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Green deal: compromesso sulla nuova Pac

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 giugno 2021

E’ stato finalmente raggiunto, ma l’attesa per l’accordo, troppe volte rinviato, non è stata ben ripagata – dichiara Andrea Michele Tiso, presidente nazionale Confeuro. Per superare lo stallo tra Parlamento europeo e Consiglio si è scelto di perseguire una via di mezzo, che in questa circostanza non ha nulla di virtuoso, ma suona piuttosto come una rinuncia a realizzare quel Green Deal su cui Governi e istituzioni europee hanno speso tante parole.Hanno prevalso ancora una volta le forze della conservazione e le pressioni dell’agroindustria, che sono riuscite a tarpare le ali alla riforma prima ancora che prendesse il volo – continua Tiso. Il compromesso finale, ad esempio, fissa la quota degli ecoschemi al 25%, con un periodo di transizione di due anni e un tetto minimo del 20%. Una soluzione al ribasso rispetto alle richiesta della Commissione, che chiedeva una quota del 30%.Ma la delusione più grande viene probabilmente dal tetto ai pagamenti, il cosiddetto capping, che resta a tutto vantaggio delle grandi aziende agricole. Queste ultime erano già destinatarie dell’80% dei sussidi complessivi della Pac, a scapito delle piccole e medie, più sostenibili, che continueranno così ad avere un ruolo di secondo piano.Resta da capire se qualcosa potrà cambiare da oggi alla riunione dei ministri dell’Agricoltura in programma lunedì e martedì. Ma l’esito più probabile sembra la sconfitta dell’ambiente e della transizione verde dell’agricoltura.

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Deal on revised securitisation rules to help with post-COVID recovery

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2020

Packaged loans converted into securities will free bank balance sheets of non-performing exposures and promote lending to the real economy, which is vital to economic recovery. On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee reached an agreement with the Council on adjustments to two interlinked files: Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR): adjustments to the securitisation framework; and General framework for securitisation and specific framework for simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisation. Othmar Karas (EPP, DE), responsible for capital treatment of securitisation, said: “The political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council Presidency on the revised securitisation rules is an important step for the recovery of Europe’s capital markets. When used properly, the financial instrument becomes a vital medicine for a stronger recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. It creates new investment opportunities and more scope for banks to issue fresh loans to households and SMEs. I am particularly pleased that the European Parliament achieved a more risk-sensitive treatment of NPE securitisations. This gives the right incentive to support banks in freeing up their balance sheets of non-performing exposures that can be expected to grow because of the current crisis”.Paul Tang (S&D, NL), the lead MEP on securitisation framework, said: “Balance sheet securitisation allows banks to reduce their exposure to risky loans. By creating a label for simple, transparent and standardised transactions, we promote their use while safeguarding economic stability. This agreement will allow banks to issue more loans to businesses and help the economy through the difficult times we are currently facing and that lie ahead. Parliament has succeeded in clearly integrating sustainability into the securitisation framework. Standards will be developed to report on the sustainability of securitisation products and the European Banking Authority will draft a proposal for a dedicated framework for sustainable securitisation. The drive for sustainability reporting has now been embraced by the banking sector.” Technical work on both texts is now being carried out by the services of the three institutions. Thereafter, the agreement must be approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Parliament as a whole.

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Deal to help companies access diverse sources of fresh capital

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2020

Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee negotiators struck a deal so that EU companies can attract a diverse range of funding and support the post-COVID-19 recovery.The agreement reached with the Council on targeted adjustments to the Prospectus Regulation should facilitate economic recovery by removing red tape for companies while protecting investors. Negotiators agreed on a temporary regime (until 31 December 2022) for a short form “EU recovery prospectus”, which is a simplified version of the secondary issuance prospectus, so that companies are able to raise the necessary capital to rebuild their business quickly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ondřej KOVAŘÍK (Renew, CZ), the lead MEP, said: “I am very happy with the agreement on the Recovery Prospectus proposal. It is the final piece of the puzzle in the Capital Markets Recovery Package. The agreed proposal will cut the cost of drawing up a prospectus for those eligible by up to 50%.The Recovery Prospectus will help SMEs raise money from markets on growth market or secondary issuance at a lower cost. The exemptions that we negotiated will allow banks to raise more money without the need for a prospectus. The final text will help businesses re-capitalise without jeopardising investment protection and transparency for consumers and investors.”Technical work on both texts is now being carried out by the three institutions. Thereafter, the agreement must be approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Parliament as a whole.

