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Constitutional Affairs Committee Highlights

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2020

Brussels Thursday 2 July, 13.45 – 15.45 room: József Antall (4Q2) & videoconference. Temporary changes to the European citizens’ Initiative Regulation in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Rapporteur: Loránt Vincze (PPE, RO). Vote of the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations, preceded by a brief debate on the outcome of the negotiations.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.

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Highlights of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 giugno 2020

Brussels Monday 15 June 2020, 09.00 – 11.00 and 16.45 – 18.45Room: József Antall (4Q1) and per videoconference. Presentations and debates
Strengthening Media Freedom: the Protection of Journalists in Europe, Hate Speech,
Disinformation and the Role of Platforms. Rapporteur, Magdalena Adamowicz (EPP, PL).
Consideration of draft report. (09.00 – 09.30)
Structured dialogue with Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency.(09.30 – 11.00)
Follow-up on the situation of refugees and migrants in the Central Mediterranean. Exchange of views with representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), Frontex, UNHCR, IOM and NGO Sea Eye. (16.45 – 18.45)

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MEPs: Focus on crisis response when coordinating economic and budgetary policies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 maggio 2020

Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) MEPs stressed that in order to become a proper recovery tool, the Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations (CSR) have to be implemented in the member states and must take into account a post-crisis reality. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis pointed to the resilience facility, the new recovery instrument designed to improve the implementation of the CSR. Commissioner Gentiloni explained that each country, together with the Commission, will have to prepare a tailor-made recovery and resilience plan, in which the member states’ post-crisis priorities should be ensured.Other ECON MEPs were concerned about the general escape clause, which allows the excessive deficit procedure against a member state to be put on hold in times of a severe economic downturn. MEPs wanted to know when the procedure will kick in again and how to keep the right balance between debt sustainability and much-needed investments.
Mr Dombrovskis stressed that the Stability and Growth Pact has been put on hold until the economy is growing again; then the rules start to reapply. Commissioner Gentiloni called for the Council and the Parliament to come to an agreement quickly, so that funds can reach recipients on the ground and the economy can rebound.Finally, MEPs asked about the connection between the rule of law and access to EU funds. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis reminded MEPs that rule of law is a condition to access EU funding.Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit said that the latest unemployment forecast for the EU in 2020 stands at 9 % and one out of four workers is currently on a short-time work schedule. Several Members from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) voiced their deep concern that the unemployment level for Europe’s youth is nearly twice as high as that of all job seekers.Commissioner Schmit underlined that fighting youth unemployment remains a priority and that the Commission will reinforce the youth guarantee to improve the prospects for young people.The risk of creating a digital divide when demand for highly-qualified workers will increase, especially in the context of the digital and green transition, was another point of concern for MEPs, who noted that the measures in the context of the green deal could lead to job losses and exacerbate poverty and inequality.According to Mr Dombrovksis, the green deal will actually have a positive effect on the economy and will create new jobs, with digital skills featuring prominently on the upcoming reinforced skills agenda.
MEPs also underlined that the crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our current social model and that the European Semester has to be at the service of recovery and a transformation that is social, economically fair and green. Commissioner Schmit highlighted that the social dimension is anchored in the European Semester by means of the social scoreboard and that the Commission tackles problems related to precarious work with initiatives such as fair and predictable working conditions, proposals for an EU minimum wage, working conditions of platform workers, and a child guarantee.

