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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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Appeal A New Start for Europe addressed to the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2020

The President of the UEF, Sandro Gozi, MEP of Renew Europe, handed over to President David Sassoli the almost 1200 signatures collected by the Italian section of the UEF, the Movimento Federalista Europeo, together with the Gioventù Federalista Europea, on the Appeal A New Start for Europe addressed to the European Parliament. The initiative involved in Italy, between the beginning of June and the beginning of July, exponents at all levels of the political world, academics, representatives of the world of business and labour.”The Appeal and its signatories are calling for a federal Europe: they are asking the European Parliament to maintain its ambitious position on the new multi-annual budget and the Next Generation EU Fund, they are calling for new own resources in the new Multiannual Financial Framework to develop the creation of a fiscal autonomy of the EU and they are calling for a federal reform of the European Union” explained Sandro Gozi in handing over to President Sassoli the dossier of the Appeal with the list of signatories. “We have an historic opportunity and responsibility. We must look to the future and to the well-being of European citizens and the next generations by launching a major new plan for economic, digital and ecological recovery and transition, managed by the EU, charging the giants of digital, finance and polluters. The Federalists and the European Parliament are engaged together in this battle”.

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COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

The Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the fight against COVID-19 and the global response to it, including WHO actions to prevent the spread of the disease and to develop treatments and vaccines.Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic has highlighted the importance of global solidarity and that health should not be seen as a cost but an investment. He added that all countries in the world must strengthen primary health care and crisis preparedness and stressed the need for EU leadership globally. While the Director-General said the situation in the EU has improved significantly, he underlined that COVID-19 is very much still circulating globally, with more than four million new cases in the last month.Many MEPs said that the global community must cooperate including in developing, manufacturing and distributing vaccines against COVID-19 and asked when a safe vaccine could be available.Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus very much welcomed the Global Coronavirus Response pledging campaign launched by the EU, which has so far raised €9.8 billion, but said more is needed. He said scientists predict we may have a vaccine within one year or even a few months earlier. However, making the vaccine available and distributing it to all will be a challenge and requires political will. One option would be to give the vaccine only to those that are most vulnerable to the virus.Several MEPs underlined the importance of the WHO but also said it has made mistakes in its response to the pandemic. The Director-General admitted everyone makes mistakes and informed MEPs that an independent panel will evaluate the WHO response to the pandemic to learn from any mistakes made. It will start its work soon.Dr Hans Kluge, Regional Director of WHO Europe, added that the three most important lessons learned in Europe from the pandemic are:
A stockpile of medical equipment, such as ventilators and masks, is needed;
Common indicators for monitoring a pandemic are necessary;
Solidarity is key, as no one is safe from a pandemic until everyone is safe.

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New disability strategy: Stepping up EU action for an inclusive Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 giugno 2020

In a resolution outlining their priorities for the post-2020 EU disability strategy, MEPs demand that all persons with disabilities and their families can fully enjoy their human rights.
As a follow-up to the European disability strategy 2010-2020, Parliament calls on the Commission to present a comprehensive, well-funded and ambitious post-2020 EU Disability Strategy that reflects the diversity of persons with disabilities and their needs. They should, together with their representative family members and organisations, be involved in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the new strategy. In a resolution, adopted by a large majority on Thursday, MEPs also ask for a gender-based approach to address the specific forms of discrimination that women and girls with disabilities face.
Disproportional impact of COVID-19-pandemic on people with disabilities. The COVID-19-outbreak and the measures taken by member states have taken a heavy toll on persons with disabilities who faced serious risks and rights violations, such as disruption in care and support services and lack of precautionary measures in residential institutions. To prevent such shortcomings in legislation in the future, MEPs stress that the post-2020 Disability Strategy should include specific recovery and mitigation measures.Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SK, ECR), rapporteur and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, said: “We must learn lessons from the shortcomings of the current Strategy. Above all, we need robust, disaggregated data to allow for informed policy-making and to eradicate huge disparities. We must also equip the new Strategy with all possible means to guarantee its full implementation and effective monitoring. I hope that the Parliament’s input will serve as important inspiration for the EU-disability agenda for the next decade.” The resolution was adopted with 653 votes in favour, 6 against and 29 abstentions.

