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The European Union is currently debating how to promote the equal participation of women and men in decision-making at all levels and in all fields. Given that gender equality is enshrined in Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, progress is slow and the de facto gender equality has yet… » read more

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The European Commission is currently undertaking a wide-ranging analysis of the nature of the pension challenges which face Europe through a public consultation entitled Towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems. These challenges are inextricably linked to issues in the wider economy and wider society and should be tackled through a joined-up, strategic approach… » read more

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The financial crisis that began in 2007 has put the spotlight firmly on how corporates, especially those in the financial sector, have addressed issues such as risk, reward, governance and ethics. The difficulty lies in the balance to be struck. Now that the global economy appears to be climbing gradually out of downturn, it is… » read more

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The Belgian government was left in chaos in April after Belgium’s King Albert II accepted the resignation of the Flemish Christian democrat and Prime Minister, Yves Leterme – Leterme’s third resignation since July 2008. This was the latest installation in the long-term power struggle between the country’s French-speaking Walloons and Flemish-speaking majority. Leterme’s five-month old… » read more

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Surprisingly, the vast majority of European companies (around 98. 7%) are today exempted from statutory audit, covering almost half of all employees in Europe. It is also interesting to note that approximately 1.4 million audits are performed each year while the EU mandates only 0.3 million and that the audit exemption threshold varies according to… » read more

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The European parliament will vote on the 25 March on the report to amend EU Commission’s proposal to amend Directive 78/660/EC on the annual accounts of certain types of company. However , if efforts to reduce or eliminate burdens – where their identifiable net benefits are exceeded by the costs of compliance – are supported,… » read more

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