Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Europe as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Gibraltar: British overseas territory set new pay floor

The statutory hourly minimum wage for employees aged 15 and over is being increased by 6 …

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Monaco: Concealed employment

The penalty for not declaring to the authorities the existence of a new employee, or not obtaining/verifying the necessary work permit is now punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, rather than the previous penalty of 6 days to a month – or just a fine …

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Andorra: Real wage increase (2024)

The interprofessional minimum wage has been increased by 7% to €7 …

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Andorra: Youth Mobility Scheme with UK launched

Young people (between the ages of 18 and 30) from Andorra and the UK will now have the chance to travel to, live and work in each other’s countries for up to 2 years …

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Eastern Europe: Resurgence of inflation likely in 2024

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that planned major rises in minimum wage rates and resulting price inflation during the next 12 months are likely to lead to substantial job losses and weaker growth in Eastern Europe …

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Guernsey (Channel Islands): New statutory pay and offset rates

Minimum wage rates rose on 1st October 2023 to £10 …

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Eurozone: Business confidence continues to fall (2023)

Apart from some isolated examples of improving confidence, such as in Cyprus, the overall picture across the euro currency area has been in decline since the beginning of the year – entering negative territory in May …

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Europe: Exposure to workplace asbestos

A revision has been agreed to the existing health and safety Directive on asbestos exposure …

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Andorra: Foreign staff retention in the hospitality sector

Foreign nationals who have worked for the hospitality sector during this Summer may remain in the country by taking advantage of a new immigration quota …

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Andorra: Regulation on the administrative classification of contractors

Entry into force of the Regulation on the administrative classification of contractors has been postponed until 1st January 2024 …

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Andorra: New mobility agreements with South Korea and Iceland

Tiny landlocked nation punching beyond its weight …

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Europe: Bulgaria and Romania expected to join Schengen by end of 2023

The European Parliament has called on the European Council to grant both Bulgaria and Romania free movement rights as they have already met the criteria for entry to the Schengen zone …

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Europe: Draft guidelines on diversity practices

A consultation is underway amongst credit institutions and investment companies concerning draft guidelines drawn up by the European Banking Authority …

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Andorra: Recognition of fibromyalgia as a disability

Newly recognised medical condition …

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Europe: Trends in job starters (Q4 2022)

In Q4 2022 there was a slight fall in the proportion of people who ‘started their job in the last three months’ – from 6 …

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