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Conference on the Future of Europe should start by September, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 maggio 2020

The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, underlines that the COVID-19 crisis has made the need for reforms more crucial than ever.The shortcomings of the EU and its member states, especially in relation to its coordinated response in times of crisis, were highlighted by all MEPs in today’s meeting. The Conference on the Future of Europe will need to be launched as soon as possible in order for effective reforms to be implemented based on its outcome, they stressed.Most speakers pointed out the need for the Council to come up with a sensible negotiating position in the immediate future, with many asking for a commitment by the member states to implement Conference-driven reforms, potentially including treaty change. A broad majority also stressed that a joint declaration between Parliament, Council and Commission will need to be concluded before the summer in order for the Conference to be launched in September and to be at full speed by the end of the year.Citizen participation and the need for the Conference to be a bottom-up exercise with an open agenda were reiterated as core demands by all MEPs, many of whom advocated for the use of digital technology and remote participation tools during the pandemic.

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A Green Recovery Stimulus for a post-COVID-19 Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 maggio 2020

While assessing the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would be premature, it is already clear that this is the worst economic shock European economies have faced since World War II. The road to recovery will likely be long and bumpy. The European Commission’s Spring 2020 Economic Forecast projects the EU economy to contract by 7.4% in 2020, while the EU-wide
unemployment rate is expected to increase from 6.7% in 2019 to 9% in 2020, particularly affecting southern EU
Member States.The roadmap to recovery adopted by the European Council on 21 April calls for an “unprecedented investment effort” for a “more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe”2. In order to deliver on this mandate, the EU’s Recovery Fund, which the European Commission is about to unveil, should thus be both massive in size and scope as well as boldly transformative in its content. This is also in line with the resolution adopted by the European Parliament. Before the crisis, and following the European Parliament elections last year, the European Union embarked on a new five-year strategic roadmap in which the decarbonisation and digitalisation of our economies have been prioritised. Pre-crisis tense debates about the economic and social costs of ecological benefits will no doubt be re-ignited as the recovery package will be debated among European institutions and the public at large. After the adoption of adequate, immediate rescue measures, we now turn to the recovery phase. Echoing calls for a green recovery5, this paper6 argues that a European Parliament. 2020. “EU: Parliament adopts resolution on coordinated action to combat Coronavirus”, OneTrust, April.
The Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin and the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris have been publishing on immediate rescue
measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, cf. Eisl A. 2020. Including the Launch of the European alliance for a Green
Recovery led by MEP Pascal Canfin, and the University of Oxford’s analysis of how green fiscal recovery packages can act
to decouple economic growth from GHG emissions, co-authored i.a. by Nicholas Stern and Joseph Stiglitz; recent blog post by
Geneviève Pons.The production of this paper was led by Europe Jacques Delors(Brussels), with the contribution of the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris) on sections 2.1, 2.2. and 2.3 dealing with the energy, mobility and innovation dimensions of this paper.
very large green investment plan delivers the necessary economic stimulus and builds resilience to future shocks.
Delivering on such an ambitious and transformative mandate can only happen under some specific conditions which need to be explicitly acknowledged.

