Brussels Daily
30 Mar 2015


Brussels Daily

Plant Health: EU experts endorse measures to prevent the spread of the Asian longhorn beetle

EU Member States’ experts endorsed on Friday detailed emergency measures, proposed by the Commission, to prevent the further introduction and spread within the EU of the Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a quarantine insect pest harmful to broad-leaved trees, including many important tree species in Europe. Outbreaks and findings of the Asian longhorn beetle have so far been reported by six Member States (Austria, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). The Commission has developed a detailed management strategy on the eradication and containment of this quarantine pest, including a requirement to raise public awareness about the Asian longhorn beetle. Last year, the EU co-financed ten eradication campaigns in five Member States to the value of 1.12 million euro. The new EU measures will apply from the date of publication in the Official Journal in May 2015 and will provide Member States with harmonised EU legal guidance on the eradication measures to be taken in case of an outbreak. They include obligations to notify any outbreak, official annual surveys, demarcation of infested areas, monitoring, as well as removal and destruction of infested plants. The measures also provide conditions on the import and movement of particular plants, wood and wood packaging materials which host this insect. Read more on plant health and biosecurity.

EUROSTAT: Labour costs in the EU – Hourly labour costs ranged from €3.8 to €40.3 across the EU Member States in 2014, lowest in Bulgaria, highest in Denmark

In 2014, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €24.6 in the European Union (EU) and €29.2 in the euro area (EA18). However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria (€3.8), Romania (€4.6), Lithuania (€6.5) and Latvia (€6.6) and the highest in Denmark (€40.3), Belgium (€39.1), Sweden (€37.4) and Luxembourg (€35.9). Within the business economy, labour costs per hour were highest in industry (€25.5 in the EU and €32.0 in the euro area), followed by services (€24.3 and €28.2 respectively) and construction (€22.0 and €25.8). In the mainly non-business economy (excluding public administration), labour costs per hour were €24.7 in the EU and €29.1 in the euro area in 2014. Labour costs are made up of wages & salaries and non-wage costs such as employers’ social contributions. The share of non-wage costs in the whole economy was 24.4% in the EU and 26.1% in the euro area, with the lowest in Malta (6.9%) and Denmark (13.1%) and the highest in Sweden (31.6%) and France (33.1%). Read the EUROSTAT press release.


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