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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
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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 […]

01 Jul

EU digital COVID certificate goes live 1 July 2021

Today (1 July 2021), EU Digital Covid certificate has enter into force. What is the EU digital COVID certificate? All EU citizens who: have been vaccinated have tested negative recovered from COVID-19 will be able to prove it with a digital certificate called the EU digital COVID certificate. The certificate is issued for free by […]

29 Jun
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Launch of the EU OSH Strategic Framework 2021-2027

On 28 June, the European Commission officially has launched its ambitious new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work, with the goal of keeping workers safe and healthy in a rapidly changing world of work. Its focus is clear: anticipating and managing change, improving the prevention of workplace accidents and illnesses, and increasing preparedness […]

28 Jun
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European Commission adopt the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how crucial occupational health and safety (OSH) is for protecting workers’ health, for the functioning of our society, and for the continuity of critical economic and social activities. In this context, today (28 June 2021) the Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting […]

24 Jun

Share of people outside the labour force rose in 2020 (Eurostat)

The share of people outside the labour force as a percentage of the total working age population (age group15-64) had been on a downward trend: falling from 32.3% in 2002 to 26.6% in 2019 in the EU. In 2020, however, this share increased by 0.5 percentage points (pp) to 27.1%. People outside the labour force, […]


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