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Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

Deutsch: Technische Universität München, Fakul...

Deutsch: Technische Universität München, Fakultät Maschinenwesen, Garching (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Entrepreneurship continues to enjoy a high reputation worldwide. However, many people don’t put their plans into action. These are the main findings of the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report 2013 published by Amway and the Technische Universität München (TUM). On average, more than two-thirds (70%) of the population in 24 countries have a positive attitude towards self-employment. 39% of the respondents can imagine starting their own business. A big obstacle is fear of failure: 70% of the respondents feel threatened by it. On the other hand, measures like public funding, start-up loans and entrepreneurship education are encouraging people in their decision to start-up an enterprise.
The Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report 2013 surveyed more than 26,000 women and men in 24 countries worldwide. This year again, the Danish (89%) keep heading the ranking of polled countries, when it comes to positive attitude towards entrepreneurship. Second and third place go to newly added countries: Finland with 87%, and Australia follows with 84%. Like last year, respondents in Austria (40%), Hungary (40%), Portugal (39%), and Germany (37%) show the most negative attitude.The average self-employment potential in the countries surveyed worldwide is at 39%, that is individuals who can imagine to start up their own business. It is highest in Colombia (63%), Mexico (56%), and Greece (53%), with Greece remaining the European country with great entrepreneurial will (2012: 50%). Once more decreasing, with 26% possibly starting their own business, Germany is on next-to-last place, with only Japan following (17%).To implement above named potential, political decision makers need to help potential entrepreneurs putting their ideas into action. The number of people confirming to already be self-employed is relatively low. This could be due to the high fear of failure, hindering entrepreneurship (70%). Particularly in countries that have a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship, but cannot imagine starting a business, fear of failure displays a severe obstacle. Especially respondents in Japan (94%), Italy and Czech Republic (each 91%) are frightened of failing with an enterprise. On the contrary, the U.S. (62%), the Netherlands (55%), and Mexico (50%) show high percentages on not being afraid of failing. This fear to fail is composed by different factors, such as “financial burdens up to bankruptcy” (41%) and the “threat of the economic crisis” (31%).“Entrepreneurship represents a necessary component of our society. Without doubt, potential entrepreneurs seek to realize their ideas and visions – but there are a number of anxieties that hinder the foundation of businesses. These fears need to be eliminated to enable more people to start up their own companies,” explains Prof. Isabell M. Welpe, Chair for Strategy and Organization, Technische Universität München (TUM).
Given that, encouraging factors to the foundation of business, such as “public funding and start-up loans” (42%), “entrepreneurship education and teaching of business skills” (33%) and “mentoring, support through business networks” (27%) have to be implemented. Furthermore, countries that show a high fear to fail, also long for “low-risk business models”. In Germany (34%), Italy (29%), Hungary, Turkey, and Ukraine (each 26%) it is under the top three factors that encourage entrepreneurship.

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Parliament backs rules allowing suspension of visa-free travel only as a last resort

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 settembre 2013

Reciprocity rules enabling the EU to reimpose visa requirements for nationals of countries that still impose them on EU citizens were adopted by Parliament on Thursday, in a revision of the EU visa regulation. Under the new rules, the EU will also be able to temporarily suspend its visa-free travel arrangements with third countries to halt substantial and sudden increases in irregular migrant numbers or unfounded asylum requests, but only as a last resort.”The reciprocity principle that a third country benefitting from an EU visa waiver must extend the same treatment to EU citizens is a key feature of the EU’s common visa policy”, said Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES).The amended EU visa regulation includes a “reciprocity mechanism” to deal with third countries that persist in requiring EU citizens to obtain visas, even though their own citizens are exempt from EU visa requirements. This mechanism, which was strengthened by MEPs in negotiations with the Council, should enable the EU to put more pressure on certain third countries to obey the visa reciprocity rule.The USA, for example, currently requires visas for EU citizens from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Poland, and Canada requires them for those from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania.The visa regulation now also includes a “suspension mechanism” to allow the EU to reimpose visa requirements temporarily in emergencies.Visa waivers could be temporarily suspended only “in emergency situation(s), as a last resort”, in which a “substantial and sudden increase, over a six month period”, in numbers of irregular migrants, unfounded asylum requests or rejected readmission applications had been detected, says the text.”The suspension mechanism allowing the EU to reimpose visa requirements temporarily in emergencies does not target specific third countries. It would provide a general framework for the future, and could be triggered for any country whose nationals are eligible to travel visa-free to the EU. The amendments to the visa regulation aim to preserve the integrity of the visa liberalisation process and ensure that visa-free travel to the EU does not lead to abuses”, Mr Díaz de Mera said.Member states facing an emergency situation would have to notify the European Commission, which would assess the possible need to suspend visa-free travel rules for nationals of a given third country. In doing so, it would have to take account of factors such as the number of member states affected, the overall impact of the increases on the migratory situation in the EU and the consequences of a suspension for the EU’s external relations. If the Commission were to decide that action were needed, then it would suspend the visa waiver for six months. This would be done via an “implementing act”, of which Parliament would have to be informed.

