Gender equality challenge - EUbusiness Week newsletter 695
EUbusiness Week 695 top stories: Ukraine, Arab Spring prompt EU to review regional ties; Britain wins court ruling against ECB on euro banks; EU delays end to mobile roaming charges to at least 2018; EU to mull outright ban on animal experiments; Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex; Hormone disrupting chemicals may cost EUR 157 bn a year
The eve of International Women's Day (8 March) is a good moment to
assess the challenges that remain in tackling gender inequalities across
the EU. The latest Eurostat data shows that women earn 16.4 per cent
less per hour than men, more than 20% less in the Czech Republic,
Austria, Estonia and Germany. The pensions gap has reached 39%. And
women still tend to work in the less well-paid sectors.
So there is some way to go. But Latvia's promises to use its presidency to drive forward policies on maternity leave, pay transparency and women on boards will be welcomed.
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1. Ukraine, Arab Spring prompt EU to review regional ties
The EU launched an in-depth review of policy towards its regional
neighbours Wednesday in response to the Ukraine crisis and turmoil
across North Africa and the Middle East.
Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March
2. Britain wins court ruling against ECB on euro banks
Britain has won a court challenge against a European Central Bank ruling
that required banks to base clearing houses dealing with euros in the
ECB says willing to restore financing for Greek banks
3. EU delays end to mobile roaming charges to at least 2018
Member States on Wednesday delayed abolishing mobile phone roaming
charges from the end of this year until at least 2018, but insisted
customers would still get a fair deal.
4. EU to mull outright ban on animal experiments
The EU will consider a ban on animal experimentation after receiving a
petition with 1.1 million names from an anti-vivisection group.
5. Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex
Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014
compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in
Syria, says the EU's border agency.
6. Hormone disrupting chemicals may cost EUR 157 bn a year
Human exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals could cost the European
Union some 157 billion euros a year in health care and lost
productivity, according to a study published Thursday in a scientific
E-books: France and Luxembourg must stop applying lower sales tax rates
to electronic or e-books, the EU's highest court ruled on Thursday.
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Ebola: leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged
the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out
the disease and rebuild their shattered economies.
EU looks to Spain, Portugal to reduce energy dependence
Greece to hurry reform proposals for EU loans: finmin
Hollande promises new savings to meet Brussels demand
Cuba: the EU and Cuba held a third round of "frank" talks Wednesday
aimed at normalising relations, as Havana and Washington work through
their own historic rapprochement.
Greek leader must come clean on election promises: Juncker
EU sets France tough deficit targets
Google boss meets Competition Commissioner
Italy: the rising star of the Italian right, Matteo Salvini, has led a
mass rally in support of his anti-immigration, anti-EU Northern League
party in central Rome, as a counter-rally took place nearby.
This week, a Parliamentary hearing looked at what lessons should be drawn from the current Ebola crisis; while the Liberian president took part in a meeting related to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
9 Mar: Eurogroup
9 Mar: Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Affairs Council
9-12 Mar: European Parliament plenary session
9 Mar: Commission releases 2015 Justice Scoreboard
10 Mar: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
12-13 Mar: Justice and Home Affairs Council
13 Mar: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
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Eurozone prices, jobs firm, deflation threat remains 2-Mar
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