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EU citizens overestimate immigrant numbers, survey shows

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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 »

OECD: Kleine bedrijven blijven geconfronteerd met financiële beperkingen, ondanks het economisch herstel

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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014: An OECD Scoreboard says that SMEs continued to face the dual challenge of an uneven recovery and bank deleveraging through 2012. Subdued growth and demand overall translated into declining profits for SMEs and reduced availability of internal funding in most countries. At the same time, the financial sector continued the deleveraging process started in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. In countries hit by the sovereign debt crisis, deficiencies in capital adequacy squeezed credit availability f... Lees Meer »

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

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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 »

Zwitserland ondertekent Multilateraal Verdrag inzake wederzijdse administratieve bijstand in belastingzaken

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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 »

Winnaars Europese wedstrijd ‘Migranten in Europa’ bekend

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The competition challenged students to produce artwork that expressed their views on the issue, capturing the role migrants play in Europe. The schools were asked to present one or several pieces of work in one or several categories (Poster, Photography and Video) and 777 tertiary schools from all the 28 EU countries participated. The winners are: Best Poster: Better together, Andrea Raia, Fondazione Accademia di Comunicazione, Italy Best Photo: Rue des Palmiers 80, Romy Cordivani, Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales... Lees Meer »

Het stimuleren van vaardigheden van essentieel belang voor de aanpak van werkloosheid en het verbeteren van het welzijn, zegt OESO

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The OECD Survey of Adult Skills is the new PISA for adults (otherwise known as PIAAC). The Survey measured the skills of 16 to 65-year olds across 24 countries and looked at how literacy, numeracy and problem-solving is used at work. It provides clear evidence of how developing and using skills improves employment prospects and quality of life as well as boosting economic growth. It helps countries set meaningful targets benchmarked against the achievements of the world’s leading skills systems and to develop relevant policy responses. “Too ... Lees Meer »

EU wil meer grenscontroles na tragedie Lampedusa

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Around 150 people managed to survive the shipwreck and are being taken care of on the small Italian island, which in the past few years has become the main entry point for migrants looking for a better life in Europe. According to the United Nations refugee agency, most of the migrants were from Eritrea and Somalia. The survivors told rescuers that they set fire to a blanket to attract the attention of coast guards after the overcrowded boat started sinking. The fire spread making people panic start jumping in the water, even though many wer... Lees Meer »

Lidstaten gebruiken in toenemende mate private bewakingsfirma’s aan grenzen en bij migratie

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The UK contracts private security guards to manage closed detention facilities and immigration removal centres, with Greece soon to follow. Spain hires guards to operate open detention centres. Other member states, like Ireland, Italy and France, hire out companies to manage estates that house irregular migrants but without the security detail. By far the largest market is found in the UK, with private security firms operating seven immigration removal centres and two short-term holding facilities. London-based private security group Serco, ... Lees Meer »

Europese Commissie wil nog steeds bankentaks invoeren

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"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 »

Economische sentimenten in eurolanden en EU verbeterd

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Industry confidence increased significantly (+2.7) fuelled by managers' much more positive assessment of the current level of overall order books and production expectations. Their assessment of the stocks of finished products improved too. Also companies' assessments of past production and the current level of export order books , which are not included in the confidence indicator, were much more favourable. Services confidence saw a significant increase as well (+2.5), resulting from a sharp rise in managers' assessment of the past business s... Lees Meer »

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