EESC Advocates for Fair Trainee Compensation: No More Unpaid Work

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is advocating for stronger measures in the Commission's proposal to make EU traineeships more equitable and inclusive. With nearly half of the EU's three million trainees unpaid and about a third lacking social protection, the EESC insists that all young people should have equal opportunities to benefit from traineeships, regardless of their financial situation.

Britain to Lose Significant Number of Millionaires by 2028, Report Predicts

According to a report, Britain is anticipated to lose nearly one in six of its U.S. dollar millionaires by 2028. Meanwhile, other countries like the United States and Taiwan are expected to see a rise in their millionaire populations.

The UBS Global Wealth Report for 2024 forecasts a 17% decrease in the number of dollar millionaires in Britain, dropping from 3,061,553 last year to 2,542,464 by 2028. Similarly, the Netherlands is projected to see a 4% decline, reducing its millionaire count from 1,231,625 to 1,179,328.

Call "European Partnership on Innovative SMEs/Eurostars: joint transnational call for proposals (Call 7 Eurostars-3)"

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Eurostars is part of the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The partnership is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe.

New Market Opportunities Highlighted at EU Fusion Business Forum

Over 150 organizations, including industry leaders, start-ups, and research institutes, gathered at the EU Fusion Business Forum in Berlin. The event, organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, brought together Fusion for Energy (F4E) and the ITER Organization to explore the potential of fusion energy and discuss the latest market opportunities from projects like ITER.

New MiCA Regulations Enhance Retail Investor Transparency

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s financial markets overseer, has issued the second final report under the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA). This report includes eight draft technical standards designed to boost transparency.

Targeted at retail investors, the second final report offers clear directives for service providers on disclosure, record-keeping, and data standards for oversight by National Competent Authorities (NCAs).

EU and Nefco Initiative to Restore and Modernize Public Utilities in Ukraine's Northern and Southern Regions

Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the country has faced a severe crisis with profound human and economic repercussions. In response, the European Union has launched a EUR 75 million grant-funded initiative, in collaboration with Nefco, to repair and modernize critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

Stability in Leisure Time Satisfaction in the EU

In 2022, the average satisfaction with leisure time across the EU stood at 6.8 on a scale from 0 (completely dissatisfied) to 10 (completely satisfied), mirroring the results from the previous survey conducted in 2018. This data is part of a broader framework assessing quality of life, which includes both quantitative and qualitative measures of leisure and social interactions.

Eurostat Launches New Tourism Satellite Accounts Webpage for Europe

Eurostat has unveiled a new webpage dedicated to tourism satellite accounts (TSA) in Europe, as part of its experimental statistics section.

The newly released experimental data offers indicators that evaluate the economic contribution of the tourism sector. This complements existing information from the accommodation sector and household surveys, which primarily focus on visitor movements within and between countries.

Interreg NEXT MED Programme upcoming first call for proposals

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The Managing Authority of the Interreg NEXT MED Programme, in agreement with the representatives of the 15 participating countries, has announced the upcoming first call for proposals

With a substantial budget of €103.6 million, this call represents a unique opportunity to fund transnational cooperation projects aimed at catalyzing positive transformations, nurturing collective progress, and encouraging sustainable and inclusive development throughout the Mediterranean area.

Interreg Germany - Denmark | Call 2024

The German-Danish cooperation between the southern parts of Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein has a long tradition and at the same time varies. The current program area and thus the funding region for Interreg Germany-Danmark includes the Syddanmark region and the Sjælland region on the Danish side and the districts of Nordfriesland, Ostholstein, Plön, Rendsburg-Eckernförde and Schleswig-Flensburg on the German side as well as the independent cities of Flensburg, Kiel and Lübeck and Neumünster.

The 2024 call refers to priorities 2, 3 and 4.