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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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EU future at stake: MEPs broadly welcome Commission’s recovery package proposals

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 maggio 2020

Focussing on future generations, Commission President von der Leyen discussed the €750 billion recovery instrument within a revamped long-term EU budget in plenary.Following the presentation by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the pledge by the Croatian Council representative Nikolina Brnjac to work with member states to swiftly conclude negotiations with Parliament on the new package, political group leaders took the floor to outline their initial reactions. Click on names to view the individual statements.“European solidarity is back and we are opening a new chapter for the EU”, Manfred Weber (EPP, DE) said. The new money needs to be spent on fresh ideas and not on Europe’s old problems. “Solidarity goes hand in hand with responsibility”, therefore it must be clear how the money will be paid back, he said, calling for new own resources and for digital giants to pay their part.Iratxe García Perez (S&D, ES) thanked von der Leyen for an ambitious proposal and for giving the EP “the role it deserves” in the design of the recovery package. Warning that the survival of the European project is at stake, she urged the Council to adopt the new MFF by qualified majority to avoid keeping the EU “hostage by four member states that prefer a national response to a European one”.“It is a game changer, unprecedented in the history of Europe”, said Dacian Ciolos (Renew, RO). “The MFF and the recovery plan must focus on the future”, with the Green deal and digital agenda as building blocks, he said. “We may differ on some details, but I really welcome the approach”, he said, reminding member states that “the EU is not a cash machine. Solidarity comes with values”.Jörg Meuthen (ID, DE) rejected the package proposal as “completely wrong and nonsense”, without a proper legal basis and lacking responsibility or economic sense. The Commission wants to spend money “as if there was no tomorrow”. It is a huge price for European taxpayers, he concluded.Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE) urged: “We must not repeat the big mistakes of the past and force countries into austerity and blind market ideologies. Instead, we need to make sure that the money is well invested into projects that will help in the long term, create jobs and save the one planet that we have.”Johan van Overtveldt (ECR, BE) said: “If we are going to allow loans and grants, there must be clear conditions. The money needs to go to where it is most needed, and there must be safety mechanisms in place for our businesses. People working and saving should not have to “fork out” for these programmes”.“Instead of making a clean break with past dogmas”, the Recovery Plan stops “midstream” said Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL, FR). Welcoming the new proposals on Own Resources, she called for the crisis debt to be cancelled, for direct perpetual loans to member states, and for public support to be conditional on social considerations.The Commission has also unveiled its adjusted Work Programme for 2020, which will prioritise the actions needed to propel Europe’s recovery and resilience.

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Response to pandemic is vital for the sustainable future of the transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 maggio 2020

Transport Committee MEPs supported the urgency procedure for proposed measures. However, they noted also that there is a need for greater transparency and deliberation before rushing any legislative proposals through:
Aviation: Contracts with ground-handling services should be flexible, as should modified air carrier licensing rules. The measure mostly received support in the debate.
Maritime: Ports should be able to defer, reduce or lift port infrastructure charges for port users. Many MEPs underlined that it is not clear who would benefit from this proposal and it is difficult to see its added value in a very competitive environment. This might cause unfair competition. The Commission said that it remains an optional tool to provide additional flexibility and keep supply lanes open.
Rail: the deadline to transpose EU law on rail safety and interoperability should be extended. Transport Committee MEPs agree with the extension; however, the timeframe remains under discussion.
Relieving the administrative burden: the validity of certain certificates and licences should be extended by providing temporary derogation from 15 legal acts. Many MEPs supported the changes by the Council, i.e. for the less affected member states to opt out from the relief measures.The MEPs also reiterated the need for a coordinated approach to easing COVID-19 lockdown measures as well as the need for additional support measures for both the transport and tourism sectors.
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans acknowledged that transforming the transport sector is essential to the success of the European Green Deal. “COVID-19 or not, there is still a climate crisis. That will not go away. We have to do everything we can to stop the temperatures rising”, he said. “We want to make sure that, in the recovery plan, we save jobs and at the same time make the transition to sustainability. We will have to invest as much as possible at the EU and national level. This is the most challenging part of our mandate.”Many MEPs raised doubts about whether a strong economy is compatible with a fair transition to sustainability. “Can we afford a green deal in this crisis? There is no contradiction between the need to recover economically and to do it in line with the Green Deal. We cannot succumb to short-term expediency”, explained the Executive Vice-President, adding that it is already evident that investments into sustainable energy now outpace the investments in old energy. Several questions also tackled the loss of jobs in the car industry, the lack of infrastructure for electric vehicles, the aviation sector’s struggles in the current crisis and a possible additional tax burden, the importance of rail transport, as well as rethinking transport systems in cities.

