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The EU to Help Local Businesses Grow

The Commission published the transition pathway, co-created with relevant parties in the social economy sector, to help social economy entities and small local businesses become greener and more digital. Brussels, 10 January 2023 The EU Commission puts forward a set of 30 actions in 14 different areas. For instance, the transition pathway proposes actions to help social

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Individual Learning Accounts for all Europeans

The EU has decided that all Europeans of working and studying age must have a personal endowment allocated by their state in order to have permanent access to learning and training. Why? Because the EU’s ambitions in digital, health, energy and  environment require specific skills that are lacking today and risk wrecking Brussels’ plans. Brussels,

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Pandemics: EU Creates Its Shield

  The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need and urgency for Europe to have rapid reaction mechanisms in place to protect its citizens. The 2019 coronavirus has highlighted the discrepancies in assessments between the 27 countries, both of the threat to health and of the measures to be taken to help citizens.

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EU decided Gas Price Cap. Strong Reaction from Putin

  Brussels, 20 December 2022 Gas price cap at €180/MWh. EU energy ministers reached a political agreement on a Council Regulation that sets a market correction mechanism to protect citizens and the economy against excessively high prices. The Regulation aims to limit episodes of excessive gas prices in the EU that do not reflect world

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Energy: No Decision From the 27 EU Countries

Brussels, 21 October 2022 “EU leaders reach a deal on energy” is the title chosen by the European Council website to hide a new stalemate of Europe on energy, yesterday in Brussels. The Commission lead by Ursula von der Leyen had proposed a new Council Regulation to tackle high gas prices in the EU and

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EU Decided on Minimum Wage

  Council and Parliament of the EU adopted the European Directive which sets the rules for determining the minimum wage and which provides for the extension of collective bargaining coverage to 80%. Minimum wage is currently foreseen in 21 EU countries.  It will always be up to the member states to decide whether it exists

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EU Collapses on Energy Again

European energy ministers’ meeting today in Brussels was not able to agree on European measures to limit the energy cost. Many countries have already done this with national measures. European citizens pay 3 or 4 times more gas and electricity and some countries have already taken their own countermeasures: by setting a national price cap

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Minimum wage in Europe. The EU Parliament approves the compromise

Today the European Parliament voted by a large majority a new European Directive which sets the rules for determining the minimum wage and which provides for the extension of collective bargaining coverage to 80%. The minimum wage is currently foreseen in 21 EU countries and it will always be up to the Countries to decide

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EU Gas Cap, Tax on Extra Profits and EU State of Alert

On 9 September 2022, a new meeting of the Council of Energy Ministers of the EU Council. On the table 3 discussions and possibly decisions: “gas cap”, “state of alert” and “tax on unexpected extra profits on energy”. Member States are divided on these three von der Leyen’s proposals. Gas cap means two things: setting

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