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Halo Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Canmart

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 ottobre 2020

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE) Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement, (the “Share Purchase Agreement”) pursuant to which the Company, in exchange for up to 72,463,768 common shares of Halo (“Halo Shares”), will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canmart Ltd. (“Canmart”), a licensed importer and distributor of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (“CBPMs”) in the United Kingdom (“UK”) (the “Acquisition”). Issuance of certain Halo Shares will be subject to milestones and, once issued, will be subject to volume trading restrictions (see “Transaction Overview” below).The UK population consumes one of the greatest amounts of cannabis per capita in the world. With an estimated 4.7 million cannabis users out of a total general population of 66.4 million in 2019, the number of users per capita even approaches California, currently the single largest cannabis market in the world.1 While the estimated number of people in the UK who use cannabis to treat chronic health conditions is only 1.4 million,2 the legal use of medical cannabis is still in its relative infancy. The UK legalized CPBMs, including plant materials, oils, tinctures, edibles and capsules, in November 2018.Nearly all CPBM prescriptions are imported, because there is no formal domestic manufacturing program in the UK.3 However, as legal prescriptions are on the rise,4 recent regulations have sought to streamline and ease the importation of medical cannabis to the UK. In March 2020, the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (the “MHRA”) and the Home Office implemented changes that enable Canmart to import large quantities of CPBMs and hold inventory of these approved medicines. The Company’s research of publicly available information indicates that Canmart and four other companies in the UK currently possess all of the licenses necessary for bulk importation and distribution of CPBMs.

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For a comprehensive agreement with the UK

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2020

“Last week, the European Union and the UK government exchanged draft legal texts covering their respective visions of our future relationship. The EU’s text is fully based on the Political Declaration, while that of the UK seems to cover only some elements.
The EU is still convinced that a comprehensive agreement covering all areas of the Political Declaration is better suited to the kind of ambitious partnership that would be in the interests of both the EU and the UK. The European Parliament remains fully committed to reaching a broad agreement with our British partners that encompasses not only trade, but a wide range of sectors. The UK’s commitments and obligations must be consistent and commensurate with the level of cooperation they are seeking to strike with us.From the first round of talks, major differences became evident on fisheries, on level playing field issues, on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and on the overall governance of the future relations. We need to work relentlessly to find solutions to these disagreements. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the European Parliament remains committed to fulfil its role. It will continue to scrutinise the negotiations and hold regular exchanges of views with the EU chief negotiator.For now, we are still waiting to see guarantees that the UK will fulfil all of its commitments stemming from the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Irish Protocol. This is key for us in the European Parliament. The British side must live up to its commitments.
With the end of the transition period, regardless of the deal struck, any changes will be important for the citizens and businesses in the UK and, to a certain extent, in the EU. Both sides therefore need to ensure the best possible outcome in the negotiations, to the benefit of both parties.”

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ViacomCBS and Comcast Announce Content Carriage Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 gennaio 2020

ViacomCBS and Comcast Corporation announced today the companies have renewed their content carriage agreement that includes continued retransmission consent of 23 CBS-owned television stations in 15 major markets across the country, including CBS-owned The CW affiliates, as well as distribution of the popular entertainment and sports channels SHOWTIME®, Smithsonian Channel™, Pop TV and CBS Sports Network to Xfinity customers. In addition, CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms later this year. This will mark the first time CBS will make the CBS All Access app available on an MVPD-based set-top box. The agreement also includes TV Everywhere availability of programming from CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network to Xfinity customers, who will be able to enjoy live authenticated streaming on, the CBS app and Comcast’s authenticated platform Xfinity Stream. Pop TV and content from Smithsonian Channel have previously been available to stream via Comcast’s authenticated platforms. In addition, the authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME® will continue to provide Xfinity SHOWTIME subscribers with unlimited access to acclaimed original series, hit movies, sports, documentaries, specials and much more online and on mobile devices.CBS-owned stations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, as well as CBS-owned The CW affiliates in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, will continue to be distributed to Xfinity customers. In addition, two MyNetwork affiliates will be available in Boston and Miami and the CBS-owned independent station will be available in New York.

