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Do cars with clean combustion engines still have a chance in Europe after 2035?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 giugno 2022

Berlin/Brussels/Strasbourg, June 3, 2022 – Ahead of the European Parliament’s decision on EU CO2 fleet limits, associations, petroleum producers and automotive suppliers have warned against a one-sided focus on e-mobility in Europe to curb CO2 emissions from road transport. On behalf of the eFuel Alliance, its managing director Ralf Diemer summarised: “The European Parliament has an extremely important decision to make next week, when it votes on CO2 limits for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The EU Commission’s proposal aims to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 100% from 2035. Looking solely at the tailpipe, without considering the upstream chain, this is de facto a ban on vehicles with an internal combustion engine, because ICE vehicles always have a local CO2 value, regardless of whether they are powered by eFuels or fossil fuels. Conversely, following this logic, an e-car always qualifies as a zero-emission vehicle, even if it is powered by fossil-generated electricity. This approach falls short of delivering a comprehensive climate policy – we need a more holistic view of transport emissions. Only in this way we will achieve climate neutrality.” “47 million existing vehicles in Germany can only play their part in climate protection by using sustainable fuels,” stressed Karsten Schulze, Technical President of the ADAC. “Within the European Union, there are 330 million cars, and as many as 1.4 billion worldwide – with synthetic fuels, they could all drive in a carbon-neutral way.” E-mobility, he said, is something many consumers simply cannot afford, and a lack of charging infrastructure makes the transition even more difficult. “The gap between what was planned and what has been achieved so far threatens to become even wider in the future,” Schulze concluded. “We will not be able to electrify the whole world. Even we in Germany are struggling.” A ban on cars with a combustion engine would also mean devaluing people’s property. “But this discussion is not necessary, because there is an alternative in the form of synthetic fuels.” In recent days, 106 associations and companies from the mobility, technology and energy sectors had already addressed MEPs in a joint letter. “Where clean electromobility is the solution that meets consumer demands, it will prevail. Where it is not (yet) feasible, there should be a choice. EU employment remains stable with a technology open regulation while also providing affordable and low-cost solutions for vulnerable households and businesses. To reduce carbon emissions, the electricity and fuels used to power vehicles need to be renewable. Hence, the focus should be put on decarbonising the electricity and fuels supply, not on banning or promoting one technology over others,” the letter states. A 100% reduction in CO2 would de facto mean not only a complete ban on internal combustion engines, but also on plug-in hybrid vehicles. A target of less than 100% or the recognition of CO2 emission reductions through the contribution of sustainable renewable fuels would avoid such a ban.A voluntary crediting system for sustainable renewable fuels could be a practical solution that could be included in the regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans. This would use existing structures for crediting fuels in the marketplace and avoid double counting. The crediting system would be a first step toward a more holistic life-cycle approach. It would provide a safety net for cases where direct electrification is not yet feasible, the signatories stress.Attention editors: According to current plenary agenda, the debate in the EU Parliament is scheduled to begin at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. The vote is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Further information: http://www.efuel-alliance.eu

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New MERICS and Rhodium Group report on Chinese FDI in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 aprile 2022

Berlin. The times when China invested vast amounts of capital in Europe are over for now, but Chinese investors are focusing their interest on promising start-ups in high-tech sectors. This is a trend that policymakers and business leaders in Europe should keep an eye on, as the authors of the new study “Chinese FDI in Europe – 2021 Update” by Rhodium Group and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) note. (Please note: Embargoed until: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:00 am CEST) Chinese outbound investment to the rest of the world stalled in 2021, increasing by just 3 percent to USD 114 billion (EUR 96 billion). China’s global outbound M&A activity even slipped to a 14-year low, with completed transactions totaling just EUR 20 billion. China’s FDI in Europe (EU-27 and the UK) rose but remained on a multi-year downward trajectory. Last year, completed Chinese FDI in Europe increased 33 percent to EUR 10.6 billion, bouncing back after a sharp decline caused by the Corona pandemic in 2020. Still, 2021 was the second lowest year (above only 2020) for China’s investment in Europe since 2013. The takeover of Philips’ domestic appliances business by Hong Kong based Hillhouse Capital made the Netherlands the biggest destination for Chinese investment in 2021, followed by Germany, France and the UK. Consumer products, automotive (NEV batteries), health, pharma and biotech, ICT, and energy were the top sectors.Overall, the nature of Chinese investment in Europe is changing. The share of Chinese state-owned investors fell to a 20-year low, concentrating on energy and infrastructure projects in southern Europe. After years of being dominated by M&A, Chinese investment in Europe has become more focused on greenfield projects, which reached a record value of EUR 3.3 billion in 2021.Chinese venture capital (VC) investors are pouring into European tech startups. In 2021, Chinese VC investment in Europe more than doubled to a record EUR 1.2 billion. This investment was concentrated in the UK and Germany, and focused on a handful sectors including e-commerce, fintech, gaming, AI and robotics.Two authors of the study commented on their findings:Agatha Kratz, Director at Rhodium Group: “The nature of Chinese investment in Europe has fundamentally changed in recent years. The days of multi-billion-euro acquisitions in strategic sectors may well be behind us. In their place, we are seeing Chinese companies setting up their own plants in Europe, particularly in areas where they enjoy a competitive advantage, like electric batteries. Chinese firms are also increasingly active investors in European start-ups. These are not necessarily alarming trends as such investments can contribute positively to European economic activity. But they should be closely monitored by European policymakers as they reassess the risks of economic engagement with China.” Max J. Zenglein, Chief Economist at MERICS: “Compared to the peaks around 2016, Chinese investments in Europe remain stuck at low levels. However, the fact that Chinese M&A activity in Europe increased again in 2021 while China’s global M&A fell, shows that Europe remains an attractive investment destination. But at these reduced levels any movement is vulnerable to a single large deal that can push investment up or down. In the current difficult economic and regulatory environment Chinese in Europe are unlikely to pick up significantly anytime soon.” By Claudia Wessling, Director Communications and Publications MERICS