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Applied research dedicated for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 maggio 2020

The monthly editions of Research News are here to keep you informed about recent projects by the Fraunhofer Institutes. This update on current trends, future topics, studies, the latest developments and innovative concepts goes out to you at the beginning of each month. The May issue’s topics include sustainability, climate action and AI in manufacturing. We are covering a lot of ground with subjects ranging from alternative fuels and new methods of testing e-vehicle batteries to neural networks for accelerated logistics workflows.This issue continues the April edition’s SARS-CoV-2 coverage to keep you posted on research projects and initiatives pursued by Fraunhofer experts to fight the coronavirus. Our researchers are supporting industry and society in their efforts to deal with its immediate effects and future consequences. This work includes critical projects in the life sciences, close collaboration with businesses, and direct and indirect medical support.

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Le future mamme in quarantena

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 aprile 2020

Dalla scoperta della maternità al parto le donne in gravidanza vivono quella che in termini tecnici si chiama ‘trasparenza psichica’, una sorta di maggiore vulnerabilita’ emotiva determinata dal fatto che tutte le energie sono canalizzate verso il bambino. Ma cosa succede se su questa condizione di aumentata suscettibilita’ si innestano le preoccupazioni legate al contagio da coronavirus e ai vissuti di isolamento dovuti al lockdown? Secondo Magda Di Renzo, analista junghiana, psicoterapeuta dell’eta’ evolutiva e responsabile Terapie dell’Istituto di Ortofonologia (IdO), per comprendere a fondo le paure che popolano le menti delle donne che stanno vivendo la gravidanza in quarantena occorre, innanzitutto, distinguere le fasi della gestazione. Tenendo presente che, “in casi di donne che hanno una maggiore vulnerabilita’- spiega all’agenzia Dire Di Renzo – il non sentirsi sostenute potrebbe portare ad un maggior rischio di sviluppare una depressione post partum”, ma che, allo stesso tempo, “il fatto di non avere degli appoggi attiva resilienze che in condizioni normali non sarebbero state attivate”. “La gravidanza e’ il periodo dell’esistenza in cui si ha maggiormente bisogno di una condivisione e di un contenimento, cioe’ di avere accanto le persone- continua l’analista- Per una donna il momento della gravidanza e’ la riattivazione della sua dimensione di figlia. C’e’ un bisogno di partecipazione, di riavvicinarsi alla figura materna, che sia stata positiva o negativa nel passato. Quindi, essere lontane, non poter condividere con la madre, con gli amici, questo momento e’ un grande problema”. È il caso di Claudia, che nello speciale dell’Agenzia Dire dedicato alla maternita’ in quarantena, aveva raccontato la frustrazione di aver scoperto di essere incinta senza poter aver vicino sua madre. Se fino al quarto mese, da parte della donna, “c’e’ un assestarsi nella condizione- prosegue la psicoterapeuta- dal quarto al settimo sono molto fertili le fantasie sul futuro bambino”, che “oggi sono state in qualche modo contaminate da questo problema esterno”, dalla “preoccupazione del collettivo”. In piu’, molte “hanno avuto difficolta’ nel preparare le cose per il bambino, perche’ i negozi sono chiusi. Sembrano sciocchezze – sottolinea la psicoterapeuta- ma sono, invece, degli elementi determinanti, perche’ e’ un modo di pensare al bambino che verra’”. L’elemento piu’ insidioso per chi, invece, sta affrontando il parto in emergenza Covid-19 “e’ il fatto di essere sole. Per alcune e’ stata possibile la presenza del marito, per altre no”, e anche il dopo parto, “il momento in cui ci dovrebbe essere la festa, l’iniziazione del bambino al mondo”, e’ stato sostituito dalla condivisione virtuale di immagini foto e video inviati ad amici e parenti. Per questo, avverte Di Renzo, occorre valorizzare e avere “un rapporto piu’ umile con la tecnologia, che ci ha salvato in questo momento, dandoci una grande possibilita’”, anche se “avere accanto la propria madre che ti aiuta e’ un’altra cosa”. È la funzione simbolica protettiva del futuro padre, “centrale” fin dai primi mesi di gravidanza, a venir meno per le donne che sono costrette a