Economy & Jobs

16-02-2018

EESC adds pressure on trade partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Committee adopted a resolution on Wednesday (14 February) calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters in its free trade agreements.
16-02-2018

Soros met with senior ECB official to discuss eurozone integration

Investor and philanthropist George Soros held a private meeting with a senior ECB official last November to discuss eurozone integration, according to official documents published on Friday (16 February).
16-02-2018

Finland differs with Commission on European Monetary fund

Finland supports the idea of expanding the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) fund into a European monetary fund but does not back the European Commission's proposal on having the European Parliament oversee it, Helsinki said yesterday (15 February).
Digital 16-02-2018

EU signs off on copyright waiver for the visually impaired

The European Council decided on Thursday (15 February) to approve a treaty on access to published works for visually impaired people, opening the door for the EU to ratify the text in the summer.
Elections 16-02-2018

Macron praised as French economy powers ahead

The good news keeps coming for the French economy: data published yesterday (15 February) showed unemployment at its lowest level since 2009 while the head of the IMF praised recent reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.
Data protection 16-02-2018

Access to car data – the new battleground that risks consumer choice

Ahead of the 20 February vote in the TRAN Committee on the draft report on a European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems access to vehicle data, Laurianne Krid takes a look at the issues facing motorists with regard to the automotive digital economy.  
16-02-2018

The battle for Cohesion policy: Preventing further Balkanisation of Europe

Cohesion policy is the glue of the European Union, however with Brexit and the decisions on the post 2020 budget , some changes may be made. Lambert van Nistelrooij breaks down the three main options the Commission has put forward in regards to cohesion policy.
15-02-2018

Parliament and member states on collision course over ECB nomination

MEPs revived the race for the ECB vice-presidency this week and said they considered Ireland's central banker Philip Lane to be more convincing than the frontrunner, Spain's economic minister Luis de Guindos.
15-02-2018

The Brief – The ECB is coming home… to Germany

Until recently, Germany has always been willing to take a step back and support an ally for a top job. But Berlin has been marshalling its political resources around securing the European Central Bank presidency for one of its own when Mario Draghi steps down next November.
15-02-2018

Czech Republic seeks solutions to gender pay gap, with EU help

How to manage a career while raising children? Children’s clubs funded by the EU could be part of the solution. Nevertheless, more needs to be done to increase women’s participation in the labour market.
Auditing 14-02-2018

Oettinger: EU budget should increase despite Brexit funding gap

The EU’s next seven-year budget should increase the bloc’s spending, despite the impending departure of the UK from the bloc, the EU’s budget chief said on Wednesday (14 February).
14-02-2018

Moscovici: Greece needs no ‘precautionary credit line’ but own growth strategy

Greece will not need a precautionary credit or anything that looks like a forced programme after it exits the bailout, and any new surveillance should treat Greece "as a normal country", EU's Economic and Monetary Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.