As a campaigning organisation, we fight for the rights of people with sight loss. Our priorities are to:

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "As a campaigning organisation, we fight for the rights of people with sight loss. Our priorities are to:"

Transcription

1 Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland response Public Procurement: A Consultation on Changes to the Public Procurement Rules in Scotland A focused response Procurement reform may sound dry and distant but the rules surrounding public contracts touch people's lives. They can make a significant difference to blind and partially sighted people in terms of goods and services and the accessibility of buildings and technology as well as employment. RNIB Scotland appreciates the wide-ranging nature of the Scottish Government's 63-question consultation on changes to Scotland's procurement rules. The larger part of the draft regulations are beyond our organisation s remit. However, as Scotland s largest organisation of blind and partially sighted people, we welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation and have focused our response on questions 1 and 5 of the consultation questionnaire to raise the issues of accessibility and employability. Context - about us As a campaigning organisation, we fight for the rights of people with sight loss. Our priorities are to: Stop people losing their sight unnecessarily Support independent living for blind and partially sighted people Create a society that is inclusive of blind and partially sighted people's interests and needs. The number of registered blind and partially sighted people in Scotland now stands at around 34,500. However, registration is voluntary and research indicates that as few as 23-38% of eligible people are actually registered. There are around 188,000 people in Scotland with significant sight loss and the number of Scottish people with sight loss could almost double to 400,000 between now and 2030 due to our ageing population and the persistently poor health that continues to disadvantage many of our communities.

2 Questions Q1 What are your views about what should be included in this Statutory Guidance? Please explain your answer. The 188,000 people who live with sight loss in Scotland face a constant battle to achieve access to information, online services, digital products, manufactured goods and indeed, often, public buildings. This problem persists despite legislation such as the Equality Act We know from evidence in the USA and elsewhere that procurement rules which require accessibility for disabled people have been instrumental in improving access to many goods and services. This aspect of accessibility is not expressly mentioned in the consultation document itself. We would like to underline our support for the strengthened accessibility requirements contained in Article 42 (Technical specifications) of Directive 2014/24/EU. In particular, within the new Directive's Article "The technical specifications as defined in point 1 of Annex VII shall be set out in the procurement documents. The technical specification shall lay down the characteristics required of a works, service or supply" - the key word is shall. Together with European colleagues, we welcome the shift from the previous may to shall and urge the Scottish Government to maintain this change in the final Scottish rules. We are also welcomed the last paragraph of Article "Where mandatory accessibility requirements are adopted by a legal act of the Union, technical specifications shall, as far as accessibility criteria for persons with disabilities or design for all users are concerned, be defined by reference thereto." We strongly believe that the Government should draw up clear guidelines regarding the application of the Directive s revised accessibility criteria for persons with disabilities. These should 1

3 include specific and narrow parameters for when the Directive wording except in duly justified cases applies. It is our understanding that the except in duly justified cases caveat, which appears in the fourth paragraph of Article 42.1, is intended to be used only under very exceptional circumstances, and should not centre on financial considerations. RNIB Scotland has long campaigned for the adoption of such mandatory standards. In 2011 the European Commission promised an EU Accessibility Act in We are still waiting and we urge the Scottish Government to support our calls for such an Act. Q5 Is there still a case for reserving contracts for supported businesses in Scotland? Yes x No There are an estimated 8,500 people of working age in Scotland who are blind or partially sighted. But people with sight loss are amongst the most disadvantaged groups in society when it comes to employment. While the employment rate of disabled people in general continues to increase, the position of blind and partially sighted people has remained almost static (29 per cent of blind and partially sighted people in employment compared to 76 per cent in the general population). Even in good times the unemployment rate is more than twothirds. In times of economic downturn, blind and partially sighted people face an even more disproportionate disadvantage. For almost a decade RNIB Scotland has campaigned to ask Scottish politicians at all levels to actively support blind and partially sighted people, and others with disabilities, by applying Article 19 of the Directive 2004/18/EC on public procurement. In 2008 RNIB Scotland published Article 19 Making It Work for People with Sight Loss: A guide to how the European Union s Article 19 directive offers an opportunity for public sector procurement to engage with supported businesses. 2

4 We further underlined these opportunities in our manifestos for the Scottish Parliament elections in 2011, the Scottish local government elections in 2012 and the European elections in Article 19 of the outgoing Procurement Directive allows reserved contracts where most, at least 50 per cent, of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged workers. As the Scottish Government consultation document notes, the new Directive 2014/24/EU on procurement will weaken the existing provision. It allows tenders from companies where at least 30 per cent of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged workers. It may increase competition for reserved contracts. This makes it all the more important to maximise use of reserved contracts. A vibrant and innovative supported business sector can play a key role in generating employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted workers. At a recent Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI) conference three young visually impaired people making presentations on their experiences of looking for their first job cited the value of being able to get a temporary position within the Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBI) City Building Glasgow as a valuable stepping stone into work. It is Scottish Government policy that opportunities should be given to disabled people to enter the labour market and that every public body should reserve at least one contract for supported businesses. However, information derived from E Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117; Catherine Stihler (S&D); Subject: Reserved contracts highlights the opportunities missed for using reserved contracts. 3

