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EU Financial Reforms Newsletter

EU Financial Reforms Newsletter

Jul 03, 2015

A new edition of the EU Financial Reform Newsletter (3 July 2015) provides an overview of different financial and monetary problems and reforms the EU does not manage to solve. For example the Greek crisis.

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Liberia 'back in business'

Liberia 'back in business'

Jun 30, 2015

Liberia is ‘back in business’. The Ebola outbreak left the country’s economy badly dented. But since the country was declared Ebola free on 9 May 2015, the government has been actively promoting private sector investment again. The first trade missions to the country are being organised by industrialised countries, such as the Netherlands which will visit the country in early July 2015. But are these foreign investments really desirable? The paper ‘Liberia: Back in business?’ by SOMO and Green Advocates shows that investments by the private sector run the risk not just of violating human rights, but could also spark conflicts between communities, companies and the Liberian government.

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Academics, policymakers and practitioners join forces in meeting about private sector and conflict sensitivity

Academics, policymakers and practitioners join forces in meeting about private sector and conflict sensitivity

Jun 25, 2015

Research can provide insight into ‘the business case for peace’ and the ‘business case for conflict’. In the first case companies assign a positive economic value to peace and stability, whereas in the second case conflict is exacerbated by the presence of companies that take advantage of instability. However, too often research on the role of the private sector in fragile and conflict-affected situations does not trickle down to policymakers, civil society or the private sector itself, for that matter.

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OECD watchdog calls for reform of failing complaint system

OECD watchdog calls for reform of failing complaint system

Jun 15, 2015

Allegations of corporate wrongdoing lodged under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises over the past 15 years almost never resulted in companies being held accountable, OECD Watch's new analysis of cases has found.

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Utrecht has set its heart on fair electronics

Utrecht has set its heart on fair electronics

Jun 10, 2015

Following an initiative by the Green Party (‘GroenLinks’), Utrecht's municipal council has decided (yesterday) to join Electronics Watch. This independent European monitoring organisation keeps track of labour conditions within the electronics industry. The municipality is walking in the footsteps of other European public purchasers who have rallied forces to stimulate structural improvements among their suppliers of electronics. Utrecht is the first municipality to sign up with Electronics Watch. The city's university hospital UMC Utrecht has already joined the initiative.

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