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Today is a dark day for Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 febbraio 2022

We all condemn in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, a free and sovereign country in the heart of Europe. This is not only an attack on Ukraine, but also on the security of Europe, the international order, peace and democracy. Therefore, we need: Firstly, firmness towards Russia, full economic response must be declared. The new package of sanctions already under discussion should be massive and unprecedented; Secondly, solidarity with Ukraine, we must provide political, financial and material support; Thirdly, unity in Europe, we must continue to show solidarity. This has been the case since the beginning of the crisis, within and between all European institutions. We must step up our fight against disinformation in all our Member States. And work even harder to build a sovereign and powerful Europe.

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The troubling prospect of war in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 gennaio 2022

We’re kicking off an experiment from our newsroom this weekend. Each week we’ll set out which trends and stories we expect to occupy us in the coming days. I’d like to hear whether you find our tea-leaf reading helpful. Send me an email at economisttoday@economist.com with your thoughts.Start with the economy. The Fed meets midweek, and though we don’t expect an increase in rates just yet, this is a delicate moment. Inflation is creeping up the political agenda; investors are jittery at the prospect of tightening later in the year. We’ll also get data on GDP growth in America (and other countries, including France) in the last quarter of 2021. Plus we’ll get a sense of how the big tech firms are faring when they deliver earnings reports later in the week. However rosy such figures turn out to be, keep in mind there are longer-term problems in the economy. America’s labour market, for example, may face a permanently shrunken pool of potential workers.Then there’s the troubling possibility of war in Europe. In recent weeks the Ukrainian story has mostly been a diplomatic one in which little is achieved. Are we entering a different, scarier, phase now? This weekend Britain claimed that Russia was planning to install a puppet government in Kyiv. But Russia denies it is planning to invade Ukraine (which that would surely imply). And the lack (so far) of propaganda efforts on Russian television suggests Vladimir Putin is not preparing his people for imminent fighting. On the other hand, Joe Biden said he expects Russian forces to “move in” soon. What are Russia’s military options? And what sort of fighting might unfurl if, say, tanks roll over the border? There’s smaller—not always lighter—fare to consider, too. Transparency International, an activist group, dishes up its annual index of corruption perceptions around the world on Tuesday. A Nordic country is likely to shine (yawn), but which of South Sudan or Somalia will endure the indignity of last spot?Otherwise look out for the fates of three leaders in Europe. Soon, perhaps this week, Emmanuel Macron will say what everyone knows: he’s running to retain the French presidency at the election in April. Boris Johnson’s spell as an (inadequate) British prime minister, meanwhile, could be cut short. Sue Gray, a civil servant, will report shortly on boozy parties among politicians and officials. And then there’s poor old Italy. At least the comically awful, octogenarian Silvio Berlusconi, is no longer in the running to become its head of state. But even if Mario Draghi, the very far from awful prime minister, gets the job, trouble still looms. We crowned Italy as our most-improved country of the year only last month, yet it already threatens to disappoint.What are our subscribers reading? Our cover leader on the parable of Boris Johnson was one of the most-read articles this week. A piece from our Science & technology section on a startup’s $3bn bet on finding the fountain of youth was also popular, as was our analysis of Microsoft’s $69bn acquisition of a video-game company. Adam Roberts Digital editor The economist