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Deal on financing a just energy transition in EU regions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2020

The Just Transition Fund (JTF), worth 17.5 billion EUR, is one of the EU’s key tools to support regions in the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050.During their talks, EU institutions agreed to broaden its scope to also fund micro-enterprises, universities and public research institutions, digital innovation and activities in the areas of education and social inclusion. Investments in renewable energy and energy storage technologies, investments in energy efficiency and heat production for renewables-based district heating, smart and sustainable local mobility will also be financed.The decommissioning or construction of nuclear power stations, activities linked to tobacco products and investment related to the production, processing, transport, distribution, storage or combustion of fossil fuels cannot be funded through the JTF.At the initiative of the Parliament, a “Green Rewarding Mechanism” will be introduced, if JTF resources are increased after 31 December 2024. The additional resources will be distributed among member states, with those that succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emitted by their industrial facilities receiving more funding.

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Deal on EU funds for common asylum, migration and integration policies up to 2027

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2020

The renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), part of the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, will amount to €9.882 billion in current prices.The co-legislators agreed that the new AMIF should contribute to strengthening the common asylum policy, develop legal migration in line with the member states’ economic and social needs, support third-country nationals to effectively integrate and be socially included, and contribute to the fight against irregular migration. Other objectives include ensuring that those without a right to stay in the EU are returned and readmitted in an effective, safe and dignified way. The fund will also support those people to begin reintegrating in non-EU countries to which they have been returned.

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Deal on new rules for EU regional, cohesion and social funds over next 7 years

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2020

EU legislators reached a provisional political agreement on how EU countries will be able to spend EU regional, cohesion and social funds for 2021-2027.Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators agreed that the total resources for economic, social and territorial funds available for 2021-2027 are 330 billion EUR (330 234 776 619 in 2018 prices).The deal means less developed regions will continue to benefit from substantial EU support with co-financing rates of up to 85% of funds provided by the EU. The co-financing rate for transition regions and more developed ones has been set to 60% and 40% respectively.Partnership agreements, which are prepared by national authorities, for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will be simplified and limited to 35 pages, unless member states wish to go further. Regional, local, urban and other public authorities, economic and social partners, civil society, as well as research bodies, where appropriate, will be key partners to the agreements.Parliament succeeded in integrating four main overarching principles to adhere to in order to receive EU funding: compliance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; gender equality and mainstreaming; fighting discrimination; and the respect of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.Measures linked to funds being suspended when countries do not comply with EU economic and employment policies guidelines will be time-limited (suspension procedures may be applied only between 2023 and 2025). Sanctions linked to non-compliance with national economic targets, such as excessive deficit, will not be applicable as long as the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact is activated. ESF+ and Interreg funds may not be suspended.

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Deal on lobsters gets go-ahead from Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 novembre 2020

Bruxelles. Parliament agreed to eliminate EU tariffs on lobsters in return for lower US tariffs on a range of EU exports.In exchange for the elimination of duties on live or frozen lobster imported from the US, the EU will get duty relief of a comparable economic value on its own products, such as prepared meals, certain crystal glassware and cigarette lighters. This is the first EU-US negotiated tariff-reduction in over 20 years, and is applicable for all WTO trading partners. Parliament supported the agreement with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11 abstentions “as a basis for renewed constructive transatlantic engagement”.The resolution notes that the EU and the US have been engaged in a dispute over US tariffs levied in June 2018 on European steel and aluminium and agricultural products.“Over the last few years, trade relations between the EU and the US have been marked by tension. This deal on lobsters clearly shows that the EU prefers cooperation to confrontation. The US must stop slapping unilateral tariffs on our companies. We have to settle the Airbus-Boeing case and explore how we can act together, for example, on WTO reform. We must keep in mind that we have more in common than what divides us,” said the rapporteur who also chairs the Trade Committee.Council has already approved the regulation. Following the plenary vote, the regulation will enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Journal, with retroactive effect from 1 August 2020.

