A negotiating brief on the “Juncker” plan for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to guarantee growth and job-creating investment was backed by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees. But MEPs contested plans to feed the fund from the EU research and transport investment budgets, and called for more parliamentary control over its leadership and goals.

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The Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (COSEFIN) and CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) signed a memorandum of understanding that enables Central American countries to formally join the facility to access low cost, high quality sovereign catastrophe risk insurance.

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The OECD area employment rate – defined as the share of people of working-age who are in employment – was 65.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014, 0.2 percentage point higher than in the previous quarter. Over the course of 2014, the increase in the OECD employment rate

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Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It was launched in 2010 to create the conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Among its headline targets, two are related to education to monitor access to the labour market and employability: increasing the proportion of persons having completed tertiary

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 300 million loan to Novo Banco to facilitate the financing of projects undertaken principally by SMEs (firms with up to 250 employees) and midcaps (firms with up to 3000 employees). The loan agreement was signed inLisbon.  In addition Novo Banco will provide another EUR 300 million,

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Tariffs on Australian exports toJapan have been cut for the second time this year, giving businesses – large and small – an even greater advantage in this lucrative Asian market, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said. Mr Robb is marking today’s milestone with a visit to Tasmanian business Abalone Farms Australia, who he explained,

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First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić attended an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from the Southern Partnership (Mediterranean) countries, held inBarcelona. “We discussed the need to change the concept of the relations between the EU and

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Google e Unioncamere insieme a 64 Camere di Commercio estendono il progetto “Made in Italy: Eccellenze in digitale” con nuovi digitalizzatori pronti a diffondere le competenze digitali tra le imprese italiane. Sono disponibili su www.eccellenzeindigitale.it e su www.tagliacarne.it i bandi per l’assegnazione di 128 nuove borse di studio per

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Valutare ed esaminare le diverse opportunita’ di investimento in Italia. Questo il tema della tavola rotonda “Private equity and private debt in Italy: recent trends and rising opportunities”, promossa dall’Ambasciata italiana in Svizzera e dall'Associazione italiana del private equity e venture capital (AIFI), che si è svolta a Zurigo.

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