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Acceleron and Fulcrum Therapeutics Announce Pulmonary Research and Discovery Collaboration Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 gennaio 2020

Acceleron Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq:XLRN), a leading biopharmaceutical company in the discovery and development of TGF-beta superfamily therapeutics to treat serious and rare diseases, and Fulcrum Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:FULC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the lives of patients with genetically defined rare diseases, today announced they have entered into a collaboration and license agreement to identify small molecules designed to modulate specific pathways associated with a targeted indication within the pulmonary disease space.

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A new agreement between Broadband Forum (BBF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 ottobre 2019

BAA and SEBA/VOLTHA are complementary because they solve different carrier problems, while addressing operators’ increasing desire to move to agile, software-defined access networks via open source development with open and standardized interfaces. The agreement between Broadband Forum and ONF further builds on this by focusing on the most important aspects of migration and co-existence to interconnect existing parts of the access network with new technologies. Broadband Forum and ONF believe that many types of carrier deployments would benefit from the capabilities offered by OB-BAA and SEBA/VOLTHA. The cooperation between the two organizations takes their work to the next level, providing an effective and efficient path for operators to leverage the innovations and benefits of both initiatives while ensuring interoperability, high performance, scalability and maximum reliability.

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MARV and Coty Inc. Announce New Fragrance Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

Coty Inc. and Matthew Vaughn today announced a global creative partnership to launch a new line of Kingsman fragrances for men, to be sold at select luxury retailers. The first release will debut alongside the upcoming MARV and 20th Century Fox title The King’s Man, in February 2020.Matthew Vaughn is director, writer and producer of the Kingsman film series, whose smash hit films Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) have inspired several groundbreaking luxury retail partnerships, including the successful KINGSMAN luxury men’s wear and accessories collection by MR PORTER and Vaughn, currently in its 10th season.Edgar Huber, President Coty Luxury, added, “As a unique, quintessentially-British lifestyle brand, Kingsman fits perfectly within Coty Luxury’s portfolio and nicely complements our strong luxury men’s fragrance business. Through our combined strength in storytelling and Coty’s marketing and commercial expertise, we are uniquely positioned to translate the Kingsman universe into a success in fragrances.” Matthew Vaughn states, “This partnership is a further evolution of the Kingsman brand; a collaboration that represents the same high quality and craftsmanship the Kingsman portfolio is known for. Working with Coty’s expertise in fragrance, and with a truly exciting campaign to come, I look forward to the launch of the newest addition to the Kingsman collection.”

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Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 luglio 2019

Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that private equity funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) have agreed to acquire Vungle, a leading performance marketing platform for in-app video advertisements on mobile devices.Vungle is trusted by publishers of more than 60,000 mobile apps worldwide, including top brands such as Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely, among others. The company serves more than 4 billion video views per month on over a billion unique devices, and is consistently ranked #1 for cross-platform user retention by industry mobile performance indexes. Vungle is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.Sachin Bavishi, Principal at Blackstone, said, “As a best-in-class performance marketing platform, Vungle represents a key growth engine for the mobile app ecosystem. Our investment will help deliver on the company’s tremendous growth potential and we look forward to partnering with management to extend Vungle’s strength across mobile gaming and other performance brands.”In connection with the transaction, Vungle has also reached a settlement agreement with founder Zain Jaffer and is pleased to have this matter resolved. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Vungle and Guggenheim Securities, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Blackstone on the transaction. DLA Piper LLP (US) is serving as legal advisor to Vungle and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal advisor to Blackstone.

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Agreement on Europzone budget is a step forward but more is needed to safeguard the Eurozone