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How prepared for Omicron are America and Europe?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 dicembre 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. This week our data journalists looked at how prepared America and Europe are for Omicron. They found that the availability of arms, not vaccines, will be the greatest constraint on booster campaigns. We examined why America’s response to the Omicron variant has been so weak. Politics and the courts have hampered President Biden’s efforts against covid-19.The early data on Omicron show surging cases but milder symptoms. The variant’s capacity for reinfection appears unprecedented. Meanwhile, in South Africa, Omicron is already dominant. It appears to have rapidly outcompeted Delta and set off another wave of infections.In a “By Invitation” article, Melissa Fleming and Jeremy Heimans, a UN official and a social entrepreneur, wrote about countering vaccine falsehoods. Traditional health messages don’t convince the vaccine-hesitant, they say, but there are digital techniques that can move the needle.In England, people marked “Freedom Day” on July 19th, when most covid restrictions in the country were lifted. However, for those who are clinically vulnerable, true freedom has yet to arrive. When will those who have spent 21 months isolating be able to mingle freely again? As office life approaches some sort of new normal, remote working is here to stay. In our Business section, we look at the various ways in which countries are trying to legislate to maintain some boundaries between work and home life. By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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PENTAX Medical Europe amplia l’offerta di prodotti per dare agli operatori sanitari il potere di scegliere

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 dicembre 2021

AMBURGO. Fornire soluzioni endoscopiche innovative significa comprendere le esigenze dei medici di curare in modo ottimale i pazienti, in base alle loro specifiche condizioni. PENTAX Medical sta espandendo la sua offerta, per offrire ai medici e agli operatori sanitari il potere di scegliere. PENTAX Medical fornisce una gamma di apparecchiature per trattare ogni singolo paziente nel modo più ottimale, al fine di ridurre al minimo il rischio di infezioni. Il portafoglio di prodotti comprende il broncoscopio monouso PENTAX Medical ONE Pulmo™, e presto includerà il duodenoscopio Slim DEC™ (ED32-i10; OE-A65), il PlasmaTYPHOON™+ e il pacchetto igiene PENTAX Medical DEC™. Questo mese verrà lanciata la seconda generazione del sistema PlasmaTYPHOON, il PlasmaTYPHOON+. Entrambi i sistemi accelerano il processo di trattamento degli endoscopi riducendo sostanzialmente i tempi di asciugatura da ore a pochi minuti, mantenendo lo stato di disinfezione degli endoscopi fino a 31 giorni. L’ultima generazione di PlasmaTYPHOON+ asciuga ancora più velocemente di prima, in 1-3 minuti, e offre un’esperienza utente più intuitiva rendendo i processi più sicuri e facili per il personale addetto al trattamento. A sua volta, l’ingombro ridotto richiesto per l’asciugatura e lo stoccaggio degli endoscopi riduce notevolmente i costi e lo spazio necessario. PlasmaTYPHOON+ fornisce anche un ulteriore supporto nei processi quotidiani, offrendo una tracciabilità completa sia stampata che digitale con registrazioni di dati pronti per la revisione. Il vero cambiamento viene dalla comprensione del panorama sanitario e dalla sua ridefinizione. PENTAX Medical rafforza il suo forte impegno nell’affrontare le sfide dell’igiene dei dispositivi medici, innovando continuamente i prodotti, ottimizzando i processi e integrando i feedback del mercato. Rainer Burkard, Chief Executive Officer EMEA & Chief Commercial Officer Americas, spiega: “L’igiene è sempre stata uno dei fattori chiave nello sviluppo dei nostri prodotti e continua a modellare i nostri sforzi futuri. In PENTAX Medical ascoltiamo e ci preoccupiamo – il feedback del mercato plasma ogni passo del percorso. L’ascolto delle prospettive dei nostri clienti ha confermato il nostro approccio a continuare a concentrarci sulla prevenzione delle infezioni in endoscopia. A partire da dicembre, lanceremo una serie di nuovi prodotti innovativi per i prossimi dodici mesi e l’igiene è sempre stata un aspetto rilevante nel loro sviluppo.”

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Smeup arricchisce le proprie competenze con Europe Consulting

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 dicembre 2021

Erbusco. Smeup annuncia oggi di avere siglato un accordo per l’acquisizione del 100% delle quote dell’azienda Europe Consulting di Gallarate (VA), specializzata in soluzioni ERP per il mondo della logistica.Presente sul mercato da 20 anni, con 20 collaboratori, Europe Consulting ha sviluppato particolari competenze nelle soluzioni dedicate alla logistica, alla gestione del magazzino fisico per gli operatori logistici e, in particolare, per aziende che gestiscono magazzini conto terzi. Altra specializzazione è rivolta alle soluzioni di business intelligence che supportano le aziende nella gestione dei loro processi.Questa partnership permetterà la nascita di importanti sinergie grazie alle eccellenti competenze sviluppate dalle due società, andando ad arricchire le soluzioni già presenti nell’offering di gruppo dedicate alle tematiche di logistica e trasporti.Con l’acquisizione di Europe Consulting, smeup, con sede legale a Erbusco (BS) e altre 14 sedi nel nord e centro Italia, con 505 collaboratori e 2450 clienti in Italia e nel mondo, rafforza inoltre la propria presenza sul territorio italiano.La scelta di crescere per linee esterne passando per progetti industriali di lungo termine, continua in questo 2021 dopo l’acquisizione del ramo d’azienda di Archivist, di ASI di Padova, l’ingresso nel capitale sociale di Progetto 6 e l’acquisizione di VM Sistemi, importante realtà di Faenza.Questa strategia ha contribuito negli anni, e continuerà a farlo nei prossimi esercizi, allo sviluppo sostenibile delle performance aziendali di business.“Questa operazione ha per noi una duplice importanza: va a coprire a livello territoriale la provincia di Varese e allo stesso tempo, dal punto di vista dei clienti e di proposta al mercato, ci permette di rinforzare la nostra offerta di soluzioni applicative e consulenziali nel mondo della logistica. Dopo l’acquisizione di Data dea, specializzata in soluzioni per il mercato dei trasporti e della logistica, infatti, Europe Consulting si configura in perfetta continuità e completamento sulle tematiche specifiche per questo settore.” – dichiara Roberto Magni – Vice President & BSA General Manager.