5 The top five Member States in terms of use of reserved contracts over were: France (1105); Spain (905); United Kingdom (UK) (570); Slovenia (218); Italy (194). France has made consistent use of Article 19 across the period. There are peaks of use in Spain which issued 602 of its total of 905 reserved contracts in The UK issued 374 of its total of 570 reserved contracts in 2006 and 140 in Use of reserved contracts has since declined sharply to a total of 56 for with only seven reserved contracts issued in There were changes in the use of such contracts over the period. In 2012 the top five countries in terms of use of reserved contract were: France (242); Slovenia (91); Poland (71); Denmark (71); Italy (43). France, Slovenia and Italy were among the top five users of reserved contracts since Poland issued a total of 130 reserved contracts since 2006 and the 2012 figure of 71 marks a steady increase. In Denmark 75 reserved contracts have been issued since 2006, 71 in 2012, an uptake of use perhaps marking a policy shift. It appears that no reserved contracts have been used in Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, and Sweden. The annexed table places countries by the number of reserved contracts used. On sheltered workshops RNIB Scotland recommends: That the final form of the new Scottish public procurement rules restores the wording of Article 19 of the current 4

6 Procurement Directive which allows reserved contracts where most, at least 50 per cent, of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged workers. This would not undermine the spirit of the Directive but would have the welcome effect of increasing opportunities for people who often face complex barriers to finding or keeping work. That the Scottish Government increases its use of reserved contracts. Although reserved contracts and sheltered workshops are not the sole answer to disabled employment, they offer valuable opportunities that should not be overlooked. For more information please contact: James Adams Manager: Public and External Affairs RNIB Scotland Hillside Crescent Edinburgh EH7 5EA Mobile:

7 ANNEX The table below places countries by the number of reserved contracts used Total France Spain United Kingdom Slovenia Italy Netherlands Poland Czech Republic Denmark Germany Belgium Greece Lithuania Bulgaria Austria Hungary Romania Ireland Slovakia Cyprus Luxembourg 4 4 Finland 1 1 Total

Hungary s labour market indicators continue to improve

Hungary s labour market indicators continue to improve Hungary s labour market indicators continue to improve Employment rate higher again in Hungary According to the latest data, the positive trend regarding growth in the number of people in employment has

More information

Projected Population of Scotland (2008-based) Figures

Projected Population of Scotland (2008-based) Figures Projected Population of Scotland (2008-based) Figures Contents Figure 1 Estimated population of Scotland, actual and projected, 1951-2083 Figure 2 Births and deaths, actual and projected, Scotland, 1951-2033

More information

Database Grundtvig courses. January 2011 December 2012

Database Grundtvig courses. January 2011 December 2012 Database Grundtvig courses January 2011 December 2012 1. Totals courses Courses aimed at participants receiving: 10 1057 A grant for either Comenius or Grundtvig target groups (COM+GRU) 28% 299 A Grundtvig

More information

15436/15 RP/NT/sr DGB 1A

15436/15 RP/NT/sr DGB 1A Council of the European Union Brussels, 17 March 2016 (OR. en) Interinstitutional File: 2014/0013 (NLE) 15436/15 AGRI 684 AGRIORG 101 LEGISLATIVE ACTS AND OTHER INSTRUMTS Subject: COUNCIL REGULATION amending

More information

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION * November 2014

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION * November 2014 PRESS EMBARGO: 8.00 A.M. (7.00 A.M GMT), December 19, 2014 NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION * November 2014 Next Press Release: January 28, 2014 * Data for Malta unavailable Page 1 of

More information

RAPEX FACTS AND FIGURES 2013 COMPLETE STATISTICS

RAPEX FACTS AND FIGURES 2013 COMPLETE STATISTICS RAPEX FACTS AND FIGURES 2013 COMPLETE STATISTICS TABLE OF CONTENTS Glossary... 3 Notifications and Follow-up actions (Reactions) in RAPEX... 4 Figure 1 Overall RAPEX alerts per country... 4 Notifications

More information

1. Beer Production - Overview (in hl) Beer Production Chart 2012 (in hl)... 3

1. Beer Production - Overview (in hl) Beer Production Chart 2012 (in hl)... 3 Beer Statistics Edition 2013 Period 2008-2012 Content Table 1. Beer Production - Overview 2008-2012 (in 1.000 hl)... 2 2. Beer Production Chart 2012 (in 1.000 hl)... 3 3. Beer Consumption - Overview 2008-2012

