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Clearwater Highlights Government Clientele Ahead of GFOA Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 maggio 2019

Clearwater is excited to join government professionals from around the country at the 113th annual conference of the Government Finance Officers Association on May 19-22 in Los Angeles. Clearwater employees are participating in sessions, meeting with attendees in the exhibit hall, and connecting with clients throughout the event.
With more than 60 government clients representing 22 states, Clearwater’s commitment to government investors has grown significantly in recent years. Collaborative client relationships provide Clearwater with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced each day by governments, and the firm’s investment in research and development has increased in response to meet those challenges.In the past year, many city governments, including the cities of Grand Rapids and Minneapolis, have moved to Clearwater for investment portfolio aggregation, reconciliation, accounting, and reporting.“After a lengthy RFP process to evaluate investment managers, we determined we needed to have reporting capabilities in our own hands. That is what we get with Clearwater,” said John Globensky, Treasurer for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Our pricing, custody, and investment manager account data is pulled in to the system daily, freeing up time for us to do other value-added work instead of manual data entry. With Clearwater, we are beginning to see major efficiencies that we have struggled to capture in the past.”
Clearwater Analytics® is a global SaaS solution for automated investment data aggregation, reconciliation, accounting, and reporting. Clearwater helps thousands of organizations make the most of their investment portfolio data with a world-class product and client-centric servicing.

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CyberArk Named Top Security Solution for Government Agencies

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), the global leader in privileged access security, today announced it was named a Government Security News (GSN) Homeland Security Award winner for the third consecutive year. CyberArk is the platinum winner for “Best Identity Management Platform.”
“Federal agencies are prime targets for attackers looking to exploit credentials and knock out weapons systems, shut down critical infrastructure or infiltrate data stores with sensitive information,” said Kevin Corbett, director of U.S. federal business at CyberArk. “With its commitment to product innovation, CyberArk offers the most advanced technology available to restrict intruders’ ability to move laterally and escalate privileges. CyberArk has strong partnerships with every branch of the federal government to help them meet complex security and compliance challenges.”CyberArk is recognized as the premier cybersecurity solution for government agencies and organizations to protect against the exploitation of privileged accounts, credentials and secrets across every environment – including on the endpoint and across on-premises, hybrid cloud and DevOps environments. The CyberArk Privileged Access Security Solution helps eliminate the most advanced cyber threats by identifying existing accounts across networks, locking them down, and leveraging advanced analytics and continuous monitoring to detect and isolate anomalous behavior to stop attacks.The CyberArk Privileged Access Security Solution is on the U.S. Department of Defense Information Network Approved Products List (DoDIN APL), has been validated and awarded an Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 2+ under the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA), and has received the U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN). It helps federal agencies meet compliance requirements, including FISMA/NIST SP 800-53, Phase 2 of the Department of Homeland Security Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, NERC-CIP, HSPD-12 and more.CyberArk is the only security company to be recognized across three GSN Homeland Security Award categories, including being a “Best Physical Logical Privileged Access Management Solutions” gold winner. For a full list of winners, visit https://www.gsnawards.com/2018-hsa-award-winners/

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IDC Government Insights Opens Nominations for Second Annual Smart Cities North America Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 novembre 2018

IDC Government Insights announced today that applications are open for the second annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA), designed to recognize the progress North American municipalities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. Any organization can nominate a city project or initiative that has been implemented, including the municipality itself, state or provincial agencies, solutions providers, and other partners. Deadline for submission is January 11, 2019. To nominate a project or initiative, please visit here.
The annual awards highlight best practice examples of urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, Internet of Things, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement. The winners of IDC’s 2019 SCNAA will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Smart Cities New York (SCNY) event being held in New York City on May 14, 2019. SCNY is North America’s leading global conference exploring the emerging influence of cities in shaping the future. To learn more about the event visit HERE.

