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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

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Independent Ethics Body: presentations and debate on transparency and integrity in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 novembre 2020

Bruxelles. Two studies were discussed in the presence of their authors and MEPs, in a joint Constitutional Affairs and Legal Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday.Dr Christoph Demmke, Professor of Public Management, University of Vaasa, Finland, presented “Conflict of interest policies: effectiveness and best practice in Europe”. He argued that the tendency to expand existing policies has proven to be ineffective, urging for less self-regulation and underlining the need for an independent, external and depoliticised body with sanctions capabilities. Dr Markus Frischuut, Professor, Jean Monnet Chair “EU Values & DIGitalization for our CommuNITY (DIGNITY)”, at MCI / The Entrepreneurial School, Innsbruck, Austria, spoke on “Strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU institutions by setting up an independent EU ethics body”. He pointed out that scandals have reduced citizens’ trust in the EU and proposed a new interinstitutional agreement to consolidate and expand existing mechanisms.Most MEPs who took the floor agreed on the need for an independent ethics body and will be looking forward to the draft report by rapporteur Daniel Freund (Greens/EFA, DE), and the opinion by Stéphane Séjourné (Renew, FR). Some questioned were raised on the feasibility of the authors’ proposals, drawing attention to the envisioned body’s structure, membership and scope. Other discussion topics included accessibility recommendations, investigations of conflict of interest allegations of Commissioners, how oversight for a range of codes of conduct would materialise, and the authority of the IEB to enforce sanctions. Many wondered how it would establish conflicts of interest without access to tax, law and asset documents.

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Friend of the Sea first sustainable seafood program recognized

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 marzo 2016

commissione europeaby EU National Accreditation Body. Friend of the Sea is the first certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to have achieved official endorsement by an EU National Accreditation Body. This is the highest possible recognition of consistency and integrity that any certification program could aim at.
Only EU National Accreditation Bodies can carry out accreditation activities in the EU, according to the regulation of the European Parliament and Commission n° 765 of July 9, 2008. Any other private accreditation would thus be not compliant with EU Accreditation rules and possibly in infringement. Friend of the Sea is now working only with those Certification Bodies that have applied for this official EU accreditation.
“EU National Accreditation positions Friend of the Sea above any other sustainable fisheries certification program, as far as independence and credibility are concerned”, comments Paolo Bray, Director and Founder of Friend of the Sea. “We are disappointed to learn that the new GSSI benchmark will accept application of schemes not compliant with the EU Accreditation rules as this surely weakens the validity of the GSSI assessment, with a potential to mislead companies and consumers.”

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Free places at the top business table

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 marzo 2015

Federation of British Industries 241 350For over a hundred years it has been common practice for employers to group together into employer associations. In the USA, for instance, the American Society of Employers has been operating since 1902 and in the UK the Federation of British Industries (now the CBI) was formed in 1916. Most employer associations are veiled in mystery and do not openly reveal their costs of membership. Often subscriptions are based on a company’s size and calculated as a percentage of payroll – which means that large companies may be paying in excess of $25,000 a year to retain their affiliation. The Federation of International Employers (FedEE Global) has always operated – like the World Economic Forum – on a highly exclusive basis and limited its membership to the largest multinational companies in the world. However, now its approach has changed to be highly transparent, offering particularly fast growing companies the best possible value for money. That is why its basic grade of “Enterprise Membership” is now completely free. Announcing this change at a breakfast meeting of FedEE members today, the Secretary-General of The Federation, Robin Chater” said that “Employers operating internationally face huge risks and currently there is a significant gap between a company’s in-house resources and outside professional firms such as lawyers and accountants.” “Human resource executives have to make many decisions every day about how to treat employees in widely differing situations and cannot be expected to call their lawyer every time they wish to check out how they should act. This is where FedEE Global is an invaluable resource, with its massive database of employment legislation and pay levels around the world and its vast body of related data. We believe information about significant HR developments should, at the very least, be open to the widest possible audience of multinational employers.”At the end of 2014 FedEE Global launched its business travel online community (but-n.com) for executives on the move. FedEE Global is now about to launch a programme of video-conferenced events aimed at companies that need to keep up-to-date with issues and trends not addressed by conventional conference organisations. The first of these will address the risks of abduction faced by senior multinational executives as they travel around the world.

