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Young Serbs and Croats in Brussels said: “We had enough”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 aprile 2017

Elizabeta KitanovicDuring Holy Week from 10-14 April 2017 young adults of the Serbian minority in Croatia and of the Croatian minority in Serbia visited the European institutions. The programme included several mediation sessions which were facilitated by the Quaker Council for European Affairs.The youth from Serbia and Croatia sent a very strong message that they get along very well together, but many difficulties arise from political authorities in both countries. The young people saw the reasons as the inability of the political elite to create positive and strong economic ties in the South-Eastern European region and better possibilities for foreign investments in both countries.
The group visited the European Parliament and had discussions with Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovčić, ALDE and EP rapporteur for Serbian Accession to the EU MEP David McAllister. The study visit included also a session on the reconciliation process in Northern Ireland. Ms Linsey Moore, Deputy Head of Office in the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels explained their work as well as the role of the EU in the reconciliation process, and the funding opportunities in this process which might take on a different shape after Brexit.
The question of European values such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law were discussed in the European Commission with Ms Catherine Wendt and Mr Kyriacos Charalambous from the Cabinet of Commissioner Johannes Hahn, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The message that the youth from Serbia and Croatia transmitted with a mutual voice was: “We have had enough” of the struggling relationships between Croatia and Serbia. They explained to the European Commission representatives that whenever there is struggle between two countries people like them suffer, and not the politicians. Also they expressed that the biggest problems in these two countries are youth unemployment and discrimination based on ethnicity as well as inciting religious and ethnical hatred, especially during election campaigns.A similar message was given to the representatives of the Serbian Representation to the EU and the Croatian Permanent-Representation in Brussels with the emphasis that both minorities feel abandoned by their governments, and are used for political purposes in political arguments between the countries.Auxiliary Bishop of Mechelen and Brussels of the Roman Catholic Church, Jean Kockerols, explained to the young delegates the life of the two communities in Belgium, Wallonia and Flanders and the efforts of churches for a peaceful coexistence in the country. The youth visited the Conference of European Churches, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of the European Community).One of the evenings during this study visit was devoted to communal cooking of Lenten foods and dark chocolate tasting. This programme was organized by the Thematic Reference Group on Human Rights of the Conference of European Churches. (photo: Elizabeta Kitanovic)

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Update Event in Brussels: System for Inspecting Materials and Products with Contact to Drinking Water

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 aprile 2016

acqua-fresca4During the past two decades as well as during the ongoing process of evaluating the Drinking Water Directive, quality assurance for products and materials used in the drinking water sector has been targeted again and again as these products are closely linked to consumer health protection. The affected industry and regulatory bodies already spoke out for uniform implementation of Article 10 of the Drinking Water Directive from 1998 at an event for the associations EurEau, the European Copper Institute, Plastics Europe and Aqua Europa in 2015. On the 12th of May of this year, the current state of the various initiatives for enforcing a European solution will be presented in addition to a new study by the “Environment” Directorate-General of the European Commission at a follow-up event in Brussels. Article 10 of the Drinking Water Directive demands that member states guarantee the hygienic safety of materials and products that come into contact with drinking water. However, appropriate consensus and implementation at the European level also require a common agreement concerning their free market access. Until now, there has not been any legislative framework whatsoever which takes both of these aspects into account. In light of this, a group of European associations – the European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers (EurEau), Plastics Europe as well as Aqua Europa as an association for the manufacturers of products in the drinking water sector and the European Copper Institute (ECI) – discussed possible solutions together with the industry and both national and EU regulatory authorities at a relevant session in May 2015. There, it became clear that the necessity for all parties to pursue a common path enjoys a high level of priority. The discussion was continued throughout the year, which resulted in improved mutual understanding for the needs of the others and a clear catalogue of requirements. This, in turn, now serves as a starting point for the EU Commission’s other activities.Progress was made but the goal has not yet been reached. In the planned update event in Brussels, the intention is to continue the dialogue more rigorously and find goal-oriented solutions.
The German Copper Institute (Deutsches Kupferinstitut Berufsverband e.V.) has assumed the task of administrative support again for the event in 2016. For many years, the German Copper Institute has been responsible for the tasks in the drinking water sector at the request of the European Copper Institute (ECI) and the European semi-finished copper industry and also represents this important sector accordingly while also taking all involved parties into consideration.It is still possible to register for the one-day event until 4 May 2016.