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Les Etoiles de l’Europe: premiato il progetto SeaDataCloud

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 dicembre 2021

È stato assegnato al progetto SeaDataCloud H2020 il premio “les Etoiles de l’Europe, il prestigioso riconoscimento francese che ogni anno celebra e promuove progetti europei coordinati da istituzioni francesi al fine di incoraggiare gli scienziati a guidare iniziative di alto profilo scientifico finanziate dall’Unione Europea.SeaDataCloud H2020, di cui la ricercatrice dell’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) Simona Simoncelli è coordinatrice di parte del progetto e membro dello Steering Group, è stato premiato per “onorare i gruppi di ricercatori e i loro coordinatori per il loro impegno europeo e il loro lavoro nel riunire e coordinare progetti”.La cerimonia di premiazione si terrà oggi, a Parigi, alla presenza del Ministro dell’istruzione superiore, della ricerca e dell’innovazione francese, Frédérique Vidal.“Il premio costituisce ancora un importante riconoscimento alla professionalità della ricerca italiana e, in particolare, alle ricerche dell’INGV con l’instancabile azione dei suoi ricercatori anche in campo ambientale” ha dichiarato il Presidente dell’INGV, Carlo Doglioni.

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“Les Etoiles de l’Europe”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 dicembre 2021

The prestigious French award that annually celebrates and promotes European projects coordinated by French institutions in order to encourage scientists to lead high-profile scientific initiatives funded by the European Union, was conferred to the SeaDataCloud H2020 project. SeaDataCloud H2020, of which the researcher of the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) Simona Simoncelli is coordinator of part of the project and member of the Steering Group, was conferred “to honor teams of researchers and their coordinators for their European commitment and their work in bringing together and coordinating projects”. The awards ceremony will be held today, in Paris, in the presence of the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal.”The award still constitutes an important recognition of the professionalism of Italian research and, in particular, of the INGV research with the tireless action of its researchers also in the environmental field” declared the President of INGV, Carlo Doglioni.

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Une présidence française dans l’Europe post-Merkel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 dicembre 2021

Ce 8 décembre devrait voir en Allemagne l’installation du successeur attendu d’Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz. Le nouveau chancelier prend la tête d’une coalition tricolore, dont le programme de gouvernement impressionne par sa tonalité résolument européenne. L’Allemagne va aussi présider le G7. En même temps, la France s’apprête à assurer la présidence du Conseil de l’UE, avec un chef de l’Etat décidé à faire la démonstration à ses compatriotes de la plus-value européenne et à ses pairs, du leadership français.La conjugaison d’ambitions européennes de part et d’autre du Rhin a le potentiel de faire bouger quelques lignes. La présidence française a déjà fait connaître les résultats qu’elle espère obtenir du Conseil en matières sociale, à propos des salaires minimums, climatique, avec le mécanisme d’ajustement carbone aux frontières, et en matière numérique, par l’adoption des directives sur les services et les marchés digitaux, entre autres. Elle n’a plus à craindre l’enlisement initialement redouté pour la formation de la coalition allemande, ni a priori une intransigeance dogmatique aux finances. Berlin ne paraît ainsi pas fermer la porte à une pérennisation du plan de relance européen, pour le remboursement duquel la future coalition réclame la création de nouvelles ressources propres. Le prochain exécutif fédéral souhaite aussi avancer sur l’union bancaire. Et l’évolution du Pacte de stabilité n’est pas taboue. Le texte donne par une formulation ouverte sur les sujets budgétaires traditionnellement conflictuels avec Paris les gages d’une disponibilité à dialoguer. Ce contrat de coalition est même reçu comme une réponse tardive de l’Allemagne au foisonnant discours de la Sorbonne de 2017.Avec la première visite d’Olaf Scholz attendue à Paris le 9 décembre, le moteur franco-allemand pourrait donc montrer à court et moyen termes qu’il reste bien huilé. Mais vise-t-il la même ligne d’arrivée pour l’Europe ? La vision d’une Europe non seulement « capable d’agir » mais aussi « stratégiquement souveraine », formulée à plusieurs reprises dans le contrat de coalition allemand, n’aura pas échappé à la France, dont l’un des trois mots d’ordre de sa présidence du Conseil sera « puissance ». S’engager comme le fait Berlin à « définir les intérêts allemands à la lumière des intérêts européens » et à agir « dans un esprit de service de l’UE dans son ensemble » devraient rassurer au-delà tous les partenaires européens de l’Allemagne.Mais la perspective fédéraliste imprimée au projet européen, chère aux Verts allemands, diverge clairement de celle du Quai d’Orsay. Pour la première fois un gouvernement allemand écrit noir sur blanc qu’il souhaite conduire l’Union « vers un Etat fédéral européen » (einen europäischen Bundesstaat). Ceci n’a jamais été le dessein français pour l’Europe. Transformer la Conférence sur le futur de l’Europe en « convention constituante » dépasse les attentes de l’initiateur de ce projet. Avancer à quelques pays sur certains sujets rejoint toutefois les aspirations françaises à l’intégration différenciée. Passer à la majorité qualifiée en matière d’affaires étrangères, comme le souhaite l’Allemagne, n’est pas d’emblée balayé d’un revers de main en France. En revanche, Paris goûte traditionnellement peu au renforcement du Parlement européen par le droit d’initiative. Et on imagine mal le pays créateur du Conseil européen soutenir un système de Spitzenkandidat, comme le réclame le futur exécutif allemand.Plus largement, l’écart paraît béant entre ces ambitions institutionnelles pour l’Europe soulevées par l’Allemagne et une précampagne électorale en France au ton souverainiste, comme la dangereuse remise en cause de la primauté du droit européen sur le droit national. Un dialogue entre Paris et Berlin sera vite nécessaire pour imaginer, en vue des élections européennes de 2024, les nouveaux contours de l’intégration européenne post-Merkel. Sébastien Maillard, Directeur de l’Institut Jacques Delors