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 giugno 2019

The European Council reached an agreement on the creation of a budget for the Eurozone. Sandro GOZI, President of the Union of European Federalists comments: “After many months of blockage and inaction, today’s agreement on the creation of a budget for the Eurozone is a small but important symbolical step forward. While the size of the budget is likely to be very small, the agreement of national governments that a common currency needs a common budget is a major breakthrough for the future development of the Eurozone architecture. When the next economic crisis hits, we need a tool on the European level to fight back, and it has been time that all Member States agreed to this principle.”“Unfortunately, President Macron’s proposals have been watered down in negotiations, leaving us with a less than ideal result. I fear that the current proposal risks not only being too small to counter a major crisis like in 2012 but also it duplicates parts of existing programmes instead of filling the gaps in the Eurozone architecture.”“Building on this proposal the new Commission should propose an additional budgetary capacity that is not part of the general EU budget and can be scaled up quickly when it is needed. Such a budget also should give the flexibility to spend the funds where and when it is needed and not be allocated to Member States over seven years according to their contributions. Time is running out to fix the roof while the sun is shining. Negotiations on the Eurozone budget need to be decoupled from the general EU budget and start focusing on building a real monetary and fiscal union before it is too late”, continues Sandro GOZI.

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Globality and HSBC Enter Into Agreement to Realize the Financial Services Leader’s Vision for AI-Driven Self-Serve Procurement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 maggio 2019

Globality, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with HSBC, one of the world’s leading banking and financial services companies, in which HSBC is adopting Globality’s innovative AI-based Platform for sourcing and procurement of services.
HSBC is at the forefront of revolutionizing sourcing by enabling its business stakeholders to do self-serve procurement utilizing Globality’s artificial intelligence, real-time collaboration and intuitive user experience. With Globality’s AI-based Platform, HSBC users will be able to scope projects in hours rather than days, and intelligently match their unique requirements to the best suppliers around the world.
Finding the best service provider at the right price for every project is impossible to achieve with legacy systems that are mostly analog and are not continuously learning, capturing knowledge, or digitally sharing results and feedback. As a result, companies do not get maximum value from third-party suppliers. Nor do they get the unprecedented access to a worldwide network of highly qualified, carefully vetted firms that are members of Globality’s Service Provider Network.“We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with HSBC’s procurement team to advance their vision of a fully automated procurement process that enables their internal stakeholders to source higher quality, lower cost services. HSBC is a leader in creating a vision for the future of procurement, understanding that the legacy systems of paper-intensive RFPs and sole source negotiations do not result in strategic value. Utilizing AI technology and Globality’s “smart sourcing” process will ensure that all HSBC service providers, large or small, win projects in a transparent digital ecosystem where decisions are based solely on the merits of quality, results, costs, and performance,” said Globality Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO Joel Hyatt.Globality’s Platform provides companies with a highly secure and digital way to fully scope projects, engage qualified suppliers, assure pricing and quality competition, effectively evaluate proposals, and make informed sourcing decisions. In addition, using Globality’s Platform significantly accelerates the entire procurement process, enabling far faster speed to market.

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EPIX and AT&T Reach Distribution Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2019

EPIX, the premium TV network owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), and AT&T (NYSE: T) today announced that they have reached a distribution agreement that will make EPIX available on a subscription basis to customers for $5.99 beginning Sunday, May 19th. The network will also be available soon on the streaming service DIRECTV NOW. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with AT&T and make our growing slate of original programming and Hollywood movies accessible to viewers across the DIRECTV universe,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “It’s an exciting moment of growth for us as we build a brand that delivers a superior customer experience with high-powered, premium original series to a new audience on DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.”Added Monty Sarhan, EVP and General Manager, EPIX, “AT&T has been a tremendous partner of ours over the years. We are extremely excited about launching on DIRECTV and expanding EPIX’s availability nationwide. This is an incredibly important platform for us and a truly momentous launch for our network.” “We are pleased to add EPIX to our vast content offering in the premium TV category. With its growing lineup of original programming, EPIX is a great addition for our DIRECTV customers,” said Dan York, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer for AT&T.

