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28/07/2016

The bright side of Brexit: Lobbying jobs in Brussels in high demand

Social Europe & Jobs


UK & Europe 26-07-2016

UK and EU ‘failing’ unaccompanied child refugees

The European Union is ‘systematically’ failing unaccompanied child refugees, a UK parliamentary report, which criticised Britain for not taking in its fair share of asylum seekers, has warned.

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2016

EU budget for 2017: Cohesion down, security up

Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.

A 'yellow card' and the damage done

The European Commission is expected to overrule the yellow card” triggered by national parliaments today (20 July), over the revised Posted Workers directive. Valentin Kreilinger reflects on the damage this decision is likely to cause.
Future EU 19-07-2016

Barcelona Mayor: 'Rebel' cities must tackle Brussels on refugee crisis

Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, has criticised Brussels' response to situations like the refugee crisis and denounced the EU for being "interest-based", calling for a network of cities to be set up to “better represent the people”. EurActiv Spain reports.

Ban on headscarves and religious clothing is discrimination

Muslim women wearing headscarves are facing yet another hurdle on the path towards inclusion and employment in the European labour market, writes Michaël Privot.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EurActiv France reports.

The relationship between the posting debate and the Brexit debate

The posting of workers and the issues regarding social security need to be looked at from a shared perspective, writes Frank VandenbrouckeThis op-ed summarises a paper published by the Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
Global Europe 13-07-2016

Refugees face asylum rejection if they leave country of arrival, under new EU rules

Asylum seekers moving to other EU countries after arriving in Europe will face having their applications for international protection rejected, under tougher rules put forward by the European Commission today (13 July).
Euro & Finance 12-07-2016

Single market strategy can be a key driver for competitiveness, growth and job creation

The holistic approach laid out in the Commission’s Communication Upgrading the Single market: more opportunities for people and business, is a step in the right direction to maximise the benefits of the single market, argues Michael Freytag.
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told EurActiv.com.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.


Euro & Finance 11-07-2016

Joschka Fischer: Stabilise the eurozone to defuse 'hurricane' Brexit

The EU will survive the Brexit storm, but it should stabilise the eurozone, said former German foreign minister and Vice-Chancellor Joschka Fischer in an interview with EurActiv.com, adding that France and Germany should lead the change.

Poland to fight for its migrant workers to stay in UK

Poland's eurosceptic government has long said it would like Poles living in Britain to return home, but it is now promising to fight for their right to stay after the British vote to leave the European Union.

Rodrigues: Brexit blame game will throw Europe into chaos

If some big member states now try to take advantage of the UK referendum and put all the blame on ‘Brussels’, Europe will descend into chaos and none of our big problems will be solved, said Maria João Rodrigues in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Euro & Finance 06-07-2016

Parliament asks for EU budget hike, renews call for 'own resources'

The European Parliament will call for an increase to the EU budget today (6 July), for 2014-2020. With the refugee crisis, faltering investment and high youth unemployment, they have no shortage of convincing arguments. EurActiv France reports.

EU countries employ slave labourers from North Korea, rights group reveals

North Korea has sent hundreds of workers to labour as "state-sponsored slaves" in member states as Pyongyang seeks to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of money over its nuclear weapons programme, rights campaigners said on Wednesday (5 July).
Future EU 05-07-2016

Brexit exposed left-right faultline on future of Europe

The European Union reacted to the shock of Brexit with a show of unity, but deep divisions quickly resurfaced about the path ahead – whether to seek "more Europe" or less.

Refugees: Local and regional leaders call for targeted financing

European institutions and member states need to guarantee the necessary resources, via targeted financing for the towns and regions that host them, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) states in a petition.
Euro & Finance 04-07-2016

Emmanuel Macron calls for an EU-wide referendum on Europe

The French minister for economy has said Europe needs to find long-term perspective, define its values and lay out a plan for the next 15 years, to be validated by an EU-wide referendum. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.

France threatens to stop applying EU law on posted workers

The European Union should swiftly modify the regulation allowing pay differentials between seconded and local workers or France will stop applying it, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said yesterday (3 July).

ETUC chief: Brexit should not be alibi to destroy social protections

In the wake of the British vote, European trade unions are getting ready to prevent Brexit becoming an alibi to destroy even more social protections, Luca Visentini said in an interview with EurActiv.com.

Refugee crisis: Education aid is only a click away

Countries hosting refugees are doing what they can to manage the influx of school-aged migrant but thinning resources make it difficult to accommodate every child’s requirements. Education technology can help fill that gap, writes Sébastien Turbot.
Future EU 30-06-2016

The bright side of Brexit: Lobbying jobs in Brussels in high demand

One industry that is sure to benefit from Brexit is the government affairs sector, as worried UK businesses and trade associations try to adjust to a confusing new world, writes Aart van Iterson.