partorire senza il proprio marito o compagno accanto. “Hanno paura di rimanere sole durante il parto perche’ arrivano in questa condizione di isolamento nei giorni che lo precedono con un senso abbandonico – sottolinea la responsabile Terapie di IdO – La vulnerabilita’ emotiva che la donna gravida vive necessita di un contenimento, la vicinanza fisica e’ una vicinanza alla paura di quel momento, al vivere un’esperienza ignota, come nel caso del primo parto”. Quindi, “la mancanza della figura del futuro padre viene vissuta come un’esperienza abbandonica. I padri che hanno potuto assistere, perche’ moltissime strutture sanitarie, dobbiamo dirlo, lo hanno permesso – insiste Di Renzo – hanno assolto alla loro funzione e sicuramente queste donne si sono sentite piu’ protette, perche’ la figura paterna e’ simbolicamente fondante”. Una direttiva nazionale per tutti gli ospedali, in questo senso, “aiuterebbe, anche se nelle situazioni di emergenza, sia in ambito sanitario che non, si attivano da parte di tutti delle straordinarie resilienze e molte gestanti sono riuscite a portare avanti controlli ed ecografie senza sentirsi abbandonate”. Secondo di Di Renzo, le neomamme in quarantena devono sentirsi un po’ speciali, come i loro piccoli: “Sono bambini che nonostante tutto sono venuti fuori, che ce l’hanno fatta, sono madri che sono state capaci di proteggerli. Io ne farei un inno positivo- osserva- affinche’ quelle ansie che hanno costellato questi mesi diventino una grande risorsa per le mamme e per i loro bambini”. E allora si’ alla ricerca della vicinanza del marito o del compagno, “un elemento protettivo importante”, e si’ a tutta una serie di attivita’ positive che vanno dall'”ascolto della musica, ai corsi di preparazione al parto online, ai piccoli movimenti, agli esercizi di yoga”. Importante, sottolinea la psicoterapeuta, “mantenere i contatti con amici, parenti e donne nella stessa condizione, attraverso la tecnologia”, ma anche “occupare il tempo con qualcosa di creativo” e fare tesoro di questo periodo di isolamento. Perche’ “c’e’ una maggiore calma delle madri e questo e’ sicuramente un vantaggio per il bambino”. Avendo sempre ben presente, conclude Di Renzo, “che il feto non viene attaccato dal virus: un elemento fondamentale”. (fonte: agenzia dire)

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Applied research dedicated for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

A new issue began to emerge at the turn of the year 2019/2020. It has since taken center stage in the public discourse and in the personal experience of individuals. The novel virus that the World Health Organization calls severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has upended every aspect of public life. The WHO declared the outbreak of this virus to be “a public health emergency of international concern.” The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on day-to-day life, on people’s health, on businesses, on the domestic economy and on global trade. The current situation and the dynamic developments throughout Germany and across the world are posing major challenges for people. Working at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, Fraunhofer experts are supporting the efforts of industry and society to cope with the immediate effects and the consequences to come. These women and men are pursuing critical life sciences projects, joining ranks with businesses, rising to challenges with partners, and providing direct and indirect medical support. And we are reporting on all this and more as part of our special website coverage of the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona” campaign. In this April issue of Research News, we are also going to bring you up to date on other technological highlights that figure prominently in Fraunhofer research.
The coronavirus pandemic is the dominant story in the media. Many Fraunhofer Institutes have joined the battle against COVID-19, bringing their know-how to bear. Fraunhofer researchers are testing the efficacy of drugs available to physicians today, supporting research across national borders with their expertise in diagnostics, and creating the infrastructural prerequisites for further research into SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses in their laboratories. We will soon add more information about Fraunhofer research activities related to the coronavirus to our website.

