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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

Publisher's Note

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 expected.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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
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Commission Watch

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 maritime transport
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Parliament Watch

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 time
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EU diary

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
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16 Nov: EU Energy Day: Clean energy solutions
16 Nov: Forum on the state of civil society in Europe
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