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Mass surveillance: EU citizens’ rights still in danger, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 ottobre 2015

Too little has been done to ensure that citizens’ rights are protected following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say civil liberties MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They urge the Commission to come up immediately with alternatives to Safe Harbour, following the ruling by the european court justice. They are also concerned about the surveillance laws in several EU countries.
“The European Parliament’s inquiry into the revelations by Edward Snowden of electronic mass surveillance was the most comprehensive investigation completed to date. Not only did the report call for an immediate end to indiscriminate mass surveillance practices by intelligence services both in the EU and the US, but it also set out a roadmap for further action in this area. Following this inquiry, there is widespread agreement that something has gone wrong with the way that intelligence agencies and others have acted. Work needs to continue to ensure that civil liberties are defended on the internet too,” said the civil liberties committee chair and rapporteur on mass surveillance, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).The resolution takes stock of the action (or lack of action) by the European Commission, other EU institutions and member states to follow up the recommendations set out by Parliament in its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens.
MEPs welcome the 6 October ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Schrems case, invalidating the Commission’s decision that Safe Harbour provides sufficient protection for the data of EU citizens when it is transferred to the US, thus vindicating Parliament’s long-standing concerns about the agreement. The Commission must immediately take the necessary measures “to ensure an effective level of protection” equivalent to the protection ensured in the EU, they say.They protest that Parliament has received no formal feedback from the Commission regarding the implementation of the 13 recommendations for a “safer” Safe Harbour, and stress that “it is now urgent that the Commission provide a thorough update on the negotiations thus far and the impact of the judgement on the further negotiations.”They also invite the Commission to reflect “immediately” on alternatives to Safe Harbour and on the “impact of the judgement” on any other instruments used for the transfer of personal data to the US and report on it by the end of 2015.
MEPs consider the Commission’s reaction to Parliament’s 2014 resolution “so far highly inadequate” given the extent of the revelations of mass surveillance. “EU citizens’ fundamental rights remain in danger” and “too little has been done to ensure their full protection,” MEPs say.They call on the Commission “to act on the calls made in the resolution by December 2015 at the latest”, reserving “the right to bring an action for failure to act or to place certain budgetary resources for the Commission in a reserve until all recommendations have been properly addressed”.MEPs are concerned by “some of the recent laws in some member states that extend the surveillance capabilities of intelligence bodies”, including in France, the UK and the Netherlands. They are also worried about the revelations of mass surveillance of telecommunications and internet traffic inside the EU by the German foreign intelligence agency BND in cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA).On the US side, the committee welcomes the recent legislative and judicial decisions to limit mass surveillance by the NSA, such as the adoption of the USA FREEDOM Act and the ruling of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the NSA’s telephone record collection programme. It regrets, however, that “these decisions focus mainly on US persons while the situation of EU citizens remains the same”.

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China has become one of the top investors in Germany and Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

pechinoChinese takeovers and direct investments are increasing drastically in Europe. In the last year they reached a new record mark (with a volume of around 14 billion Euros). Nearly on a weekly basis new investment projects are being announced. There are many factors that indicate this trend will continue. China is becoming a driving force for global capital flows and already today is one of three biggest foreign investors worldwide. According to forecasts China’s current global assets will treble by 2020 up to nearly 18 billion Euros. In their latest study Thilo Hanemann and Mikko Huotari analyse on the basis of a unique data base the newest trends of Chinese direct investment in Germany and the EU.
Between 2000 and 2014 the 28 EU countries in total recorded more than 1,000 Chinese newly established companies, mergers and takeovers. These amounted to a total figure of 46 billion Euros. The Chinese government had gradually over the last years relaxed the rules for foreign investment which paved the way for Chinese companies to expand their global business activities. Whilst at the beginning the focus of the investors was on commodities now a diverse mix of technology, brands and consumer goods is sought after. From a Chinese perspective in Europe the energy, automobile, food and real estate sector are the most attractive industrial areas. Western Europe was particularly the focus of Chinese investors but recently South and Eastern Europe have been able to up. In Europe the UK remains the number one destination followed by Germany and France.
Since 2000 Chinese companies have invested around 6.9 billion Euros in Germany. Worth noting is that annual investments rose significantly in 2011 and since then remained relatively stable around the 1-2 billion Euro mark per year. Recently the interest has increased in IT technology, finance and corporate services as well as consumer goods. Some of the most prominent takeovers have been the acquisition of the concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister by Sany in 2012 or the electronic enterprise Medion by Lenovo in 2011/12. Currently the bidding process of the Chinese insurer Anbang for the Hypo Real Estate Core Banking System is in the final stages. The old West German states are especially popular with Chinese investors with North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Bavaria leading the way. Up to now Chinese companies have invested 1.8 billion Euros in North Rhine-Westphalia.Size, growth and complementarity of the Chinese economy offer Europe unique opportunities. On the other hand, many governments fear a greater interdependence with China. This is because there is the real danger that China will continue to distort competition by subsidising own companies whilst putting up barriers for foreign enterprises. Furthermore, there is the expectation that the decision-making processes will remain aligned to the authoritarian political system. In addition to this one is able to observe that China is shutting out a number of industries from foreign direct investment.At the same time China has over the last years been able to disprove some preconceptions: Chinese investors are by no means just interested in subtracting know-how. They are quite willing to invest in infrastructure as well as in research and development. The analysis of around 1,000 projects across Europe didn’t confirm the fear that Chinese investments would have a negative impact on the domestic employment situation or the innovative capability. The new wave of Chinese investments offers exceptional opportunities for Germany and Europe in a phase of economic change. This potential is particularly highlighted by China’s intention of participating in the new infrastructure fund of the European Union. In order to capitalise on the opportunities and minimise risk it is vital to set the right political framework. In the run-up to the EU-China Summit on the 29th of June in Brussels Mikko Huotari and Thilo Hanemann argue the case for the speedy conclusion of a robust bilateral investment agreement (BIA) which amongst other things removes existing imbalances in respect to market access. It is important that the principle of freedom of investment is upheld.

