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CSR Europe urges new EU commission and stakeholders to build a European Pact for Youth on skills for jobs

EU policy seminar hosted by Microsoft Europe takes place in Brussels

(4 December, Brussels) Against the backdrop of Commission President Junker’s plan on growth and investment to get European citizens back to work, CSR Europe’s EU policy seminar today set out an ambitious 2016 target to equip 5 million people across Europe with the skills required for jobs in Europe’s competitive business environment.

At the Skills for Jobs seminar hosted by Microsoft Europe, there was also broad support for CSR Europe’s call to establish a European Pact for Youth to work towards setting new standards in business-education alliances to boost employability and job creation.

Together with EU policymakers and educators, CSR Europe member companies including HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Samsung, and Telefonica amongst others debated how to practically work together to empower young people to gain the right skills for jobs. Michel Servoz, Director General of EU Commission DG Employment emphasised the key role of businesses in private sector as innovators and job creators. As well as the pressing need for education and skills to keep pace to provide the skills required for new jobs in a modern digital European economy.

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Is Europe’s Economy Really Sick?

You cannot pick up a business newspaper magazine these days without reading some article about Europe’s economic crisis; there seems to be an almost universal consensus that Europe is sick, that its institutional frameworks and governments are unfriendly to business, and that its prospects for getting better are dim. For example, a survey answered by some 1,300 business executives worldwide that we conducted for  INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative shows that hardly anyone disagrees strongly with the proposition that innovation in Europe is hampered by a lack of culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, while about two thirds of those surveyed thought that Europe was
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Comparing wood fuels prices in 2013 across EU


The Biomass Trade Center II has conducted a survey regarding the wood fuel prices in 2013, 1st period concerning nine EU countries. The countreis were: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. To ensure better transparency of wood fuel markets in participating countries or regions wood fuel prices are regularly monitored and analysed.

The wood fuel prices were regularly monitored at the beginning and end of each heating season. The following wood fuel categories were included into the comparison analysis:

– firewood with the length of 25, 33, 50 and 100 cm and the moisture content of 20% or 50%,
– wood chips categories P16, P31.5, P45, P63, P100 and moisture content of 20%, 30%, 40% or 55%,
– wood pellets with a moisture content of maximum 10% and different package type (loose /price per ton or in 15 kg or 20 kg bags ),
 wood briquettes with a moisture content of maximum 10% and different package type (loos/ price per ton or in 15 kg or 20 kg bags).

When comparing prices among countries, different VAT values (if included), transport costs (if included in the final price), wood fuel quality classes etc. were considered. The prices included in the analysis refer to retail at the local level.

Prices of wood fuels in selected countries
According to data collected by project partners prices of wood fuels differ among wood fuel types and countries:


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A look ahead at the eLearning Papers topics of 2014

Tapio Koskinen, Director of the Editorial Board of eLearning Papers, has announced the research topics that will be covered by the online journal in the coming year.

 “We just completed a very successful year for eLearning Papers. We have very big audiences; some of the articles had close to 150.000 hits,” said Koskinen.

 eLearning Papers is an online journal that enables the timely exchange of information on open education, open educational resources (OER), and ICT in education in Europe. The Editorial Board has already selected the themes for the upcoming issues of the journal:

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