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UiPath Invited to Help Develop Government Expertise in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 ottobre 2018

Leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company UiPath has been invited to enhance government understanding of automation at a conference for senior members of the UK Civil Service Operational Delivery Profession (ODP).Guy Kirkwood, UiPath’s Chief Evangelist, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Automation; what is it and what does it mean for ODP people?” highlighting how RPA is deploying a 24-hour digital workforce that will eliminate drudgery and free staff to concentrate on improving service-delivery to citizens and the more effective implementation of complex policies.
Kirkwood, an expert on process automation who regularly speaks to Civil Service audiences, will explore how RPA and artificial intelligence (AI) allows governmental organisations to manage peaks in public demand far more effectively, offer additional services, clear backlogs, reduce fraud, error and cost. Kirkwood has 20 years’ experience in services and has a particular interest in the future of work as it relates to the public sector.The day-long event will be hosted by HMRC First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, Jon Thompson, and attended by senior ODP leaders in the Civil Service, including its Chief Executive, John Manzoni, who will give a speech entitled “What does ODP of the future look like in the digital and robotic age?”Other speakers include: Angela MacDonald, Director General, Customer Services at HMRC; David Holdsworth, Deputy Chief Executive, Charities Commission and Susan Park, Director General, Operations, DWP.“It’s a privilege to speak at such a significant Civil Service event,” said Kirkwood. “UiPath has been working closely with governments around the world and I’ll be exploring further how RPA and AI allows staff to devote their talents to other tasks with higher ‘value-add’ such as direct contact with members of the public. We can use these type of technologies to transform services and increase efficiency in operational delivery. It is a very exciting topic and a very engaged audience.”

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Seminario “Government Relations, Public Affairs e Lobbying”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 settembre 2018

Roma 3 ottobre 2018, presso il Palazzo Patrizi in Piazza San Luigi Dei Francesi a Roma si terrà il seminario “Government Relations, Public Affairs e Lobbying” organizzato da SDA Bocconi in collaborazione con Cattaneo Zanetto & Co.. Relatori del seminario saranno Luca Brusati, Docente senior SDA Bocconi e Presidente, Net Europe IT & Public Administration GEIE e Paolo Zanetto, Fondatore e Partner, Cattaneo Zanetto & Co.
Il seminario si rivolge al top management di imprese e associazioni di categoria (presidenti, direttori generali, componenti del board) e a chi li coadiuva occupandosi di relazioni istituzionali, affari regolatori, affari legali, comunicazione corporate e relazioni esterne. Il seminario è rivolto anche ai fondatori di start-up che puntano all’innovazione di un quadro regolatorio obsoleto come chiave del vantaggio competitivo.Le regole del confronto competitivo influenzano in misura rilevante le traiettorie evolutive delle imprese e dei sistemi economici. Il seminario offre un’introduzione alle skill necessarie per contribuire in modo proattivo ai processi decisionali tramite i quali le istituzioni pubbliche definiscono le “regole del gioco”, soprattutto con riferimento alla regolamentazione settoriale. Il seminario tocca tanto le competenze analitiche necessarie a identificare sfide e opportunità, quanto le competenze strategiche necessarie a definire linee di azione e piani di intervento.

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New CAT update on South Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 settembre 2018

The new South African government under President Cyril Ramaphosa has released the long-awaited draft of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) this week, setting out a new direction in energy sector planning. The plan includes a shift away from coal, increased adoption of renewables and gas, and an end to the expansion of nuclear power.The revised plan, if adopted, would mark a major shift in energy policy, which is remarkable for a coal-dominated country like South Africa. It aims to decommission a total of 35 GW (of 42 GW currently operating) of coal generation capacity from state-owned coal and utility giant Eskom by 2050, starting with 12 GW by 2030, 16 GW by 2040 and a further 7 GW by 2050.
The plan also proposes a significant increase in renewables-based generation from wind and solar as well as gas-based generation capacity by 2030 and beyond, with no further new nuclear capacity being procured.Implementing the IRP update of 2018 could bring South Africa close to meeting the upper range of its 2030 NDC target. However, we rate South Africa’s NDC target as “Highly Insufficient”. South Africa will still need to adopt more ambitious targets to meet its NDC, such as expanding renewable energy capacity beyond 2030, phasing out coal, substantially limiting natural gas use by 2050 as well as work on other sectors like transport, industry and buildings.The 2018 IRP update is open for public comment until November 2018, but the Government hasn’t yet communicated a timeline for the plan’s final adoption.After almost two years of stalling, in February 2018, the Department of Public Enterprises finally gave approval to the Department of Energy and Eskom (which owns the majority of South Africa’s coal plants) to sign outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy companies. The Ministry of Energy has announced that a new bid round for renewable energy projects will open in November 2018. The success of these promising signs of progress under new Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe remains uncertain, given the expected pushback by unions and industry toward the proposed IRP update as well as Eskom’s ongoing financial struggles.