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Desso Highlights the Danger of Particulate Matter at World Asthma Day 2012

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2012

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Waalwijk, the Netherlands, (PRNewswire) On 1 May 2012 – World Asthma Day – the European carpet manufacturer Desso will be highlighting a global problem: the poor indoor air quality in many homes and public buildings. An excessive quantity of dust particles and particulate matter in indoor air can cause serious health risks, especially for people who suffer from asthma. Asthma is a global problem the consequences of which are suffered by more than 300 million people worldwide. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded the alarm by reporting that more than 2 million people1 die every year as a result of pollution of indoor and outdoor air. Collot d’Escury (CCO Desso): “In the home, in offices, schools and other public buildings, the quality of indoor air is often below the required standard. The excessive amount of particulate matter within a room plays a decisive role in this.” Research conducted by the WHO in 1100 cities worldwide reveals that a significant majority of the population has average annual exposure to particulate matter (PM10) that significantly exceeds the standards set by this organisation1. Desso has made a commitment to improving people’s health and welfare. For Desso, World Asthma Day presents an important opportunity to highlight the seriousness of the situation and, more importantly, to put forward solutions. Back in 2010, concerns about the quality of indoor air prompted Desso to develop the AirMaster. This revolutionary carpet is eight times more effective in absorbing and retaining particular matter that hard floors and four times more effective than a standard carpet2, as demonstrated in research by the independent German Test Institute GUI. This means it significantly improves the quality of indoor air, reducing the risk of health problems. Collot d’Escury: “As early as in 2005, the DAAB, the German Asthma Fund, confirmed that the use of carpet in indoor areas reduces the concentration of particulate matter in the air3.” Good air quality inside buildings is essential because people spend much of the day indoors. For example, people with a full-time office job spend an average of 1880 hours in the office every year. Collot d’Escury: “In recent years, we have also been drawing the attention of schools to the dangers of poor indoor air quality. The fact that children spend a higher proportion of their time in an environment that is unnecessarily unhealthy cannot be a good thing.” Desso has already fitted AirMaster carpet in a large number of European schools. It also works in close alliance with the organisations Frisse Scholen, Gezonde Scholen and Vitaal Lokaal, all of which are committed to a healthy environment in schools. “The response has been extremely enthusiastic. It couldn’t be simpler: the air in the classrooms becomes cleaner, helping to create a better learning environment. For children and teachers with asthma or other respiratory problems, it is like a breath of fresh air.” For more information about AirMaster, visit http://www.desso.com or http://www.desso-airmaster.com

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Nissan Releases Latest Safety Innovations

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

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Rolle, Switzerland. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. released its latest safety technologies to help reduce fatal and serious injuries caused by accidents involving vehicles, based on the Company’s “Safety Shield” concept. By improving signal processing technology of vehicle-equipped cameras which helps enable the detection of people, other vehicles, road and obstacles around the vehicle, the Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication and Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera help drivers to take avoidance behavior before an accident might occur. In addition, the Predictive Forward Collision Warning System, which uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the deceleration of the second vehicle in front, alerts the driver in advance of a sudden drop in speed of the vehicle two cars ahead. In car parks or other confined areas, in order to help mitigate collisions with obstacles such as walls due to the driver’s misapplication of the accelerator instead of the brake or pressing on the accelerator too hard, Nissan has developed a function to recognize whether the vehicle is on a road or in a car park by using image signal data acquired by the Around View Monitor’s four unit cameras. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal to the floor, this function allows the vehicle to accelerate if it is on a road, and does not in a parking space. This system is also designed to detect obstacles using sonar, and automatically applies the brake to help avoid or mitigate collisions when the vehicle is in danger of touching or colliding with nearby obstacles.
Using the Around View Monitor image processing technology, Nissan developed Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera, which detects people, other vehicles and road conditions in the rear and sides of the vehicle, to alert drivers of possible collision risks. This system has the following three functions and will be installed in new models from 2012, followed by global distribution.
When the vehicle is placed in reverse, the rear camera’s image processing function works to detect moving objects for example pedestrians around the vehicle. On detection of a moving object, the driver is warned with a buzzer and display signals. Nissan plans to apply this function to Around View Monitor in the Elgrand, where minor changes are planned for this November. To help prevent pileup accidents resulting from the deceleration of vehicles in front and out of view, a sensor installed in the front of the vehicle analyzes the relative velocity and the vehicular gap existing between the two vehicles in front. When the system determines the need to decelerate, it warns the driver in advance with a buzzer, signal on display, and also by tightening the seat belt. For Further information click on links below: http://www.nissan- newsroom.com/ EN/CRAFTSMANSHIP/TECHNOLOGIES/2011/111005-01.html

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