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IEA shows CO2 emissions heading in right direction but rapid reduction is needed – Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

carbon emissionBrussels. Data released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows a stalling of global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2015, for the second year in a row.“Greenpeace welcomes this as a sign that national climate and renewable energy policies are working. World leaders now need to double down on making sure global temperature increase remains within the limits agreed in last year’s Paris Agreement,” said Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia senior climate adviser.The IEA points to declining coal use in China and significant renewable energy uptake in that country and other parts of the world as responsible for the plateau in global emissions growth. This provides renewed hope for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.“China’s efforts to tackle climate change and local air pollution are paying global dividends,” said Li. “China’s emissions may have peaked and are now falling for the second year in a row. This puts the country on track to surpass its Paris climate commitments, which is great news.” Despite the Paris Agreement, however, climate ambitions in some countries continue to lag. While aiming to become the world leader in renewable energy, for example, Europe is the only region in the world that saw investments in renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, decline in the last five years [1].
“It’s very encouraging to see energy-related CO2 emissions growth stall, but few steps have been taken to accelerate clean energy deployment so emissions start to decline,” said Greenpeace International Global Energy Strategist Emily Rochon.“As we are witnessing alarming temperature increases, this is no time to sit back and enjoy the ride. World leaders in Paris agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, which requires unprecedented efforts today, not tomorrow, to scale up renewable energy and reduce energy consumption globally.”The upcoming Paris agreement signatory event in New York on 22 April is a good moment for the European Union and others to signal their commitment to avoiding catastrophic climate change and the 1.5 degree C warming limit. Ban Ki-moon is asking heads of state to come to the event with new commitments for accelerating climate action by 2020.

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Migration: The situation in the Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 novembre 2015

mediterraneoBrussels Monday, 16 November 2015 – Room József Antall (JAN) 4Q2 Debates: The situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration – debate on a working document “Analysis on how Home Funds are spent in migration & development context, including emergency funds”, co-authored by Roberta Metsola, Kashetu Kyenge, Barbara Spinelli and Ignazio Corrao, followed by the presentation of the findings of an ad-hoc delegation to Tunis, Tunisia, on 12-14 October 2015 (15.50 – 16.30) Use of Passenger Name Record data (EU PNR) – rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK) reports back to the committee on the state of play of trilogue negotiations (15.40 – 15.50)
EU agency for law enforcement cooperation and training – rapporteur Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES) reports back to the committee on the state of play of trilogue negotiations (17.10 – 17.15)
Review of the EU Visa Code and establishment of a touring visa – debate on amendments – rapporteurs Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), on the review of the EU Visa Code, and Brice Hortefeux (EPP, FR), on the establishment of a touring visa (16.30 – 17.10)

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CdR: Emigrazione e Asilo, il CIVEX apre un dibattito

