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EU Competing in Global Value Chains

The European Commission has just published the “EU Industrial Structure Report 2013: Competing in Global Value Chains”. According to the study, there are signs of a tentative recovery in EU industrial and service performance, although not all sectors have regained their pre-crisis level of development. The report bases its analysis on productivity and its underlying …
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Real Costs of Data Roaming in Europe

The European Commission has just launched the results of a new survey on the usage of mobile Internet abroad titled: “e-Communications Household Survey and Telecom Single Market Survey Roaming Results”. According to its survey of 28,000 citizens, 94 percent of Europeans who travel abroad limit their use of internet mobile services due to mobile roaming …
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Free Movement: The Integration of Mobile EU citizens

The European Commission has just published a study titled “Evaluation of the Impact of the Free Movement of EU Citizens at Local level”. The study focuses on six European cities, selected by the multinational composition of their population: Barcelona, Dublin, Hamburg, Lille, Prague and Turin. The report analyzes policies regarding economic and social inclusion of …
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EU Anti-Corruption Report

The European Commision has just published the “EU Anti-Corruption Report”. According to the report corruption costs the European economy around 120 billions euros per year. The study provides a clear picture of the situation in each Member State: measures in place, outstanding issues, policies that are working and areas that could be improved. It also …
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Empowering Europe’s Future

The European Commission commissioned Chatham House and FRIDE to produce a report analyzing trends in power and governance to 2030. The report titled “Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World” shows that the world in 2030 will likely be a more fragile place due to the rise of …
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Global R&D Ranking

For the first time since 2004, an EU company is the world’s largest private sector R&D investor. Volkswagen tops the European Commission’s “2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard” with an investment of €9.5bn in 2012. Overall, EU-based firms (527 companies) stepped up R&D investment by 6.3%, just above the average of the 2000 firms in …
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Quality of Life in European Cities

The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission has just published the report titled “Quality of Life in Cities: Perception survey in 79 European cities.” Via a range of questions, citizens were asked to express their views on various aspects of urban life. How do they assess the quality of services such …
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February 2013 Euro area unemployment rate at 12%

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in February 2013, stable compared with January4. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, up from 10.8% in the previous month. In both zones, rates have risen markedly compared with February 2012, when they were 10.9% and 10.2% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical …
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Health at a Glance: Europe 2012

The OECD and the European Commission have published a new joint report, “Health at a Glance: Europe 2012”. According to the study health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits. This drop in spending per person and as a percentage of GDP reverses increases …
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Costs of Higher Education in Europe

The costs of higher education for students varies dramatically in Europe, according to a new report issued by the European Commission, “Eurydice report. National student fee and support systems 2011/2012”. Tuition fees are highest in England, where students pay up to £9 000 (around €11 500) per academic year, while nine countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, …
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