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- 3rd report on card fraud - ECB — 25 February 2014, 13:06 CET
Card fraud within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) increased in 2012 for the first time since 2008, driven mainly by higher internet fraud. The third report on card fraud, published today by the European Central Bank (ECB), finds that more efforts will be required to ensure the security of online card payments as internet purchases continue to grow. At the same time, fraud as a share of the total value of transactions remained below the levels recorded between 2008 and 2010. This oversight report on card fraud analyses developments in fraud related to card payment schemes (CPSs) in the SEPA and covers almost the entire card market.
- EU Industrial Structure Report 2013: Competing in Global Value Chains — 17 February 2014, 21:45 CET
The EU Industrial Structure Report 2013 analyses the performance of EU industrial and service sectors in terms of productivity and its underlying drivers, the resultant changes to industrial and export specialization, comparative advantages at EU and national level, and the position of the EU in increasingly global value chains. This edition also looks at the impact of the crisis and the difficult recovery on long-term structural trends.
- e-Communications Household Survey and Telecom Single Market Survey Roaming Results (Special Eurobarometer 414) — 17 February 2014, 11:43 CET
94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of services like Facebook, because of mobile roaming charges, according to a new survey of 28,000 EU citizens. The European Commission calculates that telecoms companies are missing out on a market of around 300 million phone users because of current pricing strategies, with negative effects for other businesses such as app makers. Results per country
- Sizing the EU app economy — 13 February 2014, 17:23 CET
This report focuses on sizing and qualifying the EU app ecosystem, with an eye toward revenue generation, jobs supported, and the bottlenecks still facing EU app developers.
- 2013 General Report - Activities of the European Union — 13 February 2014, 16:40 CET
Do you want to know what the European Union did in 2013? Which decisions the EU took to counteract the financial and economic crisis? What was done to help boost growth and preserve and create jobs? How European citizens benefited from the Union? What contribution the Union made on the international scene? You can find the answers to all these questions and more in the 2013 General Report. The General Report by the European Commission gives an account of the EU's major initiatives and achievements throughout the year.
- Evaluation of the impact of the free movement of EU citizens at local level — 11 February 2014, 14:16 CET
EU citizens go to other EU countries mainly for job opportunities and are on average younger and more likely to be working. This is confirmed by a new, independent study on the impact of the right to move freely within the EU which was published on 11 February 2014.
- ANEC Brochure: What we do for you — 03 February 2014, 18:30 CET
Few people are interested in technical standardisation and even fewer have heard of ANEC. Yet, although standardisation may not seem at all sexy at first glance, it is an essential component of modern life and the role of ANEC is key. Standards make products work: from the simplest of nuts & bolts to the most complex of smartphones. But without effective consumer representation in the writing of standards, products need not be as safe, as interoperable, as accessible or as green as they might be. ANEC fulfils that role in European standardisation.
- Doing Business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises — 28 January 2014, 13:16 CET
Tenth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulation in 185 economies, Doing Business 2013 measures regulations affecting 11 areas of everyday business activity:
Starting a business
Dealing with construction permits
Trading across borders
Closing a business
The report updates all indicators as of June 1, 2012, ranks economies on their overall “ease of doing business”, and analyzes reforms to business regulation – identifying which economies are strengthening their business environment the most.
Doing Business illustrates how reforms in business regulations are being used to analyze economic outcomes for domestic entrepreneurs and for the wider economy. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the report. It is a flagship product produced in partnership by the World Bank and IFC that garners worldwide attention on regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship. More than 60 economies have used the Doing Business indicators to shape reform agendas and monitor improvements on the ground. In addition, the Doing Business data has generated over 870 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals since its inception. This year's report includes two new economies: Barbados and Malta.
