Poland takes over presidency

14th of September 2011

Poland has assumed the rotating presidency of the EU for the first time since it became a member in 2004. Its priorities for the six-month term include building relations with the EU's eastern and southern neighbours, and encouraging economic growth. It also says it wants to promote further EU enlargement.

There is an Eastern Partnership summit

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Iceland begins talks to join EU

14th of July 2011
Iceland begins talks to join EU

Iceland has started detailed European Union accession talks, setting off a process that could take several years. The early phase of those talks should run smoothly, say diplomats, because the country comes to the negotiating table well prepared in many areas thanks to its membership of Europe's economic cooperation zone - unlike other EU hopefuls

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EU maternity leave directive set to be shelved

7th of July 2011
EU maternity leave directive set to be shelved

A controversial draft EU law that would give women 20 weeks of maternity leave on full pay are set to be shelved by EU employment ministers.

A consortium of member states led by Germany and the UK are to freeze the Pregnant Workers Directive in the hope that the European Commission will later abandon it.In its original proposal for a directive

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EU patent fight goes to court

4th of July 2011

Italy and Spain have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice against attempts by other member states to introduce an EU patent without them.

The EU patent scheme is backed by 25 member states but viewed as discriminatory by Rome and Madrid. In a statement the Italian Foreign Ministry said it had lodged the complaint with the court

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Retirement laws subject to change

1st of July 2011
Retirement laws subject to change

The question of how to deal with older members of staff, particularly those who have worked for a business for a long time, is a difficult one for managers.  At present, employers must follow a fairly strict retirement process which penalises them for failing to comply, but which does allow them to choose to retire an employee without the

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Why buy original?

1st of July 2011
Why buy original?

In January of this year, ECJ hosted a round table discussion in Amsterdam - attended by cleaning industry manufacturers and exhibition organisers - which highlighted the growing problem of intellectual property infringement. As the sector's producers seek to protect themselves from the issues surrounding 'copycat' products, we explore the reasons

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