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 Mag 2012

Emigrazione e asilo sono al centro del dibattito della Commissione per la cittadinanza, la governabilità, gli affari istituzionali ed esteri (CIVEX) tenutasi a Bruxelles lo scorso 27 aprile. Al centro della discussione i finanziamenti della Commissione europea in materia di Affari locali, Giustizia e Servizi al cittadino per il 2014-2020. Il governatore della Regione Puglia, Nichi Vendola, ha presentato un disegno sull’approccio globale all’emigrazione e alla mobilità in cui ha indicato gli enti locali come protagonisti in quanto promotori e realizzatori delle politiche di sviluppo sociale partendo da una valutazione delle cause dell’emigrazione con particolare riferimento ai cambiamenti climatici. Altra proposta è venuta dal consigliere della città di Pallini, il greco Theodoros Gkotsopoulos, che si è focalizzata sulla Commissione comunicazione, ovvero su come potenziare la solidarietà nel campo dell’asilo in Europa. Il sistema di asilo è attualmente sotto sforzo, specie in seguito alla Primavera araba. Solidarietà e condivisione delle responsabilità sono la chiave delle politiche comunitarie che mirano alla gestione dei confini europei nell’ottica della libertà, della sicurezza e della giustizia. Occorre quindi realizzare un Sistema comunitario di asilo già a partire dalla fine del 2012 così come previsto dal Programma di Stoccolma. Pertanto, gli enti locali hanno un ruolo determinante nell’accogliere i rifugiati e i richiedenti asilo. Il CIVEX ha altresì discusso e votato un disegno sugli strumenti di finanziamento europei in materia di Affari locali e di Giustizia. Tale disegno ha evidenziato il ruolo che gli enti locali hanno nel campo della giustizia, della libertà e della sicurezza, ha espresso una raccomandazione affinché il Comitato delle Regioni sia maggiormente coinvolto nella fase programmatica che si avvierà dal 2014. (Valeriano Valerio) (fonte aiccre)

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Radisson Blu Resort El Quseir Launches Additional Upgrades for Guests

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 Mag 2012

Brussels, (PRNewswire) Radisson Blu Resort El Quseir has launched additional upgrades for its guests, including improvements to Wi-Fi access, food and beverage services and room amenities. The upgrade was carried out by the hotel’s new management team with the aim of increasing guest satisfaction. The new management team is headed by General Manager Mohamad Yassine. It’s supported by Taha Mansour, Front Office Manager, Carola Pawlowitz, Head of German Guest Relations, Ahmed Shawki, IT Manager, Sameh Salib, Food and Beverage Manager, and Nagham Mohamed, Director of Sales and Marketing. The new team has managed to increase guest satisfaction by reinforcing implementation of all Radisson Blu standards, such ensuring all rooms and public areas have free high-speed Wi-Fi connections and upgrading all food and beverage buffets, including the Super Breakfast.
In addition to the new upgrades of the hotel El Quseir, two new room categories have been created to offer extra services and relaxation for the hotel guests.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, including accommodation El Quseir; a global footprint spanning 80 countries, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Missoni and Park Plaza). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, and Brussels, Belgium.

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Lobbying in Brussels

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 aprile 2012

Wikimania 2009, results of the discussion abou...

Wikimania 2009, results of the discussion about possible contents of european lobbying (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brussels, 4 th – 8th June 2012 Brussels is the lobbying capital of Europe where more than 2,600 groups represent European, national and regional interests and over 15,000 professionals seek to influence the EU legislative procedure in the field of economy, human rights, justice, environment and so on. Indeed, European decision-making process is the outcome of a dynamic interaction and dialogue between Institutions and lobby organizations. The Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, settled in Brussels, wants to share its long time experience on European affairs in providing the training course on “EU lobbying – Skills and Strategies”, tailored for those who wish to obtain and improve specific abilities to lobby EU Institutions. Focusing on the in-depth study of their organizations, strategies and actions, the course aims to discover the European lobbying environment. Particular attention will be given to improve specific skills in negotiation and communication tools and to learn how to develop a successful lobbying campaign.
The five-day program, from 4th to 8th June 2012, is divided between theoretical lectures and practical laboratories based on team groups and it is taught in English by an international team of professionals and lobbyists. At the end of the course, participants will benefit of three months of free consultancy on lobbying activities offered by the European Desk of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce. Enrolments in the course are now open until 11th May 2012

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Team Culture 2012: “Europe’s financial crisis is also cultural”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 marzo 2012