- Commission report on the implementation of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law — 27 January 2014, 22:24 CET
Against the backdrop of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this new report published today finds most EU Member States have not yet correctly implemented EU rules designed to tackle racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Member States unanimously adopted the 2008 Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia through criminal law, yet national laws in a number of countries remain inadequate. In particular, national provisions against denial, condoning or grossly trivialising certain crimes – such as crimes against humanity – remain inadequate in 20 Member States.
- Legislation that applies to workers in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland - practical guide — 13 January 2014, 16:15 CET
A practical guide on the 'Habitual Residence Test' to help Member States apply EU rules on the coordination of social security for EU citizens that have moved to another Member State has been published by the European Commission.
- SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets — 18 December 2013, 18:52 CET
The European Commission has published an extensive survey - the second of its kind - to understand the views and attitudes of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) towards three core environmental themes: green jobs, resource efficiency and green markets. The results show that in 2013, European SMEs added more green jobs, made improvements in resource efficiency and are contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
- European Union & Public Affairs Directory 2014 — 12 December 2013, 14:17 CET
The European Union & Public Affairs Directory (EPAD) 2014 is Europe’s most comprehensive contact directory, detailing thousands of key European public affairs professionals, officials and policy-makers and covering organisations from media agencies to major corporations and trade unions to think tanks, as well as the European Parliament and Commission. (Amazon UK)
- Health inequalities in the EU - final report of a consortium — 12 December 2013, 14:06 CET
This report provides an outline of new evidence on health inequalities in the European Union and the policy response to this at EU and national level to health inequalities since 2009. The report confirms significant health inequalities between and within EU Member States. Within this broad picture some indicators of inequality have decreased, some remained constant and others have increased.
- Banking Union for Europe: Risks and Challenges — 06 December 2013, 16:08 CET
Contributions from Viral Acharya, Joshua Aizenman, Franklin Allen, Thorsten Beck, Erik Berglöf, Claudia Buch, Elena Carletti, Ralph de Haas, Luis Garicano, Andrew Gimber, Charles Goodhart, Vasso Ioannidou, Daniel Gros, Dirk Schoenmaker, Geoffrey Underhill, Wolf Wagner, Benjamin Weigert, Frank Westermann, Charles Wyplosz and Jeromin Zettelmeyer.
- Enhanced Consumer Protection - the Services Directive 2006/123/EC — 05 December 2013, 23:33 CET
With on-line sales booming before Christmas, consumers still face discrimination when buying services cross-border, according to the latest report from ECC-Net. ECC-Net is a European network giving European citizens professional and free consumer advice in cross-border problems, for example while travelling in another country or e-shopping. The ECC-Net covers 30 countries (all EU countries plus Norway and Iceland).
- Free movement of EU citizens and their families: Five actions to make a difference - Communication from the Commission — 25 November 2013, 23:12 CET
The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission. To support Member States' efforts to do so, the Commission Communication outlines five concrete actions to strengthen the right to free movement, while helping Member States to reap the positive benefits it brings. The policy paper clarifies EU citizens' rights to free movement and access to social benefits, and addresses the concerns raised by some Member States in relation to the challenges that migration flows can represent for local authorities.
- 2013 EU Industrial R&D Scoreboard — 20 November 2013, 12:08 CET
For the first time since 2004, an EU company – the German carmaker Volkswagen – is the world’s largest private sector R&D investor. Volkswagen tops the European Commission's 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard with an investment of €9.5bn in 2012. Overall, EU-based firms (527 companies) stepped up R&D investment by 6.3%, just above the average of the 2000 firms in the Scoreboard (+6.2%). However, like last year they lagged behind their US counterparts (+8.2%). EU companies also showed a mixed performance depending on the sector, with strong R&D growth in some but stagnation or decline elsewhere. EU Scoreboard companies surveyed expect to increase their R&D investments by 2.6 % on average per year for the period 2013-2015, a fall in expectations over the previous year. The EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard is published annually by the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation and Joint Research Centre).
