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Nov 30 2010

One In Five High Level launch of Council of Europe Campaign

Sexual violence against children is a sensitive, complex and alarming widespread problem on a global scale

Available data suggests that one in five children in Europe is a victim of some form of sexual violence. It is estimated that in 70 to 85% of cases the perpetrator is known to the victim.

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One In Five High Level launch of Council of Europe Campaign

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Nov 26 2010

Ten Years of Public Policies For Employee Ownership in Europe.

The financial crisis has brought political awareness of opportunities to support companies with new business models of financing. Belgium Presidency of the EU has focussed on employee financial participation (EFP) as it is increasing being shown to be a model for healthier corporate governance, long term vision and stability in business. Furthermore employee buyouts are multiplying for business transmission or rescue plans.

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Ten Years of Public Policies For Employee Ownership in Europe.

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Nov 25 2010

World Forum Lille

This was a unique conference in that it bought people together from around the world to discuss responsible companies. The audience was about 1000 students from all over France with international speakers on all topics associated with social responsibility through a range of workshops over 3 days.

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World Forum Lille

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Nov 10 2010

Microfinance in Europe 2010.

Alongside the European Investment Fund, five commission representatives from across the Commission spectrum and an MEP, I presented the case from civil society of the grass roots perspective of what was needed. I presented my own experience of social exclusion and entrepreneurship and I am proud to say it was recognised and appreciated by the audience of a realistic account of what the challenges and opportunities were and are.

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Microfinance in Europe 2010.

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Oct 27 2010

Reshaping Europe INNOVA 2010

The Reshaping Europe was a Belgium Presidency, Region of Wallonia and EC DG Enterprise Conference. As well as a very informative conference with some interactive sessions were many case studies from Wallonia and across Europe. Outside of the conference were trade stands from various regions and DG initiatives. Most of the formats were innovative including a new piece of technology which allowed participants to exchange details without getting business cards out …..the sad thing was whilst everyone was using it, they were also handing out the business card , just in case!!

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Reshaping Europe INNOVA 2010

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Oct 21 2010

Employee financial participation in Europe

Employee financial participation (EFP) offers an opportunity for businesses, employees and society as a whole to participate more, and more effectively, in the success of the increasing Europeanisation of economic activity.

Introduction of EFP must be voluntary. It is in addition to existing remuneration systems and not a substitute, while not impeding collective wage bargaining.

The following measures should be adopted at an EU level as the next steps:

The application of EFP should be facilitated EU-wide on the basis of common principles.
The increased share and the diversity of forms of EFP should be analysed and made comprehensible in practical terms in order to facilitate their application, particularly in SMEs.
Businesses operating across borders should be offered help, particularly in overcoming tax obstacles in specific EU/EEA countries, in order to improve staff loyalty and their sense of identification with the company more effectively by means of EFP.
Forms of EFP should be developed, with a view to improving the offer by companies as well as the take-up by employees, individual incentives to asset formation, increasing employees’ share in the results of the company, and the cross-border transfer of entitlements.
The positive participation of employees based on ownership and the associated sense of responsibility could help to strengthen corporate governance.
Examples of best practice should continue to be publicised, thus contributing to the greater dissemination of EFP schemes. Related activities should be supported by the EU budget through a dedicated budget heading.
The implementation of employee-buy-outs as a vehicle for business succession should be encouraged since it can boost the continuity and thus the competitiveness of European enterprises while at the same time rooting them in the regions.
EFP could, depending on its form, be a – partial – compensation for losses of purchasing power and correct for recurring fluctuations but it should not replace wage progression.
Information sources on the implications of EFP for businesses and employees as well as training and advisory services by impartial bodies, i.e. NGOs, should be established.
Where collective bargaining is practised, the conditions for EFP should also be the subject of collective agreements.

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Employee financial participation in Europe

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Oct 10 2010

China – Europa SME Forum

An exchange of challenges and opportunities in relation to SME management, including a range of visits to a variety of Chinese SMEs ( The definition of an SME in China is not the same as an SME in Europe). We also had a great opportunity to meet several Europeans already set up and working in China. Eckhard Goessel and Reichbach Thomas, German Federation of Employers.

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China – Europa SME Forum

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