Copenhagen On Monday and Tuesday, the Danish Minister for Culture, Mr Uffe Elbæk, convened 13 European notables in Copenhagen to investigate the way in which culture and art can play a decisive role for Europe in the midst of the financial crisis. All agree that the challenges of the current crisis are global and that Europe has a responsibility to lead the way.The Danish Minister for Culture, Mr Uffe Elbæk, says: “It has been tremendously exciting to experience how—despite the vastly different geographic and professional backgrounds of the group members—all have been convinced that art and culture both can and ought to contribute to finding solutions to the massive societal challenges facing Europe.” Mr Moukhtar Kocache, art historian and former programme manager at Ford Foundation (France/Lebanon), states: ”The question is how we can raise awareness and revalue European cultural capital? And what responsibility do we in the cultural sector have in retaining and securing our value systems? I hope we will be able to initiate a debate about these issues.”Until June, the group will seek out answers to how art and culture can contribute to solving these challenges. Firstly, each group member will find a concrete European example of how culture can contribute to a solution of one or more of the challenges. Secondly, the group will jointly draw up a manifesto with recommendations for the general public and politicians of Europe. Both will be presented in Brussels to EU’s ministers for culture, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and representatives of the European public.Ms Josephine Green, Beyond 20:21st Century Store (Great Britain/Netherlands-Italy), adds:
”Culture can not be seen isolated from the larger political picture. I hope that we through this project can shed a light on the many social and cultural innovative projects that take place under the radar and could serve as an inspiration at a political level.” “Our talks with the group today show in all plainness that it is the diversity of the European voices and cultures that are capable of jointly shedding light on the burning social and political platforms for Europe. I am therefore very excited to see which concrete projects and answers the group will arrive at and present in Brussels in June,” says Mr. Uffe Elbæk.

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The results of the seventh European HR Barometer

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 febbraio 2012

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London/Brussels,on 21 February in Brussels. Special presentation – Aon Hewitt(www.aonhewitt.com), the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON), has announced that on 21 February it will present the results of its seventh European Human Resource Barometer(http://www.aon.com/human-capital-consulting/thought-leadership/leadership/article_EuropeanHRBarometer.jsp), the survey of senior HR professionals from leading companies in Europe. The event will take place in Brussels at the premises of the European Club for Human Resources (EChr), Avenue de Cortenbergh, 168. The survey, which Aon Hewitt conducted in partnership with the EChr, took place between December 2011 and January 2012 and gained views from more than 50 leading organisations from a wide range of industries and executives across Europe. The event in Brussels on 21 February will be an opportunity to review new pan-European trends and perspectives emerging from the survey results, and in particular:
the changing business drivers and priorities of people management for 2012 to 2014;
the impact of actions taken to face a volatile economic environment, new investment plans and HR leaders’ expectations for 2012;
an assessment of the performance of HR-related activities and changes foreseen in the respondents’ organisations; and
the priorities expressed by HR leaders for changes to the EU policy agenda for overcoming unemployment and skills mis-matches.
Leonardo Sforza, head of Research at Aon Hewitt and chair of the EChr Scientific Committee will give a preview and analysis of the HR Barometer results. Jean Dominique Perret, senior vice-president for Human Resources and member of the board at Rexel, will share his board’s perspective for translating the learnings from the 2012 survey results into more efficient corporate practices. Leonardo Sforza, who has pioneered the HR Barometer since its launch in 2005, said:
“This year’s results will yield fresh insights to the business community and to EU policy makers on the key challenges faced by people managers in a tough economic environment. The results will also shed more light on the changes in management approaches that are required to strengthen the impact and adequacy of HR practices in the pursuit of sustainable business performance.”

