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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Euro currency crisis dents confidence among CFOs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 giugno 2010

Thirty percent of all European Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) favour expelling Greece from the European single currency. A substantial majority also view Greece, Spain and Italy as a serious threat to the financial stability of Europe. These are the findings of the latest CFO survey carried out by Tilburg University and Duke University. CFOs anticipate a rise in profits. They also expect to be able to invest significantly and create more jobs. But despite this, economic optimism about their own countries has declined.  European companies anticipate that profits will rise by 13% compared to last year, while investment will be up by 7% and dividend pay-outs will rise by 6%. The number of permanent employees will remain fairly stable, but the number of employees on temporary contracts will rise by 2%. Three months ago, CFOs were still expecting the average number of employees to fall. The anticipated rise in profit figures and the increase in job creation are very positive signals for the economy as a whole. Ninety percent of CFOs expect a positive overall result for their business in 2010. Yet despite all of this, economic optimism among European CFOs has fallen clearly compared to the last quarter. About the CFO survey All the figures quoted above are taken from the CFO Survey Europe for the second quarter of 2010. Every quarter, CFOs in Europe, the US, Asia and China are questioned about their economic expectations. The CFO Survey is carried out by Tilburg University, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) and CFO Magazine. Kees Koedijk, dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University, set up the European arm of this worldwide survey

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Civil Liberties

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 settembre 2009

From asylum to police cooperation, transparency and data protection, MEPs in the Civil Liberties committee discussed on Wednesday the priorities outlined by the Swedish ministers of Justice and Migration for their Council presidency. The “Stockholm programme” will aim to frame legislation on third pillar issues for the next five years, after being adopted in Council in December. The EP will define its priorities in a resolution to be voted this autumn. The minister for Justice Beatrice Ask said that the Council Presidency’s work “will consistently be based on the citizen’s perspective”. Thus, the Stockholm programme “should balance measures of a more repressive kind with measures to protect the personal integrity and the fundamental rights of the individual”. She stressed that the presidency will push for “confidence-building measures” in order to reinforce mutual trust between police and judicial authorities of the Member states and thus to achieve the common area of Justice, Liberty and Security. Beatrice Ask proposed “a kind of “erasmus” programme for judges, prosecutors and police”.  She also would like to see Europol serve “as a hub for European police cooperation”, and suggested that the EU should tackle crime in a number of “pilot areas”, among which trafficking in human beings, terrorism, exploitation of children, drugs-trafficking, IT crime, forgery, white-collar crime and corruption. The Presidency will aim to achieve a strategy on exchange of information in order to fight serious crime, but “there is no interest or need in neither registering information about the daily activities of ordinary citizens, their political or religious views, nor private concerns”, she said. Beatrice Ask underlined that “openness is traditionally an issue that we cherish in Sweden”, and although she considers that “the current regulation works well, there is a need in clarifying and modifying the legislation in the light of how it has been applied” she said.

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