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La course au vaccin contre le Covid-19 : un défi majeur pour l’Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 maggio 2020

En l’absence de remède éprouvé contre le Covid-19, seul un vaccin sûr et efficace pourra mettre fin à la crise sanitaire qui frappe le monde, et l’Europe en particulier. Le secrétaire général de l’ONU, António Guterres, y voit même le seul outil permettant, à terme, un retour à la « normalité ». Un tel vaccin permettrait de sauver des millions de vies, et constituerait un outil de prévention majeur pour augmenter l’immunité collective et empêcher un retour cyclique de l’épidémie.Une course planétaire a lieu aujourd’hui, qui met aux prises des scientifiques chinois, américains, européens et autres. Afin de financer la recherche d’un vaccin contre le Covid-19, l’Union européenne organise le 4 mai, en association avec différents gouvernements et partenaires mondiaux, une grande conférence en ligne d’appel aux dons, dans l’espoir de recueillir un montant initial de 7,5 milliards d’euros, également destinés à des traitements et tests de dépistage.Charlie Weller, spécialiste des vaccins au Wellcome Trust, un fonds caritatif mondial présent dans le secteur de la santé, a appelé les acteurs du secteur à se préparer « à la plus vaste et la plus rapide opération dans l’histoire de la fabrication des vaccins ». Pour les Européens, le défi est non seulement de découvrir un vaccin mais de le fabriquer et de le distribuer le plus largement possible. Les enjeux sont multiples : sanitaires, économiques, géopolitiques.

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College of Europe, Bruges campus

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2020

Committed to fulfil its European higher education mission even in the current challenging circumstances the College of Europe has over the last five weeks taken a host of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: while putting into place all necessary health and safety measures to protect staff and students we have secured an in the history of our institution unprecedented transition to the remote delivery of all teaching and the remote organisation of the upcoming exams, assured the continuing operation of our residence and catering services and kept the selection of our incoming students for the 2020/21 Academic Year and the continuation of our executive training on track.With all members of our Community, including our colleagues being visiting professors, having done so much to keep our ship afloat and well on course in this crisis situation, I do not wish to single out here specific action taken only by some departments or services. I rather invite you to check regularly our website and social media channels to acquaint yourselves with some of the larger and smaller actions taken by both staff and students of Bruges and Natolin showing the resilience and solidarity of our College community.

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Exposition virtuelle consacrée aux femmes qui ont fait l’Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2020

Paris, 18 avril 1951. Konrad Adenauer est en visite officielle à Paris, la première d’un homme d’Etat allemand dans la capitale française depuis la fin de la Seconde guerre mondiale. Il vient signer le traité de la première Communauté européenne. Le soir même, en rentrant à l’hôtel, il trouve un cadeau insolite. Une étudiante parisienne, Simone Patrouilles, lui a déposé une lettre assortie de la croix de guerre décernée à son père mort en 14-18, en guise d’espoir dans la réconciliation des peuples. Adenauer en fut profondément ému et conservera précieusement ce don toute sa vie. Le geste personnel, aussi audacieux qu’éloquent, de cette jeune Française reflète ceux trop méconnus accomplis par nombre de femmes qui, à leur manière, ont fait l’Europe. Des personnalités souvent bien moins étudiées que les « pères fondateurs » de la construction européenne et que la présente exposition virtuelle met en lumière, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des femmes du 8 mars. Sans remonter aux figures les plus artistiques qui ont parcouru et pensé l’Europe, comme la romancière Germaine de Staël, sans quête non plus d’exhaustivité, cette galerie de portraits choisis veut d’abord nous aider à mieux connaître ou parfois, reconnaissons-le, à découvrir celles qui, à la Commission, au Parlement ou devant la Cour, montant à la tribune, en salle de presse ou en cabine d’interprétariat, ont permis au projet européen, et avec lui au droit des femmes, d’avancer. Ce même projet qui est aujourd’hui entre les mains notamment de puissantes dirigeantes.
A l’initiative et réalisée par Anne-Julia Manaranche et Claire David, respectivement responsable d’édition et secrétaire générale de l’Institut Jacques Delors, cette exposition s’inspire en partie d’une récente étude sur le rôle des femmes dans la construction européenne (éd. de la Sorbonne, 2019), dirigée par Anne-Laure Briatte, Eliane Gubin et Françoise Thébaud, que nous remercions vivement pour leurs conseils. Bonne et inspirante visite à tous et à toutes! (Sébastien Maillard Directeur de l’Institut Jacques Delors)