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Young Ambassadors present youth visions for the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 novembre 2021

The Young Ambassadors of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) will meet with the European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Klára Dobrev and other key decision-makers in Brussels to discuss youth visions for the Future of Europe.Young people have shown that they are ready to act and drive social change. The project Young Opinions on the Future of Europe strives to engage youth with and spread the word about the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as to enable diverse and representative participation. After more than 1000 event participants and youth poll respondents contributed their ideas, preferences and suggestions, EYP’s Young Ambassadors on the Future of Europe are happy to present the main product of this collaborative process.More information can be found in our attached press release, in the paper Youth Vision for the Future of Europe and on the website of the Young Opinions on the Future of Europe project. By Helena Nepp

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Parkopedia partners with INDIGO Group’s OPnGO to strengthen parking reservation and payment services in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 novembre 2021

Parkopedia, the market leader in connected vehicle services, is now working with OPnGO, the digital subsidiary of INDIGO Group, one of Europe’s largest parking operators, and a world leader in parking and individual mobility services, to provide seamless in-car parking reservation and payment services across France, Spain and Belgium.OPnGO is a universal digital parking service that aims to transform the driver experience in urban areas by aggregating a complete off-street parking offer. With a location-based service that automatically detects parking areas, OPnGO allows drivers to find parking spaces, compare prices, prepay and obtain unique discounts.With number plate recognition technology, drivers will be able to seamlessly enter and exit car parks without requiring a ticket or needing to stop at a pay station. Drivers will also no longer need to worry about additional stay costs, as the solution allows digital payments for the total time of the stay, without requiring any further action from the driver.Parkopedia has integrated OPnGO parking reservations in its consumer apps and in-car solutions for 220 car parks in France, Spain and Belgium, with services to be rolled out across the entire INDIGO portfolio shortly.Parkopedia strives to constantly expand its reach of products and services, through partnerships with services providers such as OPnGO, as well as working with the majority of automakers globally. To continue these developments, and in recognition of France’s position as the second largest car industry in Europe, Parkopedia has launched a dedicated French B2B website, to support existing, and future, clients and partners based in French speaking countries, by providing the latest news and product updates. The new website can be found at: business.parkopedia.com/fr.

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Parkopedia partners with ThinxNet to provide seamless in-car fuelling payments across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 luglio 2021