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Rule of law conditionality: MEPs strike a deal with Council

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 novembre 2020

For the first time, we have established a mechanism that enables the EU to stop funding governments that disrespect our values such as the rule of law”, said co-rapporteur Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, Finland) after conclusion of the negotiations.“For us it was crucial that final beneficiaries won’t be punished for wrongdoings of their governments and that they continue receiving funds that have been promised to them and that they rely on, even after the conditionality mechanism has been triggered. We can proudly say that we achieved a strong system that will guarantee their protection”, said co-rapporteur Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, Spain)“We did not compromise on the values: we made sure that the rule of law is seen in the context of all the EU values enshrined in the treaties, such as independence of judiciary. Every breach of the rule of law will be covered by the mechanism: from individual breaches to systemic or recurrent breaches for which no mechanism existed so far”, said Mr Sarvamaa.“European citizens expect us to condition the disbursement of EU funds to the respect of rule of law. The mechanism agreed today does exactly that”, concluded Ms Gardiazabal Rubial. MEPs succeeded in ensuring that the new law does not only apply when EU funds are misused directly, such as cases of corruption or fraud. It will also apply to systemic aspects linked to EU fundamental values that all member states must respect, such as freedom, democracy, equality, and respect for human rights including the rights of minorities.Parliament’s negotiators also insisted that tax fraud and tax evasion are considered possible breaches, by including both individual cases and widespread and recurrent issues. Moreover, they succeeded in securing a specific Article that clarifies the possible scope of the breaches by listing examples of cases, such as threatening the independence of the judiciary, failing to correct arbitrary/unlawful decisions, and limiting legal remedies .Crucially, MEPs succeeded in keeping a strong preventive aspect for the mechanism: not only can it be triggered when a breach is shown to directly affect the budget, but also when there is a serious risk that it may do so, thus ensuring that the mechanism prevents possible situations where EU funds could finance actions that are in conflict with EU values.To ensure that the final beneficiaries who depend on the EU support – such as students, farmers, or NGOs – are not punished for the actions of their governments, MEPs insisted that they can file a complaint to the Commission via a web platform, which will assist them in ensuring they receive the due amounts. The Commission will also have the possibility to make a financial correction by reducing the next instalment of EU support to the respective country in question. MEPs succeeded in shortening the time that the EU institutions will have for the adoption of measures against a member state, if risks of breaches of the rule of law are identified, to a maximum of 7-9 months (down from 12-13 months as initially requested by Council). The Commission, after establishing the existence of a breach, will propose to trigger the conditionality mechanism against an EU government. The Council then will have one month to adopt the proposed measures (or three months in exceptional cases), by a qualified majority. The Commission will use its rights to convene the Council to make sure the deadline is respected. The agreed compromise now needs to be adopted formally by the Parliament and EU ministers.

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Deal on ECI extensions: plans for additional flexibility approved

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

The draft legislation will retroactively extend time limits for the collection, verification and examination phases of European Citizens’ Initiatives affected by COVID-19.Following last week’s adoption by the European Parliament of amendments containing improvements on the original Commission proposal, negotiators from the three EU institutions reached an informal agreement on Thursday afternoon, largely based on Parliament’s position.Parliament’s proposed improvements focused on lowering the thresholds required for the Commission to further extend the temporary measures if the situation remains difficult in September. The necessary threshold will be reduced from a majority of member states originally foreseen (or states representing more than 35% of the Union), to a quarter of EU countries. Another key change is the option for ECI organisers to participate remotely in hearings or meetings, if they choose to do so.After the meeting, rapporteur Loránt Vincze (EPP, RO) said: “We have concluded this process with remarkable swiftness and good cooperation, serving the interests of European citizens. In this way, we are ensuring that the most important EU mechanism for participatory democracy is protected and that ECI organisers are supported in their efforts through legal clarity and flexibility”.
The informal agreement, once endorsed by the Council, will have to be tabled at Constitutional Affairs Committee. Thereafter, the proposal is expected to become legally binding through votes in Parliament’s plenary and in the Council. Parliament aims for the process to be finalised by July. These temporary measures, once adopted, will stay in force until the end of 2022.

