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- 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.
- Cumulative economic impact of future trade agreements on EU agriculture — 16 November 2016, 23:52 CET
The European Commission (Joint Research Centre working together with DG AGRI) has carried out an analysis of the potential cumulative impact of ongoing and upcoming trade negotiations on the EU agricultural sector, announced by Commissioner Hogan at the Agriculture Council meeting of 15 February 2016. The study anticipates significant gains for the EU dairy and pig meat sectors - two sectors which have struggled in recent years and which are now showing signs of recovery. On the other hand, the study shows vulnerabilities for beef and rice, both in terms of trade effects and a decline in producer prices. However, the simulations used do not take account of the systematic use of limited tariff rate quotas (TRQs) used by the EU to protect vulnerable sectors in trade deals. Possible gains for important products having significant export potential - like fruit and vegetables, wine, olive oil and processed foods in general (accounting for 70% of EU agri-food export value) - could not be quantified in detail nor the gains of improved protection for Geographical Indications.
- Taxation trends in the European Union 2016 — 14 November 2016, 22:45 CET
More than ever, tax policies and are under scrutiny, not only for their impact on businesses and the economy, but also for their effects on public finances, public services and ordinary citizens. To develop good tax policies, and to better understand existing policies, it is essential to have high quality data and comparable information about tax systems. This is the aim of ‘Taxation Trends in the European Union’ which provides an overview of trends in taxation revenues, tax structures and reforms over recent years. ’Taxation Trends in the EU’ presents taxation data and information for the twenty-eight Member States, Iceland and Norway. The 2016 edition is bigger than last year’s report due to the re-introduction of several popular elements which featured in earlier editions.
- Trends and projections in Europe 2016 - Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets — 08 November 2016, 23:18 CET
The 2016 edition of the annual report from the European Environment Agency, Trends and projections in Europe, provides an updated assessment of the progress of the EU and European countries towards their climate mitigation and energy targets.
- Introduction to EU Energy Law — 03 November 2016, 23:29 CET
Offering an introduction to students on the most essential elements of EU energy law and policy, this volume will be the go-to text for those seeking knowledge of EU energy regulation and its objectives, as well as an overview of energy law. Specific topics will cover the content of sector-specific energy regulation, the application and impact of general EU law on energy markets, third party access, unbundling, investment in cross-border networks, energy trading and market supervision, the application of general EU competition law on energy markets, the impact of free movement provisions, and the application of state aid rules. A structured, step by step guide through the fundamental areas of EU energy law.
- The future of European Gas Markets: Balancing act between decarbonisatoin and security of supply: 1 (Energy Scenario's and Policy) — 03 November 2016, 23:20 CET
Gas represents a pivotal element of the European energy architecture. New elements such as the evolution of the EU Energy Union, the international climate agreement reached at COP-21, the EU-Russia gas relations in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis and the supply potential emerging in the Eastern Mediterranean, are rapidly reshaping the European gas markets. This book seeks to provide an insight on these developments, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the current European gas debate by providing a balancing act between two issues, decarbonisation of the European energy system and security of gas supply, that are usually conceived as different and unmatched but that represent, in reality, the two sides of the same coin.
- Trans fatty acids in Europe: where do we stand? — 26 October 2016, 23:16 CET
Trans fatty acids (TFA) are a particular type of unsaturated fatty acid. They are naturally present in food products made from ruminant animals such as dairy and meat from cattle, sheep or goat (naturally occurring ruminant TFA or rTFA) but can also be produced industrially (TFA of industrial origin or iTFA). Consumption of TFA is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that ‘TFA intakes should be as low as is possible within the context of a nutritionally adequate diet'. Denmark was the first country to adopt legislation limiting the content of TFA in foods in 2003. Since 2003, Switzerland (2008), Austria (2009), Iceland (2011), Hungary (2013) and Norway (2014) have legislation in place and now also limit the content of TFA in foodstuffs. EU legislation does not regulate the content of TFA in foodstuffs nor does it require its labelling.The European Parliament and the Council have however requested as part of the recent Regulation (EC) No1169/11 on the provision of food information to consumers that the European Commission (EC) reports on ‘the presence of trans fats in foods and in the overall diet of the Union population’. It is
expected that the results can inform further decisions on introducing, at European level, ‘appropriate means that could enable consumers
to make healthier food and overall dietary choices or that could promote the provision of healthier food options to consumers, including, among others, the provision of information on trans fats to consumers or restrictions on their use’. This report is a first step in addressing this request. The analysis of the most recent publicly available data confirms reported reduction of TFA in foods but also shows that there are still a number of foods with high levels of TFA (above 2g TFA per 100g of fat) in some European food markets. Results from dietary surveys also indicate that although the overall population TFA intake is below the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended maximum of 1 E% there are subpopulations exceeding the recommended threshold. As long as products with high TFA content remain in the food market, it is possible that individuals may consume more than the recommended maximum. As it stands, there appears to be room for improvement of the European situation as regards the presence of iTFA in foodstuffs.
- European Medicines Agency user guide for SMEs — 20 October 2016, 13:46 CET
The guide aims to support SMEs to better understand the EU legislative framework relating to medicines and the requirements for the development and authorisation of medicines for human or veterinary use. SMEs often have limited experience with regulatory procedures and the guide provides an overview of data requirements to support a marketing authorisation, as well as the regulatory tools available to facilitate medicines’ development. The guide, which follows the chronological stages of developing a medicine, has been completely revised to clarify existing sections.
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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.