London, UK / Munich, Germany. Industry-leading connected car solution providers Parkopedia and ThinxNet, have partnered to improve the refuelling experience for drivers, automakers and fuelling stations across Europe, through intelligent connected solutions that enable drivers to pay for their fuel directly through their vehicle head unit.As part of the single API, which powers the ‘pay-at-the-pump’ application of Parkopedia’s payment platform, ThinxNet uses state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology to ensure payments at the fuel pump can be seamlessly completed from inside the vehicle. Drivers are able to refuel quickly, cheaply and safely – negating the need to step away from the vehicle or enter a kiosk to pay. ThinxNet’s solution is currently available at more than 1400 fuelling stations in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, with more to follow in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and the rest of Europe.Parkopedia’s new multi-domain payment platform is an extension of the company’s existing parking payment solution, which is currently in use by various leading global automakers. The latest platform will now also include payments for fuelling, as well as other vehicle-centric services, such as Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and tolls via a single sign-on solution, removing the need for drivers to maintain multiple apps and accounts for their on-the-road payment needs.Parkopedia’s integrated solution manages the full aggregation and payment flow between providers into a single payment platform, working with wider vehicle sensors to enable a seamless and complete digital fuelling experience for the driver.Once a driver is notified that fuel is low, they will be presented with live fuel pricing for comparison and guided to their preferred station. Once on-site, the platform activates the pump, initiates the transaction and safely manages the payment from the vehicle. Discounts and loyalty offers can be applied automatically, as well as the mailing of electronic receipts – delivering a heightened level of connected service to drivers and simplifying management for automakers.Hans Puvogel, COO at Parkopedia, commented: “We are delighted to partner with ThinxNet, and integrate essential pay-at-the-pump fuelling services for drivers into our recently announced payment platform. Our relationships with key connected vehicle service providers are a vital aspect of why we are already the market leader for in-vehicle parking payments. As we expand across further vehicle-centric payment services, we need partners that are aligned with us in delivering exceptional connected services that enhance the journey for drivers.”Sandra Dax, CEO at ThinxNet, added: “The partnership with Parkopedia is a logical next step for us to fulfil our vision of hassle-free, secure and reliable transactions around the car. We are convinced that a seamless in-car experience is a key driver for the adoption of connected services like digital fuelling.”For more details on Parkopedia’s payment platform or to contact the team, please visit: https://business.parkopedia.com/in-car-payment-platform

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Hips and Vourity Announce Partnership to Enable Crypto Payment for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 giugno 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland – HIPS Payment Group Ltd., a provider of innovative and cost-effective e-commerce and mobile payment solutions, and Vourity, a Swedish SaaS platform for unattended Sales and Payments with one of the leading payment solutions for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in Europe, today announced their partnership, enabling crypto payment for 50,000 EV charging stations across the European Union (EU).”Allowing the use of crypto payments will make charging convenient for all EV drivers, which will accelerate the move to an all-electric vehicle future”“We are really pleased to announce this partnership as we believe it is forward-thinking on many fronts; allowing the use of crypto payments will make charging convenient for all EV drivers, which will accelerate the move to an all-electric vehicle future,” says John Cavebring, CEO of Hips.Currently, the Vourity platform enables EV drivers to pay for charging by using regular open payment methods such as credit cards (e.g., Visa and Mastercard), Apple Pay, Google Pay, Swish, and Bluecode. The partnership with Hips will expand customer payment processing options, promoting the use of crypto currency as a viable and accessible option.Crypto payments will be fully integrated in the Vourity platform and can connect directly to the blockchain via Hips Merchant Protocol’s (HMP) native protocol token Merchant Token (MTO) starting November 2021. The roll out to 50,000 EV charging stations across the EU will be over 3 years.

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Order levels recovering and transformation taking effect

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 febbraio 2021

Due to the increasingly tangible successes yielded by the company’s transformation, plus growing demand from China and, since the third quarter, from Europe, too, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is raising its target operating return for financial year 2020/21 as a whole. Consequently, the company anticipates that its EBITDA margin excluding restructuring result will grow to approximately 7 percent, even though the coronavirus pandemic may lead to a sales decline of around EUR 450 million to EUR 500 million compared to the previous year (previous year’s sales: EUR 2,349 million) for the year as a whole. Previously, Heidelberg had anticipated an EBITDA margin that would, at its lowest, equal that of the previous year at 4.3 percent. It is also an encouraging sign for the coming months that print volumes among Heidelberg customers have almost reached the levels of the previous year, with the print volume in the packaging sector even exceeding the previous year’s level.”The successful roll-out of the transformation measures has enabled Heidelberg to achieve a clearly positive operating result, despite the huge pressures caused by COVID-19. When it comes to both our finances and our balance sheet, we have done our homework. Signs of recovery are now emerging on the markets in China and Europe that are important to us. That is why our EBITDA target margin excluding restructuring result is being increased to around 7 percent. The growing interest in our contract business and strong demand for our electromobility charging stations are also grounds to be optimistic about the future,” says Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer, commenting on the developments. Again in the third quarter, the numerous measures of the transformation program launched in March of last year more than compensated for the negative effect on earnings caused by a significant drop in sales due to COVID-19. As a result, after nine months of financial year 2020/21 (April 1 to December 31, 2020), the operating result including effects from the measures that have been implemented was above that of the same period of the previous year.
The sale of the Gallus Group, which did not go ahead at the end of January 2021 despite there being a valid purchase contract, is
clouding the positive picture. However, this is not causing limitations with regard to the results forecast for the current
financial year. CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg explains: “All in all, we have made much faster and more successful progress with our company’s transformation than previously reported. We have raised more than EUR 450 million in liquidity, reduced debt
by approximately EUR 260 million, moved away from loss-makers and will reduce costs by more than EUR 170 million a year on a
sustainable basis. We are therefore confident we will return to attractive profitability in the medium term.” http://www.heidelberg.com/ (abstract)