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Agreement on the first ever multi-annual fisheries management plan in the Western Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the Commission’s proposal establishing a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea, covering mainly areas that concern France, Italy and Spain. The agreement will help restore stocks in the region to levels that can ensure social and economic viability for the fishers.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “I am happy that an agreement was reached on our proposalSearch for available translations of the preceding link for the Western Mediterranean Sea region presenting a momentous leap forward in delivering concrete EU commitment to restore vital fish stocks and prevent a loss of jobs in sectors that depend on fisheries. The Mediterranean Sea is highly overfished, as we know, and this first multi-annual plan gives the reassurances needed to change the situation for the better – a win-win situation for our fishermen and oceans alike setting the bar for further progress in the Mediterranean.”Around 16,000 jobs depend on the robust stock preservation measures detailed in the plan. The proposal covers demersal fish stocks, i.e. fish that live and feed at the bottom of the seabed. Catches for these stocks have significantly decreased by around 23 % since the early 2000s. At this rate, more than 90 % of the stocks assessed would be overfished by 2025. The agreement reached last night aims to tackle this critical and urgent issue, and bring back demersal fish stocks to sustainable levels, while ensuring long-term profitability for our fishers.Given the worrying situation of the stocks and the date of entering into force of the plan, a five-year transitional period was included in order to progressively decrease fishing mortality towards the target MSY. The main measures of the plan include an EU fishing effort regime for all trawl vessels operating in the western Mediterranean and a 3-month closure area for the protection of juveniles. Recreational fisheries will also play a greater role, with the possibility of setting non-discriminatory limits in the Council and technical measures through Regionalisation. Finally, control measures will fully apply in order to monitor the fishing effort regime. Once formally adopted, this will be the first multi-annual plan at EU level in the Mediterranean Sea. This reflects Commission’s important work and ambition for Mediterranean fisheries.

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Sinovac Determines Trigger Event Occurred Under Rights Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 febbraio 2019

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) (“Sinovac” or the “Company”), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) determined that certain stockholders became “Acquiring Persons,” as defined in the Company’s Rights Agreement (“Rights Agreement”), prior to the Company’s Annual General Meeting held on February 6, 2018 (the “AGM”). As a result, a “Trigger Event” occurred under the Rights Agreement. The Board effectuated the exchange (the “Exchange”) of each preferred share purchase right (the “Rights”) that was valid and outstanding as of the close of trading in the United States on February 22, 2019 for 0.655 of the Company’s common shares (the “Common Shares”) and .345 of the Company’s newly created Series B Convertible Preferred Shares (the “Series B Preferred Shares” and, together, each an “Exchange Share”). The total Exchange Shares to be received by any holder will be rounded up to the nearest whole Common Share and rounded down to the nearest whole Series B Preferred Share. Since the Company is issuing a significant number of new Common Shares and Series B Preferred Shares in the Exchange, shareholders should expect the share price to adjust downwards to reflect the issuance of the Exchange

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CoStar Group Announces Agreement with Oxford Economics

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, announced an expanded agreement with Oxford Economics, the leading global economic advisory firm and provider of economic data, analysis, and forecasts. Oxford Economics will provide CoStar with the economic data and forecasts used in CoStar’s product offerings and commercial real estate forecasting models across the United States, Europe, and Canada.“We have worked with Oxford Economics for nearly a decade in Europe and are pleased that they are now forecasting all US metros, allowing CoStar to have a consistent economic data provider and view across both North America and Europe,” said John Affleck, CoStar’s Vice President of Market Analytics. “Their Global Macro Model is the industry standard for integrated global economic forecasting, and will allow CoStar to produce custom economic scenarios. And, their county- and LAD-level data enables us to include economic effects at a sub-market level in our forecasting models.” Headquartered in Oxford, UK with offices around the world, Oxford Economics employs more than 250 economists and analysts serving leading multinational companies, financial groups, real estate organizations, governments, central banks and academic institutions worldwide. Long regarded as the industry leader in city, regional and other sub-national economic forecasting globally, Oxford Economics recently expanded its US forecasting coverage to include more than 3,500 sub-national economies, spanning all 50 states, 382 metros and 3,142 counties.CoStar’s forecasting model, as seen in CoStar’s market and submarket reports, will be fueled with Oxford Economics metro-level data, a range of economic scenarios beyond the Base Case, including an Upside, Slower Growth, a Recession case, and an Interest Rate Shock scenario.

