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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/date/includes/date_api_filter_handler.inc on line 578.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_price::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_price.inc on line 94.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_weight::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_weight.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of semanticviews_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/semanticviews/semanticviews_plugin_style_default.inc on line 232.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/includes/handlers.inc on line 653.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
European Union

European Union

(June 2013) In the EU27, two thirds (66%) of all enterprises with ten or more employees provided vocational training to their staff in 2010, compared with 60% in 2005. The highest proportions of enterprises providing training were observed in Austria and Sweden (both 87%) the United Kingdom (80%), the Netherlands (79%), Belgium (78%) and France (76%), and the lowest in Poland (23%), Romania (24%), Bulgaria (31%), Latvia (40%) and Hungary (49%). There is no data for Ireland and Greece.
(June 2013) Representatives of the international bailout troika returned to Greece on Monday for their latest audit, and after the admission by the International Monetary Fund last week of serious mistakes in the first bailout arrangement in 2010, Greek officials are reported to be expecting some concessions. The Greek finance ministry said the latest visit by staff of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF, would focus on the sacking of up to 4,000 civil servants as part of a huge package of austerity measures. Greek newspaper 'Kathimerini' reported that, while the government in Athens remained committed to firing public sector workers by the end of the year, it was afraid of triggering too much unrest during the busy and economically important holiday season. Meanwhile, Greece’s privatisation programme suffered a severe setback when Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, failed to bid for Depa, the state-controlled natural gas supplier, as a deadline for binding offers expired on Monday, while only one offer was received for Desfa, which operates the country’s gas distribution network.
(June 2013) Switzerland is one of the most innovative economies in Europe. However, its previous position at the top of the rankings has now passed to Denmark. On a European comparison, Swiss SMEs are particularly innovative. This is demonstrated by the recent survey of innovation in the Swiss economy, drawing upon data from 2,300 companies.
(June 2013) Estonia, a country of 1.3m people, is dependent on oil shale for 90% of its electricity needs from oil shale - - by far the world's most shale-dependent country. Meanwhile fracking-nervous Europe may get to love shale gas.
(June 2013) swissinfo.ch: Switzerland is heading “irreversibly” towards the automatic exchange of tax information, according to the French ambassador to Switzerland.
(May 2013) The European Commission announced Wednesday that it was giving three of the biggest economies in the Eurozone - - France, Spain, the Netherlands - - and two other countries more time to meet their deficit targets as the executive of the European Union relaxed its austerity policies. It warned that the region’s economy was deteriorating fast and needed urgent action or Europe faced the prospect of social and political unrest. This is a time when the debate on austerity versus growth has intensified a year after the election of François Hollande, as French president, had raised false hopes that that a meaningful growth pact could offset the impact of fiscal measures in struggling economies. The so-called excessive deficit procedure (EDP) is important for Italy's new government as the closing of the process begun in 2009 when Rome breached the European Union's deficit ceiling of 3% of GDP (gross domestic product) and its pas assessment today frees-up resources of about €12bn, which Graziano Delrio, regional affairs minister, estimated in an interview Monday with La Stampa.
(May 2013) German economic growth is expected to increase considerably in the second quarter thanks in part to an "immense" pick-up in construction activity, Klaus Wohlrabe, Ifo economics institute economist, told Reuters on Friday. However, the outlook for the full year is more tepid.
(May 2013) Li Keqiang wrapped up his first official visit abroad as Chinese premier on Monday with a clear and strong message to Europe: more cooperation, less protectionism. In Germany, the last stop of his four-nation tour, Li reiterated China's firm opposition to the European Union's plan to launch a trade probe into Chinese mobile telecommunications products and slap punitive duties on Chinese solar panels. However, The European Union's trade chief bluntly told China on Tuesday it was wasting its time trying to put pressure on him to drop plans to impose punitive import duties on Chinese solar panels. A majority of European countries, led by Germany and the UK, oppose the moves by Karel De Gucht, the EU trade commissioner, to levy tariffs of 47% on solar panel imports from China next month, according to a survey by Reuters.
(May 2013) Eurozone so-called peripheral countries, Greece, Spain and Portugal, were able to raise their exports to non-EU countries substantially between 2009 and 2012. Greece's non-EU exports rose by 181%, compared to only 19% in the four years from 2005 to 2008. Spain and Portugal as well were able to boost their extra-EU trade by 70%. Italy and France recorded the smallest increases.
(May 2013) France and Germany have agreed joint steps to speed up the adoption of legislation to fight tax evasion in the European Union and the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA is seen as a model. Tax-related issues are top of the agenda when EU leaders meet in Brussels today Wednesday. Herman Van Rompuy, European Council president, said last month that a trillion euros - - the size of the Spanish GDP, the Eurozone's fourth-largest economy - - are lost in tax evasion and tax avoidance every year.