Education inequality persists - EUbusiness Week newsletter 803
EUbusiness Week 803 top stories: 2017 eurozone growth fastest in a decade; EU sets out new 2030 targets for clean cars; EU carbon market reform deal falls short; New EU gas rules could staunch Russian pipeline; Landmark EU-Cuba agreement enters into force; Paris is Europe's most innovative city 2017
Educational attainment still depends on your socio-economic background,
says a report out this week which looks at the key challenges for
Europe's education systems. A couple of facts: only 44% of young people
aged 18-24 who had finished school at lower secondary level were
employed; and the share of 15-year-olds under-achieving in basic science
increased from 16% in 2012 to 20.6% in 2015.
Equal opportunity for all is a guiding principle of the EU, and, as Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics says, education systems "have a special role to play in building a fairer society by offering equal chances to everybody."
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1. 2017 eurozone growth fastest in a decade
The eurozone economy is set to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this
year, the EU Commission forecast in its Autumn Economic Forecast
Thursday, with real GDP growth for 2017 substantially higher than
2. EU sets out new 2030 targets for clean cars
Brussels has proposed new targets for EU fleet-wide average CO2
emissions of new passenger cars and vans, in a bid to accelerate
transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
3. EU carbon market reform deal falls short
A tentative deal to redesign one of the EU's key climate policies, the
Emissions Trading Scheme, was reached by the EU institutions Thursday,
but it was not welcomed by environmental groups.
4. New EU gas rules could staunch Russian pipeline
Changes to the Gas Directive proposed Wednesday to ensure that all major
gas pipelines entering EU territory comply with EU rules could prove an
obstacle to the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 project.
5. Landmark EU-Cuba agreement enters into force
Provisional application of the EU's first ever agreement with Cuba,
which began 1 November, covers political dialogue, cooperation and
sector policy dialogue as well as trade cooperation.
6. Paris is Europe's most innovative city 2017
The city of Paris has been awarded the 2017 European Capital of
Innovation, with a prize of EUR 1,000,000 granted under the EU's Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme.
Rest periods: a worker's weekly rest period can be granted on any day
during each seven-day period, and does not necessarily have to be
granted the day following six consecutive working days, the EU Court
ruled on Thursday.
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Inside the EU Institutions
Main topics and media events 6 - 19 November - Economic and Financial
Affairs Council of 7 November - Macroeconomic dialogue with the social
partners, 6 November - Reopening of the Europa building - Agriculture
and Fisheries Council
Autumn Economic Forecast - Education & training - EU Facility for
Refugees in Turkey - benefits of EU trade agreements - Emissions Trading
System - probe into proposed acquisition of Ilva by ArcelorMittal -
clean vehicles - ECOFIN press conference - Atlantic and North Sea fish
quotas 2018 - Eurostat figures: retail trade, industrial producer prices
- UN climate change conference - EC approves Belgian tax measures for
CO2 plans to cut emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation
agreed - Students and Refugees Together win Citizen's Prize 2017 -
Italy: EUR 3.35 million to help 1,610 former call centre workers find
new jobs - Paris Agreement: debate with California's Governor Edmund G.
Brown - Brexit: EP outlines its red lines on latest UK citizens' rights
proposals - Border control: strengthening security in the EU - EU
external assistance fund supports military's civilian actions for first
13 Nov: Foreign Affairs Council
13-16 Nov: European Parliament plenary session
13-15 Nov: Towards digital Europe
14-15 Nov: Security research, innovation and education
14-15 Nov: Eurofound foundation forum 2017
15 Nov: Decarbonising transport: smart mobility innovation
15 Nov: 3rd e-health security conference
16 Nov: EU Energy Day: Clean energy solutions
16 Nov: Forum on the state of civil society in Europe
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