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US climate policy: one year on from the announcement of Paris Agreement withdrawal

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 maggio 2018

One year ago this week (June 1 2017), President Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The Climate Action Tracker has recently updated its assessment of US climate action, and has found the following:Despite efforts by the Trump Administration to roll back climate policies, renewable energy from wind and solar is still developing so fast that the CAT had to revise its projections for US emissions in 2030 downwards by 5%. US emissions projections decrease slightly through the early 2020s and then level off in 2030.
In 2017, fossil fuel-fired electricity generation experienced its steepest year-on-year decline since the 2008 financial crisis, as wind and solar reached record shares in the electricity mix, and 6.3 GW of coal-fired capacity was shut down, despite the Trump Administration’s attempts to boost coal. Current US policies are projected to reduce emissions by 11–13% below 2005 levels by 2025—only half of the reductions in the US’s Paris Agreement pledge.
The CAT rates the US NDC (because of the announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement) as “Critically Insufficient” and its policies as “Highly Insufficient”
“While continued coal use is still firmly in the sights of the US Administration, the reality on the ground is renewables: there are clear signs from on the ground that renewable energy is taking over due to cost-competitiveness, and is highly likely to continue doing so” – Bill Hare, CEO, Climate Analytics. All eyes remain on the “We Are Still In” campaign where at least 21 States have emissions reduction targets. The full implementation of current recorded and quantifiable non-federal climate commitments could take the US halfway toward meeting its NDC commitments. “If developments on renewables continue as positively as in the past, and new commitments by US states, cities and businesses are implemented, the USA could still meet its Paris commitment,” – Prof. Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute.

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TSYS Extends Existing Agreement with Capital One UK

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 marzo 2018

TSYS (NYSE: TSS), a leading global payments solutions provider, today announced it has extended its long-term agreement with Capital One (Europe) PLC to continue providing processing services for Capital One’s UK portfolio of consumer credit card accounts for multiple years. This news comes on the heels of TSYS extending its agreement with Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF) in North America, announced in December 2017.Capital One has grown to become one of the UK’s top ten card providers in just over 20 years, with a focus on customer service. This has resulted in Capital One becoming the only card provider with a 4-star rated credit card from the Fairbanking Ratings Report*.“TSYS and Capital One have forged an excellent working relationship through the years, which has resulted in strong growth and innovative partnerships” said Ashley Beard, Director of Account Management, TSYS International. “This ongoing partnership creates further opportunities for continued success to bring innovative card solutions to market with our award-winning and dynamic partner.”

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Exactech Shareholders Approve Merger Agreement with TPG Capital

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 febbraio 2018

Exactech (Nasdaq: EXAC), a leading developer and producer of orthopaedic implant devices and surgical instrumentation for extremities and large joints, today announced that at a Special Meeting of Shareholders held earlier today, Exactech’s shareholders approved the previously announced merger agreement with TPG Capital and certain of its affiliates, and approved the other two proposals described in Exactech’s proxy statement relating to today’s meeting.Approximately 94.5% of voting Exactech shareholders cast their votes in favor of the merger, representing approximately 73.7% of Exactech’s outstanding common stock as of the record date for the special shareholder meeting. The final results will be available on a Current Report on Form 8-K, to be filed later this week by the company.Upon completion of the transaction, Exactech shareholders will receive an amount in cash equal to $49.25 per share of Exactech common stock. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or around February 14, 2018, at which time Exactech will become a private company and its common stock will no longer trade on the NASDAQ. In addition, the company’s common stock will cease to be registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

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Denmark-Europol: Civil Liberties MEPs vote first step towards the establishment of a cooperation agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2017

europolDenmark should be added to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude operational cooperation agreements, the Civil Liberties Committee recommended on Thursday. However, MEPs also stress that such an agreement would be exceptional and should only be transitional.
The Committee passed the draft report by Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra (EPP, ES) unanimously (42 votes in favour) recommending that Denmark be added to the list, but also calling on the Council to provide “for an expiry date of five years after the date of entry into force of the agreement.”Including such a sunset clause would be in line with the Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the Commission and the Prime Minister of Denmark of 15 December 2016, MEPs say and point out that the declaration stresses not only the operational needs, but also the “exceptional and transitional nature of the foreseen arrangement between Europol and Denmark”.
The recommendation to add Denmark to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements is scheduled for a plenary vote next week in Strasbourg (13-16 Feb).
Adding Denmark to the list of countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements (Decision 2009/935/JHA) constitutes a first step towards setting up an operational cooperation agreement between Denmark and Europol so as to minimise the negative impact of Denmark’s departure from Europol on 1 May 2017, following the Danish referendum on 3 Dec. 2015, and avoid creating gaps in the joint fight against serious crime and terrorism.
After the plenary vote on the recommendation to add Denmark to the list, Council will need to consult Parliament on establishing the concrete cooperation agreement between Europol and Denmark.
Parliament has no formal say on adding Denmark to the list and establishing a cooperation agreement, but it needs to be consulted on both issues before an agreement can be concluded.

