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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Posts Tagged ‘economic crisis’

MEPs call for concrete details and novel tools to address the economic crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 Maggio 2020

MEPs on Monday quizzed Commissioners Dombrovskis and Gentiloni on planned measures to tackle the looming economic crisis due to COVID-19.Opening the discussion held within the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Committee Chair Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT) underlined that although the measures agreed by the European Council were to be welcomed, more was needed, including fresh funds. “At stake is more than solidarity”, Ms Tinagli said, explaining that “the divergences that risk being created could lead to unprecedented pressure for the European Union”.The divergences on the horizon were highlighted by both Mr Dombrovskis and Mr Gentiloni, who agreed that this was the primary reason that more measures were needed to help the hardest hit regions and countries.Various MEPs asked for more details on the planned interplay between the EU’s long-term budget and the envisaged recovery fund. Many also wanted to find out more about how the recovery fund would function, especially regarding what proportion would consist of grants. Questions were also asked regarding the mechanism for allocating the fund’s money between the countries.Some MEPs raised concerns that, however they were named, the measures being considered would invariably take the EU down the road of mutualising debt in one form or another. On the other hand, other MEPs argued that the ideas on the table did not seem credible or useful. Not credible because leveraging guarantees with funds from private investors would be very difficult in times of crisis and not useful because some countries could not afford to be saddled with further debt. A few MEPs underlined the need, now more than ever, to ensure that the EU does all that it can to ensure that tax fraud and tax havens are tackled more effectively. This would ensure that more money would be available to deal with the fallout from COVID-19.

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Richard Galpin: Let Us Build Us a City and a Tower

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 ottobre 2011

London 14 October – 19 November 2011 Hales Gallery Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road, Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm, or by appointment. Private view: 13 October 6-9pm A scattering of tall buildings, most of which have been in planning for nearly a decade, have begun to rise. Despite the world economic crisis, these huge beacons of power and wealth continue to be built in anticipation of the next financial upturn. The London skyline changes… From a studio in the narrow back streets of the Bankside area (an area itself scheduled for a staggering five million square feet of office development) Richard Galpin makes regular forays through the city to monitor development. Drawn to the army of cranes and the emerging skeletons of building structures, he sets his camera tripod before the hoardings of the The Shard, The Pinnacle, The Leadenhall Building, NEO Bankside…
However, the pictures which emerge from the studio after the film is developed, the prints enlarged, and their surfaces scored and scoured by hundreds of scalpel blades, show an altogether different future city. Post and prop, brace and cross-brace. A ferment of horizontal, vertical and skewed elements, seemingly built with a great excess of material, with haste, and the crudest of means. No space frames, no lift shafts, no glass facades. Half built, half collapsed; emerging forms threaten to fall…
But parts of this u/dys-topian scene, this ‘world behind the world’, have been seen before. Lurking in the works are Iakov Chernikhov’s architectural fantasies, incorporating thrusting machine forms (1925-1933), and Constant Nieuwenhuy’s New Babylon project for a post-revolutionary society (1959-74). And Galpin’s haunted future never gets very far from the present, due to the partial nature of the erasure. Each remaining photographic element, every building block of the new city, is a ruined fragment of contemporary London… (Richard)

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Impact of the economic crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 gennaio 2011

EUA has been monitoring the evolution of the economic crisis and its effect on higher education systems in Europe since its onset in 2008 and has published a series of short reports. This week, we publish our latest update report ahead of a major new study on the financial sustainability of European higher education that is currently being finalised and will be published on 22 February 2011. The latest monitoring report highlights that the economic crisis continues to affect higher education in several ways. Funding has not only been decreased in a number of European countries, but often public authorities are also reviewing the way the funding is actually delivered to universities.Some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Italy and Latvia, face major cuts to higher education budgets; and many others need to adapt to noticeable falls in income. Only in a few countries like France have governments upheld their commitment to increase public funding for universities.  Institutions in most countries report future ‘uncertainty’ and expect further – and possibly deeper – cuts to come in the forthcoming months and years. As many governments struggle with austerity measures to balance their deficits, the full extent of effects on higher education systems around Europe still remains to be seen. In some countries, cuts are likely to have a significant restructuring effect on higher education systems. In England, a major shift is underway from direct funding to institutions towards indirect funding through student support, coupled with higher tuition fees and reduced teaching grants.In Italy, beyond an expected €1 billion budget cut, funds will be made increasingly conditional on student employability and research performance.The report also looks at the impact of the economic crisis at institutional level and on private funding sources – which also provide an important source of revenue for universities.

