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Economy & Jobs 20-07-2017

Fiat Serbia strike ends, negotiations kick off

The return of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia employees to work after a strike that lasted some 20 days has jump-started negotiations between workers and management. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

Commission strives to reach 40% women in management by end of mandate

The European Commission has come up with new measures on Wednesday (19 June) to reach the target of having 40% of women in top positions by the end of its mandate in 2019.

Economy & Jobs 17-07-2017

‘Demographic dependency’ casts shadow over employment report

Young people in Europe will be squeezed by shrinking pensions and demographic change, adding pressure to under 25-year-olds who are already weighed down by a stubbornly high unemployment rate.

Economy & Jobs 14-07-2017

Youth: The Future of Europe

A Europe of peace among nations has been established. Europe’s younger generations have little consciousness of a Europe at war. For today’s youth, Europe is a land of opportunity, a land, not of peace and security, but of jobs and prosperity.

Economy & Jobs 14-07-2017

The Wisdom of Erasmus: What next for Europe’s Youth?

The Erasmus programme has been one of Europe’s most successful instruments of education and integration. Its structure, range and funding are currently going through another round of development, with a massive budget increase likely.

Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron: Germany is competitive thanks to eurozone weaknesses

Ahead of Thursday’s (13 July) Franco-German Ministerial Council, Friday’s Bastille Day celebrations and Donald Trump’s visit to Paris, President Emmanuel Macron spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France about Europe's future, and France’s relations with the US.

EU leaps forward in attempt to ban carcinogens at work

After more than ten years of inaction, European lawmakers have taken the first step to update EU laws related to the prevention of occupational cancers that are believed to cause 100,000 deaths every year. Trade unions hailed the EU’s decision, which brings an end to years of stalemate.

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Migration only factor bumping up EU population

The European Union’s population increased last year, despite the same number of births and deaths being recorded. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the bump was driven by migration.

Economy & Jobs 11-07-2017

‘Gig economy’ workers deserve more rights, says UK review

Britons working in the "gig economy" for firms such as taxi app Uber and takeaway food courier Deliveroo deserve more rights, a government-commissioned report said on Tuesday (11 July).

Economy & Jobs 11-07-2017

How consumers and government can combat the shadow economy

Perhaps the clue is in its name but the shadow economy’s drain on economic growth and public finances can be difficult to recognise. And, unfortunately, consumers can often unwittingly contribute to its growth, writes George Simon.

Economy & Jobs 06-07-2017

Spain joins Poland in opposing EU posted workers law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, last week reaffirmed their commitment to the European project but reiterated their concerns about the EU’s posted workers directive. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Leaders gear up for global steel trade war ahead of G20

Donald Trump could block steel imports for reasons of national security. Europe, already in conflict with China over dumping in the sector, will attempt to mobilise opposition to this move. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

At G20, the EU must walk a tightrope on trade policy

At this week’s G-20, global trade will come into the spotlight. It will present EU leaders with the daunting task of juggling economic sanity and political reality, write Ilaria Maselli and Jürgen Matthes.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Europe taking the lead in responsible globalisation

Reshaping globalisation is Europe's responsibility and chance, write Karl Aiginger and Heinz Handler. Policy should ensure that there are no more winners and losers from globalisation, they argue.

Digital skills 30-06-2017

Digital skills: who is being left behind?

Some people are being left behind by the digital revolution. But how do you help people who don’t want to be helped?

Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Bern demands progress in Swiss-EU talks

Several political and economic issues remain open in neutral Switzerland's talks on future ties with the European Union, the Bern government said on Wednesday (28 June), linking progress in negotiations to whether it continues to pay into the EU budget.

Economy & Jobs 28-06-2017

Europe needs an industrial strategy

Calls for the European Commission to develop a holistic EU industrial policy are a welcome development – and one that was long overdue, writes Adrian Harris. If Europe’s Industrial Renaissance is to succeed, a joined-up policy approach is a must, he argues.

Economy & Jobs 28-06-2017

Top women call for new economic mindset: ‘It’s gender, stupid!’

If EU countries stepped up their efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would benefit overall while weathering crisis more effectively.

Economy & Jobs 27-06-2017

Women’s Forum chief: EU should stop infighting and regain ambition

At a time of deep reflection on the future of the EU, the executive president of the Women’s Forum insisted Europe should regain its ambition, adding that the biggest market in the world and its well-educated labour force have enormous potential.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

EU civil society at a crossroads

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Factors ranging from lack of funding to mounting political pressure have sparked a discussion regarding the future of civil society organisations in the EU.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Debate: Education, employment and entrepreneurship for Europe’s young people

At a time when Europe is facing multiple crises, what can the European Union do to maintain young people’s faith in the European project?

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Debate: Tackling youth unemployment in the EU

Does Europe do enough for its youth? Half of young people in the EU's southern member states are neither employed nor in training.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.