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04/05/2016

EU Roma Week: From words to action

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Elections 02-05-2016

Austrian Social Democrat PM Faymann booed on May Day

Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted yesterday (1 May) with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

May Day rally in Paris turns violent as pressure against labour reform grows

Police fired tear gas after protesters hurled bottles and other projectiles during a May Day rally in Paris yesterday (1 May), where controversial labour reforms were the main focus of demonstrations.

Three years after Rana Plaza: Progress on corporate responsibility remains modest

More than one thousand workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Responsible business initiatives have since emerged, but EU companies are still not obligated to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chain, write Paige Morrow and Jérôme Chaplier.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

German companies seek to break America

US President Barack Obama's drive to reindustrialise his country offers German companies huge opportunites if they are able to negotiate certain hurdles. EurActiv’s new partner WirtschaftsWoche reports from the Hannover Messe.
Digital 28-04-2016

Women in ICT – How do EU member states measure up?

Women are underrepresented in the technology industry in Europe, constituting only 18% of the workforce.
Euro & Finance 28-04-2016

The Greek crisis: European madness

Last week, Greece had to deal with new austerity measures and a Eurostat study invalidated the IMF’s doomsday scenario. A number of MEPs now call upon European leaders to rethink the issue of debt and review the reforms being imposed on Greece.
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Digital 28-04-2016

What are you going to make?

On International Girls in ICT Day, Microsoft wants to inspire more young women about the potential of STEM studies.

Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.

Europe needs low-skilled migrant workers too

A resolution for the rights of women domestic workers and carers in the EU is due to be voted on 28 April at the European Parliament. This could be a historical step towards equal rights for this category of workers.
Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

EU decision-makers have done far too little on safety in the workplace

The challenges facing Europe today, to tackle climate change and to create new sustainable jobs, give us an opportunity to also improve people’s working lives and health, argues Rudy De Leeuw on the International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD).
Trade & Society 21-04-2016

Europe needs a mobility agreement for professionals with the US

Last week, the European Commission made a worrying statement about visa reciprocity with the US. Rather than creating more obstacles for transatlantic mobility, the EU should endeavour to make it easier to work and travel across the pond, writes Martin Jefflén.
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Steelmakers fear extra costs from ETS reform

SPECIAL REPORT / Carbon market reform could greatly increase production costs for the steel industry from 2020, a difference the European Commission wants to offset with cheaper energy and carbon capture and sequestration technology. EurActiv France reports.


New EU privacy rules will create 28,000 jobs, says industry group

Privacy experts are about to become very in demand. Europe will need an estimated 28,000 specialists under the newly minted EU data protection regulation, according to industry group IAPP.
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Trade & Society 20-04-2016

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP: Steel crisis has already cost lives in England

SPECIAL REPORT / The steel crisis has cost lives in the North East England constituency, MEP Jude Kirton-Darling has said, before launching a blistering attack on the British government for its inaction in the fight to save steel.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

EU must not backslide on sexual and reproductive rights

It would have been hard to miss the recent furore caused by Donald Trump’s flip-flopping around on the Republican abortion bandwagon. But frankly, what worries me much more is what is happening here in Europe, writes Caroline Hickson.

Bulc wants truck drivers to get paid a minimum wage

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to stop companies that use legal loopholes to underpay truck drivers. The executive says social dumping is rampant among truckers who drive between multiple countries every month—and Bulc wants to clamp down this year.
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Energy 19-04-2016

54 million Europeans must choose between eating and heating

SPECIAL REPORT / An estimated 54 million Europeans suffer from energy poverty, according to the European Commission analysis, which blames rising prices, low income and energy inefficient homes for forcing people to choose between eating or heating.
Trade & Society 18-04-2016

Saving European steel

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Policymakers are struggling to find the way forward to preserve a future for the European steel industry, once a bedrock of the bloc’s industrial economy, which is currently facing the most serious crisis in its history.

Southern Europeans flock to UK for jobs

Increasing numbers of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese people are moving to Britain to work, likely reflecting weak labour market conditions in the southern eurozone, a new study revealed on Wednesday (13 April).

Hungary opposes proposed EU changes on seconded workers

Hungary opposes a European Union plan to equalise pay between seconded and local workers as it would pose an "unacceptable competitive disadvantage" to Hungarian companies, a government spokesman said on today (11 April).
Euro & Finance 11-04-2016

Brussels criticises inefficient French public spending

Increasing economic competitiveness should still be France’s top priority, according to Jyrki Katainen. The Commissioner has called for new reforms before the end of President François Hollande’s mandate. EurActiv France reports.

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration, writes Ethel Brooks.
Sports 08-04-2016

Planned racetrack in Wales scuppered by EU state aid law

The future of a proposed motorsport venue in South Wales has been called into question after the Welsh government concluded that it would be unable to underwrite the site’s construction costs.

EU Roma Week: From words to action

European institutions should continue to put pressure on EU member states to ensure that national strategies to fight Roma discrimination are actually implemented on the ground, write Michaël Privot, Ruus Dijksterhuis and Karolina Mirga.