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COVID-19: research package welcomed, EU needs to be better equipped in future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 marzo 2020

• EC proposes significant budget package to fight pandemic
• EP Research MEP welcomes emergency measures
• We have to invest more in research and be ready for the next crisis
Crisis-response measures should be combined with a long-term commitment to EU research programmes, says Research MEP.
“We applaud the measures taken by Commissioner Gabriel and the pooling of almost €140 million against COVID 19. The Commission was very fast in launching a special call for expressions of interest from Horizon 2020 and involving relevant stakeholders under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership”, said Horizon Europe rapporteur Christian Ehler (EPP, DE).”Now, we have to start thinking ahead in order to be better equipped for the future. Research and development clearly have an important role to play in addressing global challenges. This is yet another reason to support our proposal for €120 billion for Horizon Europe.”, he added. “The health crisis posed by COVID-19 is focusing minds. The top priority now is to stem the spread of the virus. Behind the scenes, emergency research is working on finding a treatment and a vaccine. The virus’ extraordinary rate of contagion should make us aware that our interconnected world has shrunk considerably and that joint and coordinated action between states is the only way to deal with this crisis”, said Christian Ehler.”This crisis is a test of our ability to work together on an emergency situation on the one hand, and to remain faithful to our long-term objectives on the other”, he said.
“When this crisis is over, we must immediately prepare for the next one. This means investing more in research and ensuring that programmes such as Horizon Europe do not become hostages to short-term squabbles between member states”, he concluded.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry, has today launched a fast-track call for research proposals to develop treatments and diagnostics in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to €45 million of the funding will come from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
This call is part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19 and complements the emergency research funding already mobilised recently under Horizon 2020. You can find more information about the IMI call here, and the EU research actions on COVID-19 here (source : European Commission).

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Future EU-UK relations: EU is offering ‘cooperation of an unprecedented nature’ Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 marzo 2020

by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, on the publication of a draft legal agreement on the future EU-UK partnership.”I welcome the fact that the European Commission has transmitted to the United Kingdom a draft agreement on a new partnership with the European Union that is closely aligned with the European Parliament’s recommendations in its resolution adopted in February and the negotiating directives approved by EU member states on 25 February.The European Parliament strongly supports the constructive work of the European Union’s negotiators with the United Kingdom’s team, in an open and positive spirit, as these negotiations aim to build – or rather rebuild – an ambitious partnership.
For the European Parliament, it is vital that the European Union does its utmost when negotiating with the UK to guarantee the EU’s interests; both parties share a strong desire to agree on a new partnership based on a good balance of rights and obligations and in respect of the sovereignty of both parties.I also welcome the fact that the European Commission is proposing provisions for cooperation in foreign affairs, security and defence, even if it did so in a separate document from the comprehensive draft treaty. The Commission thereby proposes to clarify a series of areas that go beyond what the EU usually engages in with third countries. Cooperation in these fields is clearly mutually beneficial for both EU and UK citizens. The EU is, in this regard, truly offering the UK cooperation of an unprecedented nature.”

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Greta Thunberg to MEPs: “we will not allow you to surrender our future”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2020

Climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at a meeting in the Parliament’s Environment Committee.Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday attended an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to talk about the European Climate Law.“The EU must lead the way – you have a moral obligation to do so”, Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday before MEPs. “In November 2019, you said that climate change was an existential threat. Now you must prove that you mean it”, she added. She said that the new proposal for a climate law published on Wednesday by the European Commission is “a surrender”: “Nature does not bargain, and you cannot make deals with physics. We will not allow you to surrender our future”, she concluded.
MEPs highlighted the challenge of bringing other continents on board to raise climate ambition before the Glasgow climate conference to take place in November. While most MEPs agreed that the EU needs to raise its own emission reduction goals, several MEPs said that raising the EU’s 2030 goals from 40% to 55%, as proposed by the European Parliament, would already be ambitious, but is met with much resistance from member states.Following the meeting, the Chair of the Committee Pascal Canfin (Renew, FR) said: “Today we hosted Greta Thunberg. To win the battle against climate change, we need the energy of youth. Here in Parliament, and notably in the Environment Committee, we are fighting for climate neutrality in 2050. The climate law that was presented today cannot deceive young Europeans who are mobilised for the climate and all European citizens, and we must therefore succeed.”

