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The Expected Impact of the TTIP on EU Member States and Selected Third Countries

October 16, 2014 21:50

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)

From the Introduction:

The EU-US High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth (HLWG) was established during the 2011 EU-US Summit. In its final report of 11 February 2013, the HLWG recommended that EU and US leaders launch negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement. Negotiations on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - United Kingdom - North America

Views: 238 | Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)


Global Wealth Report 2014

October 16, 2014 21:42

Source: Credit Suisse

From the Introduction:

The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information on global household wealth... Unlike other studies, this report measures and analyzes trends in wealth across nations from the very base of the “wealth pyramid” to the ultra-high net worth individuals....

Although the global economic environment has remained ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Canada - China - Europe - Globalization - India - International - Poverty - Russia - Social and cultural issues - North America - South America - Japan - Emerging Economies

Views: 220 | Source: Credit Suisse


Growing Together II: London and the UK Economy

October 16, 2014 21:24

Source: GLA Economics

From Executive Summary:

The relationship between London’s economy and that of the rest of the UK has been debated for some time. Evidence in this paper shows that activity and investment in London results in economic activity in other UK regions: as London grows the rest of the UK grows.

In economic terms, the main economic driving force for at least the last three decades or so has been ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Industries - Infrastructure - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Transportation and travel - United Kingdom

Views: 234 | Source: GLA Economics (UK)


Into the Fire: The Dangers of Re-deploying British Reaper Drones after Afghanistan

October 16, 2014 21:20

Source: Drone Wars UK

From Executive Summary:

UK forces have used armed drones to undertake airstrikes since 2004, either in conjunction with the US or utilizing its own fleet of armed Reapers acquired in 2007. Increasingly the UK has relied on its Reaper drones to undertake airstrikes. Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures show the percentage of British airstrikes in Afghanistan undertaken by drones has risen from 52% in 2009/10 to ... <snip>

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Posted in: Afghanistan - Europe - Government and politics - International - Middle East - Military and defense - National security - Technology - Terrorism - United Kingdom

Views: 191 | Source: Drone Wars UK


Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

October 14, 2014 13:31

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

From Press Release:

Ukraine and the Middle East have underlined how ill-equipped the EU is to respond to foreign policy crises. This policy paper argues that the EU’s new foreign policy High Representative, Federica Mogherini will have to contend not only with a world in which Europe’s weight is greatly diminished but with a reluctance at the heart of the EU to face ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Middle East - National security - Russia

Views: 209 | Source: European Council on Foreign Relations


Measuring National Well-being - Exploring the Well-being of Children in the UK, 2014

October 14, 2014 13:27

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key Points:

• Around three-quarters of children aged 10 to 15 in Great Britain rated their life satisfaction, the things that they do as worthwhile, and their happiness yesterday as moderate to high in 2013.

• In 2011–12 in the UK, 8 out of 10 boys (79%) reported being relatively happy with their appearance. Fewer than 7 out of 10 girls (68%) reported the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Crime - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 167 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Public Sector Pay in the UK

October 14, 2014 13:25

Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)

From Executive Summary:


In raw terms, pay levels are higher in the public sector than in the private sector. However, after accounting for differences in education, age and where workers live, the differences are much smaller. Among men, the average public sector pay differential in 2013–14 was close to zero, while among women it was around 8%.

Since the onset of the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Poverty - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 170 | Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)


Report on European judicial systems – Edition 2014 (2012 data): efficiency and quality of justice

October 10, 2014 17:54

Source: Council of Europe


From Press Release:

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) draws on quantitative and qualitative data to outline the main trends observed in 46 European countries.

Among the findings to emerge from this report, the fifth of its kind since the CEPEJ was set up in 2002, are the following:

contrasting effects ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Technology - United Kingdom - Emerging Economies

Views: 309 | Source: Council of Europe


Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

October 10, 2014 17:51

Source: Pew Research Center

From About This Report:

The report covers experts’ views about what much faster bandwidth speeds might produce as new Internet activities. Over the past few decades people have been sharing and accessing magnitudes more information online annually. Network speeds are dependent upon many factors, but local Internet architecture is a lynchpin for the kind of efficient service that ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Views: 221 | Source: Pew Research Center


UK: Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report

October 10, 2014 17:48

Source: Ofcom (UK)

From Summary of key themes:

This year’s report shows that:

• There has been a significant increase in access to, ownership of and use of tablet computers by children of all ages. In contrast, the incidence of TVs and games consoles in the bedroom is declining, while smartphone ownership remains steady.
• Almost twice as many children aged 5-15 are going online via a ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 300 | Source: Ofcom (UK)


Networked Employment Discrimination

October 8, 2014 21:38

Source: Data & Society Research Institute

Brief Description:

Employers often struggle to assess qualified applicants, particularly in contexts where they receive hundreds of applications for job openings. In an effort to increase efficiency and improve the process, many have begun employing new tools to sift through these applications, looking for signals that a candidate is “the best fit.” Some companies use ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Industries - Internet - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 284 | Source: Data & Society Research Institute


Estimates of the Very Old (including Centenarians) for England and Wales, United Kingdom, 2002 to 2013

October 8, 2014 21:35

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key Points:

There were over half a million people aged 90 and over living in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013.

