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New scoreboard shows that participation of women in the EU digital economy still lags behind

Women in the Digital Age study 

New scoreboard shows that participation of women in the EU digital economy still lags behind

Today the European Commission is launching an annual scoreboard to monitor women´s participation in the digital economy, on the occasion of the birthday of Ada Lovelace, considered as the world´s first computer programmer. The Women in Digital scoreboard is one of the actions to assess women´s inclusion in digital jobs, careers and entrepreneurship initiated by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Leer más
More than 1 in 5 self-employed in the EU had seized a suitable opportunity to run their own business

Self-employment in 2017

More than 1 in 5 self-employed in the EU had seized a suitable opportunity to run their own business

In 2017, in the European Union (EU), there were more than 228 million employed people, and about 33 million of them were self-employed. Self-employed people in the EUreported several reasons for becoming self-employed in the current job: suitable opportunity (23%), continuation of the family business (16%), usual practice in the field (15%), flexible work hours (11%), no job found as employee (11%) and request by former employer (2%). Leer más
European Students´ Union

The European Students´ Union stands with Albanian students

Decision No. 288 by the Albanian Council of Ministers has created tremendous dissatisfaction among Albanian students, which have evolved to mass student protests. The decision outlined the double charging of repeated exams. Since the start of the protests on the 5th of December, they have developed to the biggest student protests since 1990. Leer más
#EUVocationalSkills

European Vocational Skills Week 2018 helps millions to discover the benefits of vocational education

Thanks to 1512 events that took place all over Europe, the campaign has so far reached over 2.2 million people, 1.2 million more than last year. And it does not stop here, as many more associated activities and events are being organised across Europe until December 2018. To close the week, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, has announced the winners of the Awards for VET Excellence 2018. Leer más
Strict rules on protecting investors

New EU rules to boost crowdfunding platforms and protect investors

Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee voted on Monday on its position on common rules on the creation and functioning of European crowdfunding service providers for business. The adopted text aims to help crowdfunding services to function smoothly in the internal market and to foster cross-border business funding in the EU, by providing for a single set of rules on the provision of crowdfunding services. Leer más
European University Association (EUA)

University associations call for research excellence and cooperation to prevail

EUA joined more than a dozen other European associations representing universities to stress that the next Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, Horizon Europe, must deliver on its aim to bring scientific, economic and social impact, as well as strengthen the scientific and technological basis of the Union, and foster its competitiveness. Leer más


Debates
Stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a stable banking and financial sector – Q&A Stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a stable banking and financial sector – Q&A

The Commission proposed to further strengthen the supervision of EU financial institutions to better address money-laundering and terrorist financing threats. While the EU has strong anti-money laundering rules in place, recent cases involving money laundering in some EU banks have raised concerns that those rules are not always supervised and enforced effectively across the EU.
Mariana Costa"We want to train young women to make them talented and competitive software developer" Mariana Costa"We want to train young women to make them talented and competitive software developer"

Meet Mariana Costa Checa, a young social entrepreneur from Peru. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Laboratoria (link is external), a company that has been training young women coding and software development skills in Latin America since 2014. Mariana will be attending Mobile Learning Week - UNESCO´s yearly flagship ICT in education event – taking place from 26 – 30 March 2018 in Paris.
Libros
The EU "An Obituary" The EU "An Obituary"

A major account of the failings of the European Union-and why it has to go The European Union is a besieged institution. It is struggling in vain to overcome the eurozone crisis and faces an influx of refugees not seen since World War II. The Schengen Agreement is a dead letter, and Britain stands on the brink of leaving altogether.
 POLICIES Extend +  
How has the EU progressed towards the Sustainable Development Goals?
9 million citizens have got involved in EU law-making
9 million citizens have got involved in EU law-making
 INCLUSION POLICIES Extend +  
2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance "Empowering Women and Girls with Autism"
Over €31 million in humanitarian aid from Europe for Latin America and the Caribbean
UNESCO music video against gender stereotypes wins Communications Award
 R+D Extend +  
Chinese and European scientists propose 28 complementary colours
EU-wide rules for safety of drones approved by European Parliament
EU has more digital specialists than before but skills gaps remain
 EMPLOYMENT Extend +  
Euro area job vacancy rate at 2.1%
Annual growth in labour costs at 2.2% in euro area
European Parliament vote in favour the legal framework for the European Solidarity Corp
 ECONOMICS Extend +  
Europe proposes to strengthen the supervision of money-laundering and terrorist finance threats
Commission takes action for a more competitive and innovative financial market
Small business access to alternative finance increasing as new bank lending declines
 CULTURE Extend +  
LUX Film Prize: official selection for 2018 revealed
New EU initiative to enable young people to discover Europe by rail
A new EU initiative allows young people to discover Europe by rail
 GREEN STRATEGIES Extend +  
Finland innovates with digital ´climate game´ to focus youth on the planet
5 June: World Environment Day
European Commission announces 16 Young Leaders who will take part of the EU Development Days
 HEALTH Extend +  
The electronic cigarette is not free from toxic elements
Are you really you when you´re hungry?
Are Breast Cancer Apps Reliable?
 SOCIETY AND CONSUMER Extend +  
Happy older people live longer, say researchers
300 participants join the European Validation Festival
Bad behavior to significant other in tough times has more impact than positive gestures
 SPORTS Extend +  
Olympic message of peace is universal, UN chief says in Pyeongchang
Registration open for the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018
European Parliament launches a new Multimedia Centre on 4 January
 EDUCATION Extend +  
Older people are doing increasingly less physical exercise
Denmark to cut 1000 study places taught in English
Our brain predicts words before they are pronounced
 GRANTS & INTERNSHIPS Extend +  
Traineeships at the Parliament: new application period starting
Business investment rate stable at 21.6% in the euro area and 21.9% in the EU28
GoEuro reward young talent with an internship in Berlin
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1 New scoreboard shows that participation of women in the EU digital economy still lags behind
2 The European Students´ Union stands with Albanian students
3 More than 1 in 5 self-employed in the EU had seized a suitable opportunity to run their own business
4 Older people are doing increasingly less physical exercise
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