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More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe’s future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2020

Talking about the budget means talking about the EU’s future, MEPs said in a key plenary debate with Nikolina Brnjac, Croatian State Secretary for Foreign and European Affairs, representing the Council, and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.The debate on Wednesday came ahead of a special EU summit starting on 20 February, where member states will try to agree on a common position on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF).Most MEPs insisted that sufficient funding is key to achieve common ambitions such as fighting climate change, the digital and ecological transformation, dealing with the social consequences of the latter, and continuing to support regions and cities, farmers, young people, researchers or entrepreneurs. Implementing the Green Deal with a reduced budget, for example, would mean cutting successful EU programmes elsewhere, MEPs highlighted. Some said that certain EU policies need to be assessed more thoroughly, and that more spending discipline is needed.In addition, introducing new sources of revenue (“Own Resources”) for the EU and linking the EU budget to the respect of rule of law are key for MEPs.
David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament
Nikolina Brnjac, for the Croatian Presidency
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission
Manfred Weber (EPP, DE)
Iratxe García Pérez (S&D, ES)
Dacian Cioloş (Renew, RO)
Marco Zanni (ID, IT)
Philippe Lamberts (Green/EFA, BE)
Raffaele Fitto (ECR, IT)
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL, EL)
Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Nikolina Brnjac, for the Croatian Presidence.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Italia è Top Employer Europe e Top Employer Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 febbraio 2020

Boehringer Ingelheim Italia, per il secondo anno consecutivo, è stata ufficialmente certificata da Top Employers Institute “Top Employer Europe 2020” e “Top Employer Italia 2020”, per le proprie eccellenze nelle condizioni di lavoro.Le aziende certificate Top Employer si distinguono per l’impegno a fornire le migliori condizioni di lavoro ai propri collaboratori e per l’attuazione di Best Practice focalizzate sullo sviluppo e sul benessere delle persone. Top Employers Institute esamina l’implementazione di queste Best Practice HR e come vengono supportate attraverso strumenti di Strategy, Ownership, Practices, Measurement and Technology.Il fattore comune delle aziende Top Employer è quello di essere impegnate a creare e sviluppare le proprie strategie, con esperienze d’eccellenza, mirate a creare un ambiente e condizioni di lavoro in grado di favorire la crescita e lo sviluppo dei propri collaboratori.
“Siamo un’azienda che opera nel campo della salute e per noi il paziente è la figura centrale delle nostre attività. Nei valori fondamentali della cultura aziendale di Boehringer Ingelheim c’è lo stesso approccio per il benessere dei collaboratori, che si devono sentire elementi “centrali” per l’azienda – dichiara Antonio Barge, Direttore HR di Boehringer Ingelheim Italia – Per conciliare le responsabilità professionali con la vita oltre il lavoro, abbiamo scelto una gamma diversificata di servizi e abbiamo voluto dare segnali significativi: ad esempio, siamo stati pionieri nel lavoro da casa introducendolo già molti anni fa e, da due anni, in termini di smart working, ogni collaboratore con attività di ufficio, con qualsiasi inquadramento organizzativo, è libero di lavorare da casa senza alcun limite massimo di giorni lavorativi/anno. Ovviamente questo è possibile solo con uno stretto rapporto di fiducia tra i collaboratori ed i propri capi, ma è altrettanto vero che un collaboratore che si sente responsabilizzato esprime performance migliori”.Per quanto riguarda il 2019, in Boehringer Ingelheim Italia la percentuale di coloro che hanno usufruito dello smart working, sul totale dei potenziali utilizzatori, è stata del 60% circa ed il trend è in continua crescita.“Certa che la partecipazione a iniziative di genere formativo e ricreativo possano aiutare ad incrementare il benessere della persona, con riflessi positivi ed innovativi sull’approccio all’attività lavorativa, l’azienda ha, poi, definito un programma chiamato LiberaMente – continua Antonio Barge – attraverso il quale il collaboratore può usufruire di voucher per l’acquisto di biglietti per concerti, cinema, spettacoli teatrali ed altro ancora.””Per continuare ad essere un’azienda innovativa abbiamo bisogno di persone che guardino avanti, che portino nuove idee in azienda, per questo puntiamo anche ad una leadership sempre più partecipativa, in quest’ottica abbiamo realizzato nel 2019 un hackathon aperto a tutti i collaboratori che hanno voluto cimentarsi nel portare proposte, progetti e soluzioni innovative nella nostra quotidianità.” – conclude Antonio Barge.