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Africa Needs a Concrete

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 giugno 2009

Washington, DC- U.S. African Chamber of Commerce Said That Africa Needs a Concrete Trade/Investment Plan from the USA Before China.  Martin Mohammed President of the USACC Encourages President Obama to help Zimbabwe New Political Beginning and Support the Unity Government of Zibabwe and their Economy. Barack Obama will meet Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Friday in Washington. The two leaders are expected to discuss what has been described as Harare’s difficult road ahead. Washington has said it wants to see reforms to the rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe before it resumes financial aid. Early this year, Tsvangirai, a former opposition leader, joined embattled President Robert Mugabe in a unity government in a bid to resolve the country’s political and economic crisis. http://www.usafricanchamber.com
The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States

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The economic crisis is a call for change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 Maggio 2009

Meeting of the Presidents of the EU Institutions with religious leaders on 11 May, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) addressed an open letter to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission.
The churches are concerned that the measures that have been taken by the EU and its Member States so far may not solve the economic crisis, but may simply deal with its symptoms: “We are convinced that the current crisis is much more profound than the analysis of the EU institutions has suggested so far. The crisis calls into question a number of assumptions, which have underpinned the EU´s economic policies over the last decades, such as deregulation, the primacy of economic criteria in all areas of life as well as an overemphasis on profit and growth. The current crisis is to a large extent a crisis of trust towards the financial and political institutions and towards the system, which provoked it.”In their open letter, the churches stress the ethical dimension of the economic crisis: “Our societies are suffering from a lifestyle which is focusing on individual profit, consumption and greed rather than taking responsibility for the common good, the well-being and the future for all people and for the world we are living in.” The open letter is one of the results of a three day meeting in Brussels and Mechelen, in which church representatives from all over Europe addressed issues related to the present economic and financial crisis and the economic and social policies of the EU.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.
The Church and Society Commission of CEC links member churches and associated organisations of CEC with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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2009 European elections: strengthening democracy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 Maggio 2009

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) is publishing a pulpit declaration and a prayer for the 2009 European elections. The CPCE calls on its members to go to vote at the European elections.  With a pulpit declaration for Pentecost or Trinity published today and with a special prayer, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) offers its 105 member churches from 29 countries an opportunity to get involved in the coming elections for the European Parliament between 4 and 7 June 2009.  The CEPE thinks that the European Parliament is very important for European politics. In the view of the churches, responsible work for people in Europe has been done there for many years.  The CPCE points out that many political questions today are decided on a European level. For the financial and economic crisis and the challenge of climate change we need solidarity between the European states.  The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe calls in its pulpit declaration for people to go and vote in the European elections in order to strengthen democracy in Europe. It asks congregations to pray for people in Europe and especially for those who bear political responsibility. The texts published today are sent to the CPCE member churches with a request to use them. They are also on the Internet site of the CPCE under http://www.leuenberg.eu

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European Churches and EU Discuss Economic Crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 aprile 2009

A conference on European economic and social policies will take place on Wednesday 29 April 2009 at the European Parliament in Brussels. It is co-organised by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Evelyne Gebhardt MEP. Keynote speakers will be Pervenche Beres, Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary affairs of the European Parliament and Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission.  The Central Committee of CEC, which met in Cyprus last Fall, expressed the concern that “millions of people have already suffered from the recent economic problems.  As the Conference of European Churches we urge governments to be more concerned about protecting the most vulnerable of citizens and that a sense of justice will prevail.” (See http://www.cec-kek.org/pdf/cq0855eStatement.pdf ) The conference in the European Parliament will focus on the question of how to protect the people in Europe in this time of financial and economic crisis. It will discuss how to strengthen the social dimension of the Lisbon strategy (EU’s strategy for growth and jobs). It shall also raise the question of the social impact of the Lisbon Treaty and the strategic plans of the Parliament’s political groups for the forthcoming parliamentary period.  The conference, sponsored by the EU Presidency, the European Commission and social partners, will take place shortly before the EU Social Summit on 7 May 2009. The purpose of the Social Summit is to find better ways to protect people in the economic crisis.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg. The Church and Society Commission of CEC links member churches and associated organisations of CEC with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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The impact of the economic crisis on the free movement of persons

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

Brussels 11 and 12 May 2009 General Contact Rue du Prince Royal 83 debate and the Conference taking place on in to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on the free movement of persons within the EU and the situation of vulnerable intra-EU migrants. The Evening Debate will address questions concerning the impact of the recession on mobility and keeping Europe open as well as preventing protectionism or xenophobic reactions against free movement of persons. Speakers will include Ms Madeleine Sumption, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and Mr Jakob Von Weizs?cker, Research Fellow, BRUEGEL think-thank. ECAS hopes the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Mr Vladimír pidla, and the Secretary-General of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr Martin Westlake, will also speak. The Conference will focus on vulnerable intra-EU migrants and it will involve presentations of different European projects working for the benefit of migrants. It will also examine, in three parallel workshops, the “ABC” (assistance, building bridges and cooperation) of the “One stop mobility shops” project.