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European Parliament:The week ahead 20 – 26 January 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 gennaio 2020

Brussels Committees’ meetings. Brexit. The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on their recommendation to Parliament on whether it should grant its consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The final vote in plenary, scheduled for 29 January in Brussels, will take place if the UK has ratified fully the Agreement by then (Thursday).
EU-Vietnam free trade deal. The EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection agreements are up for a vote in the International Trade Committee. If approved, the deal would remove all export tariffs from the EU and protect 196 GIs (products with geographical indication), while Vietnam would open its public procurement market to EU firms. The contentious issues are Vietnam’s human rights record and its labour laws (Tuesday).
Public Health. The Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on whether to veto a proposal from the Commission to promote the recycling of PVC waste containing lead. According to the draft decision, this may prolong and enhance consumers’ exposure to lead (Tuesday).
Illegal trade in pets. Members of the Environment and Public Health Committee are expected to demand immediate action against illegal trade in pets to protect animal welfare, consumers and public health (Tuesday).
Artificial Intelligence. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, in particular those related to consumer choice, the problematic use of bias data and the need to adapt EU liability rules to cover new AI-enabled products (Thursday).
NATO/EU. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address the Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Parliamentary Delegation to NATO just a week after Parliament adopted resolutions on the state of play of the Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as Common Security and Defence Policy. MEPs called for close cooperation with NATO, while stressing that the EU needs to have strategic autonomy (Wednesday).
Croatian Presidency. Croatian Ministers will present the rotating Council Presidency’s priorities to the relevant parliamentary committees. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July (Monday to Wednesday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will attend the World Economic Forum of Davos, on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, EP President will be in Jerusalem at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre (Yad Vashem) and will meet Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Speaker of Knesset. On Friday, President Sassoli will deliver a speech at the Conference on the New Green Deal, in Assisi, Italy.
Press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing on the week’s activities at 11.00 a.m. on Monday, in the “Anna Politkovskaya” EP press conference room.

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GRAIL Appoints Rodger Currie as Head of Government Affairs and Alliance Development

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 agosto 2019

GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured, today announced that Rodger Currie, JD, has been appointed Vice President and Head of Government Affairs and Alliance Development. Mr. Currie will report to Joshua Ofman, MD, MSHS, who was recently appointed Chief of Corporate Strategy and External Affairs. Together, they will spearhead GRAIL’s government affairs, policy, and advocacy efforts as the company continues to prepare its multi-cancer early detection test for commercialization. “Rodger is an experienced and driven healthcare advocate, and I am very pleased to welcome him to GRAIL at this pivotal moment for the company,” said Hans Bishop, Chief Executive Officer at GRAIL. “As we continue to advance our early cancer detection blood test toward commercialization, Rodger will work closely with policymakers, regulators, patient groups, and other stakeholders to navigate a dynamic healthcare, regulatory, and reimbursement environment.”Mr. Currie joins GRAIL from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Advocacy; led federal, state, and international government relations and alliances; and reported to PhRMA President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ubl.“Bringing innovative genomic technology to early cancer detection provides an opportunity to make a dramatic impact on cancer survival. As GRAIL advances a novel paradigm for multi-cancer early detection, policymakers, payers, and other stakeholders must ensure that policies are in place to support the adoption of such groundbreaking technology,” said Dr. Ofman. “Rodger understands the challenge this represents, and we believe he is the ideal person to help us push our technology forward.” “I can hardly think of a better way to make a positive impact on the lives of patients than by helping GRAIL tackle cancer, a disease that touches nearly every person and family over the course of a lifetime,” said Mr. Currie. “I am looking forward to partnering with GRAIL’s new leadership team, a truly committed and forward-thinking group of individuals, to help our healthcare system prepare to adopt this breakthrough technology and work to seriously reduce cancer deaths.”

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Seminario “Government Relations, Public Affairs e Lobbying”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 settembre 2018

