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Midday Express of 2011-11-11

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication

Tackling double taxation for a stronger Single Market

Double taxation, and double non-taxation, contradict the very spirit of the Single Market. Yet many citizens and businesses are still suffering heavier tax burdens just because they operate in more than one Member State. Meanwhile, others are using loopholes between national systems to escape paying taxes that they owe. Determined to tackle this problem, the Commission today adopted a Communication on Double Taxation. This Communication highlights where the main double taxation problems lie within the EU, and outlines concrete measures that the Commission will take to address them. In doing so, the Commission seeks to remove real obstacles to a more competitive economy and make the EU easier to invest and do business in.

Report shows overall positive impact of mobility of Bulgarian and Romanian workers on EU economy

A new report published today by the European Commission highlights the overall positive role that mobile workers from Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2) have played in receiving countries' economies. These workers have contributed to the skills mix as well as filling vacancies in sectors and jobs with labour shortages such as in construction and the domestic and food services sectors. Estimates also show a positive impact of the free movement of Romanian and Bulgarian workers on the EU's long-term GDP with an increase by about 0.3% for EU-27 (0.4% for eu-15). Studies show too that there has been no significant impact on unemployment or wages of local workers in receiving countries: in the EU-15 studies show wages are on average only 0.28% lower they would have been without mobility of the EU-2. The report also highlights that there is no evidence of a disproportionate use of benefits by intra-EU mobile EU citizens and that the impact of recent flows on national public finances is negligible or positive.

EU promotes ambitious plans to protect tunas and swordfish in the Atlantic and Mediterranean

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is holding its 22nd Regular Meeting in Istanbul from 11 to 19 of November 2011. In this annual meeting, the European Union and other ICCAT Contracting Parties will agree on management and control measures for the sustainable protection of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. These measures will be based on scientific advice released on 17 October 2011 and will include the setting of Total Allowable Catches (TACs) where recommended by the ICCAT scientific committee, e.g. for bigeye tuna, and North and South Atlantic albacore.

14 November 2011 – Stakeholder Conference on Flexicurity in Brussels

László Andor, EU Commisisoner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will open a high-level Stakeholder Conference on Flexicurity in Brussels on 14 November. Organised by the European Commission, the event will bring together and provide a forum for EU institutions, EU Member States and social partners to evaluate how the concept of flexicurity has been implemented in recent years and look at ways to reinforce European labour market policies in the current difficult economic context. Particular attention will be paid to how flexicurity can best be used to tackle employment challenges in the context of tight budgetary constraints and high unemployment. The conference will also be an opportunity to look at the kind of governance is needed to develop and implement flexicurity strategies further, in particular as regards cooperation between public authorities and social partners. The Commission will be listening carefully to the experiences and views of participants which will feed into a future policy document on flexicurity by the European Commission planned for 2012. In parallel, the Commission will publish a special Eurobarometer survey on issues related to the European employment and social policy.Further information about the event:

Entrepreneurship education and skills key for competitiveness and jobs

Rome, 11 November 2011. Europe needs more entrepreneurs, more innovation and more jobs. One important aspect is to mach the offer and the demand in the labor market providing the right skills and education. Entrepreneurship education is also increasingly crucial to promote more business. It is essential to educate entrepreneurs at an early stage to provide the young generation with new creative, independent and successful entrepreneur knowledge. Given the importance of this topic, the Commission had a strong presence at the conference “Formazione, competenze e competività delle imprese”, which was held in Rome today. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, both attended the conference. The European Commission is supporting a series of activities for more entrepreneurial learning, such as the exchange programme 'Erasmus for Entrepreneurs'. The teaching of entrepreneurship has yet to be sufficiently integrated into university curricula, as the Commission has outlined on several occasions. The Commission contributes to promoting the concept of mini-companies run by students, which develop on a small scale a real economic activity at school, or simulate the operations of firms in a realistic way. European Industrial Doctorates will strengthen links between businesses and universities by enabling researchers to spend at least half of their study period within a company. This will provide the researchers with key skills and increase their employability. For more information regarding industry and entrepreneurship:
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EU welcomes conclusion of negotiations on Russia's WTO accession

Brussels, 10 November 2011 - The EU has today welcomed the conclusion of negotiations for Russia's accession to the WTO. Today's unanimous approval by the Members of the Working Party on Russia's WTO accession brings an end to this 18 year long process and paves the way to formalising the results of these negotiations by the entire Membership of the WTO. The EU now looks forward to a unanimous political endorsement of Russia's WTO accession at the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference on 15-17 December this year.

Commission clears acquisition of a building complex in Paris by Colisée Laffitte and CDC

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Colisée Laffitte and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations ("CDC") of joint control of a building complex for office use located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Colisée Laffitte, a subsidiary of the Axa Group, is a real estate investment company. CDC is a French public body that carries out missions of general interest on the one hand and activities open to competition on the other. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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