Jaguar Land Rover to build electric XJ car at Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover to build electric XJ car at Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover is to build an electric version of the Jaguar XJ saloon at its Castle Bromwich factory, in a boost to the embattled automotive industry. Britain’s largest carmaker will invest billions of pounds in creating a blueprint for the new vehicle and upgrading the plant on the outskirts of Birmingham, safeguarding the jobs of 2,500 people. The last of the current XJ model will roll off the factory lines on Friday before the company switches production to the new model over the summer. JLR, which is owned by…

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Competition regulator pauses Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo

Competition regulator pauses Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo

The UK’s competition regulator has ordered Amazon and the food delivery company Deliveroo to pause any integration efforts pending an investigation into potential breaches of competition rules. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Friday issued an initial enforcement order against the companies after Amazon bought a stake in Deliveroo. The order is preliminary to a decision, with no set deadline, on whether to launch a full merger inquiry. The online retailer was the lead investor in a $575m (£457m) financing round announced in May that valued Deliveroo at more…

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Digitalisation is a threat as much as an opportunity for workers, experts say

Digitalisation is a threat as much as an opportunity for workers, experts say

While digitalisation offers more flexible forms of work, it can also be a threat to well-being and encroach on work-life balance, policymakers warned during an event organised by EURACTIV. Parental care is often the first thing that comes to mind when talking about better work-life balance. And digitalisation can certainly ease the process. “Digitalisation is a great opportunity for all of those who want a different working arrangement,” said Katarina Ivankovic-Kneževic, Director for Social Affairs at the European Commission. The work-life balance directive entered into force on 1 July. But…

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Spontaneous bus strike halts Transfer into Brussels

Spontaneous bus strike halts Transfer into Brussels

Several bus lines getting to Brussels from the southern outskirts of this city have ground to a stop, bringing disturbances into people network since De Lijn bus and employees drivers take an unannounced strike on Tuesday. The strike, ongoing, broke at approximately 7:00 AM from the public transport company’s transport bus depot at Dilbeek along with Meerbeke, into the east of their inner city belt. Several transport lines to Brussels have completely ceased their services as a consequence of the strike (116, 117, 118, 126, 127, 128 and 129), causing…

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Delta Guide honours Rising Restaurants That Are New

Delta Guide honours Rising Restaurants That Are New

It’s widely regarded as the”bible” for food fans from Belgium and, this year, the Delta Guide also honours up and coming new restaurants. For the 42nd edition, the Delta Guide Brussels selected 840 restaurants, for example 70 brand new ones, and 140 hotels. Classified from A to Z they cover every neighbourhood in the city plus all genres and prices.The guide continues to apply a”rigorous” selection procedure and inclusion is sought after. It has gained an enviable reputation for giving an objective, accurate and comprehensive investigation of restaurants of all…

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New solar paneled driven car to be Attracted into the market in 2021 

New solar paneled driven car to be Attracted into the market in 2021 

Light-year is a brand new Dutch manufacturer that introduces a power car that might be charged by the incorporated solar panel systems. The makers claim a range of 600 to 800 kilometers. On Tuesdaythe five founders of this company showed the prototype of their Lightyear One to the investors and public. Multiple hundred clients have already purchased a car for 148.000 euros. “In comparison to a classic EV, our car features a completely different structure,” says Lex Hoefsloot, one of the creators. Its slick design is created by the Belgian…

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EU countries urged to see ‘opportunity in climate change’

EU countries urged to see ‘opportunity in climate change’

Climate change should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat but the tools at the EU’s disposal need to be changed to deal with the coming challenge, according to officials, MEPs and climate experts. At a climate event on 18 June, ideas like scrapping fossil fuel subsidies, refreshing the mandates of financial institutions and implementing a future-proof industrial strategy were among the main talking points. A few days before EU leaders failed to broker an agreement to go carbon neutral by 2050, panellists ranging from members of the…

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Youth should be a mainstream priority for the EU, business expert says

Youth should be a mainstream priority for the EU, business expert says

Europe’s future lies in young peoples’ hands. And if the EU wants to see economic growth, leaders should better put youth and education at the core of the bloc’s policymaking, JA Europe CEO Caroline Jenner told EURACTIV in an interview. “Young people and their employability, their job creation potential and entrepreneurship skills have to remain a top priority across all other priorities,” Jenner said. Education and young people “must be on the table” because “that’s where all the jobs come from,” JA Europe CEO said. Jenner praised the European Commission…

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Divided EU to urge return to talks on eurozone integration

Divided EU to urge return to talks on eurozone integration

European Union leaders will urge finance ministers on Friday (21 June) to keep working on deeper eurozone integration as flagship ideas such as a eurozone budget or a deposit guarantee scheme either lack key elements or have not progressed at all. The chairman of eurozone finance ministers Mario Centeno will report what EU finance ministers have achieved over the six months since EU leaders asked them last December to work on creating a eurozone budget along with other reforms. French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on entering the summit that…

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One third of trade unionists voted for the far-right at last EU election

One third of trade unionists voted for the far-right at last EU election

The European social contract is broken and inclusive economic policies should be on the top of the next European Commission’s agenda, policymakers said at the Brussels Economic Forum on Tuesday (18 June). The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) ran a survey among their active members, asking them who they voted for at the last national and European elections. As it turned out, one-third of them admitted they had given their vote to far-right parties. When they were asked about the reason behind their vote, trade unionists mentioned job insecurity, precariousness,…

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