More information

Accepting volunteers from outside the UK

Accepting volunteers from outside the UK Accepting volunteers from outside the UK Summary Generally there should be no problem with an organisation accepting someone from outside the UK as a volunteer, but the individual must ensure that immigration

More information

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1. December 2015

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1. December 2015 PRESS EMBARGO: NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1 December 2015 Next press release: Wednesday 24 February 2016 1 Data for Malta unavailable Page 1 of 7 Commercial vehicle registrations:

More information

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 1 Quarter 4 2015

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 1 Quarter 4 2015 NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE Quarter 4 2015 Alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations: +20.0% in 2015; +21.1% in Q4 In the fourth quarter of 2015, total alternative

More information

December 2014 compared with November 2014 Industrial production stable in euro area Up by 0.1% in EU28

December 2014 compared with November 2014 Industrial production stable in euro area Up by 0.1% in EU28 12-2005 03-2006 06-2006 09-2006 12-2006 03-2007 06-2007 09-2007 12-2007 03-2008 06-2008 09-2008 12-2008 03-2009 06-2009 09-2009 12-2009 03-2010 06-2010 09-2010 12-2010 03-2011 06-2011 09-2011 12-2011 03-2012

More information

Equality between women and men in the EU

Equality between women and men in the EU Equality between women and men in the EU Fields marked with * are mandatory. About you *Are you replying to this consultation in a professional capacity and/or on behalf of an organisation Yes No Which

More information

Labour Force Survey 2014 Almost 10 million part-time workers in the EU would have preferred to work more Two-thirds were women

Labour Force Survey 2014 Almost 10 million part-time workers in the EU would have preferred to work more Two-thirds were women 75/2015-27 April 2015 Labour Force Survey 2014 Almost 10 million part-time workers in the EU would have preferred to work more Two-thirds were women Among the 44.1 million persons in the European Union

More information

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1. November 2016

NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1. November 2016 PRESS EMBARGO: NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EUROPEAN UNION 1 November 2016 Next press release: Wednesday 25 January 2017 1 Data for Malta unavailable Page 1 of 7 Commercial vehicle registrations:

More information

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 1 Quarter

NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 1 Quarter PRESS EMBARGO: NEW PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TYPE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 1 Quarter 3 2016 Alternative fuel vehicle registrations: +7.0% in third quarter of 2016 In the third quarter

More information

Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8

Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8 Fourth Project Workshop Monitoring of energy efficiency in the EU ODYSSEE-MURE 21-22 May 2015, Den Haag, The Netherlands Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8 Energy audits and energy management systems

More information

Actual annual working time in France and in Europe in 2013

Actual annual working time in France and in Europe in 2013 Actual annual working time in France and in Europe in 2013 Update to the January 2012 study plus new data Summary of the Working Paper N.49 : La durée effective du travail en France et en Europe (June

More information

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 8.12.2014 COM(2014) 721 final 2014/0345 (NLE) Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION authorising Austria, Belgium and Poland to ratify, or to accede to, the Budapest Convention on

More information

Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Report for the Health Service Executive Alcohol Implementation Group

Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Report for the Health Service Executive Alcohol Implementation Group Alcohol Consumption in Ireland 1986-2006 Report for the Health Service Executive Alcohol Implementation Group Prepared by Dr. Ann Hope This report should be quoted: Hope, A. (2007). Alcohol consumption

More information

Facts: Population Baldwin & Wyplosz 2006

Facts: Population Baldwin & Wyplosz 2006 Facts: Population Facts: Population 6 big nations: > 35 million (Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Poland). Netherlands: 16 million people. 8 small nations (size of a big city): 8 to 11 million:

More information

The Changing Regulatory Mosaic of the Temporary Staffing Industry in Europe. Dr Jennifer Ferreira

The Changing Regulatory Mosaic of the Temporary Staffing Industry in Europe. Dr Jennifer Ferreira The Changing Regulatory Mosaic of the Temporary Staffing Industry in Europe Dr Jennifer Ferreira Outline Temporary Agency Work in Europe National Varieties of Temporary Staffing Industry Temporary Agency

More information

Information sheet for Lead Partners and project partners on the Exceptions to the rules on nationality and origin

Information sheet for Lead Partners and project partners on the Exceptions to the rules on nationality and origin Information sheet for Lead Partners and project partners on the Exceptions to the rules on nationality and origin According to Article 19 para (6) of the Council Regulation (EC) No 1085/2006 of 17 July

More information

BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE STATISTICAL INFORMATION

BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE STATISTICAL INFORMATION http://www.anacom.pt/template12.jsp?categoryid=169902 BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE STATISTICAL INFORMATION 3 RD QUARTER 2005 NOTE: This document is an excerpt from the quarterly statistical report

