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Global Wage Report 2012-13

The new report entitled “Global Wage Report 2012/13: Wages and Equitable Growth”  from International Labor  Organization (ILO) includes global and regional wage trends and statistics, as well as policy recommendations.
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Updated EURES Jobseeker Mobility Network

26 November 2012, Brussels
European Commission adopted the modernization and improving of the EURES, (the pan-European jobseeker mobility network).
EURES is a cooperation network between the European Commission and the public employment services of the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (the EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and other partner organisations. Switzerland also takes part in EURES cooperation.
Kindly find more following the next links: Press release and Memo.

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EU in the World

 28 November 2012
Eurostat published a report comparing demographic, economic and social trends among the G-20 members.
”The EU in the world 2013 – a statistical portrait” is available on the Eurostat website following the next link.

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EU Presents ”Rethinking Education”

20 November 2012, Brussels/Strasbourg
Europe believe that it needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems: the youth unemployment rate is close to 23% BUT at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled.
Some of the ”Rethinking Education” issues presented in brief:
– A much stronger focus on developing transversal skills and basic skills, especially to entrepreneurial and IT skills.
– A new benchmark on foreign language learning.
– Investment in world-class vocational education and training systems and increase levels of work-based learning.
– Member States need to improve the recognition of qualifications and skills
– Technology, in particular the internet, must be fully exploited.
Please read more here.

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IT and Entrepreneurial Skills to be Developed in Schools

19 November 2012, Brussels
The EU’s Commission of the Eurydice Network advice in a report that schools need to include in their curriculum the teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills and the main goal of the education must be the developing of critical thinking and active participation in school and society.
Check here for more details.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 46 (12 – 18 November 2012)

* New ISO/IEC Standard for Credible Digital Evidence
15 November 2012
The new ISO/IEC International Standard will ensure, in court cases and legal disputes, the reliability and credibility of digital evidence.
The new standard, ISO/IEC 27037:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidelines for identification, collection, acquisition, and preservation of digital evidence is available here.

* ILO names Five Countries with Serious Violations of Freedom of Association

 15 November 2012, Geneva
Argentina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Fiji and Peru were singled out by the Committee on Freedom of Association of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) after in the named countries appears cases concerning employers’ and trade unions’ rights to organize.
Please read more here.

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OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012

11 September 2012, Paris
The OECD’s published its annual report “Education at a Glance” which is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.
The report analyses the education systems of the 34 OECD member countries, as well as those of Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
More here.


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The Maritime Labour Convention (ILO’s MLC) Into Force in 12 Months’ Time

21 August 2012
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has announced that the minimum number of ratifications has being achieved to bring the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention (ILO’s MLC) into force in 12 months’ time.
For further information please follow the link.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 31 (23–29 July 2012)

* EU and Angola Sign a New Cooperation Agreement
24 July 2012, Brussels
The new cooperation agreement, entitled “Joint Way Forward Angola – European Union”, cover several areas, including peace and security, economic growth and sustainable development, good governance and human rights, energy, transport, environment, science and technology, and education.
Please find more following the link.
* Updated ISO/IEC 17024 Standard
24 July 2012
“ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons”  guides organizations, that certify individuals in a variety of occupations and professions, protect the integrity and ensure the validity of individual certification programmes.
More here.
* The Republic of South Sudan is the 178th Member of WCO
18 July 2012, Brussels
WCO have now 178 members after the Republic of South Sudan deposited with the Belgian Government its instrument of accession to the Convention establishing a Customs Co-operation Council.
* CIS Countries Access to Customs Union
The board chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko announced that the CIS countries will be able to join the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) to have smooth and quick access to the three states’ single market.

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