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Clean energy package stumbles at first hurdle by EUbusiness — last modified 26 June 2017, 23:28 CET
Energy ministers set about weakening the EU’s energy efficiency laws today, taking a step backwards both for the climate and the green economy as they adopted their position on the Energy Efficiency Directive revision.
Reforming Services: What Policies Warrant Attention? - ECIPE Policy Brief No. 1/2017 by ECIPE — last modified 26 June 2017, 23:25 CET
Economic growth in the European Union has been low for more than a decade now. While some of the poor performance can be explained by the crisis, the sustained low growth is to a very large extent the consequence of sluggish productivity performance. Productivity is above all an indicator of a society’s long-term welfare and measures how effective we are at using our scarce resources in the economy. Therefore, it is critically important – and any reform effort should focus on boosting growth through higher productivity growth. The recent Services Package – a set of proposals to support Europe’s services sector – is a case in point. It has long been established that rates of productivity growth in Europe’s services sector trails the rates in the United States and other comparable economies. As the economy increasingly gets dependent on services, the risk for Europe is that the natural economic transformation will weigh down our productivity growth. Obviously, any services reform aiming at delivering growth should start from the policy barriers that hold back growth and a greater degree of economic dynamism. Few, however, do. The type of restrictive policy measures in the EU vary across different services sectors – and, hence, what is the right policy priority for one country may not be right for the other. Yet, when looking at some services policy developments in Europe more closely, some patterns do become clear. Those should now be the focus of policy reform.
How Brexit Will Affect Your Financial Situation by EUbusiness — last modified 23 June 2017, 16:19 CET
The recent decision to leave the European Union has caused a great deal of uncertainty. While the pound initially declined at an alarming rate, its value has since steadied although it is still changeable.
EU referendum: one year on by EUbusiness — last modified 23 June 2017, 10:54 CET
The UK’s vote to leave the EU has given birth to new political identities, say the University of Kent’s Professor Richard Whitman and Professor Matthew Goodwin in a new report for The UK in a Changing Europe. The report, entitled EU referendum: one year on, was commissioned by the Political Studies Association and demonstrates how the referendum has produced new political allegiances based on the Leave-Remain divide.
MEPs back complete EU ban on bee-harming pesticides - Friends of the Earth reaction by Friends of the Earth Europe — last modified 22 June 2017, 23:23 CET
MEPs have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by a UK Conservative MEP to oppose a full ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee decline.
Membership and Grants Officer, European Foundation Centre by EFC — last modified 22 June 2017, 23:19 CET
The European Foundation Centre is hiring a Membership and Grants Officer to join the Operations Department.
Living and working in Europe 2016 by EUbusiness — last modified 22 June 2017, 23:14 CET
Living and working in Europe, Eurofound’s 2016 yearbook, provides a snapshot of developments and trends in the work and lives of Europeans as described in the research activities of Eurofound over 2016. Despite the strains on the European Union – slow economic recovery, rising euro-scepticism and the UK vote to leave the EU – Eurofound’s work reported much good news for its citizens in 2016. Full-time, permanent employment rose across all pay categories; the gender employment gap is narrowing and policy could narrow it further; working conditions have improved across many dimensions; more options around retirement are opening up for older workers; and many Member States have solid measures to ease the plight of asylum-seekers. While social developments, work and employment undeniably present challenges, Eurofound contributes to the EU’s capacity to address them through well-thought-out, evidenced-based policies. The yearbook is accompanied by the Consolidated annual activity report of the Authorising Officer for 2016, which is the Agency’s formal reporting on operations, staff and budgets - see Related content.
Online gambling: Court rejects non-transparent licensing regimes and prohibits enforcement measures by European Gaming and Betting Association — last modified 22 June 2017, 23:06 CET
Today, the CJEU manifestly ruled that enforcement actions against EU licensed operators unlawfully excluded from national licensing processes are prohibited and not in compliance with EU law (case Unibet International (C-49/16).
What To Avoid In Social Media Influencer Marketing by EUbusiness — last modified 23 June 2017, 13:48 CET
Whether we are talking about Facebook Live, blogs, YouNow or social media in general, it is important to acknowledge the importance micro-famous people have for macro results.
Top qualities to look for in antivirus software by EUbusiness — last modified 22 June 2017, 22:05 CET
When it comes to your online and offline safety there should really be no reasons to hold back.
Second Coach - app presentation by EUbusiness — last modified 25 June 2017, 14:25 CET
Physical activity is very important for children. It boosts physical and cognitive development and teaches them about healthy and active lifestyle.
Legal Aspects of Brexit: Implications of the United Kingdom's Decision to Withdraw from the European Union by EUbusiness — last modified 22 June 2017, 13:38 CET
In Legal Aspects of Brexit, Georgetown Law professors Jennifer Hillman and Gary Horlick present an overview of many of the legal issues raised by the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from membership in the EU, with a particular focus on international trade issues
British in Europe Urges the UK to Clarify its Position on Citizens' Rights by Bremain in Spain — last modified 22 June 2017, 00:28 CET
British in Europe wishes David Davis well in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union, which stared on 19 June. The group would like to remind him that he and the UK government are also there to represent the 1.2 million UK citizens most directly impacted by Brexit - those who live in the EU and have been in limbo for a year, waiting for talks to start.
UK Election Pounds the Pound, and Promises Better Gold Futures by EUbusiness — last modified 21 June 2017, 23:51 CET
The pound took a major hit following UK's snap elections where the Prime Minister's ruling party lost majority stake in the Parliament. The Sterling pound is headed off to yet another shocking drop in the eight months since Brexit.
Over 250 non-government organisations launch alternative vision for Europe by Friends of the Earth Europe — last modified 21 June 2017, 18:28 CET
More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.
Retailers call for Commission to ask right questions on trading practices by EuroCommerce — last modified 21 June 2017, 18:22 CET
Following the announcement by Commissioner Hogan at the European Parliament Agriculture committee yesterday of the launch of a process leading to proposals on trading practices, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren posed a number of questions on the continued calls from some for legislation, and the Commission decision to take the first steps towards proposing EU measures:
Tighten rules on subsidies for coal, says European Parliament draft plan by Greenpeace European Unit — last modified 21 June 2017, 18:08 CET
Rules governing subsidies for coal power plants should be tightened, according to a draft plan published today by MEP Kriajanis Karins.
Debate Surrounding UK's Single Market Decision Is Heating Up by EUbusiness — last modified 21 June 2017, 15:29 CET
Even before the snap election, the British government has repeatedly said that the UK will opt for a hard Brexit. This means leaving the EU single market and the EU Customs Union as part of the Brexit process. While the decision is yet to be made, arguments from both sides of the debate continue to present strong cases for either decision.
Military UAV's market to grow at CAGR of 14.89% by Catarina Almeida — last modified 21 June 2017, 13:19 CET
SMi reports: Military leaders from the US, Czech Republic and Croatia will discuss the use of UAV for reconnaissance and surveillance at SMi’s UAV Technology Central & Eastern Europe
3rd Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability returns to London this November by Catarina Almeida — last modified 21 June 2017, 13:08 CET
SMi Reports: Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability returns to London on 14th-16th November 2017 to maximise force protection for mounted personnel.
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