13 Nov 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily
Commissioner Thyssen delivers speeches on social and employment dimensions of the Commission’s new initiatives in Ireland
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen delivered yesterday a speech at the 40th Anniversary of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Dublin, focusing on 40 years of improvement in working and living conditions in Europe and recognising dedicated expertise by the Agency. She underlined that upon her initiative, the Commission’s Work Programme for next year includes the adoption of a Skills Agenda for Europe. Commissioner Thyssen said: “We plan to map the skills that Europe as a whole and specific regions will need; to support educational systems to deliver the skills that help people to get a job and progress in work, with a particular focus on vocational educational training and apprenticeships and to examine how EU tools can help to make skills more visible and comparable across countries and sectors“. The full speech is available here. Today’s speech of Commissioner Thyssen at the National University of Ireland provides a comprehensive vision on the labour mobility in EU. She outlined the importance of free movement, challenges related to labour mobility and Europe’s vision for fair labour mobility. Commissioner Thyssen said: “Whilst seeking to promote free movement, we also want to ensure that free movement is fair for all involved: for citizens, businesses and tax payers. It is the only way we will maintain the invaluable trust and support of our citizens. With strong rules in place, we will enhance labour mobility long term and make our Union stronger for the future. We want to make sure that labour mobility is a positive choice for people, not a choice that they are forced to make.” The full speech is available here.
EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €20.5 billion
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in September 2015 was €173.4 billion, an increase of 1% compared with September 2014. Imports from the rest of the world stood at €152.8 billion, a fall of 1% compared with September 2014. As a result, the euro area recorded a €20.5 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in September 2015, compared with +€17.4 billion in September 2014. Intra-euro area trade rose to €148.9 billion in September 2015, up by 2% compared with September 2014. A Eurostat press release can be found here.
EUROSTAT: GDP up by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28
Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28 during the third quarter of 2015, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the second quarter of 2015, GDP grew by 0.4% in both areas. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.9% in the EU28 in the third quarter of 2015, after +1.5% and +1.9% respectively in the previous quarter.A Eurostat press release can be found here.
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- European Commission notified of temporary reintroduction of internal border controls by Sweden at selected harbours in the South and West and the Öresund Bridge
- Road Safety, a Commission priority: Statement by Commissioner Bulc
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