More information

PART ONE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EC AND THE EEA AND THE FREE MOVEMENT OF WORKERS

PART ONE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EC AND THE EEA AND THE FREE MOVEMENT OF WORKERS PART ONE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EC AND THE EEA AND THE FREE MOVEMENT OF WORKERS OUTLINE: 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY (EC) 1.1 Introduction to the European Community 1.2 Member States of

More information

COMPANY REGISTRATION/ REVIEW FORM

COMPANY REGISTRATION/ REVIEW FORM Social Welfare Services COMPANY REGISTRATION/ REVIEW FORM FOR COMPANIES APPLYING FOR E101/A1 CERTIFICATES Please use this page as a guide to filling in this form. Please use BLACK ball point pen. Please

More information

EU requirements for Public Internal Financial Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU requirements for Public Internal Financial Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina EU requirements for Public Internal Financial Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina Jeroen Willems Task Manager Public Administration Reform EC Delegation to BiH 5 June 2007 Overview of Presentation History

More information

Comparative Analysis of Business Demography Statistics between Korea and Europe

Comparative Analysis of Business Demography Statistics between Korea and Europe http://kostat.go.kr Press Release Embargo & Release Date : 9:30 AM, February 27. 2014 Economic Statistics Planning Division Contact Division Economic Statistics Bureau STATISTICS KOREA Contact Person Moon,

More information

STRUCTURE. About Us Who we are Member countries

STRUCTURE. About Us Who we are Member countries STRUCTURE About Us Who we are Member countries Structure History Articles of Association What we do Work programmes Annual reports International and European key documents and statements How we work Co-

More information

Overview on European policies on TELEWORK

Overview on European policies on TELEWORK Overview on European policies on TELEWORK Alise Vitola Overview made by Iveta Baltiņa Riga Technical University Aalborg, March 2012 Table of Content Statistics Overview of EU policies Regulatory framewrok

More information

Active Ageing Index for 28 European Union Countries

Active Ageing Index for 28 European Union Countries Active Ageing Index for 28 European Union Countries November 2014 The 2014 Active Ageing Index for the EU28 This Brief presents the latest results for the Active Ageing Index (AAI), covering all 28 EU

More information

December 2012 compared with November 2012 Industrial production up by 0.7% in euro area Up by 0.5% in EU27

December 2012 compared with November 2012 Industrial production up by 0.7% in euro area Up by 0.5% in EU27 22/2013-13 February 2013 December 2012 compared with November 2012 Industrial production up by 0.7% in euro area Up by 0.5% in EU27 In December 2012 compared with November 2012, seasonally adjusted industrial

More information

Q1 In which country are you based?

Q1 In which country are you based? Q1 In which country are you based? Answered: 308 Skipped: 0 Austria 1.62% Belgium 1.62% Bulgaria 2.92% Croatia 3.25% Cyprus 0.32% Czech Republic 1.30% Denmark 1.62% Estonia Finland 1.30% France 0.97% Germany

More information

Briefing 1: Access to Work and Residence Permits for non-eu workers

Briefing 1: Access to Work and Residence Permits for non-eu workers Briefing 1: Access to Work and Residence Permits for non-eu workers Abstract: Thomas Huddleston Over the past decade, the European Commission and the Member States brought together in the European Council

More information

eftec Resource Decisions ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY DIRECTIVE FINANCIAL SECURITY AROUND EUROPE Athens, Greece November 2016

eftec Resource Decisions ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY DIRECTIVE FINANCIAL SECURITY AROUND EUROPE Athens, Greece November 2016 eftec ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY DIRECTIVE FINANCIAL SECURITY AROUND EUROPE Resource Decisions Athens, Greece 29-30 November 2016 European Commission, eftec, Abt Associates 1 To recap, the ELD covers: (a)

More information

Delegations will find attached a document on the above issue as agreed by the JHA Council on 20 July 2015.

Delegations will find attached a document on the above issue as agreed by the JHA Council on 20 July 2015. Council of the European Union Brussels, 22 July 2015 (OR. en) 11130/15 ASIM 62 RELEX 633 NOTE From: To: General Secretariat of the Council Delegations No. prev. doc.: 10830/2/15 REV 2 ASIM 52 RELEX 592

More information

Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2013: A Further Decline

Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2013: A Further Decline April 5, 2013 ShadEcEurope31_Jan2013.doc Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2013: A Further Decline by Friedrich Schneider *) In the Tables

More information

The Current trends in breeding ewe numbers and meat production within the EU. Figure 1: Share of EU 27 breeding ewe flock by nation, 2008

The Current trends in breeding ewe numbers and meat production within the EU. Figure 1: Share of EU 27 breeding ewe flock by nation, 2008 The Current trends in breeding ewe numbers and meat production within the EU This paper examines the current trends in breeding ewe numbers and meat production within the countries that makeup the European

More information

Planned Healthcare in Europe for Lothian residents

Planned Healthcare in Europe for Lothian residents Planned Healthcare in Europe for Lothian residents Introduction This leaflet explains what funding you may be entitled to if you normally live in Lothian (Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian

More information

Alcohol Consumption in Ireland 1986-2006 A Report for the Health Service Executive

Alcohol Consumption in Ireland 1986-2006 A Report for the Health Service Executive Alcohol Consumption in Ireland 1986-2006 A Report for the Health Service Executive Prepared by Dr. Ann Hope This report should be referenced: Hope, A. (2007). Alcohol consumption in Ireland 1986-2006.

