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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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Future Developments of Banking

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 ottobre 2019

Taipei 2018 was held at Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 from December 7th to 8th, 2018. Apart from world-famous speakers, this event also featured exhibitors from seven countries, including 35 teams and 150 companies and research institutes across Taiwan. This is the biggest fintech innovation exchange platform in Taiwan.This report analyzes the development trends in fintech based on observations of this event to provide insight for Taiwanese fintech companies as well as businesses and government agencies looking to introduce fintech.
Background of FinTech Taipei 2018, touching on future trends in banking. Development of open banking and includes new trends in financial compliance such as financial inclusion and the role of supervisory authority in the Fintech era Key findings on the rise of innovative financial services and the subsequent influence.

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Europe cannot afford more delays and cuts to future EU budget

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

European citizens want to live in a greener more inclusive and smarter continent and demand the EU play its part by providing sufficient investment. This is why, during the European Committee of the Regions’ plenary session (CoR) held in Brussels today, local and regional leaders, the EU’s budget Commissioner and leading members of the European Parliament urged national governments to drop any tactical positioning and agree a timely and forward looking agreement on the EU budget 2021-2027.
EU’s regional and local leaders raised serious concerns about the sluggish speed of the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which sets the expenditure ceilings for all EU policies over the years 2021-2027, during debates with EU budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development (REGI), Younous Omarjee. The cuts initially proposed by the European Commission also risk being much deeper if Member States do not agree to increase their contributions and introduce new revenues, such as plastic or web taxes, to fund new policies and fill the financial gap left by Brexit.”Austerity, stifling public investment and a lack of European solidarity has held back economic growth, social progress and regional equality which has exacerbated populism. The decision on the next EU budget will now be the ultimate test of the new European leadership and define the level of the EU’s ambition for the coming years. Cuts will hold back the ability of regions and cities to deliver an inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future at a time when citizens demand results”, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz said. He added that EU national contributions of 1% of the EU27’s Gross National Income (GNI) – demanded by increasing number of national government– would be “pitiful for 500 million Europeans” as he reiterated the CoR’s call for a budget worth 1.3% of EU27 GNI, a position shared by the European Parliament
During the debate, Commissioner Oettinger explained that without securing EU27 national contributions of at least 1.114% of GNI in the next multiannual EU budget, as initially proposed by the European Commission, the support for the new EU priorities would be severely impaired. “Those who want to reduce the EU budget to 1% of the EU27 GNI ignore the need to provide a response to Europe’s new challenges and the Brexit gap which alone will leave a shortfall of €84bn over the next seven years”.He called on local and regional leaders to pressure their national governments to no longer delay making a decision on the next EU budget, “It is already 5 to midnight. If a decision is not agreed by the end of the year, we risk a significant delay in the start of the implementation of the new programmes that is even more needed as Europe is facing economic stagnation.”REGI chair, Younous Omarjee, said: “The European Union’s goal is to build an economy that delivers cohesion, serving the regions, territories and their citizens. Cohesion should not be at the service of economy but, on the contrary, the economy should be at the service of cohesion. We should not forget to remind the Heads of State and government and the European Commission of this”.The risk of further reductions to European Structural and Investment Funds were also discussed the day before on Tuesday 7 October, in a joint meeting between the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development and the CoR’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget organised in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.

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“Augmented Analytics: Future of Business Intelligence”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

The report has been added to’s offering.Augmented analytics technology leverages machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language generation (NLG) to enhance data analytics process by automating data analysis and sharing the insights in a intuitive visual format.The technology is primarily aimed at empowering non-technical/non-data scientist users to effectively perform data analytics on their own without any data skills. The users can easily derive insights from augmented analytics solutions by just simple drag and drop or with a single click of a button which will boost productivity. The other objective of the technology is to free up technical analysts and data scientists from running routine and basic reports, empowering them to charge ahead and tackle more complex queries and data science projects.

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Zendesk Delivers the Future of Conversational Business With Sunshine Conversations

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 ottobre 2019

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) announced Sunshine Conversations, an API-based platform that allows businesses to integrate messaging via today’s most popular social channels and directly interact and transact with customers. Additionally, developers can build messaging into their own apps and services to ensure that customers can engage with companies over websites, social channels and private in-app messaging. With Sunshine Conversations, companies can also unify conversations across every digital channel to ensure that key business functions such as sales, service, and marketing have the context needed to align on and conduct follow-up.Sunshine Conversations is part of Zendesk’s open and flexible CRM platform, Zendesk Sunshine, which helps businesses connect customer data in order to deliver the best customer experiences. Launched in November 2018 and native to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sunshine allows companies to integrate and understand all their customer data, wherever it lives, and gives developers the ability to build and deploy customer apps and services faster.According to Gartner¹, “By 2022, 70% of customer interactions will involve emerging technologies such as machine learning applications, chatbots and mobile messaging, up from 15% in 2018.”
Beyond social channels, Sunshine Conversations’ SDKs make it possible for modern messaging to be customized and integrated natively into businesses’ websites and mobile apps for a truly tailored brand experience. For example, Sunshine Conversations allows businesses to seamlessly transfer conversations from the web to any mobile messaging channel in order to meet the customer where they are, while retaining all context in one continuous conversation.Sunshine Conversations was built from the platform acquired from Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC earlier this year. Sunshine Conversations is available to customers starting today:

