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  • EMCC dossier on the European transport and logistics sector

    28 máj 2008
    /Transport and logistics are the ‘lifeblood’ of the European economy: levels of growth in transport and levels of economic growth are strongly associated. However, the expansion of transport and logistics activities has resulted in increased congestion on Europe’s roads, cities and ports, undermining the capacity of companies in the sector to reliably deliver goods and services on time, and limiting the possibilities for further expansion. Furthermore, growth in transport has led to rising CO2 emissions, posing a challenge for policymakers who seek to foster economic growth while meeting Europe’s targets for greenhouse gas reductions. These challenges are being faced against a background of uncertainty over rising oil prices, a shrinking labour force and ongoing technological change. This dossier explores the current state of the sector generally, and the situation as experienced by four key companies in the sector. It examines the role that location plays in transportation and logistics, through an analysis of location decisions, and through studies of two major transport clusters. It also presents a number of possible future scenarios for the development of the sector over the next decade./
  • EMCC dossier on the transport and logistics sector – Additional sources of information

    28 máj 2008
    /This document lists further sources of information on the European transport and logistics sector that may be of interest to the reader./
  • EMCC dossier on the energy sector – Additional sources of information

    08 apríl 2008
    This document lists further sources of information on the European energy sector that may be of interest to the reader.
  • EMCC dossier on the European energy sector

    08 apríl 2008
    /Energy is vital for the continued functioning of industrial economies; as such, it is a sector that will always play a vital role in Europe’s economy. Moreover, the increasing demand for renewable energy sources – in light of rising prices of fossil fuels and growing calls for international action to reduce emissions of C02 – means that Europe’s energy sector, which has the highest level of use of renewable energies worldwide, has the potential to become the leading global player in an energy ‘renaissance’, with huge potential for employment and exports. However, the European energy sector is facing a number of challenges: renewable energy requires massive long-term investments, for which the capital is difficult to find; rising costs of fossil fuels; geopolitical risks; an ageing workforce and a lack of young people entering technical professions. This dossier aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces shaping the sector. It provides a mapping report that gives an overview of the current state of the sector, company and cluster studies that look in detail at current practices, and future scenarios that investigate possible outcomes for the sector out to the year 2050./
  • EMCC dossier on the biomedical healthcare sector – Additional sources of information

    13 marec 2008
    /This document lists further sources of information on the commerce sector that may be of interest to the reader./
  • EMCC dossier on the European biomedical healthcare sector

    05 marec 2008
    /Modern biotechnology is one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century: it could potentially prevent, treat and cure a wide range of diseases. However, the development of biomedical products – especially drugs – is an expensive, long-term endeavour. Thus, the biomedical healthcare sector relies on a wide range of supporting sectors and interacts with public administrations in all phases of the development, manufacturing and selling of a product. In a European policy context, the biomedical sector offers the potential to create a knowledge base that could contribute to Europe’s competitiveness in the global market. This dossier aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces shaping the sector, drawing primarily on recent original Eurofound research. It provides a sector mapping report, company and cluster studies, future scenarios and links to recommends sources of information./
  • Managing change in EU cross-border mergers and acquisitions

    04 marec 2008
    /The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions organised a company network seminar on November 29–30, 2007, hosted by Santander at its corporate headquarters in Madrid, Spain. In intensive discussions over the two days, 32 representatives from companies, trade unions, universities, research organisations and the European Commission discussed the management of change in EU cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M& A). The context was set by a presentation from Roderick Meiklejohn from the European Commission’s Directorate General of Economics and Finance, giving the latest evidence of trends in M&A in Europe. This was followed by detailed presentations of their M&A strategies by representatives of Air France / KLM (France, Netherlands), Impress (Netherlands, UK), Danske Bank / National Irish Bank (Denmark, Ireland), Schneider Electric (France) and Santander /Abbey (Spain, UK)/
  • EMCC dossier on the commerce sector – Additional sources of information

    12 november 2007
    This document lists further sources of information on the commerce sector that may be of interest to the reader.
  • EMCC dossier on the European commerce sector

    12 november 2007
    /The European commerce sector faces an unprecedented number of challenges: greater competition, complex supply chains, changing demographics, increased migration, changing consumer and media trends and the difficulty of attracting skilled workers to the sector. In addition, the sector also faces challenges from outside Europe – the emergence of Asian economies and ongoing economic out-performance by the US. However, although these challenges pose a threat to some companies in the commerce sector, for others they can offer the opportunity for expansion and growth: many European retail and wholesale companies are improving competitiveness through acquisitions and mergers, the introduction of new technologies, restructuring, and innovations in product lines and human resources. This dossier aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces shaping the sector, drawing primarily on recent, original EMCC research. It provides a sector mapping report, company and cluster studies, future scenarios and recommendations for change./
  • Managing diversity in the workplace: competitive advantages for companies

    15 október 2007
    The first EMCC company network seminar of 2007 addressed the issue of diversity management practices in enterprises and was hosted by Schneider Electric in Paris. Five companies from France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden reported on their practice. Fifty delegates participated enthusiastically in discussions on the practicalities and difficulties of implementing diversity management in the workplace.

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