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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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The construction site of the future: digitized and networked

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 febbraio 2020

The Center Construction Robotics gives green light for joint research project under realistic conditions for academia and industry. RWTH Aachen University officially handed over a 10,000 square meter site to the Center Construction Robotics (CCR) in the Construction Cluster for its envisaged reference construction site. An interdisciplinary team of RWTH Aachen academics will use digitalization as its research basis in the Center Construction Robotics in conjunction with a European industry consortium at this construction site of the future – research topics will include many issues from pre-production of construction elements to fully automated construction sites. The reference construction site, a pilot project starting up temporarily on Campus West, will serve as a reality laboratory. New construction processes and products, networked machines, the implementation of robots, software solutions,
as well as teaching, working and communication concepts will be tested under real construction site conditions here. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is currently funding an initial research project.Main industry sponsors for the project include PORR, Liebherr Tower Cranes division, EIFFAGE, LEONHARD WEISS GmbH & Co. KG, HILTI AG and Autodesk GmbH. They provide financial and infrastructural support for the reference construction site. “We find it very important to ensure that as many stakeholders as possible will be able to utilize the construction site as a ‘living lab’ for transformation”, explains Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan the
philosophy behind the reality laboratory.

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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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Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution setting out its vision for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe with 494 votes for, 147 against and 49 abstentions.MEPs want citizens to be at the core of broad discussions on how to tackle internal and external challenges that were not foreseen at the time of the Lisbon Treaty. People of all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level must be involved in setting the EU’s priorities in line with citizens’ concerns in a bottom-up, transparent, inclusive, participatory and well-balanced approach.Parliament proposes establishing several Citizens’ Agoras (thematic fora of citizen representatives chosen randomly in line with proportionality and representativeness criteria), and at least two Youth Agoras, each comprising 200-300 citizens with a minimum of three per member state. Citizen representatives will discuss Agora conclusions at the Conference Plenary with MEPs and national parliament representatives, Council ministers, Commission Vice-Presidents and representatives of other EU institutions, bodies and social partners.In addition to high-level support from the presidents of the three main EU institutions, Parliament urges Council and Commission to commit to the possibility of treaty change. The adopted text also underlines that a permanent mechanism to engage citizens should be considered.

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The Future of Robotics Takes Center Stage with UBTECH at CES 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 gennaio 2020

From a humanoid robot butler that makes home life easier to fun and creative robot building kits that will inspire the next generation of STEM leaders, the future of robots will be on display with UBTECH at CES 2020. Located in Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 2, Booth 26015, UBTECH will be showing its newest and most innovative robots, including the latest updates to Walker, the intelligent humanoid service robot that wowed audiences at last year’s CES, plus autonomous indoor monitoring robot AIMBOT, enterprise service robot Cruzr, and award-winning JIMU Robot kits for kids.
Walker, a finalist for the Best of CES 2019 award, will be back at CES 2020 with new capabilities and functionality improvements including faster motion performance, improved mobility interactions, and enhanced environmental perception. This year’s presentation will demonstrate Walker’s faster, human-like walking as well as yoga poses with dynamic stability showing its huge improvement in motion control. Walker will also demonstrate new abilities such as the ability to push a cart, draw pictures, and write characters, showing improved static balance with full-body compliance control. Visual servoing now allows Walker to perform more complex grasping actions such as pouring liquid into a cup, using smart environmental perception to adjust the grasping posture of its palms in real time.