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Summit of the Americas: Securing Our Citizens’ Future

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 aprile 2009

President Barack Obama attended the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, along with the 33 other democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Western Hemisphere.  The President used his first meeting with many of his regional counterparts to start engaging in a new relationship with countries of the Americas and to forge partnerships and joint approaches to work on the common challenges facing the people of the Americas—the economic crisis, our energy and climate future, and public safety.  The theme of the Summit was “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security, and Environmental Sustainability.”   Over the past three days, the Summit leaders demonstrated their commitment to promote human prosperity by agreeing to cooperate to address the current financial crisis, strengthening efforts to reduce inequality, improving food security, promoting health, and improving the quality of education.  In the spirit of partnership, leaders committed to developing strategies to promote access for our people to reliable, efficient, affordable and clean energy, especially for the poorest sectors.   Leaders also agreed to take actions to promote environmental sustainability.  Recognizing the importance of addressing the threats to security in our hemisphere, leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen public security.  Leaders also affirmed that the aspirations and goals for the Americas depend on strong democracies, good governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.    President Obama announced measures of the past three days that reinforce the U.S. commitment to work jointly to advance the goals agreed to in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Meeting with president the republic of korea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 aprile 2009

ExCel Center London, United Kingdom. President Obama: Hold on a second. Let’s make a brief statement. I just want to thank President Lee and his entire delegation. Korea is one of America’s closest allies and greatest friends. And under President Lee’s leadership, that friendship has only grown stronger. So we are very interested in discussing the economic crisis, which is the topic of the G20 meeting. But obviously we also have a great range of issues to discuss — on defense, on peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, on the outstanding contributions that Korea has made with respect to the Afghanistan situation, and their global role and global leadership on issues like climate change. So I just want to publicly say thank you to the Republic of Korea for their outstanding friendship and the close ties between our two countries.

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The impact of the economic crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2009

Debate and the Conference taking place on 11 and 12 May 2009 in Brussels to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on the free movement of persons within the EU and the situation of vulnerable intra-EU migrants. The Evening Debate will address questions concerning the impact of the recession on mobility and keeping Europe open as well as preventing protectionism or xenophobic reactions against free movement of persons. Speakers will include Ms Madeleine Sumption, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and Mr Jakob Von Weizs?cker, Research Fellow, BRUEGEL think-thank. ECAS hopes the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Mr Vladimír the Secretary-General of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr Martin Westlake, will also speak. The Conference will focus on vulnerable intra-EU migrants and it will involve presentations of different European projects working for the benefit of migrants. It will also examine, in three parallel workshops, the “ABC” (assistance, building bridges and cooperation) of the “One stop mobility shops” project.

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Appeal for voter turnout in European elections

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2009

family-photoAt the invitation of the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, all the surviving former Presidents of the European Parliament – 10 in total – gathered in Brussels and launched an appeal for voters to go to the polls across the 27 Member States this June.President Pöttering commented:”Since the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, the European Parliament has developed into a fully-fledged legislative body, sharing decision-making with the Council of Ministers in about 75% of European legislation. Today’s Parliament is both powerful and influential. When the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, this figure would rise to co-decision in almost 100% of areas where the EU has the power to legislate. The former Presidents present today in Brussels have witnessed this gradual increase in democratic accountability of EU policy making. On 4 – 7 June next, nearly 380 million citizens – right across the European Union’s 27 Member States – will have the right to vote for the nextEuropean Parliament. The former Presidents made an appeal to EU citizens to vote in these elections – It is of vital importance that European citizens come out to exercise their democratic right because the European Parliament plays a crucial role in decision-making that affects the daily lives of each and every one of the EU’s 500 million citizens. At the meeting today, the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty was discussed and the former Presidents were in agreement on the vital necessity of the treaty in order to equip the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, including the economic crisis, climate change and contributing to building peace, democracy and freedom in Europe and around the world. They called on those countries who have not yet completed the ratification process to ensure that the final steps are taken as soon as possible.” (family photo)

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Statement from the President Praising Passage of the GIVE Act

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 marzo 2009

The White House I’m pleased that the House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan GIVE Act — legislation to usher in a new era of service in this new century. I want to applaud all those who have worked so hard to see this bill through the House, and I am eager to see the companion legislation, the Serve America Act, passed through the Senate so I can sign it into law. This legislation will help create new opportunities for millions of Americans to serve their communities and help us meet our most pressing challenges, from rebuilding our schools to providing opportunity for those in need, from helping America’s veterans to helping get us on the path to energy independence. At this moment of economic crisis, when so many people are in need of help and so much needs to be done, this could not be more urgent.  We know that government alone is not the answer to the challenges we face. It will take all of us taking our share of responsibility. And while government can provide the opportunities to give back to our communities, as I hope it will through this legislation, it is up to each and every citizen to seize those opportunities. It is up to every one of us to do his or her small part to make the world a better place.

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