Innovation policy encompasses a wide spectrum of issues that affect a company’s operating environment and its opportunity to innovate. Increasing Europe’s innovation capacity will help to create new markets, reinvent old ones and strengthen the ability of firms to face up to the challenges of globalisation. How to achieve this is one of the central themes of Finland’s six-month EU presidency. At their informal meeting in July, government ministers in charge of competitiveness policy set out a roadmap that will guide work in the months ahead.
Forum to promote and disseminate research on the Economics of Education in Europe, provided by the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE).
Workers' and employers' representatives from the hospital sector have launched the 33rd sectoral social dialogue committee with the backing of the European Commission.
The Commission’s proposals for EU programmes to start next year under the new 2007-2013 financial framework prioritise policies for growth and economic progress. The revised package, which sets out details of funds for each programme and legal acts necessary for their implementation, is a major step before the programmes can be effectively launched.
The recent joint study by Cedefop and Eurofound, “Contribution of collective bargaining to the development of continuing training” (see link below) - one of the first to address the issue of how social dialogue affects opportunities for continuing training – demonstrates that collective agreements have a largely positive impact on employee training. But it also shows that training provision in small and medium enterprises, and training offered to workers over 45, is still lagging behind.