Roma 3 ottobre 2018, presso il Palazzo Patrizi in Piazza San Luigi Dei Francesi a Roma si terrà il seminario “Government Relations, Public Affairs e Lobbying” organizzato da SDA Bocconi in collaborazione con Cattaneo Zanetto & Co.. Relatori del seminario saranno Luca Brusati, Docente senior SDA Bocconi e Presidente, Net Europe IT & Public Administration GEIE e Paolo Zanetto, Fondatore e Partner, Cattaneo Zanetto & Co.
Il seminario si rivolge al top management di imprese e associazioni di categoria (presidenti, direttori generali, componenti del board) e a chi li coadiuva occupandosi di relazioni istituzionali, affari regolatori, affari legali, comunicazione corporate e relazioni esterne. Il seminario è rivolto anche ai fondatori di start-up che puntano all’innovazione di un quadro regolatorio obsoleto come chiave del vantaggio competitivo.Le regole del confronto competitivo influenzano in misura rilevante le traiettorie evolutive delle imprese e dei sistemi economici. Il seminario offre un’introduzione alle skill necessarie per contribuire in modo proattivo ai processi decisionali tramite i quali le istituzioni pubbliche definiscono le “regole del gioco”, soprattutto con riferimento alla regolamentazione settoriale. Il seminario tocca tanto le competenze analitiche necessarie a identificare sfide e opportunità, quanto le competenze strategiche necessarie a definire linee di azione e piani di intervento.

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Educated people more likely to have affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 maggio 2017

educated cheatA shocking new survey has revealed that the more education people in the United Kingdom receive, the more likely they are to have an affair. Statistics show that more than 69% of women and over 65% of men who achieve higher education will be tempted to stray.The study, conducted by VictoriaMilan – a dating site for married and attached people looking to have an affair – looked into the education levels of more than 5 million of its active users to discover whether a person is more or less likely to stray based on their level of education.The survey polled men and women from all walks of life, taking into account people who didn’t complete high school or college, those who graduated from high school, technical school, college or achieved a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate.The group most likely to engage in an erotic affair is those who graduated from college, with 36.87% of women and 25.23% of men confessing they have strayed.A trend appears with the next level up in education – a Bachelor’s degree – gives people a bit more confidence, with 18.98% of women and 20.32% of men deciding to embark on an adulterous adventure.Men and women with a Masters are third most likely to slip between the sheets with someone other than their beloved partner. 16.75% of men and 14.45% of women who have achieved their Masters have no issue getting hot and heavy with someone outside of their primary relationship.The most faithful women are those who have achieved their Doctorate (1.40%) followed by those who completed technical education (3.44% women). The men least likely to stray are those who didn’t complete high school (2.33%) followed by those achieved their Doctorate (3.12%).
Founder and CEO of Victoria Milan, Sigurd Vedal, said the survey showed that the more educated men and women, the more likely they are to get hot and heavy between the sheets with someone other than their primary partner.“People with university credentials are the ones most likely to have an affair and those with limited education are the most faithful. What this tells us is that highly educated people are likely to have more time on their hands, while the working class are too busy making ends meet to have time for a sexy fling,” Mr Vedal said. (photo: educated cheat)

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European Business Summit explores the future of the technology industry

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 maggio 2017

londonLondon. As the EU General Affairs Council meet to discuss Brexit today, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond and members of the European Commission, such as Pierre Moscovici, and Jykri Katainen, will meet to debate what is next for Europe at the European Business Summit. Topics of discussion will include the future of the single market, retaining and attracting young talent in Europe, and future-proofing European industry.One of the hot topics is the future of the technology industry, with a planned roundtable discussion focussing on how to develop an industrial strategy for Europe. FacilityLive, an Italian start-up that is transforming information through unique ‘human language search’ technology, will be speaking for the third year running. They are amongst a group of ambitious firms who are helping revolutionise their individual sectors, by strengthening the business environment for start-ups and creating an ecosystem that nurtures world class leaders in technology. Gianpiero Lotito, the CEO and co-founder of FacilityLive, comments “We are now seeing more multinational companies investing in UK technology start-ups, such as with Japan’s SoftBank financing Improbable. This type of investment highlights Britain and Europe’s exciting potential to produce world-leading technology innovations, but we need to create the right conditions to ensure that companies succeed in Europe and stay in Europe.”
At the European Business Summit, Lotito will shed light on how to develop a successful technology strategy for Europe. With its objective to open up digital opportunities for business and people, he will place emphasis on how the Digital Single Market will allow Europe to become a world leader in the digital economy. Lotito continues: “Europe is a greenfield of opportunity for technology innovators. However, in the current post-Brexit landscape, Europe shouldn’t be looking to simply emulate Silicon Valley or the Asian model. We need to think about distinctive models to encourage growth in Europe.” “The Digital Single Market is crucial to the creation and facilitation of a model made up of ‘small valleys’. We must strive to protect and promote collaboration within Europe’s small towns and also cross-communication between them. Our world class small cities built around leading universities, offer the perfect ecosystem for incubating and cross-fertilising innovation. It is possible to create a multitude of small valleys, where digital innovators work in conjunction with students, entrepreneurs, young skilled professionals and vibrant local institutions. If given the chance to develop and expand, it will pave the way for European technology companies to pursue opportunities that would have been inconceivable a few years ago.”
FacilityLive is an Italian high tech startup with global ambitions, based in Pavia, London and Brussels, which develops a next generation technology for the organisation, management and search of information with patents granted in 44 countries worldwide Founded in 2010 by Mariuccia Teroni and Gianpiero Lotito, innovators for over twenty years in the testing of digital technologies in the publishing world, FacilityLive is already adopted by leading Global and Pan-European companies and world-class system integrators.