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Conference on the Future of Europe that makes a difference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 dicembre 2019

12 European civil society organisations unveil today their set of recommendations for a successful Conference on the Future of Europe. The recommendations emerged as outcome of a series of brainstorming sessions between European civil society organisations held in autumn 2019. The proposal for a “European Conference on the Future of Europe” initially put forward by President Emmanuel Macron and then taken up by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, represents a great opportunity to reshape the future of the European Union. The CSOs’ common key recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe are:
An open mandate for the Conference, aimed at developing policy and institutional proposals, as well as proposals for treaty change or a new treaty framework, if considered necessary.A wide-ranging approach, looking at the scope of competences of the Union, the financing of Union policies and proposals for the democratic and efficient governance of those policies. A democratic process with wide participation and deep deliberation with individual citizens and civil society organisations from across the Union, as well as accession candidate and eastern neighbourhood countries. A multi-step approach allowing individual citizens and civil society organisations to give input at different levels of expertise using digital tools and deliberative polling and engagement with institutional decision-makers.
A clear upfront commitment by the institutions of the Union, as well as National Governments to deliver legislative proposals on all policy recommendations and initiate Treaty changes on all proposals adopted by the Conference.

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The future of textiles introduced in the Presidential Palace of Finland

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 dicembre 2019

Helsinki. Finland celebrates today its 102 years of independence and Maria Ohisalo, Interior Minister of Finland, will be walking the red carpet tonight wearing the future material for Finland’s No 1 annual reception at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The stunning evening dress material is made by Finnish Infinited Fiber Company (IFC), which is said to be the rescuer of the world’s fashion and textile industries.Interior Minister Ohisalo wanted to wear a dress that underlines our future direction for sustainable consumption of textiles. The Finnish circular economy top innovation, awarded by WWF, solves one of the worst environmental problems in the world. “I am proud to wear a Finnish circular economy innovation. We need solutions to cope with the escalating textile waste problem caused by fast fashion. The problem can be solved by increasing the life cycle of garments, developing repair and rental services and innovations for recycling the textile waste,” says Maria Ohisalo, Interior Minister of Finland.The dress is made from post-consumer cotton-based textile waste that would have been either burned or sent to landfills. Now the fibers got a new and enhanced life ahead. And the best part is when the dress has come to the end of its new life it can be put through the same process again. And again, and again. Endlessly. The fabric, born as a result of Finnish engineering, has the same appearance, touch and feel as cotton but the fiber as enhanced qualities that beat conventional cotton both technically and ecologically. The material preserves it dyes better and it needs less rounds in the washer. Several global fashion brands, like Lee, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger, have tested the IFC fiber in their production with success. Last week Swedish Weekday brand announced their stunning denim garment designed together with the Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.Designer of Minister Ohisalo’s beautiful long evening dress Anne-Mari Pahkala has always been interested in technology and new innovations in fashion industry. “I find it important that industry and science seek for new solutions for the drastic problems of the textile industry. My interest towards IFC awaked when I was visiting their mill together with Maria Ohisalo. Soon after the visit we began our common project that aimed to design and make a luxurious evening dress from the basis of this material of the future,” says fashion designer Anne-Mari Pahkala. New and better man-made cotton made in IFC’s revolutionary process excludes huge amount of carbon and methane emissions not to mention fertilizers, fresh water and chemicals used by cotton farming. Still, the end result is not a compromise in quality, nor in appearance.The technological breakthrough in IFC’s process is that it can separate the synthetic fibers from cotton. The remaining pure biodegrading natural cellulose can be recycled through the same process endlessly without weakening the fiber quality.
”Waste generated by textile industry is one of the heaviest burdens to our planet. We have the technology that can be easily scaled up to industrial level, solve the problem and make a true climate action. The future of fashion industry is based on circular economy,” says Petri Alava, CEO of IFC. IFC’s fiber is born in nearly carbon neutral process. Besides cotton-rich used garments the genius technology can also digest other cellulose based materials, like cardboard and paper waste but also agricultural waste like rice straws that are burned vast amounts in Asia.IFC is manufacturing fiber from post-consumer textile waste at its pilot plant in Finland 50 tons per year and is building another 500-ton mill to provide more fiber for global fashion brand’s tests and capsule collections.

