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22 Jul
Spanish Right Digital Charter

The Spanish Government adopts the Digital Rights Charter

The Spanish Government adopts the Digital Rights Charter to articulate a reference framework to guarantee citizens’ rights in the new digital age. Without being regulatory in nature, this Charter provides a reference framework to guarantee citizens’ rights in the new digital age and aims to recognise the challenges of adapting existing rights to the virtual […]

20 Jul

EU employment rate at 71.9% in Q1 2021 and labour market slack at 14.8% (Eurostat)

In the first quarter 2021, the seasonally adjusted employment rate of people aged 20-64 in the EU stood at 71.9% (Eurostat figures). The labour market slack, which comprises all people who have an unmet need for employment, amounted to 14.8% of the extended labour force aged 20-64 in the first quarter 2021. Its main component […]

19 Jul
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A globally connected Europe: European Council approves conclusions

The Council has approved conclusions on “A Globally Connected Europe”. These highlight the need for the EU to pursue a geostrategic and global approach to connectivity. The aim is to advance its economic, foreign and development policy and security interests and to promote European values. Sustainable and comprehensive The conclusions build on the 2018 Joint […]

15 Jul
EU budget

2022 EU budget: European Council agrees its position

Member states’ EU ambassadors yesterday (14 July 2021) agreed the Council’s position on the 2022 EU draft budget. In total, the Council’s position amounts to €167.7 billion in commitments and €170 billion in payments. The 2022 budget will be complemented by Next Generation EU funds designed to help boost the European economic recovery. MFF period […]

14 Jul

EU resource productivity slightly decreased in 2020

Since the start of the millennium, the EU’s resource productivity has increased by around 35%, despite a slight decrease in 2020 (Eurostat figures) Resource productivity quantifies the relationship between the size of the economy and the use of natural resources. The value of resource productivity increases when the economy, measured by GDP, grows at a […]

13 Jul
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European Council adopts a temporary ‘buy and donate’ VAT exemption

The European Council today (13 July 2021) adopted an amendment to the VAT directive introducing a temporary VAT exemption on importations and on certain supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Buy and donate Directive The ‘buy and donate’ directive will make it easier for the Commission and EU agencies to buy goods and services […]

09 Jul
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Extra-EU Exports support 37 million jobs in the EU (Eurostat)

The number of persons employed in the EU or in individual EU Member States that are supported by exports includes not only employment in enterprises that are directly exporting, but also in other enterprises which provide goods or services that support the production of exported goods and services (Eurostat figures) Key figures In 2019, the […]

08 Jul
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ELA: Safe and healthy seasonal workers during COVID-19 times

European Labour Authority (ELA): Safe and healthy seasonal workers during COVID-19 times and 3 useful resources for employers. In this article released by ELA, you will learn where to find practical country- and sector-specific information on the COVID-19 safety and health measures required in the workplace. Working environments have changed considerably since the COVID-19 outbreak, […]

06 Jul
Artificial Intelligence AI

MEPs demand human oversight of AI systems, open algorithms and public audits

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in law enforcement and the judiciary should be subject to strong safeguards and human oversight, says the Civil Liberties Committee. In a draft report adopted with 36 votes to 24, and 6 abstentions (on past 29 June 2021), MEPs highlight the need for democratic guarantees and accountability for the […]

05 Jul
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COVID-19: European Council adds 10 countries and one entity authority to the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Covid-19 and travels: Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will […]


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