year. This intense growth is enabled by the strong and fast technological development of wind energy and new solutions and innovations that continuously emerge aiming to reduce the energy cost. As technology is becoming more competitive, policy support in EU Member States keeps adapting.
- JRC Ocean Energy Status Report: 2016 Edition — 29 March 2017, 22:37 CET
Assessment of the Ocean Energy status in 2016 This report presents the current status of major ocean energy technologies, focusing primarily on tidal stream and wave energy. Europe is the global leader in the development of ocean energy technologies, hosting most of global developers. Overall, sector is progressing towards the deployment of demonstration farms, and the policy scenario in the EU is helping shaping the industry
- Rapid alert system for dangerous products 2016 report — 16 March 2017, 17:39 CET
The European Commission's latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products shows that, in 2016, the system was more actively used by national authorities, who removed more dangerous products from stores.
- The EU in 2016 - General Report - Activities of the European Union — 16 March 2017, 15:32 CET
Do you want to know what the European Union achieved in 2016? What progress it made in delivering on its priorities? The measures it took to boost jobs, growth and investment? The ambition behind the newly-launched European Solidarity Corps? The good progress made on migration? The new trade partnership agreed with Canada? And how EU citizens benefited from the Union? You can find the answers to all these questions and more in The EU in 2016.
- 2017 Report on equality between women and men in the EU — 08 March 2017, 16:50 CET
The Commission is marking International Women's Day with the publication of a new report on equality between men and women, which shows that EU legislation, guidelines, actions and funding possibilities are supporting noticeable but uneven progress in EU Member States.
- EU guaranteed quality - Talk about tasty! : geographical indication marks help you rediscover authentic food — 23 February 2017, 13:56 CET
The European Union protects European food heritage by highlighting its diversity and emphasising the qualities associated with the origin of its products.
- Public procurement of food for health: technical report on the school setting — 23 February 2017, 00:23 CET
The purpose of this document is to support EU Member States in
translating their national school food standards related to health
and nutrition into food procurement specifications. This is done by
collecting the major obstacles experienced in real-life implementation and by sharing relevant examples from across Europe.
- Child-friendly justice - Perspectives and experiences of children involved in judicial proceedings as victims, witnesses or parties in nine EU Member States — 22 February 2017, 15:48 CET
Around 2.5 million children participate in judicial proceedings across the European Union (EU) every year, affected by parental divorce or as victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Although their effective participation in such proceedings is vital for improving the operation of justice, the treatment of children in justice systems remains a concern. FRA investigated to what extent children’s rights to be heard, to be informed, to be protected, and to non-discrimination are fulfilled in practice.
- Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work — 16 February 2017, 22:36 CET
New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.
- Europe's Obesity Challenge - ECIPE Policy Brief — 08 February 2017, 23:53 CET
Europe is facing an obesity crisis of epidemic proportions, one that threatens to overwhelm the EU?s already struggling economies and place a tremendous burden on its healthcare systems. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that the proportion of those who are overweight or obese will rise substantially in the EU over the next decade if the issue is not tackled.
- Progress Report on implementation of the European Disability Strategy (2010 - 2020) — 02 February 2017, 17:55 CET
The European Commission presented on 2 February 2017 a Progress Report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
- Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016 — 26 January 2017, 13:55 CET
This report is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society’s vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base. This is the fourth ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe’ report, which is published every four years. This edition aims to support the implementation and review process of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy, which is foreseen for 2018, and the development of national and transnational adaptation strategies and plans.
- EU Citizenship Report 2017 - Strengthening Citizens' Rights in a Union of Democratic Change — 25 January 2017, 18:03 CET
The European Commission published on 24 January 2017 its third EU Citizenship Report taking stock of progress since 2014 and further presenting actions to ensure citizens can fully enjoy their rights when working, travelling, studying or participating in elections.
- Integrated dataset for European Working Conditions Survey 1991-2015 — 23 January 2017, 17:13 CET
An updated integrated dataset for the European Working Conditions Survey 1991-2015 is now available to access via the UK Data Service. The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) is conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). Since its launch in 1990, the EWCS has provided an overview of working conditions in Europe in order to:
assess and quantify working conditions of both employees and the self-employed across Europe on a harmonised basis;
analyse relationships between different aspects of working conditions;
identify groups at risk and issues of concern as well as of progress;
monitor trends by providing homogeneous indicators on these issues; and
contribute to European policy development in particular on quality of work and employment issues.
The Integrated Data File on the UK Data Service website includes all the questions which were asked over the life course of the EWCS. Main topics covered include: employment status, sectors and occupations, company size; physical environment; work intensity; working time and commuting; social environment; work-related health risks and well-being; cognitive and psychosocial factors; harassment and discrimination; skills, training and discretion; job prospects, job security and sustainability; work satisfaction; earnings; unpaid work; work-life balance. The data is available free of charge to all those who intend to use it for non-commercial purposes.
- Changing places: Mid-career review and internal mobility — 18 January 2017, 13:38 CET
Demographic ageing poses the challenge of how to keep people in employment for longer without negatively affecting their health and well-being. The solutions are particularly critical for workers engaged in arduous work. This report examines how mid-career reviews can play a key role by clarifying workers’ options for remaining in work until a later retirement age. Following an exploration of career trajectories and transitions, the report focuses on arduous jobs: their incidence across Europe and the implications of such work for career and work sustainability. It examines various tools and strategies used by public authorities and social partners to keep workers in arduous jobs in employment longer. Finally, three case studies – from Belgium, France and the UK – of mid-career reviews undertaken either as pilot projects or as a legislative reform are presented.
