Recent EU news

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

European Union: Bad work organisation can hit employee health

A report into quality of life during the recession years 2007 to 2012 has revealed that “subjective well-being” fell significantly in Greece, Spain and Italy …

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European Union: Seasonal Workers Directive

National governments have shown support for a draft law, agreed between the European Parliament and Council Presidency, which aims to improve living and working conditions for non-EU seasonal workers …

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European Union: EU whistleblower protection denied

Despite pressure from MEPs, the European Commission has decided not to introduce EU-wide whistleblower protection laws before the end of the year …

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European Union: Age-related pension contributions not discriminatory

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a pension system based on age-related contributions does not necessarily breach laws against age discrimination …

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European Union: Profit share and investment rates up

According to data provided by the European Commission’s statistics agency, Eurostat, business profit share increased in both the EU 27 and the euro area between Q1 and Q2 2013 …

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European Union: EU membership talks to recommence

Following a three-year break in discussions, the European Union has agreed to resume EU membership negotiations with Turkey from November 5th …

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European Union: Schengen accession under debate

Subject to a unanimous vote from the European Council, Bulgaria and Romania could join the boarder-free Schengen area on January 1st 2014 …

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European Union: How to establish which laws apply to an employment contract

The European Court of Justice, in its decision of September 12th, has clarified the meaning of “the country with which the contract is closely connected” as regards the applicable law to an employment contract …

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European Union: Support for gender quotas for boards

Last week two Committees of the European Parliament approved the European Commission’s November 2012 proposal regarding the representation of women on company boards …

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European Union: Long-term unemployment rises

The latest unemployment data reveals that in Q2 2013, 35 …

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European Union: Pilots’ working time regulated by European law

The European Parliament has adopted a European Commission Bill regulating pilots’ working hours …

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European Union: Focus on depression in the workplace

A number of European employers have joined together to try to tackle the problem of depression in the workplace …

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European Union: Labour cost gap widens Q2 2013

Hourly labour costs in the European Union rose by 0 …

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European Union: New powers to be sought for European Commission

Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, has developed a plan that would put the Commission into a quasi-judicial position, guarding the independence of national courts from political interference and maintaining fundamental rights in EU member states …

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