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Working conditions: Survey reveals deterioration and wide disparities in worker satisfaction

Working conditions: Survey reveals deterioration and wide disparities in worker satisfaction

While just over half of European workers perceive working conditions in their country to be good (53%), a majority (57%) nevertheless think that their working conditions have deteriorated in the past five years, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today, which looks at how the quality of work has been affected by the crisis. Although […]

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Commission clear to proceed with case against Reynolds American on tobacco smuggling

Commission clear to proceed with case against Reynolds American on tobacco smuggling

The Commission welcomes the decision yesterday (23 April) by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City to allow the European Union and 26 Member States to proceed with their civil claims against Reynolds American Inc. (RJR) in relation to the illicit trade in cigarettes. Tobacco smuggling is estimated to […]

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No more plastic bags polluting our environment

No more plastic bags polluting our environment

Life in plastic is not so fantastic after all. Plastic bags have been blamed for polluting the environment, especially aquatic ecosystems. In April MEPs voted in favour of halving the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by 2017 and reducing it by 80% by 2019 compared to 2010 levels. The topic of last month’s guest photographer […]

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Fishing: Sustainable methods are proving quite the catch

Fishing: Sustainable methods are proving quite the catch

Sustainable fishing is thriving off the coast of County Mayo. Every time Stephen McHale catches an egg-bearing female lobster, he makes a mark on the tail flipper to warn other fishers not to harvest it. It is a practice known as v-notching to protect local stocks and typical of the sustainable way McHale operates. “We […]

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Plenary session: Need for an industrial Europe

Plenary session: Need for an industrial Europe

The EU’s future tops the agenda for the EESC’s next plenary session. At its upcoming plenary session (29-30 April, Charlemagne building, Brussels), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will adopt two highly controversial opinions on industry policy and forced labour in the EU. The EESC plenary will also endorse its position on an Action plan for […]

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Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Holcim assets by Cemex

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Holcim assets by Cemex

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the planned acquisition of the Spanish operations of Swiss building materials group Holcim (‘Holcim assets’) by its Mexican rival Cemex is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. Both companies are global suppliers of cement and other building materials. The Commission has concerns that […]

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