Hygiene traffic lights

29th of June 2011
Hygiene traffic lights

The German government has decided to introduce a system indicating levels of hygiene in restaurants – reports ECJ correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh.

After many years of discussion, the ministers for consumer protection of the federal states of Germany have finally decided to introduce a system to indicate the hygiene level of

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Time to take stock

29th of June 2011
Time to take stock

In France, the cleaning associations have been holding their annual general meetings, reports Christian Bouzols.

It's been the time of the year when French cleaning associations, both national and regional, held their annual general meetings and took stock of their activities over the past 12 months. The Regional Chamber of Cleaning Companies in

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Olympic cleaning

29th of June 2011
Olympic cleaning

Preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Russia, have already started. Oleg Popov of Cristanval explains how the cleaning contracts will be awarded shortly.

In 2014 the Russian Federation will be host the XXII Winter Olympic Games. They will take place over 36 days within two clusters, a coastal cluster in Sochi

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Significant steps

18th of May 2011
Significant steps

Dutch scientific journalist Anton Duisterwinkel describes the long term changes resulting from the widespread cleaners' strike a year ago.

A book, a special cleaners' day, more (self) respect and a wage increase. Those are the major consequences, a year after the start of one of the longest strikes in Dutch history, the cleaners' strike of 2010.

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Snapshot of contract cleaning in Europe

17th of May 2011
Snapshot of contract cleaning in Europe

The European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI), the contract cleaning industry association representing the sector at EU level, has published its latest market data, relating to the year 2008. ECJ here features extracts from the report, which is now available.

This is the 17th time the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) has

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School jobs threatened

17th of May 2011
School jobs threatened

Thousands of cleaning sector jobs are at risk in Italy, reports Anna Garbagna for ECJ.

From this coming July over 26,000 jobs in Italy will be under threat in the cleaning sector, not to mention the possible consequences for the level of hygiene, routine maintenance and safety in schools. This was reported in February during a joint press

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