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The European shipping industry publishes position paper on the EU Green Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 febbraio 2020

“The shipping industry is fully committed to eradicating its GHG emissions completely as soon as possible in this century,” said Claes Berglund, ECSA’s President, as in line with the ambitious targets agreed for the sector by its global regulator, the UN International Maritime Organisation.”The newly-published position paper is the policy response of the industry towards the European Commission’s ambitious EU Green Deal.The document welcomes and supports the EU’s ambition to take the lead in fighting climate change. Within this context, the European shipping industry aims to be an active contributor to the IMO discussions on both short-term and long-term measures, and seeks the EU’s support for a coordinated and holistic approach at the UN body.In direct response to the EU Green Deal, the industry lays down 8 points where the EU can do together with the shipping industry:Take the lead in the international regulatory process
Incentivise the modal shift in transport from roads and air to ferries and short sea shipping – need for an ambitious strategy
Research and Development – make the EU a frontrunner in low- and zero-carbon technologies
Port call optimisation
Shore power and infrastructure for alternative fuels
Establish a green financing programme for the electrification of ferries
Use the offshore potential for renewable energy

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Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December. MEPs welcome the European Green Deal and support an ambitious sustainable investment plan to help close the investment gap. They also call for an adequately funded just transition mechanism.Parliament wants the upcoming Climate Law to include higher ambitions for the EU’s 2030 goal of emissions reductions (55 % in 2030 compared to 1990, instead of “at least 50 % towards 55 %”, as proposed by the Commission). The EU should adopt these targets well in advance of the UN climate change conference in November, MEPs say. They also want an interim target for 2040 to ensure the EU is on track to reach climate neutrality in 2050.To prevent carbon leakage due to differences in climate ambition worldwide, Parliament calls for a WTO-compliant carbon border adjustment mechanism.MEPs stress that they will amend any legislative proposals to meet the objectives of the Green Deal. Higher targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including binding national targets for each member state for the latter, and a revision of other pieces of EU legislation in the field of climate and energy are needed by June 2021, they add.The resolution was adopted with 482 votes for, 136 against and 95 abstentions.“Parliament overwhelmingly supported the Commission’s proposal on the Green Deal and welcomes the fact that there will be consistency between all European Union policies and the objectives of the Green Deal. Agriculture, trade and economic governance and other policy areas must now be seen and analysed in the context of the Green Deal”, said Pascal Canfin (RE, FR), Chair of the Environment Committee.

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Deal on tightening the rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Plans to update and tighten rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives, were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Monday.The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture homemade explosives. Members of the general public can only use these chemicals with special licencing or registration regimes. Furthermore, suspicious transactions involving these explosive precursors have to be reported to the authorities.Despite these restrictions, homemade explosives were used in approximately 40% of terrorist attacks in the EU between 2015 and 2017, demonstrating clear gaps in existing procedures.Parliament and Council negotiators agreed to strengthen the rules by:
adding new chemicals to the list of banned substances. This would include sulphuric acid which is used to produce TATP, the explosive used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, the Brussels attack in 2016 and the Manchester attack in 2017;
tightening the conditions for granting licences to the general public for the purchase and use of explosives precursors and ending the current weak registration systems that allow people to buy restricted substances by simply showing an ID card;
clarifying that online marketplaces are equally covered by the rules on sale and on reporting of suspicious transactions. The restrictions would not apply to professionals who need to use these chemicals in connection to their trade or profession.

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Deal on new rules against non-cash payment fraud approved by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2019

New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, were confirmed by Civil Liberties MEPs.Non-cash payments, representing an increasing share of payments, are subject to various forms of fraud including credit card theft, skimming or phishing. The agreed changes aim to close the current gaps and differences among EU countries’ laws to enhance prevention, detection and punishment of these crimes.The new rules take into account traditional non-cash payments such as bank cards or cheques but also new means of non-cash payment, such as electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies.Read more about the informal agreement reached on 11 December 2018 here.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal in a vote by 45 in favour, 1 against, no abstentions.The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force. The Full House is likely to vote on the agreed text in February.