- Automotive Transmission Systems Market Report 2017-2027 — 12 January 2017, 17:11 CET
This new 139 page market analysis report reveals that the automotive transmission market will achieve revenues of $148bn in 2017. Despite the gradual electrification of the global vehicle fleet, the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be the mainstay of vehicle powertrains for at least the next decade. Furthermore, automotive OEMs are under increasing competitive pressure to make vehicle smoother, faster and more comfortable, whilst regulation is forcing OEMs to make the vehicles they sell more fuel efficient and emit less harmful emissions. This necessitates continual investment in automotive transmission to optimise vehicle performance, reduce power losses and to reduce emissions.
- Eurofound Programming document 2017–2020 — 05 January 2017, 13:48 CET
This programming document describes Eurofound's planned work over the programming period 2017–2020. It sets out the policy and institutional context for the programme, describes the multi-annual programme for the four-year period and sets out the work programme for 2017. The multi-annual programme is based on six strategic areas of intervention, in which the Agency will implement a series of activities. These 10 activities are described in more detail in the work programme for 2017, including the objectives, outputs, expected results, indicators and resources for each activity. A series of annexes provides further information on the Agency relevant to the programme.
- What Will Happen to U.S. Trade Policy When Trump Runs the Zoo? - ECIPE Occasional Paper 03/2016 — 20 December 2016, 17:52 CET
What kind of political animals will be making U.S. trade policy in the Trump administration? The tone of the campaign suggests that the president-elect will act like a bull in the China shop, but his bellicose roars may instead presage a subtler strategy; it is also possible that his own business interests will influence the direction of U.S. policy. His abandonment of free trade and other Republican orthodoxies will force members of that party to decide whether to act like principled elephants or obedient sheep, even while Democrats choose between being opportunistic jackasses or stubborn mules. And in deciding where to direct its trade negotiations, the Trump administration may aim not just for big game like the United Kingdom and Japan, but could also have a few black swans in its sights. These might include such surprising partners as India, Taiwan, the Philippines, MERCOSUR, and perhaps even Russia.
- Approaches to the labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers - Eurofound — 16 December 2016, 17:20 CET
This report expands on existing research on the labour market integration of refugees and asylum seekers as a response to the refugee crisis. It updates information on legislation and practical arrangements in the first half of 2016, examines labour market integration in the broader context of receiving asylum seekers and supporting both them and refugees, and explores the role of the social partners. The study finds that the main countries affected made many efforts to provide faster and easier access to their labour markets for asylum seekers. In some, the social partners have been active in designing more effective labour market integration policies and have launched some promising initiatives. The sudden and large inflow of asylum seekers, however, posed many challenges, and it remains to be seen how those obstacles can be overcome.
- Factsheet: A European Agenda on Security - state of play December 2016 — 09 December 2016, 11:50 CET
Security has been a constant theme since the beginning of this Commission's mandate from EC president Juncker's Guidelines of July 2014 to the latest State of the Union address of September 2016. The European Agenda on Security guides the Commission's work in this area, setting out the main actions to ensure an eﬀective EU response to terrorism and security threats in the
European Union. President Juncker also created a specific Commissioner portfolio for the Security Union to ensure an eﬀective implementation of the commitments made.
- Manufacturing Discontent: The Rise to Power of Anti-TTIP Groups - ECIPE OCCASIONAL PAPER 02/2016 — 01 December 2016, 15:26 CET
Old beliefs, new symbols, new faces. In 2013, a small group of German green and left- wing activists, professional campaign NGOs and well-established protectionist organisations set up deceptive communication campaigns against TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States. Germany’s anti-TTIP NGOs explicitly aimed to take German-centred protests to other European countries. Their reasoning is contradictory and logically inconsistent. Their messages are targeted to serve common sense protectionist demands of generally ill-informed citizens and politicians. Thereby, anti-TTIP communication is based on metaphoric messages and far-fetched myths to effectively evoke citizens’ emotions. Together, these groups dominated over 90 percent of online media reporting on TTIP in Germany.
- Free movement of Europeans - Taking stock of a misunderstood right — 24 November 2016, 18:45 CET
The free movement of persons within the European Union is often the subject of debate. Preconceived ideas are deeply rooted in the collective imagination, such as the Polish plumber exploiting the directive on posted workers, or poor citizens who exercise their right to free movement solely in order to obtain another Member State’s social benefits, commonly referred to as "social tourism".
This Study by Martina Menghi, lawyer at the Rome Bar, and Jérôme Quéré, President of the Jeunes Européens-France, has the great merit of taking the heat out of a debate often divided between its enthusiastic defenders and its sworn opponents. It presents and analyses the EU law in order to determine what is truth and what is fiction, while giving figures on the nature and the magnitude of free movement in Europe.
- Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 - State of Health in the EU Cycle (OECD-EU) — 23 November 2016, 20:34 CET
As a first step in the European Commission's State of Health in the EU cycle, the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report was published in November 2016. Developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with cooperation from the Commission, this publication provides updated analysis of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of health systems.
Apart from various chapters with statistical indicators of 35 European countries, the 2016 report includes two cross-cutting chapters on political priorities: the labour market impacts of behavioural risk factors and related chronic diseases, and the strengthening of primary care systems. The Health at a Glance: Europe series gauges progress towards effective, accessible and resilient health systems. The report provides a neutral, descriptive comparison on the basis of transparent indicators.
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- Libcast’s Online Video Platform in the limelight at BETT 2015 — 28 January 2015, 16:17 CET
Libcast of France will be showcasing its Online Video Platform at BETT 2015 in London, in January. The specialist company’s innovative and versatile solution enables users to host, manage and broadcast lectures live or in streaming mode. With 200,000 users, Libcast’s technology has already been chosen by many universities and schools, including leading colleges in France and Norway.