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Competition 12-02-2016

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.

IMF fears Grexit without solid Greek reforms

Fears that Greece will exit the eurozone, a "Grexit", could revive if Greek authorities do not come up with "credible" reforms, notably on pensions, a senior IMF official said Thursday (11 February).

German minister asks for half a billion to create jobs for refugees

Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles has called for €450 million to help integrate refugees into the labour market. EurActiv Germany reports.

Only 3% of Italy and Greece's migrants sent back or settled last year

Only 3% of the more than a million migrants arriving in Italy and Greece in 2015 were returned to their countries of origin or relocated across the EU as refugees,  figures released by the European Commission today (10 February) revealed.

Breaking barriers for businesswomen: A resolution on female entrepreneurship

Despite existing equality legislation, women are massively underrepresented in business. Stronger implementation of EU directives and changes to national social policies can turn this around, writes Barbara Matera.
Central Europe 09-02-2016

In-work benefits emerge as main stumbling block ahead of Brexit summit

Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EurActiv network reports.

EU silent over impact of refugees on national budgets

The cost of hosting refugees and asylum seekers is likely to have a big impact on public finances, but the EU is still unable to give a figure for individual member states, Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has acknowledged. 

Pension reform sparks fiercest protests since Tsipras took office

Thousands marched in Greece yesterday (4 February) as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.
UK & Europe 03-02-2016

Juncker tells divided MEPs to back EU-UK Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today in Strasbourg (3 February) told Members of the European Parliament to back the deal struck by David Cameron and Donald Tusk to keep Britain in the EU.

Any New Year’s resolutions, Mr Orbán?

Old tricks die hard in the European Union’s ‘rogue state’, but the West must acknowledge its hand in fuelling the political decline in Hungary, writes Juan Garcia. 

A not so ‘dolce vita’ for Romans

Romans are the least satisfied with their quality of life according to a recent survey that focused on the inhabitants of EU capitals. EurActiv Italy reports.

Don't give EU migrant beggars cash, Sweden tells citizens

The Swedish government has told its citizens not to give money to beggars or let the panhandlers' children attend school, after the number of EU migrants on its streets from countries such as Romania and Bulgaria more than doubled. 
Digital 28-01-2016

Brussels to issue sharing economy ‘guidelines’ in March

The European Commission will issue guidelines to member states in early March on how to regulate emerging companies like Uber and Airbnb, which have shaken up the taxi and hotel sector.

Basque president calls upon EU to counter dumping

President of the Basque Country Íñigo Urkullu today (27 January) called upon the European institutions to put a stop to market dumping and "unfair competition" by Asian economies, particularly in regard to China and the steel sector. 

Commission: Schengen suspension could be extended, 60% of migrants should be sent back

The European Commission today (26 January) said it could agree to a suspension of border-free travel in the Schengen zone of up to two years, and that nearly two thirds of migrants entering the EU in December were not eligible for asylum because they did not come from conflict zones.

Greece on the brink of 'education tragedy'

The economic crisis has dramatically impacted the already struggling Greek education system, according to a trade union report published last week (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports.
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Health and safety at work: Priorities and gender challenges

ETUI Senior Researcher Aida Ponce talks to ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch about the priorities and gender challenges that employees face at their workplace.

Thyssen: Our fight against youth unemployment is beginning to bear fruit

The economic recovery has improved the EU's labour markets with the employment rate continuing to increase, albeit very slowly, Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said in Brussels on Thursday (21 January). 

Jean-Michel de Waele: ‘The European project needs to be re-established’

“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.

EU agency launches ‘plain English’ guide to toxic chemicals

A new online guide by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) promises to offer “plain English” information about the hazard profiles of thousands of chemicals, offering a new tool for citizens to hold companies and regulators to account.

IMF recommends paying refugees below the minimum wage

The International Monetary Fund has highlighted the positive effect of public spending on refugees on European GDP, but has also recommended that employers pay them less than the minimum wage. EurActiv France reports

Time for policymakers to put ‘solopreneurs’ first

Solo-entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) are fast becoming a very important part of the EU labour market. But those who work for themselves need better support from policymakers to ensure legislation is clear, accessible and not overly burdensome, writes Marco Torregrossa.

Jordanian city boss: We need more EU money to cope with refugees

Jordan, an ally in the West's fight against ISIS, is struggling to support more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees. Amman city manager Fawzi Masad told EurActiv that Jordan was not getting the support from the EU it needs to cope with the refugee crisis.

Europe must accept more refugees, UN tells regional leaders

Europe must accept more refugees, and offer more financial support to countries neighbouring Syria, if it wishes to alleviate the migration crisis, the United Nations today (19 January) told EU and Mediterranean city leaders.