More information

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 17.9.2014 C(2014) 6767 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court

More information

February 2012 compared with January 2012 Volume of retail trade down by 0.1% in euro area Down by 0.4% in EU27

February 2012 compared with January 2012 Volume of retail trade down by 0.1% in euro area Down by 0.4% in EU27 54/2012-4 April 2012 February 2012 compared with January 2012 Volume of retail trade down by 0.1% in euro area Down by 0.4% in EU27 In February 2012 compared with January 2012, the volume of retail trade

More information

International Services Holiday Mailing Schedule

International Services Holiday Mailing Schedule Mail Services Services Holiday Mailing Schedule Expedited - Newark, NJ 1 Expedited - Elk Grove Village, IL 2 Expedited - Corona, CA 3 Priority 4 Standard 4 Priority Mail 5 Economy Mail 5 1 Expedited Newark,

More information

Europe. JigsawGeo. Free Printable Maps for Geography Education. Try our geography games for the ipod Touch or iphone.

Europe. JigsawGeo. Free Printable Maps for Geography Education. Try our geography games for the ipod Touch or iphone. Free Printable Maps for Geography Education Map with region names shown Map without names, for coloring or quizzes Map with coordinate system, for location practice Answer key for coordinate system quiz

More information

IMMIGRATION TO CANADA

IMMIGRATION TO CANADA NOTE: IMMIGRATION TO CANADA 1928-1971 RANK COUNTRY OF ORIGIN TOTALS 1 United Kingdom * 1152415 2 United States of America 527346 3 Italy 471940 4 Germany 370641 5 Netherlands 185664 6 Poland 117244 7 Greece

More information

European Working Time Directive Opting out?

European Working Time Directive Opting out? European Working Time Directive Opting out? Committee on Employment and Social Affairs European Parliament Brussels, 16 April 2015 Jorge Cabrita, Eurofound Working Conditions and Industrial Relations unit

More information

EBA Report. High Earners and 2011 data. High Earners

EBA Report. High Earners and 2011 data. High Earners EBA Report High Earners 2010 and 2011 data High Earners 2010 and 2011 data Contents 1 Introduction 3 2 Template 4 3 2010 data 5 4 2011 data 15 2 Introduction Directive 2010/76/EC (CRDIII) introduced the

More information

Implementation of the IAS Regulation (1606/2002) in the EU and EEA (published for information purposes only) Date: 1/07/2010 page: 1

Implementation of the IAS Regulation (1606/2002) in the EU and EEA (published for information purposes only) Date: 1/07/2010 page: 1 Implementation of the IAS Regulation (1606/2002) in the EU and EEA (published for information purposes only) Date: 1/07/2010 page: 1 European Commission Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Rep. Denmark

More information

Do innovation scoreboards adequately measure regional innovation? Hugo Hollanders MERIT, Maastricht University

Do innovation scoreboards adequately measure regional innovation? Hugo Hollanders MERIT, Maastricht University Do innovation scoreboards adequately measure regional innovation? Hugo Hollanders MERIT, Maastricht University Innovation Scoreboards Regions are an appropriate level for stimulating innovation: many regional

More information

dr Grzegorz Kula, Erasmus+ 2016/2017 Information about exchange

dr Grzegorz Kula, Erasmus+ 2016/2017 Information about exchange Erasmus+ 2016/2017 Information about exchange Who can go? All students (BA, MA, PhD) except from the first year students of BA studies, and the last year students of MA studies. Each student for 12 months

More information

Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) MID/EN1434 Heat meters Short Overview

Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) MID/EN1434 Heat meters Short Overview Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) MID/EN1434 Heat meters Short Overview 1 What is the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID)? The Measuring instruments directive (2004/22/EC) is a directive by the European

More information

Swedish Opinion on Wind Power

Swedish Opinion on Wind Power Swedish Opinion on Wind Power 1999 13 Per Hedberg May 14 The Research Project Energy Opinion in Sweden Financed by Swedish Energy Agency in Favour of Go for More or Less Wind Power than Today among all