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New energy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2013

Gerrit Jessen, Regional Managing Director (MCI Germany, Austria and Czech Republic), has been elected to Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) International Board of Directors. MPI’s mission is to provide its members with the latest professional development and business opportunities within a vibrant network of global event experts. -Nominees such as Gerrit are selected based on proven professional skills and leadership experience. Jessen’s 3-year term commences July 1st, 2013 and builds on previous leadership roles fulfilled on a national and European level. -MCI’s CEO Sébastien Tondeur is current Past Chair of the Board, having served as Chairman 2011-12. Jessen’s appointment will ensure MCI’s continual involvement with MPI to bring MCI clients the best expertise, insights and most up-to-date industry knowledge.

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New Report – Child Poverty in rich countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2013

A timely study on child well-being in rich countries, launched today by UNICEF’s Office of Research, finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – again sit at the top of a child well-being table; whilst four southern European countries – Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain – are placed in the bottom half of the table.Report Card 11, from UNICEF’s Office of Research examines the state of children across the industrialized world. As debates continue to generate strongly opposed views on the pros and cons of austerity measures and social spending cuts, Report Card 11 charts the achievements of 29 of the world’s advanced economies in ensuring the well-being of their children during the first decade of this century. This international comparison, says the report, proves that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible – and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children. [See attached key findings document]Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries measures development according to five dimensions of children’s lives – material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviour and risks, and housing and environment.The study does not find a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being. For instance, Slovenia ranks higher than Canada, the Czech Republic higher than Austria, and Portugal higher than the United States.The report also finds that countries of Central and Eastern Europe are beginning to close the gap with more established industrial economies.Despite setbacks in some countries on specific indicators, the overall story of the 2000s is one of steady improvement in various fields of child well-being in the industrialized world. Every country for which data are available saw reductions in infant mortality and ‘low family affluence’, while the rate of further education enrolment increased.However, given the continued absence of up-to-date internationally comparative data on children’s lives (most data in the report is from 2010, the latest comparative information available), Report Card 11 reflects the outcome of government decisions in the period mostly before the crisis. The report states that the three years of economic hardship since then do not bode well for the present or near future.Nonetheless, for the most part, these data track long-term trends and reflect the results of long-term investments in children’s lives. Average levels of school achievement, or immunization rates, or the prevalence of risk behaviours, for example, are not likely to be significantly changed in the short term by the recessions of the last three years. And, when looking at the ‘behaviours and risks’ dimension of child well-being, there is good news across the board. For instance: among 11-15 year-olds in the 29 countries under review: only eight per cent say they smoke cigarettes at least once a week; just 15 per cent report having been drunk at least twice in their life; 99 per cent of girls do not get pregnant whilst still a teenager; and about two-thirds are neither bullied nor involved in fighting. However, exercise levels are low, with the United States and Ireland the only countries in which more than 25% of children report exercising for at least an hour a day.Report Card 11 also includes the views of the children themselves on their own life satisfaction. These findings – reflected in the children’s life satisfaction league table – are broadly in line with the data-based measurement of child well-being, with some notable exceptions: children in Estonia, Greece and Spain gave their countries a much higher ranking, while Germany, Luxembourg and Poland rank lower.To launch Report Card 11, UNICEF is organizing an event in Dublin on 10 and 11 April in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in collaboration with Eurochild and the European Anti-Poverty Network. The event will build on the momentum generated by the adoption of the EC Recommendation ‘Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’

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Winners and losers in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 marzo 2012

Whilst Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal remain in the clutches of a seemingly incessant downturn, the rest of Europe appears to be bathing in the warm, hopeful glow of a recessionary aftermath – or can Europe really be divided so simply into winners and losers?It is the fate of the poor statistician to drown in a lake the average depth of which is barely up to his waistline. Trying to make sense of the European economy is like swimming around in a lake with averages having very little real meaning.At first sight, the European Union looks relatively healthy – with GDP growth over the year to Q4 2011 up 0.9% and employment levels stable. However, this overall picture is deeply misleading. EU economic growth is being bolstered by a small number of successful large countries such as Germany (+2.0%) and France (+1.4%) whilst Italy (-0.4%) totters close to recession and both Portugal (-2.8%) and Greece (-7.5%) are wallowing in the slough of despond. Different sectors within the EU economy also reveal a highly contrasting picture with employment over the year to Q4 2011 down in construction (-3.2%), agriculture, forestry and fishing (-1.3%) and the arts, entertainment and the media (-0.7%). Curiously, the bursting of the real estate bubble dragged the world into recession in 2007 and now realtors are getting their jobs back. Employment in the EU’s real estate sector is up 2.7% and hard on their heals are professional support services (+2.1%).So, if you are in work is your spending power increasing in line with GDP growth? Once again the overall picture tells very little about the way people are actually experiencing the recessionary aftermath. Wages and salaries across the EU are rising at an average rate of 2.6% – which means that real earnings have declined by 0.4% over the past year. But average wages and salaries fell over the year to Q4 in Greece (-7.0% est), Ireland (-1.9%) and Portugal (-1.7%) and real earnings fell in Slovenia (-2.5%), the Netherlands (-2.0%), the Czech Republic (-1.7%), Cyprus (-1.4%) and the UK (-1.4%).The real winners have been employees in Bulgaria where real earnings have increased by 10.5% over the last year. Other countries with large increases in employee spending power are Romania (+5.9%), Estonia (+ 2.9%) and Norway (+2.5%).So if you are a real estate agent in Bulgaria you probably see the world very differently from a construction worker in the neighboring country of Greece – and if the Bulgarian realtor does well then their rising income will not be eaten into by the country’s flat-tax system. Whereas, austerity measures and mounting debts have left Greek workers with a highly punitive tax burden.

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