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SPECIAL REPORT: Are minijobs a solution for Europe? - The Corner Economic

SPECIAL REPORT: Are minijobs a solution for Europe? - The Corner Economic | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
SPECIAL REPORT: Are minijobs a solution for Europe?
The Corner Economic
BERLIN | By Alberto Lozano | Europeans never stop listening to ideas for economic reforms.
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The discussion about whether minijobs should be introduced in the rest of Europe misses one big point. Red Tape! One reason why there is a grey economy is the amount of paperwork you have to deal with if you become self employed. Removing that obstacle gives people a reason to look for legal work. That worked in law abiding Germany, but whether it will work in the Meditteranean where the attitude to the State is somewhat different has to be seen.

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Undeclared work: survey reveals widespread problem - EU News

Undeclared work: survey reveals widespread problem - EU News | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
The Sofia Globe Undeclared work: survey reveals widespread problem EU News Around one in ten Europeans (11%) admits that they have bought goods or services involving undeclared work in the previous year, while 4% concede that they have themselves...
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People not paying their taxes are a problem for bureaucrats in Brussels. (Their budgets and salaries don't increase...) They claim that the level of taxation is not the issue, but rather how the money is spent by the EU. There might be some truth in that, given the strong reactions to wasteful EU spending.

However, everybody I have spoken to gives red tape, administrative nightmares and taxation levels as the reasons why there is a grey economy. Simply put, if you're a cleaner and need an accountant to file your tax bill, there might be problem. The cost to earnings ratio is to high for the cleaner to bother with the tax malarky. Going grey is probably the best option.

 

If governments (incl. the EU) want to increase their takings, why not have a simple flat level tax everybody needs to pay, no if's and but's, no exceptions, no difference between big and small business, just a flat rate. That would free up a lot of people to become productive, rather than being paper pushers. It would also help slim down governments and reduce the enormous amounts of red tape businesses have to deal with.

 

Probably too simplistic an idea, but wasn't there a famous quote from a Harvard professor? K.I.S.S. -> Keep it Simple Stupid.

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Eurozone countries should form United States of Europe, says EC vice-president - The Guardian

Eurozone countries should form United States of Europe, says EC vice-president - The Guardian | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
The Guardian Eurozone countries should form United States of Europe, says EC vice-president The Guardian In the speech in Cambridge Reding said: "Politicians also need to work on the quality of education and welfare, so that people in this country...
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Another propaganda spiel from Brussels? What are they thinking?

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A Harder Look at Welfare Rules as Europeans Flood Countries in Search of Jobs - New York Times

A Harder Look at Welfare Rules as Europeans Flood Countries in Search of Jobs - New York Times | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
A Harder Look at Welfare Rules as Europeans Flood Countries in Search of Jobs
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Children raced past a Polish delicatessen in south London.
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The Netherlands Is Afraid of Low-Qualified Bulgarians - euinside.eu

The Netherlands Is Afraid of Low-Qualified Bulgarians - euinside.eu | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
The Netherlands Is Afraid of Low-Qualified Bulgarians euinside.eu And last but not least, if it were not for the curtain, the European West would have not been forced to seek cheap labour in Turkey and the African Mediterranean, but would, rather,...
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UK to prevent EU migrants from claiming housing benefit - Workpermit.com

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UK to prevent EU migrants from claiming housing benefit
Workpermit.com
The UK's Coalition government has announced that it will change the law so that immigrants from the EU will no longer be able to claim housing benefit after April 1st 2014.
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Using lessons from Erasmus Mundus to improve Erasmus+ joint degrees - University World News

Using lessons from Erasmus Mundus to improve Erasmus+ joint degrees - University World News | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
Using lessons from Erasmus Mundus to improve Erasmus+ joint degrees University World News They perceive Europe as an attractive destination for study and work, although many non-EU students find it difficult to obtain a work permit in Europe after...
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If only the world was a work permit free place.... Europe has put up the barriers for immigrants as unemployment levels are extremely high. (For European standards that is....) Nothing new here. The Americans, Australians, Chinese, Russians all protect their labour markets. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but it's a fact.

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Open Europe blog: Free movement: Germany pushes the limits of ...

Open Europe blog: Free movement: Germany pushes the limits of ... | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
Jobless EU migrants seeking work in Germany, who have no means of supporting themselves and have limited job opportunities, should be given a limited window to find a job before being required to leave.
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This talk about limiting unemployed Europeans from seeking a job elsewhere in the EU is a typical EU muddling of the water. One of the basic 'rights' in the EU is free movement of people. Merkel, Cameron et cie are all trying to find a way to limit paying out benefits to people who have never contributed a cent to their benefits budgets.

 

The simplest thing would be a radical approach. Create a European super state, with it's own departments, enforcement and rules. In other words a Federal Europe, in which the individual states become like states in the USA. 

 

If the EU would not take this approach we get the typical patchwork of rules, exceptions, etc. with rampant abuse, as is the usual approach in Brussels.

Politicians never dare to look further than their period in power, resulting in a zigzag policy that gets us nowhere. They need to dare tell their voters that in a world where Russia, China and the USA are ruling the world, individual EU states have no negotiating power. However as a Federal Europe we would be one of the four main powers in the world, if not the biggest. 

 

As usual this won't happen as politicians have no conviction. They're only interested in short term gains (i.e. their personal income)

 

We'll probably need another world war (God forbid) to get them to focus and stop navel gazing about trivial national issues.

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Cameron’s weakness on Europe is bad news for jobs and growth | LabourList

Cameron’s weakness on Europe is bad news for jobs and growth | LabourList | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's comments that David Cameron's EU referendum policy will be "bad for the economy" and create "uncertainty" for business ("David Cameron’s Europe policy is not determined by what is in the national interest...
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Don't you ever get tired of this sniping at each other without really trying to create a solution?

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Beer Serves Europe: Jobs - EurActiv

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Beer Serves Europe: Jobs EurActiv Representatives from the EU Institutions, industry and the media discussed the new EY report on 'The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy', which says that the EU brewing sector is responsible for 2...
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MobiPro-EU: 'The Job of My Life' - Greek Reporter

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MobiPro-EU: 'The Job of My Life'
Greek Reporter
The job of my life program The Unemployment rate in Europe is high, particularly in southern countries and chances for vocational training are becoming increasingly limited.
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Euro zone unemployment holds at record high, retail sales rebound - Reuters

Euro zone unemployment holds at record high, retail sales rebound - Reuters | Eurojobs | Scoop.it
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Euro zone unemployment holds at record high, retail sales rebound
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The number of people out of work in Europe has been rising since 2011.
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Aussies in London are a lonelier bunch these days - Herald Sun

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Aussies in London are a lonelier bunch these days
Herald Sun
The effect has been to make it much more difficult for businesses to get work permits for Australians. The changes have had little effect on the total number of people coming to the UK.
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