More information

5515/10 WP/fp 1 DG I

5515/10 WP/fp 1 DG I COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Brussels, 19 January 2010 5515/10 ENV 24 ENT 7 COVER NOTE from: Secretary-General of the European Commission, signed by Mr Jordi AYET PUIGARNAU, Director date of receipt:

More information

DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 8 TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2015 OWN RESOURCES EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR

DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 8 TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2015 OWN RESOURCES EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 19.10.2015 COM(2015) 545 final DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 8 TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2015 OWN RESOURCES EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR EN EN Having regard to: the Treaty on

More information

World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: The EU, 2015

World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: The EU, 2015 Brochure More information from http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/3254268/ World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: The EU, 2015 Description: This 2015 edition of our flagship series

More information

Dispensing European Economic Area (EEA) + Swiss Prescriptions issued by doctors and dentists excluding UK registered practitioners

Dispensing European Economic Area (EEA) + Swiss Prescriptions issued by doctors and dentists excluding UK registered practitioners Regulatory Guidance European Prescriptions November 2008 Dispensing European Economic Area (EEA) + Swiss Prescriptions issued by doctors and dentists excluding UK registered practitioners From the 3rd

More information

The general rules on personal data protection on the EUROPA website are accessible here.

The general rules on personal data protection on the EUROPA website are accessible here. Open public consultation on the reform of VAT rates (proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the Common system of value added tax as regards the rules governing the application

More information

The European Union Savings Tax Directive

The European Union Savings Tax Directive The European Union Savings Tax Directive An historic guide for non-uk residents with savings in Gibraltar Helpful Banking 1 Do you have any questions? This guide will tell you more If you are resident

More information

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Guide 2015/2016

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Guide 2015/2016 Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Guide 2015/2016 Erasmus+ is the European Union s (EU) funding programme for education and training. The overall programme objectives are to: - Boost skills and employability - Modernise

More information

MS experience in verification of reports in ETS

MS experience in verification of reports in ETS MS experience in verification of reports in ETS GABRIELA BOCA Environmental Protection Agency MURES, ROMANIAN Ministry for Environment and Forestry TAIEX INFRA 42415, Zagreb, September 2010, Implementation

More information

ERASMUS+ MASTER LOANS

ERASMUS+ MASTER LOANS ERASMUS+ MASTER LOANS Erasmus+ Master Loan: opening up access to more affordable lending for cross-border studies The Erasmus+ programme makes it possible for students who want to take a full Masters level

More information

BENCHMARKING OF APPROVED HIGHER RATIOS 2014 DATA

BENCHMARKING OF APPROVED HIGHER RATIOS 2014 DATA BENCHMARKING OF APPROVED HIGHER RATIOS 2014 DATA Benchmarking of approved higher ratios Benchmarking of approved higher ratios under Article 94(1)(g)(ii) of Directive 2013/36/EU 3 Introduction and legal

More information

Patients Seeking NHS Funded Hospital Treatment in the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland

Patients Seeking NHS Funded Hospital Treatment in the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland Commissioning Policy (EMSCG P020V2) Patients Seeking NHS Funded Hospital Treatment in the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland 1. Definitions NHS commissioned care is healthcare which

More information

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION. Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION. Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 17.6.2014 COM(2014) 356 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity {SWD(2014) 188 final} {SWD(2014) 189

More information

Family benefits Information about health insurance country. Udbetaling Danmark Kongens Vænge 8 3400 Hillerød. A. Personal data

Family benefits Information about health insurance country. Udbetaling Danmark Kongens Vænge 8 3400 Hillerød. A. Personal data Mail to Udbetaling Danmark Kongens Vænge 8 3400 Hillerød Family benefits Information about health insurance country A. Personal data Name Danish civil registration (CPR) number Address Telephone number

More information

Regional Forest Information Week. Elisa Asmelash. 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics

Regional Forest Information Week. Elisa Asmelash. 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics Regional Forest Information Week 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics Palais des Nations, Geneva, 23 24 March 2011 Elisa Asmelash Overview The scope of this study is to

More information

Employee eligibility to work in the UK

Employee eligibility to work in the UK Employee eligibility to work in the UK This document details legal requirements that apply to ALL new members of staff All employers in the UK are legally bound to comply with the Asylum and Immigration

More information

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2014

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2014 TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2014 In January 2014, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 272.5 thousand or by 2.3%

More information

The Impact of Brexit Developing the Build UK Position

The Impact of Brexit Developing the Build UK Position The Impact of Brexit Developing the Build UK Position Action for Build UK members This paper sets out the proposed Build UK position on Brexit. Members are requested to read the paper and complete a short

More information

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION. on the adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION. on the adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015 EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 4.6.2014 COM(2014) 324 final 2014/0170 (NLE) Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the adoption by Lithuania of the euro on 1 January 2015 EN EN EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM 1. CONTEXT