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Summary of the contract for the government of change in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 maggio 2018

This is the summary of the contract for the government of change, signed by the 5 Star Movement and the Lega, the two political forces that won the last elections in Italy. They represent 17 millions of citizens:
01 PUBLIC WATER Protection of this common natural asset, as expressed in the 2011 referendum.
02 AGRICULTURE AND FISHING – MADE-IN-ITALY PRODUCTS Protection of agriculture, as well as support to small-scale fishing and Made-in-Italy products.
03 ENVIRONMENT, GREEN ECONOMY AND ZERO WASTE Environmental sustainability through a “de-fossilized” and “de-carbonized” economy and nance; energy efficiency and renewable sources; support to a “green-economy”, (research, innovation and training for environmental development work); promotion of circular economy.
04 BANK FOR INVESTMENTS AND SAVINGS Establishment of an investment bank for small- and medium-size businesses; protection of savings accounts; separation of credit and investment banks.
05 CONFLICT OF INTERESTS Applicability of the notion of confict of interest in cases of interference between a public interest and another public or private interest that may influence the objective exercise of a public function, regardless of an economic advantage; application of statutory measures also for non-governmental positions.
06 CULTURE Conservation, enhancement and usability of cultural and artistic heritage.
07 PUBLIC DEBT AND DEFICIT Reduction of public debt through GDP growth, rather than through tax- and austerity-based measures; revitalisation of both domestic demand as it pertains to high-multiplier investments and policies to support the purchasing power of households, and foreign demand, by creating better conditions for exports.
08 DEFENSE Protection of Armed Forces personnel; hiring of new resources with increased equipment and tools; rationalisation of military spending, including in reference to the reclamation of decommissioned military real estate assets; review of international missions in relation to national interests.
09 FOREIGN POLICIES ISSUES Membership to NATO with the USA as a privileged ally; openness to Russia to strengthen commercial relations; reorganisation of the diplomatic and consular network for Italians’ rights abroad.
10 TAX MATTERS – FLAT TAX AND SIMPLIFICATION Freezing of VAT and excise taxes; Determination and simplification for households, businesses and VAT-registered professionals; review of the tax system applicable to natural persons and businesses; Flat tax at fixed 15% and 20% for natural persons, VAT-registered professionals, companies and families; provision for a fixed deduction of 3,000.00 based on family income; confirmation of the “no-tax area”; burden of proof on tax authorities; strengthening of compensations between credits and debts towards the Public Administration; abolition of the expense-based (spesometro) and income-based reporting systems (redditometro); enhancement of penalties for large-scale tax evaders; tax reconciliation: reinforcement of debt consolidation procedures.
11 SPEEDY AND EFFICIENT JUSTICE Independence of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM); separation of the judiciary – political careers; simplification and reduction of trials; enhancement of the right to self-defense; tightening of penalties for sexual violence; fair compensation for victims of violent crimes; crime expunction reform; end to de-criminalization and early release from jail; penalty increases for theft, robbery and fraud; speedy trials; class-action suits for citizens and businesses; reduction of costs to access justice; fight against poaching; construction of new prisons; new guidelines on the so-called “41-bis” prison reform (“hard prison regime”).
12 IMMIGRATION: REPATRIATION AND STOP TO SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES Revision of the Dublin Regulation; compliance with the principle of fair sharing of responsibilities among EU countries; fast-tracking procedures for the veri cation of the right to refugee status; transparency of public funds for the immigration hospitality system; cooperation among countries.
13 EMPLOYMENT Introduction of minimum hourly wage; reduction of tax wedge and simplification of bureaucratic procedures; voucher system overhaul; enhancement of employment centers; fight against short-term employment and the effects of the Jobs Act; enhancement of training paths.
14 FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION Increased penalties for crimes against the Public Administration; debarment from doing business with or holding positions in the Public Administration for perpetrators and enablers of corruption-related crimes; introduction of undercover and inciting agents; strengthening of the National Anti-Corruption Authority; greater protection for whistleblowers; enhancement of wire-tapping, especially in cases concerning corruption; strengthening of crimes related to interactions between organized crime (Mafia) and politicians.
