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Daily News of 2014-01-13

European Commission - MEX/14/0113   13/01/2014

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Free movement: Commission publishes guide on application of ‘Habitual Residence Test’ for social security

A practical guide on the 'Habitual Residence Test' to help Member States apply EU rules on the coordination of social security systems has just been published by the European Commission. The new guide provides more clarity about the 'Habitual Residence Test', and will facilitate its application in practice by Member States authorities.

Antitrust: Commission investigates restrictions affecting cross border provision of pay TV services

The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings to examine certain provisions in licensing agreements between several major US film studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures) and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB of the UK, Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland of Germany and DTS of Spain. The Commission will in particular investigate whether these provisions prevent broadcasters from providing their services across borders, for example by refusing potential subscribers from other Member States or blocking cross-border access to their services. The opening of proceedings in no way prejudges the outcome of the investigation; it only means that the Commission will treat the case as a matter of priority.

Other news

Pascal Lamy leads new advisory group on future use of UHF spectrum for TV and wireless broadband.

Pascal Lamy and top executives from Europe's broadcasters, network operators, mobile companies and tech associations have been given six months to make proposals to the European Commission on how to use the UHF spectrum band (470-790 MHz) most effectively in coming decades. In the face of a rapid and massive growth in demand for spectrum – as consumers demand new broadcast and internet options – Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes is asking for quick results: a final report will be delivered by July 2014.

What Commissioners said

Getting youth on the right path to bridge the skills gap

In a speech today at the launch of a report by business consultancy McKinsey on 'Education to Employment: Getting Europe's Youth into Work', Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), called for stronger partnerships between employers and education to overcome the skills gap which is a major cause of high youth unemployment in Europe. "We need to target skills development where it is most needed. That is why EU initiatives such as the Sector Skills Alliances in VET [vocational education and training] and Knowledge Alliances in higher education are designed to involve employers in curriculum design. And this is why the European Alliance for Apprenticeships aims to improve standards of dual and work-based learning," she said. The Commissioner underlined the need for Member States to implement the new Youth Guarantee effectively and for young people to make the most of the opportunities provided by Erasmus+ to improve their skills through study and training abroad.

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