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Merck Biofarma Italia: Maria Antonietta Compagnone nominata Regulatory Affairs & Pricing Director

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 dicembre 2016

compagnoneMerck, azienda leader in ambito scientifico e tecnologico, annuncia la nomina di Maria Antonietta Compagnone a direttore del dipartimento Regulatory Affairs & Pricing. Compagnone avrà la responsabilità di assicurare i processi regolatori a tutela dei prodotti del business biofarmaceutico Merck in Italia e, allo stesso tempo, definire e realizzare le strategie alla base delle politiche di pricing.
Laureata in Scienze Biologiche all’Università La Sapienza di Roma, porta con sé un bagaglio professionale maturato grazie ad una carriera ventennale in grandi realtà farmaceutiche. Dal 2013 al 2016 ha ricoperto il ruolo di Regulatory Affairs & Market Access Manager in AbbVie dove ha gestito tutte le problematiche di natura regolatoria e assicurato la piena integrazione del ruolo strategico del Regulatory Affairs nelle dinamiche del Market Access. In precedenza, ha svolto incarichi nel regulatory con responsabilità crescenti in Janssen, Janssen-Cilag, Organon ed Abbott.“È con grande soddisfazione che diamo il benvenuto a Maria Antonietta Compagnone – ha dichiarato Antonio Messina, a capo del business biofarmaceutico Merck in Italia. Con Maria Antonietta abbiamo rinforzato il nostro team aggiungendo skills di primissimo livello in ambito regolatorio, in un momento di forte crescita e trasformazione per l’azienda. Grazie alla sua grande esperienza ed alla profonda comprensione dei temi di natura regolatoria – ha concluso il Dott. Messina – Maria Antonietta potrà darci un importante contributo, aiutandoci nella realizzazione della nostra mission: sviluppare soluzioni innovative per fare una reale differenza nella vita dei pazienti”.
Merck è un’azienda scientifica e tecnologica leader nei settori Healthcare, Life Science e Performance Materials. Circa 50.000 dipendenti operano per sviluppare tecnologie in grado di migliorare la vita – dalle terapie biofarmaceutiche per il trattamento del cancro e della sclerosi multipla a sistemi all’avanguardia per la ricerca scientifica e la produzione, ai cristalli liquidi per gli smartphone e i televisori LCD. Nel 2015 Merck ha generato vendite per 12,85 miliardi di Euro in 66 Paesi.
Fondata nel 1668, Merck è la società farmaceutica e chimica più antica al mondo. Ancora oggi, la famiglia fondatrice detiene la quota di maggioranza della Società. Merck (Darmstadt, Germania), detiene i diritti globali sul nome e marchio Merck. Le sole eccezioni sono costituite da Stati Uniti e Canada, dove la Società opera con le denominazioni EMD Serono, EMD Millipore e EMD Performance Materials.(foto: compagnone)