More information

Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2012: Some New Facts

Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2012: Some New Facts ShadEcEurope31_december2011.doc Size and Development of the Shadow Economy of 31 European and 5 other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2012: Some New Facts by Friedrich Schneider *) In the Tables 1.1 to 1.4

More information

Guidance for applicants

Guidance for applicants Guidance for applicants Please read the following important advice before submitting your application for a role. 1. The Fostering Network receives many applications for each post advertised. Therefore

More information

99/2015-9 June 2015. EU28, euro area and United States GDP growth rates % change over the previous quarter

99/2015-9 June 2015. EU28, euro area and United States GDP growth rates % change over the previous quarter 2005Q1 2005Q2 2005Q3 2005Q4 2006Q1 2006Q2 2006Q3 2006Q4 2007Q1 2007Q2 2007Q3 2007Q4 2008Q1 2008Q2 2008Q3 2008Q4 2009Q1 2009Q2 2009Q3 2009Q4 2010Q1 2010Q2 2010Q3 2010Q4 2011Q1 2011Q2 2011Q3 2011Q4 2012Q1

More information

The Guardianship Service

The Guardianship Service The Guardianship Service How can they help you? When you arrive in Belgium Are you under the age of 18 and have you arrived in Belgium without your father or mother? You are searching for support and accommodation

More information

Uppsala University International Office

Uppsala University International Office Uppsala University International Office Noelia Ollvid/Emma Elliott Institutional Erasmus Coordinators 2015-01-16 Erasmus+ Programme for PhD students Student exchange Student traineeship Teacher exchange

More information

1. Perception of the Bancruptcy System... 2. 2. Perception of In-court Reorganisation... 4

1. Perception of the Bancruptcy System... 2. 2. Perception of In-court Reorganisation... 4 Bankruptcy Systems and In-court Reorganisation of Firms, 2010 Content: 1. Perception of the Bancruptcy System... 2 2. Perception of In-court Reorganisation... 4 3. Perception of Creditor Committees, Fast

More information

Right to Work in the UK Guidance Notes:

Right to Work in the UK Guidance Notes: Right to Work in the UK Guidance Notes: Sections 15-25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 requires all employers in the United Kingdom (UK) to make basic document checks on every person

More information

International Hints and Tips

International Hints and Tips International Hints and Tips Content Q: What is the cut off time for processing International payments? A: International payments must be submitted and fully approved within the cut off time indicated

More information

Equity Release Schemes in the European Union

Equity Release Schemes in the European Union Reifner Clerc-Renaud Perez-Carillo Tiffe Knobloch Equity Release Schemes in the European Union institut fur finanzdienstleistungen e.v. Contents PREFACE I EXECUTIVE SUMMARY V TABLES XXIX FIGURES XXX 1.

More information

Taxation trends in the European Union EU27 tax ratio fell to 39.3% of GDP in 2008 Steady decline in top corporate income tax rate since 2000

Taxation trends in the European Union EU27 tax ratio fell to 39.3% of GDP in 2008 Steady decline in top corporate income tax rate since 2000 DG TAXUD 95/2010-28 June 2010 Taxation trends in the European Union EU27 tax ratio fell to 39.3% of GDP in 2008 Steady decline in top corporate income tax rate since 2000 The overall tax-to-gdp ratio 1

More information

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN OCTOBER 2016

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN OCTOBER 2016 TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN OCTOBER 2016 In October 2016, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 404.0 thousand (Annex, Table

More information

DRAFT EMPLOYMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS POLICY & PROCEDURE

DRAFT EMPLOYMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS POLICY & PROCEDURE DRAFT EMPLOYMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS POLICY & PROCEDURE October 2013 Prepared by: Human Resources Policy Unit Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Employment of Migrant Workers Policy 1 Introduction 2

More information

Energy prices in the EU Household electricity prices in the EU rose by 2.9% in 2014 Gas prices up by 2.0% in the EU

Energy prices in the EU Household electricity prices in the EU rose by 2.9% in 2014 Gas prices up by 2.0% in the EU 92/2015-27 May 2015 Energy prices in the EU Household electricity prices in the EU rose by 2.9% in 2014 Gas prices up by 2.0% in the EU In the European Union (EU), household electricity prices 1 rose by

More information

ANNEX III FINANCIAL and CONTRACTUAL RULES

ANNEX III FINANCIAL and CONTRACTUAL RULES ANNEX III FINANCIAL and CONTRACTUAL RULES I. INTRODUCTION This annex complements the rules applicable to the use of the grant under the different budget categories applicable to the as the Agreement. These

More information

Situation of State Aid Granted at the European Union Level, from the Perspective of the Scoreboard 2014

Situation of State Aid Granted at the European Union Level, from the Perspective of the Scoreboard 2014 COMPETITION COUNCIL STATE AID DIRECTORATE No. 66 / 2015, January, 22 Situation of State Aid Granted at the European Union Level, from the Perspective of the Scoreboard 2014 At the end of 2014, the European

