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The recent economic slowdown in the euro area depends on supply-side and demand-side factors with different conse-quences on potential output. On the one hand, it may grow at a low pace for a long time; on the other hand, it may soon grow a bit faster. The ECB strategy has to adapt to these different possible outcomes. Anyway, we argue that the ECB has rooms for manoeuvre whatever the trend in output. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and ...

The EU faces challenges from the outside and the inside. Most of those are the symptoms of big underlying trends, and handling them needs foresight. The Global Trendometer tries to provide foresight for decision makers in the EU by analysing the changes in these long-term trends. This publication does not offer answers or make recommendations. It presents summarised information derived from a range of carefully selected sources. This issue of the Global Trendometer analyses long-term trends on India ...

A snapshot of industry in Europe

Briefing 14-11-2014

This document draws on the recently published study. How can European Industry contribute to growth and foster European competitiveness, aiming to complement it by presenting an overview of specific indicators that further illustrate the current situation of Europe’s industry.

This note provides an overview of the situation of women in farming across the European Union. It looks at women’s contribution to the farm labour force, their contribution to farm income through off-farm work and diversification activities. It examines patterns of land inheritance and differences between the way men and women access land to farm. It highlights differences between women on large and small farms, and more significantly, differences between women in the old and new Member States. It ...

This study provides an overview of social and working conditions in five main transport sectors: road, railways, air, maritime and inland waterways. After a brief presentation of the economic, social and legislative framework for each sector, the study addresses specific issues such as wages and wage/pension schemes, working time, social dialogue etc. for each sector. The study then highlights the main problems/challenges for each sector and makes recommendations for further studies and legislation ...

The study provides a concise overview of the road freight transport sector, in the light of the structural issue of qualified driver shortage. In particular, this study analyses the multiplicity of factors affecting labour supply and demand, by taking into due consideration also the impacts of the current EU legislation and the effects of the present economic downturn.

Women and Transport

Uuring 26-06-2006

This report sets out the nature of the gender imbalance in the transport sector across the newly enlarged Europe. It highlights the nature of travel differences between men and women as transport users and consumers and the implications this has for the planning, operations and management of the transport system. It sets out the challenges faced by institutions within the transport sector to mainstream gender equality. It also highlights the male-domination of employment within all areas of the transport ...