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Digital Europe programme: MEPs strike deal with Council

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2020

Plans for the EU to deploy digital technologies like AI, supercomputing and data platforms more widely were informally agreed with Council on Monday.The programme will fund the increase in the capacity of European supercomputing and data processing (€2.2billion), and make supercomputing more accessible and user-friendly in public health especially in health, the environment, security and industry, and in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).It will strengthen and support artificial intelligence testing and experimentation in health and mobility sectors, and encourage member states to cooperate in this area, with the aim of setting up a European data space. Businesses and public administrations will also be able to use artificial intelligence more (€2 billion).€1.6 billion are also dedicated to cybersecurity, to strengthen coordination between member states, boost Europe’s capabilities and support the deployment of cyber-security technology, infrastructure and competence across the economy, through initiatives such as the EU cybersecurity competence centre and network. The programme will also help support the existing workforce to train in order to have the skills needed.

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Research: MEPs reach deal with Council on Horizon Europe programme

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

Bruxelles. Horizon Europe will help EU’s health system prepare for future pandemics, and industry to decarbonise and innovate, after MEPs and Council came to an informal agreement on Friday.”We really needed this agreement, and we managed to deliver a strong and well financed programme for research and innovation, that will start in time” said Dan Nica (S&D, RO), rapporteur on the Horizon Europe regulation. “Money channelled through the Horizon 2020 helped find a vaccine against COVID-19. The Parliament insisted on an ambitious investment in research and innovation and ensured budgetary stability and predictability in order to have a Horizon Europe programme that will deliver on the future challenges. The budget increase for Horizon with the €5,4 billion from New Generation Europe and the extra €4 billion from the multiannual financial framework (MFF) will ensure investment in resilience both for short term and long term: basic research (through the ERC), the fight against climate change, digitalisation, the support for innovative SMEs and the support for the European Research infrastructure” he said.Citizens, businesses, social partners and the research and knowledge community will have to work in the same team. We cannot miss the opportunity to lead in all these challenges.” M. Nica added.”Finally, we achieved an ambitious and balanced budget which strongly supports fundamental research as well as thematic research” said Christian Ehler (EPP, DE) rapporteur on the Horizon Europe specific programme. “It includes an additional €1bn for the European Research Council and the highest budget ever for digital topics. For the first time there is also a specific budget for Europe’s cultural and creative industries” he said.Industry, Research and Energy committee Chair Cristian Bușoi (EPP, RO) said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that research and innovation (R&I) is a driver for our recovery. We rely on R&I to become resilient for future crisis and to address challenges such as cancer and antimicrobial-resistance, but also to adapt to our globalized world, fight climate change and to prepare a better and greener future for next generations. But to achieve all these ambitions we require an ambitious programme. I believe that this is what we have achieved to deliver today”. The informal agreement will be confirmed in the Industry, Research and Energy committee later this month. Since the European Parliament had insisted to have a Partial Agreement already in April 2019, the whole programme is in position to be finalised and to start on the 1st of January 2021.

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New volunteering programme for young people in Europe and beyond agreed

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

Parliament and Council reached a political agreement on the European Solidarity Corps for 2021-2027, worth more than one billion EUR. “Today’s agreement is excellent news for young people in the EU and beyond. The programme will start in January 2021 and Parliament managed to secure many gains for volunteers. Volunteering will the main activity of the programme, which has been our priority from the very beginning. We are now able to guarantee a higher quality of volunteering activities, by obliging hosts to offer new, useful skills and competences. Similarly, from now on we will be able to include many more people with fewer opportunities”, said Michaela Šojdrova (EPP,CZ), rapporteur on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). MEPs ensured that host organisations will need to prove the quality of the volunteering activities on offer, with a focus on learning, and gaining skills and competences. Similarly, the organisations will need to prove they comply with occupational health and safety regulations.Parliament also succeeded in better protecting target groups. Special clearance will be needed for volunteers working with children and people with disabilities. Programmes will also be required to prove that they contribute to positive societal changes in local communities.Thanks to MEPs, the Commission and member states will have to present how they plan to include people with fewer opportunities. Young people will be able to volunteer in their own country, in particular those with fewer opportunities. Since humanitarian action poses specific challenges, MEPs insisted that the age limit of humanitarian aid volunteers be extended to 35 with a possibility to hire experts and coaches without the age limit.In line with the European Green Deal, volunteering activities will have to respect the “do no harm” principle and the programmes will later be evaluated taking into account their contribution to the EU’s climate objectives, such as choosing climate-neutral means of transportation.The agreement reached today still needs to be formally approved by both Parliament and Council.

