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  • 6 News

April 2014

01.04.2014 – ZEW (ggr/cfu)

ZEW President Fuest Appointed to “High-Level Group” on EU Financing Reform

On a proposal of the European Council, the President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Prof. Clemens Fuest, has been appointed to the newly created EU's "High-Level Group on Own Resources". The group’s objective is to develop proposals for the future financing of the European Union and to identify ways to make the present EU own-resources system more accountable, fair, and transparent. The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament had agreed on establishing such a group during the negotiations over the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014–2020. The Commission, the Council and the Parliament each appoint three members to the working group. Former EU Commissioner and Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti chairs the group. read more

November 2013

26.11.2013 – ZEW (twa/kbo)

Private-Sector Wage Subsidies Could Help Unemployed Immigrants Find a Job

Access to the regular labour market is much harder for immigrants than for the native-born population in many European countries. Governments in Europe thus use active labour market policies to support unemployed immigrants. Wage subsidies in the private sector are particularly effective in facilitating the labour market integration of immigrants, while training measures, job search assistance or wage subsidies in the public sector are less suitable to increase immigrants’ employment rates. These are the findings of a meta-analysis conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. ZEW researchers evaluated 33 scientific studies on the impact of labour market policies on immigrants in Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland for this analysis. read more

November 2012

19.11.2012 – ZEW (fmi/ggr)

A Significant Part of EU Regional Policy Funds Do Not Enhance Long-Term Economic Growth

Negotiations on the new EU financial framework for 2014 to 2020 are well underway. Due to the tense budgetary situation of many EU Member States, each budget item needs to be re-examined. EU regional policy, which currently makes up about 36 per cent of EU’s total budget expenditure, offers considerable savings potential. This is the central finding of an analysis conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. read more

March 2010

22.03.2010 – ZEW (kre/kbo)

New European Union Energy Label Slows Down Sales of Energy-Saving Appliances

The European Commission makes a second attempt to introduce a new energy label for electric appliances. This label is to encourage the European consumers to buy energy-saving appliances. However, there are some signs that the second attempt will not be successful either. If an appliance carries the new energy label instead of the existing European Energy Label, low energy consumption does not have a great impact on the consumer decision. Consumers are not willing to pay more for an energy-saving appliance if it is labelled with the new energy label. These are the findings of a study by Stefanie Heinzle and Rolf Wüstenhagen (University of St. Gallen) within the research project seco@home that is coordinated by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim. The study compares TV sets with the existing European Energy Label and the new energy label as well as the labels’ impacts on consumers. read more

October 2008

15.10.2008 – ZEW (mbo/kbo)

Sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia buy stakes in Europe and the USA

Sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia are increasingly buying stakes of European and U.S. companies. Due to the global financial market crisis the shares are available at low prices. Therefore they are very popular among investors from the Middle and Far East. Those state-owned funds run by oil-exporting as well as Asian countries invested more than 43 billion Euros mostly in European and U.S. financial institutions in the year 2007. In the first half of 2008 they had already acquired stakes, worth 21.6 billion Euros. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Re-search (ZEW), Mannheim, and Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing. read more

December 2006

07.12.2006 – ZEW (mbo/ggr)

Slight Increase of the Total Expense Ratio for Investments Funds in Europe since 2001

The Total Expense Ratio (TER) for investments funds, measured as the total costs of a fund as a percentage of the average fund volume during a business year, has increased in a number of European countries in the years 2001 to 2005, but also decreased in a few others. read more


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