- The international role of the euro — 14 November 2013, 16:20 CET
This is the 12th annual review of the international role of the euro published by the ECB. It presents the main findings of the continued monitoring and analysis conducted by the ECB and the Eurosystem as regards the development, determinants and implications of the use of the euro by non-euro area residents. This review also examines in greater depth issues that have a bearing on the euro’s international role and the global currency order, including prospects for non-traditional reserve currencies and a multi-polar international monetary system. This analysis is presented in the form of three special features.
2. Main findings
3. Price-based indicators and euro area capital flows
4. Recent developments in the international use of the euro
a) Global safe asset shortage, non-traditional reserve currencies and the global financial crisis
b) The emergence of the Chinese renminbi as an international currency
c) History, gravity and international finance
- The European Central Bank, the Eurosystem, the European System of Central Banks — 14 November 2013, 16:15 CET
36-page brochure providing an introduction to central banking in the EU. Contents:
1. The road to Economic and Monetary Union.
2. Structure and tasks.
3. Monetary policy.
4. The TARGET/TARGET2 system.
5. Euro banknotes and coins.
6. Banking supervision. Glossary.
- ECB Banking Structures Report November 2013 — 04 November 2013, 16:01 CET
The European Central Bank (ECB) released on 4 November 2013 the Banking Structures Report, which analyses the main structural developments in the euro area banking sector: the capacity, consolidation and concentration of banks and related changes over time. The report covers the period from 2008 to 2012 and includes indicators for the first half of 2013.
- Self-employed or not self-employed? Working conditions of ‘economically dependent workers’ - Background paper — 22 October 2013, 16:54 CET
In recent years, practices such as outsourcing and contracting-out have increasingly blurred the boundaries between dependent employment and self-employment. A new group of workers has emerged, which comprises workers who are formally ‘self-employed’, but present some characteristics of employees. These ‘economically dependent workers’ usually have a commercial contract (or ‘service contract’) rather than an employment contract; they are therefore registered as self-employed when in reality their working conditions have a lot in common with those of employees. The purpose of this short exploratory paper is to investigate the position of these economically dependent workers and to find out whether overall their working conditions are more similar to those of the self-employed or to those of employees. This exercise builds on data from the 2010 wave of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).
- Air quality in Europe - EEA 2013 report — 15 October 2013, 11:32 CET
This report presents an overview and analysis of air quality in Europe from 2002 to 2011. It reviews progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives and gives an overview of policies and measures introduced at European level to improve air quality and minimise impacts. An overview of the latest findings and estimates of the effects of air pollution on health and its impacts on ecosystems is also given.
- A Banking Union for the Euro Area — 15 October 2013, 11:06 CET
A banking union for the euro area would provide an integrated approach to oversee the safety and stability of the financial system as a whole. According to a new paper from International Monetary Fund staff, a successful banking union should eventually include three key elements: a single supervisory mechanism to oversee the rules and contain the buildup of risks; a single resolution authority to deal with weak or failing banks; and common safety nets to sustain depositor confidence in the event of shocks.
- The EU and Health — 14 October 2013, 17:17 CET
The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, on 14 October launched a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide is designed to equip the reader with two strong skills – the ability to understand the role of the EU in shaping public health across the continent; and the capacity to identify the various areas in which Brussels works to advance everyone’s well-being.
- European Union Law (Kindle Edition) — 23 September 2013, 13:26 CET
This eagerly awaited new edition has been significantly revised after extensive user feedback to meet current teaching requirements. The first major textbook to be published since the rejuvenation of the Lisbon Treaty, it retains the best elements of the first edition – the engaging, easily understandable writing style, extracts from a variety of sources showing the creation, interpretation and application of the law and comprehensive coverage. In addition it has separate chapters on EU law in national courts, governance and external relations reflecting the new directions in which the field is moving. The examination of the free movement of goods and competition law has been restructured. Chapter introductions clearly set out what will be covered in each section allowing students to approach complex material with confidence and detailed further reading sections encourage further study. Put simply, it is required reading for all serious students of EU law.