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JHA informal Council – Improve intelligence sharing in the EU to better combat terrorism, asks Claude Moraes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 gennaio 2016

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgMember States should foster dialogue and trust between intelligence agencies in order to better target and combat threats to security within the EU, said on Monday the Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes.
Mr Moraes is attending the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council taking place in Amsterdam today and tomorrow. At the end of the first working day, Mr Moraes (S&D, UK) said:“Today at the Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council I reported back to Ministers on the adoption of the PNR proposals in the LIBE committee at the end of last year. I expressed that this is a key file for the LIBE committee and that the committee will give its full support in order to facilitate the work of intelligence agencies in the fight against terrorism.In addition, I have raised the issue of other existing key information sharing agreements by Member States including the Prum Convention which is also crucial to intelligence sharing, however it remains badly implemented by key Member States within the EU. The EU urgently needs to advance on facilitating a better dialogue and more trust between intelligence agencies in order to better target and combat threats to security within the EU”.

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Refugee crisis: Humanitarian concerns as winter draws nigh raised by Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 ottobre 2015

rifugiati“The tough period starts now, difficult decisions must be taken to make the commitments of the Council a reality on the ground”, said Mr MoraesThe humanitarian situation of refugees within the EU and neighbouring countries was the focus of a plenary debate with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Luxembourg’s minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Schmit, on Tuesday morning.The Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, responsible for migration and asylum, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), said:”The tough period is now, we can expect to see an increase in refugee flows before we are fully into the winter months. This is also a time when difficult decisions have to be taken to ensure the hotspots are fully implemented and the budget is made available for the very EU responses the Council has committed to.
The Commission must keep us fully informed of the implementation of the hotspots in Italy and Greece, which will in turn enable the relocation mechanism. Council should also make all the necessary preparations should the civil protection mechanism need to be triggered over the winter period.The refugee crisis will not simply be forgotten, we cannot allow ourselves to become used to the images we see – this will remain high on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee agenda and we will keep insisting on a coordinated, humanitarian EU response to the refugee crisis”.Migration will also be high on the agenda of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8-9 October and of the next European summit on 15-16 October.

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“A Missing Global Standard with Regard to Emissions Testing is Half of the Issue Here”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

wolkswagenLondon, UK “The Volkswagen (VW) Diesel emissions scandal affair is unprecedented, owing to the apparent deceit involved to “cheat” the emissions testing. CEO Martin Winterkorn having to step down is not the right answer though (in my opinion), because the market could potentially rather gauge the result of this on his response, rather than on the fact that it happened in the first place. I would not expect the CEO would have known directly about this device, and it is likely to implicate a small number of product managers related to specific models or engines; the media release given indeed specified that Mr Winterkorn did not yet have all the facts – but I’m sure it will not be long before he does, and this is how the market and public should react – to the measures set out to recover from this. We have seen several different vehicle manufacturers with high profile recalls due to safety concerns over the last few years, and whilst this affair is slightly different, they were all somehow gauged on the response that these companies had taken for those. This should be the case with VW as well. Potentially the biggest damage this revelation might have, certainly in the U.S. market, where people are buying the vehicles based on the environmental credentials, is the consumers’ trust in the VW brand and diesel models in general from all companies. If these environmental credentials turn out to not be the case and the consumer realises he has been deceived, this might cause an issue, as those customers will then not go and buy another VW brand vehicle, and expect to be compensated somehow. However, the focus will rather have to be on the scale: is this only a U.S. problem? Earlier on yesterday it was reported that half a million vehicles could be affected, now this number has increased to 11 million vehicles. If it is a U.S. response, it is going to be very different versus a global response. Undoubtedly the whole affair is going to have impacts and repercussions far beyond just VW. We are already seeing people in South Korea, France, the UK, starting to question the emissions testing standards. And this is half of the issue here. There is no global standard regarding emissions testing: the fact that it can be different up to 2.5 time as many NOx pollutants that can be allowed in Europe and in UK versus the U.S. and then further differences on CO2 emissions make it tougher for global vehicle manufacturers to comply. That doesn’t make it acceptable, but does explain part of the problem the manufacturers are facing. So the first question is: will we see more standards on a global level, which is going to have repercussions on all OEMs, while the second one is longer term: is Diesel really the right powertrain we want to produce and want to prioritise through our vehicle manufacturers of the future?”