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United States Radioisotope Power Systems, Plutonium-238 and the Future of Space Missions

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 dicembre 2019

The “Radioisotope Power Systems, Plutonium-238 and the Future of United States Space Missions: 2019 Analysis and Forecasts” report has been added to’s offering.This report addresses that situation by examining current and future RPS technology, missions they are used for, Plutonium processing technologies, U.S. government agencies and laboratories involved producing RPS and processing Plutonium, RPS related budgets and private companies working in this field.The world is entering a new era in Space where there will be more advances in the next few decades than throughout human history. RPS will be needed for these future missions (e.g. Lunar Gateway, Mars 2020) just like they have been in the past (e.g. Voyager 2, launched in 1977 and now sending signals back to earth from interstellar space).Radioisotope power systems (RPS) are a critical technology to provide electricity for space missions. RPS produce electrical power by converting the heat generated by the natural radioactive decay of Plutonium-238 to electricity. They have been in use by the United States for over 50 years and NASA missions have utilized RPS to explore planets, moons, and interstellar space. This exploration resulted in changes to our understanding of our Solar System and our place within it., as well as improve life on Earth.Despite their critical role in the U.S. space program, little is known about RPS technology outside NASA and some of their contractors.

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Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 novembre 2019

Rome 22.11.2019—23.11.2019 International Humanitarian Law Via Liguria 20 Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the Istituto Svizzero and the Swiss Embassy in Italy invite, in collaboration with the University Roma Tre and The University of Geneva, the Roman public to a discussion about both the achievements and the challenges in current international humanitarian law (IHL). The DISPUTE series provides a platform for citizen engagement relating to the globalization and the future of contemporary societies. Proposing a new topic every year, the forum aims to strengthen civic participation and public debate.This year’s edition puts the role and relevance of the IHL up for debate. Featuring politicians, scholars, representatives of states, armed forces, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental activist groups, interested citizens have the chance to participate in an informed discussion with experienced specialists who can give a clear idea of what IHL is, what it does, and what its challenges for the future are. The conference will be accompanied by two commentators (already confirmed is Yves Daccord, general director, ICRC) whose role is to highlight important themes and arguments in wrap-up sessions following each panel.The conference will focus on three different fields of interest:
Multilateral diplomacy and IHL: does it still work? During the last decades, multilateral diplomacy has not always been effective despite sustained efforts of the international community to develop new international instruments in order to face current and upcoming challenges in IHL. The trend in favor of unilateral solutions and the shifting of priority from international concerns to national interests is noticeable in a number of States.Inherent features of IHL render law-making in this domain particularly difficult. For instance, various actors are involved in contemporary armed conflicts, such as organized armed groups or international organizations and accommodating their perspectives in a State-centric international system remains a challenge.Against this backdrop, the DISPUTE series will offer the opportunity to panelists and the audience to reflect on possible venues to enhance and continuously ensure effective protection to victims of armed conflicts. Furthermore, the session will explore the continued relevance of the Geneva Conventions and other multilateral IHL treaties highlighting best practice examples from armed conflict situations.Two panels will focus on selected challenges that have arisen in recent armed conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to non-international armed conflicts and related issues pertaining to non-state actors as well as to the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts. Discussions will not only demonstrate the complexity of IHL application and humanitarian action in armed conflicts but also give a picture of the global community’s handling of these complexities.
The third session concerns new technologies and their potential impact on the future of warfare. The rapid development of technologies and artificial intelligence with potential military applications may radically change the face of armed conflicts. Drones are increasingly used, cyberspace has emerged as a new battlefield, and automated weapons systems such as combat robots may be defining future wars. At the same time, modern technologies can improve the application of IHL and the enforcement of such rules in case of violations. These changes have not only ethical implications but also pose legal and practical problems to IHL. A simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided.

