Recent EU news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the European Union as reported in our fortnightly newswire.

European Union: EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee has now approved the EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement …

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European Union: Working hours in EU

Over the last 10 years, employees’ average weekly working time across the EU has declined from 37 …

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European Union: Consumer price inflation – November 2019

Consumer price inflation in the eurozone grew from an annual rate of 0 …

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European Union: Population before retirement works more

The employment rate of people between the ages of 55 and 64 grew between 2003 and 2018 in the majority of EU states – with the highest rates in Sweden, Germany and Denmark (over 70%) …

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European Union: Rare moments when Brexit makes sense

There are rare moments when Brexit makes sense …

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European Union: Accounting Directive to make multinational companies more transparent

Although an amendment was proposed in 2016 to the Accounting Directive to make multinational companies more transparent, it is still stuck in the EU pipeline …

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European Union: New EU regulation on the free flow of non-personal data

The GDPR’s “younger brother” (Regulation 2018/1807) is now in force …

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European Union: Directive on the transparency of working conditions

The Council of Ministers has now approved a new Directive on the transparency of working conditions …

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European Union: Low work intensity (LWI) for adults of households

Which countries in the EU have the highest proportion of households that have just been left behind as the rest of their economies grew? Let us look at the latest figures (2017) for low work intensity (LWI) for adults of households …

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European Union: How quickly countries in Europe recovered from the last recession?

As we face the prospect of a recession once again, it is instructive to look back to how quickly countries in Europe recovered from the last recession …

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European Union: Work-life Balance Directive enters into force

The EU Work-Life Balance Directive has now been adopted and must be implemented by 2022 in EU member states …

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European Union: Unemployment rate holds steady

Although there is every sign that economic activity is slowing around the world, there is no sign yet in Europe of any overall jump in unemployment data …

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European Union: Parliament approves draft Whistleblowing Directive

The draft EU Directive on the protection of whistleblowers now awaits final approval by the Council of Ministers and, once approved, EU member states will then have two years to incorporate its requirements into domestic legislation …

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European Union: Annual monitoring cycle

The European Commission is currently considering the establishment of an annual monitoring cycle using other organisations to help review the rule of law across all EU member states …

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European Union: European Commission takes Spain, Greece to court for failing to enact data protection rules

The European Commission is taking two EU Member States – Spain and Greece – to the European Court of Justice for not implementing the GDPR …

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