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Movie screening and debate on how home affairs funds are spent in migration

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2015

labour-migrationThe Civil Liberties Committee will hold the sixth debate on the strategic own-initiative report on migration on Thursday 2 July, from 9.00 to 10.30. The way home affairs funds are spent in migration and development context, including emergency funds, is the topic to be addressed in this meeting.A series of debates on the portrayal of migration through cinema will also take place in the framework of the preparation of this report, followed by a sequence of screenings focussing on this topic. The third movie will be shown in room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G3 on Wednesday 1 July, from 19.00: “Like a man on earth”.Invited speakers for the debate in the Civil Liberties Committee on 2 JulyTopic: How home affairs funds are spent in migration and development context, including emergency funds Speakers:
Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe, Bruges
H. J. Koller, Head of Responsible Authority Unit, Dutch Ministry for Security and Justice
Gabriel Barbatei, Head of the Programme Implementation Unit within the General Inspectorate for Immigration
The debate will take place on Thursday 2 July, from 9.00 to 10.30, in room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050, in Brussels. It will be webstreamed on EP Live.
The next session on the strategic report on migration is scheduled for the meeting of 6 July, in Strasbourg. These discussions will feed into the report that is being prepared by Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, Italy).

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Civil Liberties MEPs restart discussions on surveillance programmes and go to Washington in March

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 febbraio 2015

european commissionThe Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and rapporteur on the US NSA and EU member states’ surveillance programmes, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), presented his working document on the follow-up of the inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens this evening.During the debate, MEPs stressed the need to address new developments since the adoption of Parliament’s resolution on 12 March 2014 and called for a hearing on the Gemalto hacking by NSA/GCHQ.MEPs also recalled that the security of IT systems of EU institutions needs to be improved and that more should be done for the protection of whistleblowers. They also showed their commitment to carry on the committee work to ensure citizens’ right to privacy. (You can follow the interventions of the MEPs during the debate on twitter @EP_Justice)A Civil Liberties delegation will go to Washington in mid-March. For Claude Moraes, “this trip serves as a great opportunity to continue talks with our US counterparts on key areas of justice and home affairs in EU-US relations. Members will have the chance to gauge the US priorities in light of the decision to vote against the NSA surveillance reform bills in the US Congress. This will provide crucial assistance for Members particularly bearing in mind the priorities of the Civil Liberties Committee concerning the strengthening of data protection standards in the EU, including a review of the Safe Harbour and Umbrella Agreement between the EU and US”.

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Anti-money laundering directive: vote on the Parliament/Council agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 gennaio 2015

parlamento europeoBruxelles Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 15.30 Press conference room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 0A50 press conference with Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, LV), from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL), from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee Parliament and Council negotiators reached a deal on the 4th anti-money laundering directive on 16 December, which is to be voted by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 27 January, at 15.00. Under the deal, the ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, accessible not only to the authorities but also to people with a “legitimate interest”, such as investigative journalists and other citizens. The rules will also require banks, auditors, lawyers, real estate agents and casinos, among others, to be more vigilant about suspicious transactions made by their clients. The new rules will contribute to fight tax crimes and terrorist financing.

