Archive pour juillet 2009

Data protection in the spotlight in India at a meeting taking place in New Delhi.

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

The next 24 and 25 September will be held in India a meeting on the protection of personal data.

Organised by the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), the meeting will focus on commonalities and differences between the European Union and India regarding these vital policy issues. The overall goal is to promote and foster debate between India and Europe on security, data protection and privacy.

The event is supported by the EU-funded RISE (’Rising pan-European and international awareness of biometrics and security ethics’) project.

2 million students have already benefited from the program Erasmus

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

The latest figures confirm the success of the program with an increase of about 5% of students.

The data on Erasmus mobility of students and staff for the academic year 2007/2008, published by the Commission today, shows that during the 21-year period from 1987 to 2008, approximately 1 846 600 students benefited from a study period under the Erasmus programme. In 2007/08, 162 695 Erasmus students studied abroad. While this represents an annual increase of 2.1 % compared to the previous year, the growth rate is slowing down, with 10 countries recording negative growth. In other countries, however, for example in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the number of outgoing Erasmus students for studies has picked up growth.

Among the new opportunities offered by Erasmus, student mobility for placements accounted for 20 002 traineeships in 2007/2008 and is likely to expand in the future. There may have been a shift from study to placement mobility within Erasmus. Moreover, with the introduction of staff training Erasmus now addresses everyone in higher education. In 2007/2008, 4 883 staff members of higher education institutions went to enterprises and partner institutions abroad to receive training.

The number of teaching assignments continued to increase by more than 5 %. During the academic year 2007/2008 27 157 teachers went abroad to teach at a partner institution. Since this type of exchange was introduced almost 200 000 teachers and other university staff have participated.

With a total of 182 697 students in 2007/08 Erasmus student mobility expanded by more than 5 % counting all types of student exchanges including placements. At the same time the level of the monthly grant for Erasmus students also increased substantially, to over €250 per month on average for both types of student mobility taken together. This was due to a sharp increase in the Erasmus budget for mobility actions, to €372 million in 2007 with the introduction of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

The countries sending most Erasmus students as a share of their student population are Liechtenstein (6.43 %), Austria (1.77 %), the Czech Republic (1.54 %) and Spain (1.41 %).

Background

Currently an estimated 4 % of European students receive an Erasmus grant at some stage of their studies. Erasmus not only caters for students and university staff but also supports higher education institutions in working together through intensive programmes, networks, projects and other measures and in reaching out to both the world of business and society. With the addition of Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2009, the number of participating countries is growing to 33.

Nokia will benefit from the assistance of the European Globalization Adjustment.

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

The European Commission has given its agreement for a new intervention of the European Globalization Adjustment for an amount of 5.5 million.

The application relates to 1,337 redundancies in the Nokia production plant in Bochum in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia after Nokia decided end production in this plant.The redundancies occurred in an area which traditionally has an unemployment rate of 3 to 4 percentage points higher than that of Germany as a whole. The funding will help the 1,316 most disadvantaged among these dismissed workers to return to employment.

There is a general trend amongst mobile phone manufacturers towards shifting production for mobile phones and accessories, mostly to ‘emerging’ markets in Asia. This is not only because mobile phones are cheaper to produce there, but also because of the proximity of the fast-growing consumer market and of technology partners. Despite this general trend, the redundancies at Nokia Bochum were unforeseen, as in 2007 operations were profitable.

The package of EGF assistance for the ex-workers of the Nokia production plant in Bochum will include basic and specific qualifications, entrepreneurship support, group qualifications and peer groups, support at the start of employment and aftercare, short-time allowances and support for international job applications. The total estimated cost of this package is €11.1 million, of which the European Globalisation adjustment Fund has been asked to fund €5.5 million.

This application for assistance is the last to be assessed under the original rules of the EGF Regulation.

Background

There have been 23 applications to the EGF so far, for a total amount of over € 130 million, helping about 29,000 workers. The Nokia application is the third concerning the mobile phone sector approved by the Commission for presentation to the European Parliament and the Council. Other applications relate to the automotive sector, textiles, electrical equipment, computers and domestic appliances.

The EGF was established by the European Parliament and the Council at the end of 2006 to provide help for people who have lost their jobs due to the impact of globalisation. In June 2009, the EGF rules were revised to strengthen the role of the EGF as an early intervention instrument. It forms part of Europe’s response to the financial and economic crisis. The revised EGF Regulation entered into force on 2 July and applies to all applications received since 1 May 2009. The Nokia application is the last of those received before 1 May 2009 to be approved by the Commission.

The recent annual report on the EGF showed that 10,000 people received assistance from the EGF in 2008 and that some 69% of those aided during 2007 had found a new job by the end of the support.

Sector Accounts: first quarter of 2009Household saving rate at 15.6% in the euro area and 13.8% in the EU27Business investment rate at 21.7% and 21.8% respectively

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

STAT/09/110 30 July 2009 Sector Accounts: first quarter of 2009 Household saving rate at 15.6% in the euro area and 13.8% in the EU27 Business investment rate at 21.7% and 21.8% respectively In the first quarter of 2009, in both the euro area (EA16) and …

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Brussels, 27 July 2009 Sixth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the EU -Brussels, 27 July 2009 JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN Brussels, 27 July 2009 12427/09 (Presse 236) Sixth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the EU -Brussels, 27 July 2009 JOINT PRESS RELEASE The Stabilisation …

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Brussels, 27 July 2009 Restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of K orea - EU implementation of UNSCR 1874 (2009)

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN Brussels, 27 July 2009 12391/09 (Presse 235) Restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of K orea - EU implementation of UNSCR 1874 (2009) Following the test of a nuclear explosive device carried out …

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Brussels, 27 July 2009 Council closes consultations with the Republic of Guinea

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN Brussels, 27 July 2009 12379/09 (Presse 233) Council closes consultations with the Republic of Guinea Today the Council concluded the consultations held under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement with the Republic of Guinea …

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Brussels, 27 July 2009 Council confirms strict conditions for marketing seal products in the EU

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN Brussels, 27 July 2009 12370/09 (Presse 232) Council confirms strict conditions for marketing seal products in the EU Today the Council adopted a regulation setting out harmonised strict conditions for the placing on the …

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Brussels, 27 July 2009 Council adopts new rules for the coordination of social security systems

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN Brussels, 27 July 2009 12369/09 (Presse 231) Council adopts new rules for the coordination of social security systems The Council today 1 adopted two regulations modernising and simplifying the coordination of member states’ …

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EU-African Union Scientific Partnership: €63 million to support research for Africa

Vendredi 31 juillet 2009

IP/09/1205 Brussels, 30 July 2009 EU-African Union Scientific Partnership: €63 million to support research for Africa Today, the European Commission launched a call for proposals entirely dedicated to research for Africa….

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