Recent EU news

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

European Union: Violent crime rates

Recent reports in the press about violent crime rates – especially in the UK capital London have increased apprehension about the risks of making business visits …

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EU/UK: Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules on European Works Councils

The European Commission (EC) has set out the ongoing arrangements that will apply in respect to European Works Councils once the UK has left the EU …

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European Union: Households with children in the EU

Companies offering family friendly policies should note that there is a marked contrast in the number of families with children – even across the EU …

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European Union: Inflation in the euro area

Annual cost inflation in the eurozone fell to an annual rate of 1 …

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European Union: Directive on whistleblowing

A change in the pipeline is an EU Directive on whistleblowing …

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European Union: Working hours Q3 2018

One of the reasons why men earn more than women in the EU is because they work significantly more hours per week …

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European Union: Directive on work–life balance

A draft EU Directive on work–life balance has received EU Parliamentary approval …

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European Union: MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

The European Parliament has recently approved a proposal to establish minimum levels of protection to casual workers working at least three hours a week (averaged over any four-week period) …

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European Union/Global: GDP growth

Gross Domestic Product (economic growth) across the EU as a whole over the year to Q1 2019 was +1 …

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European Union: Accidents at work statistics

The number of fatal accidents at work fell by 12% across the EU between 2009 and 2016 (the latest available year) …

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EU/UK: EU leaders give Theresa May a Brexit delay until October 31

The EU has agreed to grant the United Kingdom an Article 50 extension until October the 31st 2019 …

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European Union: European Commission launches infringement procedure to protect judges in Poland from political control

The European Commission has commenced legal action against the Polish government over their infringement of judicial independence …

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European Union: Sit at work? You are one of 39%

According to latest figures from the European Union Statistical Office (Eurostat), in 2017 nearly four out of every ten people – especially in the Netherlands (55%), Germany (54%) and Luxembourg (52%) – had sedentary jobs …

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European Union: Annual growth in labour costs at 2.8% Q4 2018

The average hourly labour cost rose over the year to Q4 2018 in the European Union (EU) business sector by 2 …

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European Union: Parliament approves visa-free travel for Brits after Brexit

The European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee has approved a draft regulation giving citizens of the UK and Gibraltar visa-free travel to the European Union states after Brexit, for a period of up to 90 days …

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