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EU Presidents lay out priorities for future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 febbraio 2020

President Sassoli, in his replies to journalists after the statement, said: “Ask yourselves this: why does everyone want to divide us today? Because when there are common rules, we live better and defend those who are weaker. Where there are no rules, only the strongest prevail. Perhaps those who want to divide us are afraid of a world with rules. At this moment, I believe that the EU’s importance lies in the answer that we are able to give to this question. Not only for us, but for a global world that has to live by rules. Without rules, the strongest will prevail and the weakest will be excluded. And the EU does not want that”. Following yesterday’s meeting in France at the House of Jean Monnet to reflect on the future challenges facing the European Union, Presidents Sassoli, Michel and Von der Leyen made statements today at the Parlamentarium visitors’ centre in Brussels.

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Conference on the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

“We are pleased to see the European Parliament take the lead in setting the agenda for the Conference on the Future of Europe, finally opening the door for long-needed Treaty changes with yesterday ‘s vote. Europe cannot win back the trust of its citizens with another so-called “listening exercise”. Instead we need to be courageous and give citizens a real say over the future of the European project. Only a Conference on the Future of Europe that puts all options of deep policy and institutional change on the table can now deliver on citizens’ expectations. If Commission President von der Leyen and the European Council are genuine about bringing Europe closer to the people, we invite the Commission and the Council to support the proposals and the level of ambition indicated by the European Parliament”, says Sandro GOZI, President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).The Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) welcome the resolution adopted yesterday by the European Parliament stating its position regarding the Conference on the Future of Europe. Both UEF and JEF have long advocated for the renewal of our European Union and put forward detailed proposals for the setup of the Conference. The Conference is a golden opportunity for European citizens to walk the path towards an “ever closer union”, as stated in the Treaties. The Conference should not shy away from proposing to expand the Union’s powers and resources and renew its institution to make Europe really sovereign, including through an overhaul of the current Treaties.The Conference on the Future of Europe must send a clear message to the Union’s citizens that their voices will be heard. For this reasons, the European federalists call on the European Commission and the Council, to engage fully and genuinely with this exercise in participatory democracy. The Conference on the Future of Europe shall not be a new dialogue exercise as seen in the past, but a democratic and participative process where citizens have a real say on the Future of the Union. Therefore, in line with the proposal of the Parliament, UEF and JEF welcome an inclusive model that allows citizens to discuss the most pressing policies and institutional reforms, both necessary to rebuild trust in the European project. UEF and JEF are however concerned that there is no credible feedback loop between the decisions ultimately taken by political representatives and the proposals put forward by the citizen agora.
“We couldn’t agree more with the European Parliament: the increase in voter turnout at the 2019 European elections showed that citizens engage with Europe when they are offered the opportunity. For too long we, European citizens, have been sidelined or only cosmetically “consulted” in discussions over the future of European integration. Those times are over. Citizens and civil society are determined to continue pushing for change. The EU’s 60-years-long record of ensuring peace on the continent is at risk if it keeps muddling through the current intergovernmental status quo. The Conference on the Future of Europe is the opportunity to address the concerns of citizens about the future of European democracy and to provide the EU with the tools – institutional and financial – to deliver on its promise”, concludes Leonie MARTIN, President of JEF Europe.

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