Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

Posts Tagged ‘european level’

Capacity mechanisms in the EU: nationalizing energy security?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 maggio 2015

energy securityOn 25 February 2015, the European Commission presented its Energy Union Package which illustrated a vision for the future of the European energy sector. Being ambitious in its objectives Commission’s reaction might be coming too late as national initiatives aimed at increasing energy security have already been unilaterally set in motion by the member states.What is the impact of national interventions, especially of the capacity mechanisms, on the internal energy market? Do national energy strategies undermine central principles of the European energy trading? Jekaterina Grigorjeva tries to answer these questions in her Policy Paper and arrives at following conclusions.
– Only compatible capacity mechanism designs with explicit participation models will allow for an effective ‘co-existence’ of the national capacity mechanisms and the European internal energy market.
– European Energy Union is about optimization of resources and infrastructure on the European level. The realization of the need of co-operation in addressing the current problems is still missing among the member states.
– Protection of the old national equilibrium will not solve the issues faced by the member states but only postpone the progress towards a more sustainable European energy sector. (photo. energy security)

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“Quality culture” in Europe’s universities

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

A new study published by the European University Association (EUA) analyses the implementation of quality assurance (QA) processes within European universities and how they are being used to develop a ‘quality culture’ within higher education institutions. Over the last decade, there has been an increasing rise in demand for QA within higher education. This has been driven by a number of factors including rising student numbers and massification of higher education and also at the European level by the Bologna Process reforms, which have as a stated aim to raise the quality of European higher education provision. As part of the Bologna Process, Ministers of education adopted in 2005 the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area which reinforced the role of universities as having primary responsibility for quality assurance. The new study is a result of the first part of an EC-supported project “Examining quality culture in European higher education institutions”. 222 institutions from 36 countries responded to a questionnaire to enable EUA to map the processes and structures used by universities to support internal quality and respond to the increasing demands of accountability. Co-author of the report Tia Loukkola said: “This report underlines the remarkable progress made in QA in recent years. According to our results, the overwhelming majority of European universities now have fundamental policies, structures and processes in place. This was certainly not the case ten years ago, so things have moved quickly in a relatively short space of time.  Nevertheless, the survey also underlines that developing a ‘quality culture’ takes time and that there are a number of areas where universities can improve QA processes, notably in terms of widening student participation and stakeholder involvement.”

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