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EU maps regulated professions - EUbusiness Week newsletter 659


EUbusiness Week 659 top stories: EU, Japan stress common ground on global security; EU sees steady, modest eurozone growth; EU to get financial transaction tax despite opposition; Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise; Europe's cybersecurity policy settings under attack; India threatens WTO action over EU mango ban

Publisher's Note

The Commission this week published a country map of 'regulated professions' - where access is conditional on having specific qualifications, or where a specific title is protected, such as pharmacists or architects. The map shows the number of regulated professions in each country, sector breakdowns, the trend in the number of recognition decisions since 2005, and national contact points where one can find out what is needed to get professional recognition.

The map clearly shows up countries that most protect their professions - Poland has 640 - and it also highlights the obstacles to the free movement of qualified professionals. The EC is likely now to target modernisation efforts in sectors and professions where they can have the greatest effect.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

1. EU, Japan stress common ground on global security

The European Union and Japan stressed at their summit on Wednesday their common ground on global security issues, highlighted by the Ukraine crisis, promising to step up cooperation and seal a massive free trade deal.
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2. EU sees steady, modest eurozone growth

The Commission tweaked its 2014 and 2015 economic forecasts on Monday but left intact the overall outlook for gradual recovery from a record recession.
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3. EU to get financial transaction tax despite opposition

EU finance ministers backing the controversial financial transaction tax have agreed to introduce it from 2016 despite strong opposition led by Britain which promised to challenge the levy if it harms its interests.
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4. Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise

Germany is the Union's worst polluter, with its production of CO2 gasses from fossil fuel rising by two per cent in 2013 to 760 million tonnes, official data shows.
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5. Europe's cybersecurity policy settings under attack

Even as Europe powered up its most ambitious cybersecurity exercise this month, doubts were being raised over whether the continent's patchwork of online police is right for the job.
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6. India threatens WTO action over EU mango ban

India has threatened to drag the European Union to the World Trade Organization over its ban on mango imports.
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