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Towards a better work-life balance - EUbusiness Week newsletter 794


21-07-2017

EUbusiness Week 794 top stories: Countering 'hybrid' security threats a priority, says EU; 41m fake goods seized at EU borders, China main source; Unfair burden on the young: EU employment review; Belgian airlines aid broke EU state aid rules; EU set to ratify Kigali greenhouse gas amendment; Brussels mulls digital initiatives for healthcare

Publisher's Note

With the summer holidays upon us, employment ministers decided to discuss work-life balance at their informal meeting this week - focusing on new forms of work, different family types and men's participation in sharing care responsibilities. Not everyone is so keen, however. SME organisation UEAPME warned that the proposal on the Work-Life Balance Directive broadens leave opportunities for all employees in a way which could lessen women's participation in the labour market and increase SME costs. I wish you a peaceful summer break.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Countering 'hybrid' security threats a priority, says EU

The EU outlined plans Wednesday to counter the growing threat to its security in the form of 'hybrid' threats, such as monitoring and countering illegal online content and propaganda.
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2. 41m fake goods seized at EU borders, China main source

Customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products valued at over EUR 670 million at the EU's external borders in 2016, according to latest figures.
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3. Unfair burden on the young: EU employment review

An annual review of employment and social developments in Europe finds a particularly high burden, exacerbated by demographic ageing, being placed on younger generations.
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4. Belgian airlines aid broke EU state aid rules

Public support granted by Belgium to three airlines flying from Brussels airport gave them an unfair advantage over other airlines, in breach of EU state aid rules, the EU Commission concluded Tuesday.
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5. EU set to ratify Kigali greenhouse gas amendment

The EU adopted Monday a decision to conclude the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that ensures protection of the climate from the powerful HFC greenhouse gases.
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6. Brussels mulls digital initiatives for healthcare

The Commission has launched a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe.
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