Smart Growth

14 November 2018

How does undeclared work in the EU affect you?

(From ec.europa.eu ) What exactly is undeclared work? Undeclared work is any work that is lawful by nature but not declared to the relevant public authorities. It’s often known informally as ‘cash-in-hand work’ and is common in sectors such as construction, cleaning, childcare, and food and hospitality. What does the ‘European Platform tackling undeclared work’ do? Combating the issue of undeclared work is a priority of the EU, which is why it launched the ‘European Platform tackling undeclared work’ back in 2016. The platform brings together organisations from around the EU, including labour...
14 November 2018

How does undeclared work in the EU affect you?

(From ec.europa.eu ) What exactly is undeclared work? Undeclared work is any work that is lawful by nature but not declared to the relevant public authorities. It’s often known informally as ‘cash-in-hand work’ and is common in sectors such as construction, cleaning, childcare, and food and hospitality. What does the ‘European Platform tackling undeclared work’ do? Combating the issue of undeclared work is a priority of the EU, which is why it launched the ‘European Platform tackling undeclared work’ back in 2016. The platform brings together organisations from around the EU, including labour...
13 November 2018

French jobseeker finds work in Slovenia's tourism industry thanks to EURES event

(From ec.europa.eu ) The Seize the Summer with EURES 2018 Online Event gathered tourism and food industry employers from Croatia, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. Jobseekers participated from all EU and European Economic Area countries. Nastja is a EURES Adviser in Slovenia who helped coordinate the event. It was thanks to her that Clément, a jobseeker from France who attended the event, found a job at a hotel in Slovenia. Listen to Nastja, Clément and Teja representing LifeClass Hotels & Spa discuss their experience.
13 November 2018

Report on inequalities in access to healthcare across the EU released

The study, which includes country reports and a synthesis report, provides an overview of inequality in access to healthcare in 35 European countries - EU Member States as well as EFTA and enlarging countries - showing that important inequalities persist,...
11 October 2018

Can living abroad boost your self-awareness?

(From ec.europa.eu ) But what does all of that have to do with living abroad? The study A recent study by a group of researchers from Rice University, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology explored the relationship between living abroad and people’s levels of self-awareness. They found some interesting links. The study was based on feedback from almost 2,000 people, including some who had lived abroad and others who hadn’t. As reported by the World Economic Forum , the results showed that living abroad increases people’s self-...
11 September 2018

Running or starting a small business? Here’s how EURES can help

(From ec.europa.eu ) How to get started As an EU citizen, you have the right to start a business in any Member State. To start cutting the red tape, go to Self-employment (Living and working conditions). From the drop-down menu, select the country where you want to open your SME. This should guide you step-by-step through the procedure. Advice on funding EURES doesn’t provide direct funding, but there are several EU programmes that offer loans or grants depending on what type of SME you have. To find out whether there’s a funding programme to help your SME, read A Beginner's Guide to EU...
08 June 2018

MobiliseSME: cross-border exchange platform benefits hundreds of small businesses and their employees

(From ec.europa.eu ) One project that has supported such cross-border exchanges is the EU-funded MobiliseSME project, a sort of “matchmaking platform” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The premise of the project is simple: employees of SMEs take part in exchange placements to SMEs in other EU Member States. The aim is to expand their professional skill set, gain international experience and exchange best practices. Employers, meanwhile, are able to develop the skills of their staff and open up new opportunities with foreign partners, while learning from the outside perspectives...
01 June 2018

From Ireland to Croatia and back again: how EURES helps big businesses fill international roles

(From ec.europa.eu ) EURES and its advisers have come to play an important role in this recruitment process – particularly for the Marriott’s Customer Engagement Centre in Cork, Ireland. “We currently service nine different language markets,” Aoife Lyons, a Recruitment Specialist at the Centre, explains. “We do, at times, need assistance to ensure those markets are serviced, especially due to the economic growth that Cork City has been experiencing over the last few years.” “Our Reservations & Customer Specialist role is the one we primarily recruit externally for,” she adds. “It involves...

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