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Paris Agreement spells the end of the fossil fuel era

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 novembre 2016

Amsterdam. As the Paris agreement comes into force tomorrow, setting an irreversible trajectory towards the complete phase out of fossil fuels, Greenpeace International Executive Director, Jennifer Morgan, said:“By governments committing to the Paris agreement they have underscored the inevitable global transition away from fossil fuels. With renewable energy already winning markets from fossil fuels and coal heading into amsterdamterminal decline we have good reasons to be optimistic, but it will take even more innovation and civic support before we can uncork the champagne. We need to see governments’ national plans be much more ambitious in cutting emissions, because their current contributions to this agreement are nowhere near enough to achieve its goals.We expect that in the next couple of weeks, at the Marrakech climate talks, governments will start addressing this dangerous gap with the urgency our planet requires.”Commenting on the UNEP Emissions Gap report 2016, Morgan added:“We’re entering the crucial years in our fight against climate chaos when we can still tackle climate change with clean, safe and smart solutions that are proven, ready to roll out and come with absolute benefits to our health, jobs and to the environment. If we miss this window because we’re stuck with weak national targets, it will quickly close and we’ll be left with big costs, big risks and big question marks. The only choice is to act now.”

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Parliament endorses EU-Peru visa waiver agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 luglio 2016

Lima Cattedrale - Credit PromPerùAn EU-Peru visa waiver agreement enabling Peruvians to travel to the EU and EU nationals to travel to Peru without requesting a visa for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period was endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday. The deal was approved by 611 votes to 59, with 21 abstentions.The agreement, signed in Brussels on 14 March by foreign affairs minister Ana María Sánchez de Ríos for Peru, Dutch foreign affairs minister Bert Koenders for the EU Council and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos for the EU, has applied provisionally since 15 March, pending Parliament’s approval.The deal applies to all citizens holding a valid ordinary, diplomatic, service, official or special passport, travelling for any legal purpose except carrying out a paid activity. For that category, each member state individually may decide to impose or withdraw a visa requirement for Peruvians citizens, and Peru may choose to do likewise for citizens of each EU country.Parliament´s rapporteur, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), says that the visa waiver will enhance economic and cultural relations and also intensify political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms. She also notes that Peru was one of a minority of Latin American countries still subject to EU visa requirements.
The deal will not apply to UK and Ireland, as stipulated in protocols to the EU treaties. The visa regime for these member states remains subject to their national laws. In the case of France and the Netherlands, the agreement’s provisions apply only in their European territories.

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Parliament endorses deal on new EU rules on presumption of innocence

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 gennaio 2016

parlamento europeoThe European Parliament endorsed on Wednesday the agreement reached with the Council last November on new legislation to ensure that the right to the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings is applied consistently throughout the EU, so that Member States can have full trust in each other´s criminal justice systems.Under the directive, that was passed in plenary with 577 votes in favour, 48 against and 86 abstentions, Member states shall take measures to ensure that public authorities do not refer to suspects or accused persons as being guilty “before such persons have been proven guilty according to law” and they will have to abstain from presenting suspects or accused persons as being guilty, through the use of handcuffs, glass boxes, cages or leg irons, unless those measures are strictly necessary.The negotiators also agreed that the burden of proof in establishing the guilt of suspects or accused persons always lies on the prosecution and any doubt should benefit the accused, while the exercise of the right to remain silent may not be used against a suspect or accused person. The directive still needs to be formally adopted by the Council. Member states will have two years from the date of its publication in the EU Official Journal to transpose it into national law.

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