Untangling the web of EU regulation

17th of May 2013
Untangling the web of EU regulation

Fresh moves are under way at EU level to remove the tangle of regulation choking business growth and the region’s economic recovery. Hartley Milner looks at some of the most burdensome laws on the hit list.

It appears our leaders found time at their recent summit for a little soul-searching. The outcome was recognition of a grievance

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Economic crisis stifles cleaning sector in Spain

17th of May 2013
Economic crisis stifles cleaning sector in Spain

Juan Díez de los Ríos, president of the Professional Association of Cleaning Companies (ASPEL), writes exclusively for ECJ about the professional cleaning sector in Spain as part of our series focusing on the major countries of Europe.

The economic crisis which is still gripping Spain, together with the complex Spanish employment

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ECJ 20th birthday - looking back at industry trends

15th of March 2013
ECJ 20th birthday - looking back at industry trends

European Cleaning Journal, the only pan-European magazine for the professional cleaning sector, celebrates its 20th birthday this month. Since February 1993 ECJ has been a vital source of information, comment and news for Europe’s cleaning professionals. To celebrate our birthday, we
look back at the key trends affecting the industry over

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Confronting the late payment crisis

13th of March 2013
Confronting the late payment crisis

Customers delaying payment is a headache for SMEs at the best of times. With loan pools dry across much of Europe, it is having an increasing, and sometimes calamitous, impact on their finances. Hartley Milner reports on new EU legislation that confronts the late payment crisis.

It’s as much a test of your diplomacy as your patience. How do

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Southern Europeans travel to London to find work

22nd of February 2013
Southern Europeans travel to London to find work

The UK, and particularly London, has become a popular place for tens of thousands of southern Europeans in search of work as the governments of Spain, Portugal and Italy continue to impose austerity measures.

5,350 Spaniards and 5,370 Italians were allocated national insurance numbers in London in the first quarter of 2012, according to The Times

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Unemployment hits new highs in recession-hit EU

1st of February 2013
Unemployment hits new highs in recession-hit EU

After five years of economic crisis and the return of a recession in 2012, unemployment is hitting new peaks not seen for almost 20 years in the EU. That's according to the 2012 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe review.

Household incomes have also declined and and the risk of poverty or exclusion is on the rise,

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