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How to deal with Venezuela

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 luglio 2017

venezuelaVENEZUELA claims to have more oil than Saudi Arabia, yet its citizens are hungry. An astonishing 93% of them say they cannot afford the food they need, and three-quarters have lost weight in the past year. The regime that caused this preventable tragedy professes great love for the poor. Yet its officials have embezzled billions, making Venezuela the most corrupt country in Latin America, as well as the most ineptly governed. It is a textbook example of why democracy matters: people with bad governments should be able to throw the bums out. That is perhaps why President Nicolás Maduro is so eager to smother what little is left of democracy in Venezuela.On July 30th, barring a last-minute change of mind, Mr Maduro will hold a rigged election to rubber-stamp the creation of a hand-picked constituent assembly whose aim is to perpetuate his unpopular state-socialist regime (see article). It will complete the destruction of the powers of parliament, now controlled by the opposition, and wreck the integrity of a presidential election due next year, which, if it were free and fair, Mr Maduro would surely lose. Opponents say the assembly will install Cuban-style communism. At the very least, its creation will provoke more violence in a country where the streets are already choked with tear gas and littered with buckshot from police shotguns. In almost four months of protests, more than 100 people have died; hundreds more have been locked up for political reasons. All this infuriates Venezuelans. It should alarm the outside world, too. By the end of this year Venezuela’s economic collapse since 2012 will be the steepest in modern Latin American history. Income per person is now back where it was in the 1950s. The main cause of this calamity is ideological. Following the lead of his late mentor, Hugo Chávez, Mr Maduro spends public money lavishly, especially on his supporters. Weak oil prices and inept management mean he cannot pay his bills. So he prints money and blames speculators for the resulting inflation, which is expected to exceed 1,000% this year. The black-market price for US dollars is now about 900 times the official rate. Price controls and the expropriation of private firms have led to shortages of food and medicine. With hospitals bare of supplies, the maternal mortality rate jumped by 66% last year. Officials flagrantly profiteer from their access to hard currency and basic goods. Venezuela has become a favoured route for drug-trafficking and is awash with arms.
Some left-wingers, such as Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, imagine that Venezuela’s “Bolivarian revolution” is a promising experiment in social justice. Tell that to the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled to neighbouring countries. As the crisis worsens, their number will rise. That makes Venezuela’s government a threat to the region as well as its own people.What can be done? The best solution would be a negotiated transition. Mr Maduro would finish his term but would respect the constitution and parliament, free political prisoners and guarantee that overdue regional elections, and the presidential contest next year, take place fairly. However, an attempt at such a negotiation failed last year, and there is no sign that Mr Maduro and his cronies will voluntarily surrender power.Those who want to save Venezuela have limited influence, but they are not helpless. The opposition, a variegated alliance long on personal ambition and short of cohesion, needs to do far more to become a credible alternative government. That includes agreeing on a single leader. Some in the opposition think all that is needed to trigger the regime’s collapse is to ramp up the protests. That looks fanciful. Mr Maduro can still count on the army, with which he co-governs. In Venezuela’s command economy he controls such money as there is, and retains the backing of a quarter of Venezuelans—enough to put his own people on the streets. And he has the advice of Cuba’s security officials, who are experts in selective repression.
Latin America has at last woken up to the threat. Venezuela is far more isolated than it was, having been suspended from the Mercosur trade group. But it was able to avoid a similar suspension from the Organisation of American States (OAS) last month with the backing of its ideological allies and some Caribbean island-states to which it offers cheap oil. The United States should have applied more diplomatic muscle to sway the vote at the OAS. President Donald Trump is now considering broad sanctions such as barring the import of Venezuelan oil, or banning American companies from working in Venezuela’s oil industry. That would be a mistake: Mr Maduro would find new buyers for his oil within months. In the meantime, ordinary people would suffer more than the regime’s loyalists. And venezuelabroad sanctions might strengthen the regime, because Mr Maduro’s empty claim that he faces “economic warfare” from “imperial” America would at last have some substance.
More promisingly, on July 26th the Trump administration announced individual sanctions on a further 13 Venezuelan officials involved in the constituent assembly, or suspected of corruption or abusing human rights. These officials have had visas withdrawn, and American banks and firms are barred from doing business with them. This effort could be intensified by pressing banks to disclose embarrassing information about officials who have stashed stolen public funds abroad. The European Union and Latin America should join this effort.
It will not, in itself, force the regime to change. But the stick of individual sanctions should be combined with the offer of negotiations, brokered by foreign governments. Any final deal may have to include legal immunity for senior Venezuelan officials. That is distasteful, but may be necessary to achieve a peaceful transition back to democracy.
The alternative could be a slide into generalised violence, for which Mr Maduro would be squarely responsible. Already there are signs of anarchy, with radicals on both sides slipping loose from their leaders’ control. Rather than a second Cuba or a tropical China, chavista Venezuela, with its corruption, gangs and ineptitude, risks becoming something much worse. (This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline “Venezuela’s agony” font:The Economist)

