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Rosetta mission – the countdown begins…


After 10 years journeying through the solar system, the ESA probe, Rosetta, will deploy its landing craft, Philae, to attempt the first ever soft landing on a comet. The mission is a joint project across a number of European countries including the UK. The OU’s involvement was initially spearheaded by the late Professor Colin Pillinger who was instrumental in getting the proposed Ptolemy device accepted as part of the science payload. OU researchers have contributed to and developed a number of instruments on board Philae, including Ptolemy wh... Lees Meer »

EU citizens overestimate immigrant numbers, survey shows


The survey, published on Wednesday (29 October) was conducted in nine EU countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom), Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. The result shows the respondents believed that there were far more immigrants in their country than is actually the case. While 10.8 percent of the population in the surveyed countries was born abroad, the respondents reckoned it was 24 percent. Italians think 30 percent of their population are immig... Lees Meer »

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OESO


Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area as a whole. The CLIs for the United States and Canada also continue to point to stable growth momentum. This is the case for the United Kingdom as well, where the growth momentum remains above-trend rates. The CLI for Japan points to an interruption in the growth momentum although this probably reflects one-off factors. In the Euro Area as a whole and in France, the... Lees Meer »

Nieuwe aanpak is nodig om een ​​sterke en duurzame groei van het toerisme te stimuleren, zegt OESO


Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 says that OECD countries still account for over half of international tourism arrivals (57%) and spending (54%) but are losing market share, notably to Asia-Pacific. Growth in international tourism arrivals to the OECD area grew moderately between 2008-2012 (+1.9%, compared to +2.9% globally), says the report. Domestic tourism accounts for the vast majority of spending in OECD countries, making up nearly 80 cents of every dollar spent. In Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United State... Lees Meer »

Uitspraak Hof: claim asielzoeker altijd onderzoeken in land waar veiligheid asielzoeker niet in geding is


Conversely, it is not, in principle, required itself to examine the application. The ‘Dublin II’ Regulation sets out the criteria for determining the Member State competent to examine an application for asylum lodged in the EU - a single Member State being, in principle, competent. Where an asylum seeker has lodged his application in a Member State which is not the one the Regulation indicates is competent, the Regulation provides for a procedure for the transfer of the asylum seeker to the competent Member State. However, in such a situation, ... Lees Meer »

OESO-rapport meet de menselijke kosten van de crisis; onderstreept noodzaak investeren in welzijn


How’s Life? finds that subjective well-being deteriorated in countries most affected by the crisis. Between 2007 and 2012, reported average life satisfaction declined by more than 20% in Greece, 12% in Spain, and 10% in Italy. However, moderate increases were recorded in Germany, Israel, Russia, Mexico and Sweden. The report also finds that citizens in the hardest-hit euro area countries have lost trust in their governments and institutions. The percentage of people in these countries claiming to trust national government fell by 10 percenta... Lees Meer »

Trends aan de mondiale automatische uitwisseling van informatie – Update over G20/OECD plannen, FATCA en intergouvernementele overeenkomsten


the G20/OECD commitment towards a global system of automatic exchange of information. the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA); the InterGovernmental Agreements (“IGAs”) signed by the U.S. with partner countries; Due to the various developments, individuals and corporations can no longer rely on confidentiality and have to ensure proper and timely disclosure of information to authorities under the applicable regulations and also have to ensure that their investment structures are compliant to the applicable regulations, while ... Lees Meer »

Zwitserland ondertekent Multilateraal Verdrag inzake wederzijdse administratieve bijstand in belastingzaken


OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria welcomed Switzerland’s adherence to the Convention, which he said “sends a clear and strong signal that Switzerland is part of the community of states which consider international tax co-operation as a necessity. This signature is an important step for Switzerland to resolve the issues identified in its Peer Review by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information on June 2011.” Switzerland’s Ambassador to the OECD Stefan Flückiger said: “Switzerland has been committed to complying with inter... Lees Meer »

Engeland moet hoger beroepsonderwijs programma’s uitbreiden, zegt OESO


Skills Beyond School – England says that although England has a large and successful university system offering three year bachelor degrees, too few people are pursuing shorter (one to two years) vocational programmes at the postsecondary level which will give people the skills many employers are now seeking. Too few young people undertake the kind of short postsecondary programmes that would respond to the need of certain mid-level skills – well under 10 % of the cohort – compared to other OECD countries where sometimes up to one-third of t... Lees Meer »

Europese Commissie wil nog steeds bankentaks invoeren


"The European Commission is absolutely confident in the legality of the tax we have proposed. We reject any claims that it goes against the treaties or that it compromises the single market," EU tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said on Saturday (14 September) after a meeting of EU finance ministers in Vilnius. Earlier this week, the legal service of the EU Council, representing member states, said the planned tax - to be adopted by 11 countries - would infringe the tax sovereignty of the other EU members and distort the single market.In addi... Lees Meer »

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