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OYSTER Sustainable Europe ottiene l’etichetta SR

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 novembre 2020

Parigi, Londra. iM Global Partner ha annunciato che il fondo OYSTER Sustainable Europe ha ottenuto l’etichetta SRI. Il riconoscimento arriva nel momento in cui iM Global Partner rafforza il proprio impegno nell’offrire soluzioni attive sostenibili ad elevato alfa agli investitori europei. OYSTER Sustainable Europe è una soluzione di investimento data in delega a Zadig Asset Management, uno dei principali specialisti nell’azionario europeo. Zadig applica una strategia di investimento a forte impronta sostenibile e responsabile, che è in linea con il DNA e lo stile di gestione attivo di Zadig, nonché tiene conto dell’allineamento delle società europee agli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite (ONU).Zadig è firmataria dei Principi delle Nazioni Unite per l’investimento responsabile dal 2015 e il fondo di punta di Zadig, Memnon European Equity, ha ottenuto l’etichetta LuxFLAG ESG nel giugno 2019. Il fondo OYSTER Sustainable Europe è gestito integrando i parametri ambientale, sociale e di governance (ESG) all’interno di una più ampia cornice focalizzata sugli investimenti sostenibili e responsabili (SRI). L’etichetta SRI rilasciata dal governo francese (www.lelabelisr.fr) è stata lanciata il 18 novembre 2016 dal proprio Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze. I prodotti che cercano di ottenere l’etichetta devono soddisfare uno standard rigoroso ed esigente per dimostrare che sono gestiti utilizzando metodi strutturati, fermamente impegnati nell’essere trasparenti e capaci di fornire informazioni chiare e di alta qualità ai propri clienti.Il fondo OYSTER Sustainable Europe ha ottenuto l’etichetta SRI dopo un processo di analisi svolto in autonomia da EY (Ernst and Young), sulla base di specifiche precise e dettagliate.Philippe Uzan, CIO di iM Global Partner, ha dichiarato: “Siamo lieti di soddisfare i parametri richiesti per ottenere l’etichetta SRI, poiché cerchiamo di fornire soluzioni sostenibili ad elevato alfa alla maggior parte degli investitori europei. L’investimento sostenibile e responsabile è parte integrante della nostra gamma di soluzioni. Accogliamo con favore il riconoscimento che l’etichetta porta, poiché sarà una ulteriore spinta a fare meglio e permetterà l’accesso alle nostre soluzioni di investimento a fund selector e investitori istituzionali in tutta Europa.L’etichetta consente ai fondi SRI di rendere chiaro il proprio approccio agli investitori e ad altri stakeholder grazie ad un format immediato e comparabile. Alla base dell’etichetta c’è un principio guida che afferma che gli investitori dovrebbero essere aperti, onesti e divulgare informazioni accurate, adeguate e tempestive. Ciò è fondamentale per consentire alle parti interessate di comprendere le politiche e le pratiche dei fondi a disposizione degli investitori.

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The Conference on the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2020

Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Libyan GNA and Turkey, Ankara has increased its provocative moves in the Eastern Mediterranean. It has sent drilling ships in Greek and Cypriot waters, often accompanied by navy vessels. Such provocations to two European Member States have been rightly condemned across the EU but few substantive actions have been taken at an EU level. Furthermore, despite the efforts of Member States such as France or Germany, Turkey has not given up its aggressive stance in the Mediterranean. Turkish behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean does not only constitute a challenge for Greece and Cyprus but has wider ramifications over a range of different issues and has implications for the Union as a whole. As such, the current tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean urgently requires a coordinated EU response. Firstly, the European Commission has presented a detailed legal analysis on issues linked to the conflict, which are of exclusive EU competence and covered by EU law in the area of common fisheries policy. As a reminder, what is challenged herein are the rights given to islands under UNCLOS, a UN Convention that the EU has signed and ratified as a full party. Secondly, the Council should at least define a well-balanced, strong common response that goes beyond a strongly worded statement. As such initiatives have not only proven unsuccessful in persuading Turkey in the past but have angered it further. It is important therefore, to have a coordinated response, which will allow EU Council Members to trust each other, communicate, and share relevant information between them. Thirdly, the European Parliament should call for a wider evaluation of the EU relations with Turkey concerning its candidacy to the Union: the respect of human rights, the rules of law and values, the management of the migration flow transiting Turkey towards Europe and the reworking of economic ties between the two sides. This evaluation, needs to take into account the drift of Erdogan’s Turkey, away from meeting the minimum required to be considered an EU candidate country, a status it still possesses. Finally, it is necessary to recall that this situation can and should be solved through existing international law. Laws, as well as dispute-settlement mechanisms, exist for these sorts of matters and their use need to be promoted. If the European Union is able to coordinate a cohesive and effective response it will be possible to convince Turkey to settle this matter in court, as this remains the only peaceful and rightful conclusion to the problem.

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