Recent EU news

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

European Union: Parliament backs plan to link EU funds to rule of law

An overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted for a resolution that requires the EU to link its funding decisions to an assessment of a country’s compliance with ‘the rule of law” …

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European Union: Youth unemployment in November 2018

Over the year to November 2018, unemployment amongst those under 25 years old decreased by 189 000 to stand at 15 …

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European Union: Serbia, Montenegro open more negotiation chapters with EU

The race by Balkan states to obtain EU membership is well and truly on …

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European Union: Are you taking part in education or training?

Latest figures from Eurostat indicate that the proportion of adults of working age taking part in either formal or non-formal education and training has been increasing over the past decade, from 35 …

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European Union: European Labour Authority: Council agrees its position

Further to our earlier report, the Council of Ministers has finally agreed plans concerning the formation of a European Labour Agency (formerly called “Authority”) …

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European Union: 15.3% of young workers across the EU remained unemployed

Over the year to October 2018, total unemployment amongst those aged under age 25 decreased by 215,000 across the European Union to 3 …

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European Union: The latest developments in pay across Europe

The latest developments in pay across Europe may be viewed here …

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European Union: EDPB clarifies territorial scope of the GDPR

Draft Guidelines have now been issued by the European Data Protection Board on the territorial scope of the GDPR …

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European Union: Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions

The European Council of Member State Ministers has recently reached an agreement with the European Parliament’s Employment Committee regarding the beginning of joint negotiations on revisions to the proposed Directive on “Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions” …

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European Union: Vocational study in upper secondary schools

According to the latest figures from Eurostat, in 2016, 49 % of all upper secondary school pupils in the European Union (EU) followed vocational training programmes …

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EU/USA: Visa free travel

Negotiations between the EU and USA have not resolved the issue of non-reciprocity of visa-free travel between the USA and five EU states (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania) …

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European Union: ETIAS permission

The imposition of ETIAS from 2021 will mean that citizens from all 62 countries that currently enjoy visa-free travel within the EU Schengen area countries will have to complete an online form up to 96 hours before they travel and pay 7 euros (US$9) …

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European Union: Vocational study in upper secondary schools

According to the latest figures from Eurostat, in 2016, 49 % of all upper secondary school pupils in the European Union (EU) followed vocational training programmes  The Czech Republic (73 %) and Finland (71%) had the highest shares of upper secondary level students in vocational education programmes, whilst Cyprus (17 %) and Hungary (21%) had the lowest shares …

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European Union: Working while studying

According to latest figures released by Statistics Sweden, based on a supplementary survey in 2016, the rate of people in the age group 15-34 years in the EU not working whilst studying decreased by 11% since 2009 to reach 54% …

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European Union: Expected duration of working life in the EU: 36 years

According to latest figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat, the expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) increased from 33 years in the year 2000 to 36 years in 2017 …

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