Procurement progress

12th of March 2013
Procurement progress

ECJ’s correspondent in the Netherlands Nico Lemmens examines the implications of the recent government coalition agreement and a new tender act for government institutions.

Both with the recent coalition agreement between the Dutch social democrats and the liberals, and the introduction of a new tender act for government institutions, the

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Securing the future

11th of March 2013
Securing the future

At the beginning of the year representatives from service companies and politics met in Rome to discuss what can be done to tackle employment and fight the black economy. Anna Garbagna reports.

“Concentrate on the service sector, fight against the unofficial economy and relaunch employment.” That was the message that emerged during

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Lack of stamina?

11th of March 2013
Lack of stamina?

Vocational education in Germany has two components: the company provisions offer a national standard of on-the-job-training, in conjunction with part-time vocational school. Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports.

Most of the programmes in this dual system take three years and the majority of participants work as skilled workers after completion. But in

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Spotlight on cleaning

11th of March 2013
Spotlight on cleaning

Two initiatives related to cleaning took place in France recently. A photo exhibition of cleaning workers, and a meeting between cleaning students and company bosses. Christian Bouzols reports.

Workers not usually seen and who operate in the shadows were put under the spotlight by the Marseilles photographer Philippe du Crest. Cleaners posed for

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Buying the whole package

27th of November 2012
Buying the whole package

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of Finland, with the help of Hanna Luukkonen, labour market director of the Property Maintenance Association.

Cleaning contractors in Finland are estimated to have achieved a total turnover of 1.7 mrd euros in 2010, according to latest estimates. Market

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Industry meeting point

27th of November 2012
Industry meeting point

ECJ's US reporter Ron Segura looks back at the various cleaning industry events taking place in Chicago last month.

Chicago was the hotspot for all parts of the cleaning industry last month. The focal point was the annual ISSA/INTERCLEAN, which was also attended by members of Building Service Contractors International (BSCAI), Association of

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