In 2013, there were 840 people aged 90 and over per 100,000 in England and Wales; higher than in Scotland (707) and Northern Ireland (620).

The number of centenarians (people aged 100 and over) in the UK was estimated to be 13,780 in 2013; of these 710 were ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Europe - Health and healthcare - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 212 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Government Secrecy in an Information Age: 2014 Report on Open & Secretive Public Institutions in Southern Africa

October 7, 2014 12:03

Source: MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa)

From the Foreword:

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has for the last five years produced an annual report on the openness and secretiveness of public institutions in southern Africa. Each year, researchers throughout the region evaluate the websites and responses to written and oral information requests of dozens of public institutions across numerous countries.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - National security - Political process - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Views: 256 | Source: MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa)


UK: Subsidising Unfairness: How Outsourcing Companies Use of Taxpayers’ Money Increases Inequality

October 7, 2014 12:00

Source: Equality Trust (UK)

From the Introduction:

Since the late 1970s we have seen the growth of a new model of public service provision – public sector procurement, or ‘outsourcing’. Services traditionally managed and delivered by public servants, employed directly by the government, have been increasingly contracted out to third-party – private and voluntary sector - organisations through procurement ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 289 | Source: Equality Trust (UK)


Horizon Report Europe > 2014 Schools Edition

October 7, 2014 11:57

Source: European Commission

From Introduction:

In the pages that follow, 18 topics carefully selected by the Horizon Project Europe Expert Panel related to the educational applications of technology are examined, all of them areas very likely to impact technology planning and decision-making over the next five years (2014-2018). Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology ... <snip>

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Posted in: Education - Europe - International - Internet - K-12 - Media and entertainment - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 210 | Source: European Commission


EU28 Surplus in Trade in Goods with Canada of €4bn in 2013

October 3, 2014 19:14

Source: Eurostat

Among the EU28 Member States, Germany (€4.4 bn or 28% of EU exports of goods) was the largest exporter to Canada during the first six months of 2014, followed by the United Kingdom (€2.2 bn or 14%), Italy and France (both €1.5 bn or 9%) and the Netherlands1 (€1.4 bn or 9%). The United Kingdom (€4.5 bn or 36% of EU imports of goods) was by far the largest importer from Canada in January-June 2014, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Canada - Europe - Industries - International - International Relations - Lists & Rankings - United Kingdom - North America

Views: 308 | Source: Eurostat


UK: Social Media and Customer Communications: The FCA’s Supervisory Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

October 3, 2014 19:09

Source: Financial Conduct Authority (UK)

From the Introduction:

Firms’ use of digital channels to communicate with their customers is not a new development. As far back as 2010, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) published guidance on the use of these media. However, digital media are now becoming the media of choice in many cases for customer communications and specifically for financial promotions. More particularly, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Internet - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 383 | Source: Financial Conduct Authority (UK)


UK: Skills & the Changing Structures of Work (Provisional Inquiry Findings)

October 3, 2014 19:05

Source: Skills Commission (UK) via Policy Connect(UK)

From Press Release:

The Skills Commission has raised four ‘strategic alerts’ that require ‘urgent attention from all players’ across government and the skills sector in its inquiry into skills provision and its appropriateness to the changing structures of work in the UK....

The Commission has identified four distinct trends that it argues have ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Careers - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 279 | Source: Skills Commission (UK)


Upcoming Issues of EU Law

September 30, 2014 16:20

Source: Directorate-General for Internal Policies (EU) via Conflict of Laws.net

In a workshop of the European Parliament’s JURI Committee on Upcoming issues of EU Law, that took place on 24th September, papers were presented on five selected topics: the application of EU Law (Wolfgang Heusel), the implementation of EU law (Marta Ballesteros), European private international law (Xandra Kramer), intellectual property law (Lionel ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Government and politics - Intellectual property - International - Legal and law enforcement - Technology - Regulation and compliance

Views: 356 | Source: Directorate-General for Internal Policies (EU)


UK: The Growth of EU Labour: Assessing the Impact on the Labour Market

September 30, 2014 16:17

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

From the Foreword:

The net increase in migrant workers coming to the UK – particularly those from within the European Union unaffected by immigration policy because of their right to free movement – is the subject of a highly political and frequently polarised debate.

The most recent figures from the ONS show that net migration into the UK increased ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Ethnic - Europe - Government and politics - Immigration - Industries - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom - Emerging Economies

Views: 315 | Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)



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