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L’ultima moda per le vacanze estive all’insegna del risparmio spopola sul web

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 luglio 2017

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EU – Turkey migration deal: state of play and next steps

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2016

ankaraCivil Liberties MEPs quizzed the Commission on the conditions in the Greek reception facilities, the number and background of staff. MEPs also stressed the need to respect international law and live up to EU standards. Under the agreement, finalised by heads of state and government at the summit on 18 March, all people arriving irregularly from Turkey to the Greek islands are to be returned, while the EU is to take in one Syrian refugee for each Syrian sent back. Once irregular crossings from Turkey have been substantively reduced, a Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme will be activated. The deal also opened up for faster visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU, provided Ankara complies with the requirements.

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Deal on new rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 dicembre 2015

Cheerful Students Throwing Graduation Caps

Cheerful students throwing graduation caps in the Air

Harmonised EU entry and residence rules that will make it easier and more attractive for students and researchers from third countries to study or do research at EU universities were informally agreed by MEPs and ministers on Tuesday. The deal also has provisions to clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, so as to facilitate cultural exchanges. These rules still need to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers.”Today’s agreement means without a doubt that our European universities are strengthening their competitiveness in the global arena, becoming more attractive than ever for talented, ambitious and highly-educated people from other countries, who will receive considerably improved conditions here”, said Parliament’s lead MEP on the file Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE).The new rules merge two existing directives (one on students and one on researchers) to ensure that:students and researchers will have the right to stay at least nine months after finishing their studies or research in order to look for a job or to set up a business, which should also ensure that Europe benefits from their skills. Today, it is individual EU member states which decide whether students and researchers from third countries may stay on after their studies or research have ended,it will be easier for students and researchers to move within the EU during their stay. Under the new rules, they will have to notify only the member state to which they are moving, for example to do a one-semester exchange, instead of having to submit a new visa application and wait for it to be processed, as is the case today. Researchers will also be able to move for longer periods than those currently allowed.researchers will have the right to bring their family members with them, also when they move within the EU, and these family members will also have the right to work during their stay in Europe, and
In addition to the rules on students and researchers, the new directive also has provisions for interns and volunteers under the European Volunteer Scheme, who will benefit from uniform conditions to enter Europe and increased protection once there, as well as optional provisions for other volunteers, school pupils and au pairs. This is the first time that third-country au pairs have been included in an EU law.
The political agreement must now be approved by the Civil Liberties Committee and endorsed by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers.The directive enters into force the day after its publication in the European Official Journal. After that, member states will have 2 years to transpose the new provisions into their national laws. (photo: researchers)

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CPLG e Universal Pictures annunciano il deal di licensing con LEGO per Jurassic World

