The National Employer Survey, published today, is a pilot survey undertaken on behalf of the HEA to ascertain employers views on graduates of higher education institutions in Ireland.
The European Commission’s FP7 initiativie is designed to kick-start innovation by making €50 billion available to fund RD&I. A €8.1 billion funding package was announced in July 2012.
At the EU-US summit in Washington, the EU and US announced the creation of a reflection group led by the USTR and the EU Trade Commissioner to examine possibilities for a future trade agreement.
A review of the European Working Time Directive has been under discussion for the past five years. The main issues in contention are those regarding on-call time, opt-out and sick leave.
Budget 2013 is largely well balanced, focusing on expenditure measures and broadening the tax base. By mostly not increasing taxes on work it will have a limited impact on jobs and growth.
EU Energy Efficiency Legislation Agreed
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency recently published for consultation a draft of its fourth Strategic Plan, which covers the three-year period to 2015.
On 17 November 2011, the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin TD published the results of the comprehensive spending review in the form of the Public Service Reform plan.
See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, and its 70 partner organisations including IBEC are rolling out a national green ribbon campaign to get people talking about mental health.
Metro North and DART Underground will not proceed to construction in the life of the current Government. Luas BXD will commence construction in 2015.
IBEC has launched Driving Europe's Recovery, business priorities for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Current discussions on introducing a binding exposure level for Respirable Crystalline Silica as part of the Carcinogens Directive.