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Fridays For Future

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 ottobre 2019

“Non vorrei che apparisse come una giornata celebrativa internazionale come avviene per altre tematiche. Il movimento che scende in piazza oggi è importante perché sottolinea una questione di cui dobbiamo prendere atto tutti: i cambiamenti climatici ormai sono evidenti e anche notizie come quella dello scioglimento dei ghiacciai, ma siamo di fronte ad una situazione che rischia di diventare irreversibile e compromettere il Pianeta e, quindi, abbiamo bisogno di agire subito. All’ONU quasi tutti i Paesi hanno preso impegni su questo fronte e questo significa cambiare i comportamenti e cambiare il modo di produrre. Si tratta anche di un’opportunità perché vuol dire innovare e, quindi, realizzare posti di lavoro nuovi per produrre in un altro modo e per risanare il nostro territorio e per cambiare le nostre abitazioni, il modo di riscaldare, le nostre auto che inquinano. Abbiamo bisogno di fare cose diverse da ciò che facciamo, efficientare, usare l’energia rinnovabile e questo implica lavoro”. Lo ha detto il senatore Franco Mirabelli, Vicepresidente del Gruppo PD al Senato e membro della Commissione Ambiente, intervenendo in Tv a 7Gold.
“La missione di Greta Thunberg non è quella di essere simpatica né quella di essere educata. Questa ragazza ha dato un pugno allo stomaco al mondo dicendo esattamente che la nostra generazione ha dilapidato le risorse e sta creando una situazione per cui si rischia che ci sia un’irreversibile perdita delle condizioni di vita del Pianeta e dunque si deve intervenire. – ha proseguito Mirabelli – C’è una generazione che chiede di avere diritto al futuro e dice che servono iniziative concrete e che ci sia la consapevolezza da parte dei potenti che il tema non può essere quello di lucrare il più possibile oggi ma di salvaguardare un Pianeta che va lasciato a disposizione delle prossime generazioni. Se i ghiacciai crollano, il Polo si scioglie e la foresta amazzonica brucia, non ci sono più le condizioni per la vita nel Pianeta. Noi dobbiamo avere una responsabilità e a questo ci richiamano i giovani”.“Queste cose vanno poi tradotte in azioni concrete. – ha concluso il senatore – C’è un tema che riguarda tutti gli edifici pubblici che sono dispersivi dal punto di vista del calore, richiedono molta energia per essere riscaldati e, quindi, sono fattori di inquinamento. Su questo bisogna intervenire. I bonus che sono stati fatti in questi anni per agevolare le ristrutturazioni edilizie volte all’efficientamento energetico e al riuso andavano in questa direzione e andranno implementati”.

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Robotics community that prepares young people for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 settembre 2019

Teams of students and adult mentors gathered at more than 100 international Kickoff events to get a first glimpse of this season’s game, which focuses on building cities of the future: SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm. An estimated 78,000 students in more than 20 countries around the world will participate this season. FIRST Strategic Partner Qualcomm Incorporated returns as the Season Presenting Sponsor for the 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge season. During the SKYSTONE season, Qualcomm® technology will enable more than 7,800 FIRST Tech Challenge teams to create Android smartphone-controlled robots powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform. This control system technology enables students to build innovative and advanced robot designs with autonomous and vision processing features. In addition to technology, Qualcomm directly supports FIRST events, programs, and thousands of teams globally, with its commitment to teams via direct funding and time donated by hundreds of employees. Qualcomm is doing its part to bring innovation, collaboration, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to students all over the world.
Qualcomm hosted a livestreamed kickoff event at their Headquarters in San Diego, Calif., with more than 50 teams of students who were excited to learn the game details for SKYSTONE.
“We’re thrilled to return as this year’s presenting sponsor for a fourth year in a row, and to host the 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff,” said Angela Baker, director, corporate responsibility, at Qualcomm Incorporated. “It’s exciting to see what’s possible when the power of Qualcomm’s technology platforms is combined with hands-on, experiential and mentor-based programs of FIRST to inspire students across the globe.” FIRST Tech Challenge is a widely accessible robotics program for grades 7 through 12 in which teams design, build, code, and operate sophisticated robots to play a themed floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, student develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.In the 2019-2020 game, SKYSTONE, teams work in an alliance to build a superstructure within a burgeoning future city. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by repositioning their foundation in their building site; delivering stones from the loading zone to the building zone; placing stones on their foundation; and navigating their robots under their segment of the bridge. Teams must program their robots to play in three sections: autonomous, driver-controlled, and the end game. The game is completed as teams move their structures into their optimal space, topping it off with a crown achievement – a final capstone of their own design to symbolize their reach into the sky. Points are added throughout game play, and penalties are assigned at the end of the match.

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