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 novembre 2014

jurassic worldNel 1993 veniva proiettato al cinema Jurassic Park, film diretto da Steven Spielberg e basato sul libro omonimo di Michael Crichton. A distanza di oltre vent’anni, Jurassic Park rimane nelle prime posizioni delle classifiche dei film più visti di sempre e nella top20 dei migliori film al boxoffice con oltre 1 miliardo di dollari di incassi. Un successo che perdura anche grazie ai partner mondiali che hanno saputo creare un mondo di merchandising legato al film: tecnologia e dinosauri appassionano un pubblico trasversale sia per età che per genere. In occasione della release del primo trailer ufficiale del nuovo ed attesissimo Jurassic World, sequel in uscita a giugno 2015, sono state attivate diverse trattative per espandere a 360° questo brand, grazie a nuovi deal con licenziatari e a partnership merceologiche. CPLG, in qualità di agenzia che cura i diritti delle property Universal, è lieta di annunciare la global partnership tra Universal Partnerships & Licensing e LEGO Group per la realizzazione di giocattoli e playset originali Lego® tematizzati Jurassic World.
L’accordo con LEGO Group (2014), completa il progetto di licensing a livello globale di Universal. Le linee di merchandising legate a Jurassic World vogliono espandere l’azione e l’avventura del film, coinvolgendo un pubblico globale.
Lego si affianca così ad un altro licenziatario storico, Hasbro che, fin dall’uscita del primo film della saga, è rimasto sempre legato a questa property. Hasbro continua il suo rapporto di lunga durata con la Universal e introdurrà una linea giocattolo con action figure e giochi di ruolo ispirati al film. I prodotti delle linee Lego e Hasbro saranno distribuiti sul mercato a partire da maggio 2015, poco prima dell’uscita del film nelle sale cinematografiche di tutto il mondo. Jurassic World si preannuncia un successo di primordine: i quasi 5 milioni di like sulla pagina Facebook ufficiale corrispondono al bacino di fan di tutto il mondo che si appassioneranno all’attesissimo sequel.
La release di Jurassic World avverrà a livello globale il 12 giugno 2015, in 57 paesi contemporaneamente!
Jurassic World è una property d’eccezione: coinvolge ed avvicina il bambino ad un mondo fantastico e divertente, e allo stesso tempo rievoca nei giovani adulti un film apprezzato durante la loro infanzia. A livello di sviluppo della property, Jurassic World offre quindi spunti didattici e di edutainment legati alla preistoria, alla geografia e al mondo degli animali. Le categorie merceologiche coinvolte nelle trattative di licensing sono quelle del giocattolo e dell’editoria, ma anche il mondo del food, della cartotecnica e della cura personale. (jurassic world)

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Focus on reviving credit growth as external funding withdrawal in emerging Europe picks up

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 agosto 2013

The Vienna 2 Initiative Steering Committee1 met in Luxembourg on 17 July, 2013 to discuss deleveraging trends, work to address asset quality issues in emerging Europe, and the implications for the proposed EU resolution framework on emerging European economies, including non-EU member countries. For the first time, the representatives of major parent bank groups active in emerging Europe were invited to and presented their new role and commitment to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee noted in its new Deleveraging Monitor that there were further reductions in external funding from western banks to Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe (CESEE) excluding Russia and Turkey during the first quarter of 2013. Furthermore, the forecast provided in the previous Deleveraging Monitor that the second wave of funding reductions that had started in mid-2011 would taper off did not prove correct. In fact, cross-border funding restrictions persist, with significant across countries, due, in part, to the impact of external perceptions of domestic climates. Private sector credit growth remained weak, with the exception of Turkey, and loan-to-deposit ratios declined further. There is a concern that deterioration in market sentiment vis-à-vis emerging market countries that started in late May may intensify funding reductions. The continued close monitoring of deleveraging with an eye for systemic risks to the region will therefore remain very important.The Steering Committee discussed the proposed EU resolution framework and decided that it will assess the potential implications for emerging European countries. It aims to submit comments to key European authorities in the autumn.
The Steering Committee also discussed the implications of the single supervisory mechanism for non-EU countries. While the Banking Union project is progressing for euro zone members, with possibilities for other EU member states to opt-in, non-EU members do not have effective channels for linking to the new single supervisory mechanism, even though their banking sectors are dominantly owned by euro-zone based banks. The Vienna 2 Initiative is preparing a plan for approaching the competent European agencies for an effective coordination between the single supervisory mechanism (SSM) and non-EU members.Urgency to address high non-performing loans and SME financing
The Steering Committee reiterated the urgent need to deal with rising non-performing loans (NPLs) in the region. The Vienna 2 Initiative will update the recommendations from its Working Group on NPLs and propose strategies to deal with banks risk absorption capacity for new lending. A new working group will be set up to assess current national guarantee schemes and the potential for International Financial Institutions (IFIs) intervention in this area to support small and medium enterprises’ (SME) access to finance.

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