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Le ricercatrici italiane campeggiano a Bruxelles

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 novembre 2011

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Bruxelles 8 – 9 novembre 2011 Il primo Gender Summit europeo promosso da EUROPEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION, STOA, COST,GenSET accoglie la mostra di Elisabetta Durante (DISTI) su  Donne e Ricerca “Donne alla guida della più grande macchina mai costruita dall’Uomo” …per parlare della Fisica di oggi e della Società di domani…Alla ricerca europea e ad un mondo scientifico femminile in rapida crescita, è dedicato il Summit patrocinato da Consiglio Europeo e V.Presidenza del Parlamento Europeo, e promosso da  European Science Foundation, Stoa, Cost, GenSet. Grazie al sostegno dellaEuropean Physical Society, la ricerca femminile italiana sarà rappresentata e ‘raccontata’ in questo prestigioso contesto (Bruxelles, 8 – 9 novembre 2011) da una mostra sul più complesso progetto scientifico di tutti i tempi (LHC-CERN) e sulle sue protagoniste.Ideatrice e curatrice dell’iniziativa è Elisabetta Durante, giornalista scientifica e Portavoce di  ITWIIN (Associazione Italiana Donne Inventrici e Innovatrici): “La Qualità della Ricerca e dell’Innovazione attraverso la Parità è il tema portante del  Summit, ma è anche uno dei temi chiave della mostra, che tratta di scienza con l’intento, però, di trasmettere anche altri messaggi. La grande sfida della comunicazione scientifica consiste, a mio avviso, nel saper  combinare lo specifico di una ricerca ogni giorno più spinta e gergale, con contenuti di interesse generale (qualità  della ricerca, ricadute applicative, rapporto scienza-impresa, meritocrazia, nuovo modelli femminili ecc.), che sono oggi di importanza strategica se si vogliono davvero costruire percorsi di conoscenza e sviluppo, di dialogo efficace con la società, di  incoraggiamento e orientamento dei e delle giovani”.

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Giovani laureati a Bruxelles con Bcc e Regione Fvg

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 ottobre 2011

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Sei mesi di tirocinio retribuito con borsa di studio all’Ufficio di collegamento della Regione Fvg a Bruxelles. È quanto offre “Insieme in Europa”, iniziativa avviata nel 2006 grazie alla convenzione, rinnovata nel 2010, tra la Federazione regionale delle Bcc e la Regione Fvg, che si rivolge a clienti, soci o figli di soci delle Banche di Credito Cooperativo laureati (con laurea specialistica) in Economia, Giurisprudenza, Scienze politiche, Relazioni pubbliche delle istituzioni, Agraria e Corso interfacoltà in Studi Europei. Nel biennio 2010-2012 sono 4 le borse di studio previste, di cui 3 già assegnate, mentre sono 11 gli stage realizzati dall’inizio del progetto, che hanno permesso ai ragazzi di specializzarsi nelle materie comunitarie lavorando sul campo: un’opportunità che si è trasformata, per tanti, in un lavoro concreto. Zanelli Riccardo, di Codroipo, è l’ultimo che sta completando con successo l’iter internazionale di formazione.
«Con questo progetto – ha commentato il presidente delle Bcc del Fvg, Giuseppe Graffi Brunoro – il Credito Cooperativo dimostra, ancora una volta, l’attenzione verso le nuove generazioni, sostenendo la formazione della classe dirigente del domani: inoltre, consente anche a noi di entrare in contatto con giovani in possesso di caratteristiche importanti da inserire nel nostro sistema».
Il bando è aperto ai candidati di età inferiore ai 28 anni, che abbiano conseguito (con un voto non inferiore a 99/110) una laurea quadriennale (vecchio ordinamento) o laurea specialistica quinquennale (nuovo ordinamento). Per essere inseriti nella graduatoria, inoltre, gli aspiranti “stagisti” devono possedere una buona conoscenza della lingua inglese e dimostrare di non usufruire di altre borse di studio. Ultima clausola: i candidati non devono essere impegnati in alcuna attività lavorativa. La scadenza per la consegna delle richieste di partecipazione è fissata per il 15 novembre, presso la propria Banca di Credito Cooperativo; il bando e la modulistica sono scaricabili dal sito internet http://www.bccfvg.it.

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