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Legendary British rower Chris Martin

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 giugno 2014

The Great Pacific Race, organised by legendary British rower Chris Martin, consists of 13 ocean rowing boats competing in solo, pairs and fours teams racing from California to Hawaii, a distance of 2,400 miles across the world’s most unforgiving and unpredictable ocean. One of the competitors is 39 year old Brit, Daryl Farmer, whose normal occupation is maintaining ponds and aquaria in and around his home town of East Grinstead, Sussex, UK. First time ocean rower Daryl has temporarily swopped working with small fish and is out in the big pond of the Pacific Ocean hoping for some close encounters with whales and sharks. He is rowing solo in ‘Bojangles’ for team Rowing4Reefs to raise money for Earthrace ocean conservation and for Peter Andre’s Foundation for kidney cancer. Although the official start was on 9 June, Daryl and six of the other rowing crews were forced to return to shore two days afterwards because high winds were making progress impossible. As Daryl explained, “The decision was taken to accept a tow back to port to wait for a better weather window. Not the start I wanted but this is by no means over. Anyone following the tracker would have seen the pattern – row hard at night to get to a good position, rest on para anchor, and wake up exactly where I started from due to winds and a current running within the bay. “With no break due for the next few days, this seemed like the right call. The positives are that Bo feels spot on, we will get some speed and power once we’re out there, we just need kinder winds to allow us to clear the bay.” teams have already reported seeing not only whales and dolphins but also an increasing amount of plastic and other pollutants in the ocean. Throughout his row, Daryl will be helping by collecting water samples that will be analysed for the presence of microplastics by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic debris 5mm or smaller that are a huge source of contamination to marine ecosystems. Sources of microplastics include the plastic beads used in many body and facial scrubs and fibres produced from laundering materials made from synthetics. Just getting to the start was a struggle for Farmer whose boat ‘Bojangles’ is already in the record books as the first and only rowing boat to successfully complete a crossing of the Pacific West to East with its crew of Mick Dawson and Chris Martin in 2009.

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WJC, US Condemns Academic Body for Anti-Israel Resolution

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 gennaio 2014

Natali a New York (2)NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress, United States (WJC, US) today condemned the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly for adopting a one-sided and biased resolution blaming Israel for its “denials of entry to the West Bank by U.S. academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.”
Rabbi Joel H. Meyers, Chairman of WJC, US said: “We are deeply disappointed that the MLA Delegate Assembly would single out Israel, holding it to a double standard. This biased resolution fails to recognize that many countries, including Israel, have visa requirements, and that Israel must take extra care regarding border security, considering the constant attacks on its civilians from Palestinian areas. The resolution also fails to acknowledge the academic freedom that is the hallmark of Israel.”The MLA is the principal American organization for academics who teach language and literature. The resolution was adopted by a 60-53 vote today at the MLA convention in Chicago and now needs to be considered by the MLA Executive Council before it is submitted to the entire membership for a vote.The resolution is widely seen as a stalking horse for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which scored a victory last month when the 5,000 member American Studies Association (ASA) voted to adopt a boycott. The victory, however, prompted a backlash: Since then, more than 100 American universities have denounced the ASA boycott.The MLA’s leadership seems keen to take up the BDS issue. While an emergency resolution supporting the ASA boycott brought forward at the MLA convention today failed to make it to a floor vote, the chairman of the MLA Executive Council said that the Executive Council would consider the resolution later. On Thursday, the MLA convention featured a “roundtable discussion” proposing a boycott that included no pro-Israel voices. The MLA declined the request of Hillel International and the Israel Campus Coalition to hold a counter session on academic freedom in Israel at the convention.WJC has spoken out forcefully against BDS. World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder reacted strongly to the ASA boycott vote, saying: This vote to boycott Israel, one of the most democratic and academically free nations on the globe, shows the Orwellian anti-Semitism and moral bankruptcy” of the ASA.

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