Court criticises Italy's use of fixed-term contracts
European Court of Justice has ruled the long-term employment of Italian teachers on fixed-term contracts violates an EU directive.
The European Court of Justice has condemned the Italian government’s ongoing use of fixed-term employment contracts to fill teaching positions, ruling that a national law under which teachers are employed is in violation of a European directive.
The Juncker Commission acted swiftly to discontinue the role of chief scientific adviser. But the Commission’s reluctance to say where it will get its scientific policy advice is creating disquiet in the UK.
Orthodox economics and conventional policy have nothing to offer except more of the private-sector leverage that got us into trouble in the first place, writes a senior fellow at the institute for new economic thinking.
- 'Lux leaks' scandal shows why tax avoidance is a bad ideaThe head of Brussels operations at Frank Bold, a public interest law firm, raises the question of whether publicly listed companies have an obligation to minimise or avoid tax.
- Seven chances to meet Europe's employment targetsA note for the new commissioners from two academics: here’s why you will fail to meet the Europe 2020 employment targets – and seven chances to turn things around.
Quote of the Week
One thing is clear: none of the Ebola-affected countries can face the disease alone. One of the main objectives was to send a strong signal of EU solidarityChristos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, on returning from west Africa where he was assessing the Ebola crisis.
Week in numbers
Profile of the leader of the EPP group in the European Parliament.
Manfred Weber was elected leader of the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament last June, a few weeks shy of his 42nd birthday. This makes him the youngest group leader in the current Parliament as well as the youngest-ever group leader of the EPP – his 12 predecessors since 1952 were, on average, in their mid-fifties when they took office.
People & Places
French provide only two-thirds as many cabinet officials as Germans, but still outnumber British.
The European Commission is reviewing the European Union’s rules on copyright. This timely special report discusses what is at stake, who stands to lose and to gain, and explains why.
- Copyrights and wrongs
- Who are copyright holders?
- A short history of EU copyright reform plans
Reform of the EU’s copyright rules has been a hot topic for years, but with no effect. That may be about to change.
Copyright is big business for Europe, and its scope extends far beyond authors and performers.
Aborted reforms and bitter divisions over copyright are not new, nor is the need to update copyright law as technology changes.
- Copyright: old rules in a digital age
- Copyright: a cross-border conundrum
- Copyright winners and losers
- Copyright – defending creativity
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Featured ContentEurope’s copyright regime: aim to strengthen the creator-user bond
Technological advances have put Europe’s copyright laws to the test.
Being able to gain access to content in one country but not another is frustrating for consumers and legislators alike.
An ongoing competition case could force member states to clarify their positions on copyright reform.
Most stakeholders agree that authors and performers are under-remunerated under the current system, but there is disagreement over how to respond.
Europe’s digital economy and cultural prowess depend on copyright to thrive in the long-term.
To unfold its full economic and social potential, sport needs a solid and enforceable copyright framework, not a weakened one.
As technology advances, the traditional relationship between authors and users is changing.
The road to Paris : challenges and chances for EU climate and energy policy
2 December 2014 - 5:30-7pm
Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinquantenaire Park, Brussels, BE
The EU wants to maintain its leadership on global efforts to combat climate change. On 23-24 October, leaders of the EU’s national governments set targets for cutting …
With: Miguel Arias Cañete, Johannes Meier, Juris Štalmeistars, Peter Liese
Payments: cornerstone of the digital economy
28 January 2015 - 6-7:30pm
Thon hotel EU, Brussels, BE
The ability to make electronic payments safely, quickly and conveniently has become an import part of the digital economy. Every day millions of businesses and consumers pay …
With: Fernando Herrero, Martin Weiderstrand, Michal Boni