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Europe as a Project – Being Protagonist of our Future

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 novembre 2019

Roma 18 novembre, alle ore 17:30, la Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta 4 ospiterà la presentazione del libro Europe as a Project – Being Protagonist of our Future, curato da Mons. Samuele Sangalli ed edito da Rubbettino. Il testo è frutto del complesso lavoro di ricerca (studio individuale, lavoro di gruppo, scrittura di testi, sessioni plenarie, pubblicazione finale), durato tutto lo scorso anno accademico, e svolto dagli studenti di Scuola Sinderesi, istituita presso il Centro Fede e Cultura Alberto Hurtado della Gregoriana. I circa 60 giovani ricercatori, coordinati dal curatore e da vari docenti esperti in materia, seguendo l’innovativa metodologia di analisi consolidatasi da ormai nove anni nella Scuola, hanno indagato, nel contesto del secondo ciclo triennale titolato “Fenomeni Epocali”, sul “progetto Europa”, analizzandone le sfide e le prospettive future.Secondo Scuola Sinderesi il motto della UE, “Uniti nella diversità”, potrebbe esprimere non solo la comune eredità di popoli provenienti da diverse lingue, culture e tradizioni; ma sarebbe ancor più chiamato a rappresentare la stessa missione dell’Unione, per una sua leadership morale nella presente età della globalizzazione. Infatti, l’intera storia europea è segnata dalla fioritura di realtà plurali, talvolta tra loro in contrasto, ma complessivamente fedeli a quella raffinata “cura dell’anima”, o difesa della dignità di ogni individuo, che rappresenta lo specifico della nostra società aperta, oggi giuridicamente espresso nell’Articolo 2 del Trattato di Lisbona (2007). In proposito, stimolati dalle domande dei giovani ricercatori, ne discuteranno l’attuale Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, On. Dr. David Sassoli, il Presidente emerito – attuale presidente della Fondazione Adenauer – Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, e il Vescovo, S.E. Mons. Mariano Crociata, Vice- Presidente della COMECE.La serata, aperta a tutti ma soprattutto ai giovani e ai molti che operano in ambito formativo, sarà introdotta dai saluti del Rettore della Gregoriana, P. Nuno Da Silva Gonçalves S.J., dalla Prof.ssa Stella Morra, nuova Direttrice del Centro Fede e Cultura “Alberto Hurtado” e dalla Dott.ssa Caroline Kanter, Direttrice della Fondazione Adenauer a Roma che, insieme all’Acton Institute ed alla Fondazione Sinderesi, hanno patrocinato anche quest’anno l’iniziativa. La conclusione sarà affidata allo stesso Mons. Sangalli.

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Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel Revealed by Euromonitor

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 novembre 2019

The global travel industry is facing challenges due to political turmoil and changing consumer behaviour, despite a forecasted increase in average spend per trip at $1,101 by 2024, according to global market research company Euromonitor International. In its new report ‘Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel: 2019 Edition’ revealed at World Travel Market London 2019, Euromonitor looks at the latest trends shaping travel across the regions globally.
Consumers in Asia Pacific are using multifunctional mobile ‘super apps’, combining social, financial and retailing services on one platform. With apps like WeChat holding 1 billion monthly active users, super apps have significantly contributed to the $227 billion online intermediaries’ sales in 2019. However, the threat of the U.S-China trade war could impact Chinese outbound tourism growth.
Under a ‘Trump Adverse Policies’ scenario which would see further tariffs imposed and stricter immigration policies, tourism demand in the U.S. could see 9.6% wiped off potential growth by 2024. “In Latin America, one third of consumers purchase via social media, making it a lucrative tool for businesses. Influencers are following suit, transitioning into tour operators, blurring the boundaries between communication, purchase and experience.” says Caroline Bremner, head of travel research at Euromonitor International.
With Brexit uncertainty and concerns for a severe recession in Europe, low-cost carriers and short-term rentals are expected to be the most popular travel choices, as consumers continue to seek value for money. However, with 59% of consumers concerned about climate change, the move towards sustainable travel is on the rise.
Despite the challenges of war in Syria and Yemen, the Middle East and Africa region continues to enjoy sound growth, with departures from the region estimated to grow by 5.6% by 2024. “Saudi Arabia is investing in tourism by opening up to foreign tourists, to reduce its economic dependency on oil. In Africa, intra-regional tourism is rising rapidly, with domestic influencers and entrepreneurs leveraging growing internet connectivity to promote Africa through rich storytelling” concludes Bremner.
Euromonitor International is the world’s leading provider for global business intelligence, market analysis and consumer insights. From local to global and tactical to strategic, our research solutions support decisions on how, where and when to grow your business.

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