More information

A Markov system analysis application on labour market dynamics: The case of Greece

A Markov system analysis application on labour market dynamics: The case of Greece + A Markov system analysis application on labour market dynamics: The case of Greece Maria Symeonaki Glykeria Stamatopoulou This project has received funding from the European Union s Horizon 2020 research

More information

Compendium of UK Statistics

Compendium of UK Statistics Compendium of UK Statistics Joe Grice, Chief Economic Adviser, ONS Roma Chappell, Deputy Director, Analysis and Data Access, ONS Purpose To pull together, in one place, independent statistics, ti ti that

More information

INNOBAROMETER 2015 - THE INNOVATION TRENDS AT EU ENTERPRISES

INNOBAROMETER 2015 - THE INNOVATION TRENDS AT EU ENTERPRISES Eurobarometer INNOBAROMETER 2015 - THE INNOVATION TRENDS AT EU ENTERPRISES REPORT Fieldwork: February 2015 Publication: September 2015 This survey has been requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General

More information

Inclusive Education: A European Perspective on Policies and Practices. Cor Meijer (PhD), director

Inclusive Education: A European Perspective on Policies and Practices. Cor Meijer (PhD), director Inclusive Education: A European Perspective on Policies and Practices Cor Meijer (PhD), director www.european-agency.org The Agency 15th year of operations Main secretariat in Odense, Denmark and European

More information

Credit transfer to Customer account with AS "Meridian Trade Bank" EUR, USD free of charge * - 4.1.2. Other countries currency information in the Bank

Credit transfer to Customer account with AS Meridian Trade Bank EUR, USD free of charge * - 4.1.2. Other countries currency information in the Bank Pricelist for individuals residents of Latvia SERVICES 4. TRANSFERS In the Bank PRICE LIST IN EUR Using «MultiNet» 4.1. 4.1.1. Credit transfer to Customer account with EUR, USD free of charge * 4.1.2.

More information

Primary Auction Calendar

Primary Auction Calendar Primary Auction Calendar EUA Primary Auction Schedule Auction Bidding Times Call Trading Period Payment and Delivery Dates 09.00 am - appr. 11.00 am CET t+1 09.00 am - appr. 11.00 am CET t+1 52 Call Trading

More information

Air Pollution Questionnaire. Brief Synthesis & Reflections

Air Pollution Questionnaire. Brief Synthesis & Reflections Air Pollution Questionnaire Brief Synthesis & Reflections Introduction Questionnaire is distributed to the parties one point of contact for the questionnaire 60 70 questions on all protocols relating to

More information

Energy and Transport Directorate-General, European Commission

Energy and Transport Directorate-General, European Commission Review of EU biofuels directive Public consultation exercise, April July 2006 Energy and Transport Directorate-General, European Commission April 2006 This document has been prepared by the Commission

More information

SURVEY ON THE TRAINING OF GENERAL CARE NURSES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. The current minimum training requirements for general care nurses

SURVEY ON THE TRAINING OF GENERAL CARE NURSES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. The current minimum training requirements for general care nurses SURVEY ON THE TRAINING OF GENERAL CARE NURSES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION This survey serves as a background document for the discussion of the Commission's legislative proposal to modernize the minimum requirements

More information

EUROPEAN ADDENDUM TO GLOBAL CODE OF CONDUCT SEPARATION OF EEA SWITCH AND EEA SCHEME

EUROPEAN ADDENDUM TO GLOBAL CODE OF CONDUCT SEPARATION OF EEA SWITCH AND EEA SCHEME EUROPEAN ADDENDUM TO GLOBAL CODE OF CONDUCT SEPARATION OF EEA SWITCH AND EEA SCHEME 1 When in doubt, contact the Ethics Helpline by visiting www.mastercard.ethicspoint.com for local dialing instructions.

More information

Employment by Economic Activity

Employment by Economic Activity Employment by Economic Activity Short Term Indicators of the Labour Market Employment Trends through 2nd Quarter 2013 Department of Statistics Contents Methodological Note 2 Summary of Employment Trends

More information

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2013

TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2013 TRIPS OF BULGARIAN RESIDENTS ABROAD AND ARRIVALS OF VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO BULGARIA IN JANUARY 2013 In January 2013 the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 266.2 thousand or by 9.3%

More information

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015 Executive summary EN version

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015 Executive summary EN version Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015 Executive summary EN version Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015: for the EU at large innovation performance

More information

Normally working in two or more countries in the European Economic Area. Further information. When to use this form. Applicable countries

Normally working in two or more countries in the European Economic Area. Further information. When to use this form. Applicable countries rmally working in two or more countries in the European Economic Area When to use this form If you normally carry out work in two or more countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the completion

More information