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Social Cohesion in the EU must be strengthened

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 gennaio 2014

greek churchThree days after the official start of the Greek EU Presidency, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister with specific responsibility for European Affairs, Dimitris KOURKOULAS, received a delegation of senior Greek and European Church representatives in Athens. Also in attendance were senior officials from the Foreign Ministry. The aim of this meeting, one in a long-standing series of high-level encounters between Church representatives and the in-coming presidencies of the EU, was to discuss the principal issues the Greek EU Presidency hopes to address in the first six months of 2014. Top of the agenda were the questions of social cohesion and migration in the EU.Right at the beginning of the meeting, Minister Kourkoulas underlined how important he viewed the encounter. It was his view that the Churches could draw on their pastoral experience, with projects on the ground, and their wealth of social teaching to assist in working toward solutions to the challenges on which the Greek Presidency is keen to focus. Precisely for this reason, the minister pleaded to the Churches to keep in touch with the presidency team so that today’s meeting would have follow-up.The meeting with the Presidency in Athens was organised by the Vice-President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), H. E Metropolitan Emanuel of France, and by the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), together with the Churches in Greece.

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United States joins Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 maggio 2010

United Nations, New York – The United States government today announced it is joining the UN Alliance of Civilizations. It will be the 100th member country of the initiative. “I am pleased that the United States has announced its intention to join the Alliance of Civilizations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The US will bring unique capabilities to this initiative, not least the great diversity and innovative character of the American people.”  President Sampaio, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, welcomed the decision. “The United States membership is a very significant opportunity to maintain the issue of cultural diversity high on the global agenda,” he said. The Alliance of Civilizations is a special project of the UN Secretary-General which seeks to counter the cultural and religious forces which can lead to extremism and polarization in society, and works to actively engage governments in support of civil society projects that help bring communities together. The Alliance has already developed a number of partnerships with US-based organizations, and the entry of the US government into the Alliance is expected to lead to greater participation by US-based academic and research institutions, NGOs, businesses, religious and media groups. “The goals and activities of the Alliance complement President Obama’s vision of active U.S. engagement with other nations and international organizations to advance American security interests and meet the global challenges of the 21st century,” said Philip Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

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World Economic Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 gennaio 2010

Davos (Svizzera). Si conclude il  31 gennaio la quarantesima edizione dell’annuale World Economic Forum. Dirigenti politici ed economici si incontrano per affrontare le problematiche più urgenti e critiche del pianeta, verso il superamento della crisi economico-finanziaria globale e una rielaborazione dei modelli di business in un contesto economico profondamente mutato.  Manpower è partner strategico dell’evento, a guidare il dibattito sull’indispensabile necessità di un ripensamento e una ridefinizione del mercato del lavoro globale. I massimi esponenti dell’azienda parteciperanno alle principali sessioni di discussione che avranno luogo nel corso del Forum: Jeff Joerres, CEO di Manpower Inc., David Arkless, Presidente Global Corporate & Government Affairs, Barbara Beck, Presidente Manpower EMEA operations, Francoise Gri, Executive Vicepresidente di Manpower Francia. Molteplici le tematiche trattate, tra le quali: la creazione delle competenze viste come il futuro dell’occupazione, il raggiungimento della parità di genere nel mondo del lavoro, le iniziative per la ridefinizione dell’assetto economico globale, il ruolo dei social network in azienda.  Tra i principali elementi che andranno a trasformare e ridefinire il mercato del lavoro mondiale, Manpower ha identificato quelli che saranno cruciali per navigare con successo l’onda della ripresa. Anzitutto c’è la carenza di talenti e la relativa difficoltà a soddisfare la richiesta di competenze specifiche da parte delle aziende, difficoltà che diventerà sempre più grande con la diminuzione della popolazione in età da lavoro e che porterà le aziende a concepire in maniera diversa la definizione di una professione e a individuare i modi migliori per attrarre e trattenere i talenti “rari”. Le rivoluzioni tecnologiche avranno il potere di cambiare luoghi, tempi e modi di concepire il lavoro, dando alle aziende il vantaggio di essere più agili e innovative. Il livello delle richieste da parte delle aziende diventerà sempre più alto e sofisticato, e ciò richiederà un differente modo di lavorare, guidato dall’innovazione e dalla ricerca di valore aggiunto ed efficienza.

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