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EU sets out agenda for jobs - EUbusiness Week 511


26-11-2010

EUbusiness Week 511 top stories: Eurozone fires defy rescues and budgets; Britain seeks EU support on bank bonus disclosures; Italy ordered to bin 'pure' chocolate labelling; EU wants threefold rise in women executives by 2015; Europe bans baby bottles with Bisphenol-A; EU team in Naples for garbage crisis as health risks rise

This Week's Top Stories

1. Eurozone fires defy rescues and budgets
2. Britain seeks EU support on bank bonus disclosures
3. EU raps France in protectionist cheese row
4. EU wants threefold rise in women executives by 2015
5. Europe bans baby bottles with Bisphenol-A
6. EU team in Naples for garbage crisis as health risks rise

Publisher's Note

The Commission's flagship 'Agenda for new skills and jobs', unveiled on Wednesday, sets out its plans to reform labour markets, make sure skills are in line with demand and working conditions are right for job creation. Member States, suggests the text, need to act urgently in areas such as reform of social security systems, the validation of competences gained outside formal education and incentives for job creation.

However, some actions have not been as widely welcomed as others. EUROCHAMBRES has picked out the idea of a 'single open-ended contract with a gradual increase of employment protection until the level of protection of currently existing permanent contracts is reached' as one which could make things worse. Maybe this is not the time to look into anything that results in reinforcing the rigidity of Europe's labour market.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Eurozone fires defy rescues and budgets

Germany moved Thursday to douse eurozone debt fires fed by its insistence that investors pay for bailouts, a stance that has kept Ireland and Spain at risk and financial markets on alert.
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Irish bailout talks accelerate as PM faces new setback
Greece ordered to cut deeper to get past debt 'crossroad'

2. Britain seeks EU support on bank bonus disclosures

Finance minister George Osborne is to write to his EU counterparts as Britain seeks common rules on the disclosure of bankers' bonuses.
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3. EU raps France in protectionist cheese row

The Commission accused France on Wednesday of ignoring scientific advice in trade moves to protect prized goat and sheep cheese-makers.
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4. EU wants threefold rise in women executives by 2015

The European Union wants to see the number of women in company boardrooms tripled within the next five years, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Monday.
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5. Europe bans baby bottles with Bisphenol-A

Europe on Thursday banned baby bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol-A as of early next year over fears it may harm the health of children throughout the EU's population.
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6. EU team in Naples for garbage crisis as health risks rise

The EU sent a team of inspectors to garbage-strewn Naples on Monday to assess whether Italy remains in breach of European legislation regarding waste disposal management.
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Staff pay: judges at Europe's top court have upheld a 3.7 per cent pay rise for tens of thousands of European Union staff - an inflation-busting hike that would benefit them as well.
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Contagion: EU president Herman Van Rompuy sought Wednesday to ease fears that debt-stricken Ireland's troubles would spread to Portugal and other weak eurozone countries.
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Irish government plans to lift sales tax to 23 pct by 2014
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Commission Watch

Rescue fund: the Commission denied reports Thursday that it proposed to double the size of a eurozone financial safety net to EUR 880bn following the Irish fiscal crisis.
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New EU budget proposal due by end November: Barroso
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Euro reform: next year will be decisive for the adoption of reforms to ensure the financial stability of the EU and the euro currency, ECB president Trichet told Euro-MPs on Monday.
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Also in plenary this week, Parliament reiterated its stand on the 2011 Budget and budget flexibility; said the EU should raise its 2020 CO2 reduction target to 30 pct; and called for energy efficiency to top the EU's energy strategy agenda.
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