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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

Beach summer umbrellaLo confermano i dati di Groupon Travel, secondo cui le spiagge vicine a Roma si aggiudicano la palma delle più richieste, con oltre 3.400 ingressi in spiaggia venduti, seguite da quelle del litorale toscano con 1.300 coupon venduti e dalle meraviglie del Cilento con più di 1.000 deal acquistati. Con stupore, la grande esclusa di questa classifica è la Liguria, che delizia ogni settimana i weekend dei milanesi con toccate e fuga al mare prima di partire per le vacanze di agosto.Il podio degli stabilimenti balneari più venduti è tutto romano: campione di incassi lo stabilimento Peppino a Mare Beach con più di 1.000 ingressi in spiaggia scontati, seguito da Cabiria Slow Beach e da La Caletta. Sul versante toscano la medaglia d’oro va all’Alhambra mentre nel Cilento il Re assoluto è lo Chalet De Mar.Ma in generale, oltre agli ingressi in spiaggia singoli, quali sono le destinazioni preferite dagli italiani? Continua senza dubbio il trend di coloro che sono alla ricerca del vacanza1massimo relax e acquistano coupon per un rigenerante soggiorno con spa nel cuore della Toscana a Chianciano Terme (in testa con oltre 800 coupon) e per una terapeutica e salutare vacanza ad Abano Terme (che ha venduto oltre 680 coupon). Le mete marittime invece sono guidate dalla Sicilia con la splendida Mazara del Vallo, seguite dalla Toscana con Porco Ercole, sul suggestivo promontorio dell’Argentario, e dalla Campania con Ischia e Napoli. Su Groupon Travel attualmente ci sono oltre 1.000 deal con uno sconto medio del 40% nella sezione viaggi, con mete che vanno appunto dai semplici ingressi in spiaggia scontati, ai weekend lunghi fino a vere e proprie vacanze di più giorni.
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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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