15 MINISTRY FOR DISABILITIES Increase of funds for disabilities and individuals who are not self-sufficient; exclusion from the Indicator of the Equivalent Financial Situation (IEFS) calculation of welfare, social security benefits and indemnities; increase of civil disability allowance and adjustment to the social pension.
16 THE FORNERO PENSION LAW Abolition of imbalances in the social security system introduced by the “Fornero Pension Law”, to facilitate the exit from the labor market of categories that are currently excluded; introduction of Quota 41 and Quota 100 pension reforms; separation between social security and assistance; extension of the “women’s option” measure.
17 POLICIES FOR FAMILIES AND BIRTH RATE INCREASE Policies to enable women to reconcile family and work duties. Increase of maternity allowance; tax benefits for businesses that keep mothers at work after the birth of their children; reimbursements for nursery and baby-sitting expenses, tax benefits including “zero VAT” for neonatal and child products. Benefits for families with dependent elderly, including home assistance through maids and caregivers.
18 EMPLOYMENT-BASED SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME AND MINIMUM PENSION INCREASE Employment-based supplemental income as support for Italian citizens for the purpose of job reintegration; the financial support amounts to 780.00 per month per person, de ned on the OCSE scale for larger families; the beneficiary of the income must accept job offers from employment centers (maximum of 3 proposals over a 2-year period); in the case of refusal, financial benefits will be revoked; investment of 2 billion Euro to reform employment centers. Minimum pension increase for those living below the minimum poverty line: supplement to pensions lower than 780.00 per month.
19 INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS, AUTONOMY AND DEMOCRACY Reduction in the number of parliamentarians; introduction of a mandate constraint for parliamentarians; strengthening of direct democracy; regional autonomy and provision of funds for local authorities; introduction of proactive referenda; elimination of quorum for revocation referenda; enhancement of legislative initiatives; transparency on the financing of foundations connected to political parties; evaluation of the performance of Public Administration managers; cutting laws streamlining of Public Administration.
20 HEALTHCARE Increase of funds for the public health service; protection of regional autonomy in the organisation of health services; termination of the relationship between politics and the provision of health services; fight against waste, corruption and inefficiencies; review of pharmaceutical governance; Automation of the NHS and investments for prevention; reduction of wait on waiting lists.
21 SCHOOL Review of teacher recruitment system; resolution of short-term teaching jobs; effective training system; introduction of tools that take into account the link between teachers and their area of residence; resolution of the “direct-call” system; continuous training for teachers; review of “school-to-work” programs.
22 SAFETY, LEGALITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT Increase of funds, tools and equipment; sta increase; renewal of contracts and career reorganisation; measures for fire fighters (stabilisation of labor relations, reinforcement of training and adjustment of wages to mirror levels set for law enforcement personnel); reorganisation of the Local Police with increase of equipment and tasks; rigorous fight against bullying and gambling; speedy eviction of illegal occupants and repatriation of illegals; investments in road safety; closing of unlawful nomad camps; fight against toxic bon res.
23 SPORT Implementation of physical activities; provision and upgrading of sports facilities throughout the country; improvement of the operation of sports bodies; introduction of tax and contribution benefits for small amateur sports associations. 24 SOUTHERN ITALY
Definition of policies (support to income, pensions, investments, environment and protection of employment) to achieve Italy’s uniform development, and the reduction of the gap between North and South.
25 CUTS TO COSTS OF POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS AND GOLDEN PENSIONS Cuts to costs of politics, unnecessary institutions and privileges; retroactive equalisation of the social security system of parliamentarians, regional councillors, etc. to the social security system in force for all citizens; reduction of official vehicles, government-paid aircrafts and body guard services; reduction of golden pensions (above 5,000.00 Euro net monthly) that are inconsistent with social contributions paid.
26 TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS Reduction in the use of vehicles powered by diesel and petrol engines; incentives for hybrid and electric vehicles; National Infrastructure Plan to install electric vehicle recharging stations; strengthening of electric car sharing; development of urban and extra-urban bike trails; investment in resources to equip ports; modernisation and upgrading of railway lines; review of the project in the application of the agreement between Italy and France concerning the Turin- Lyon high-speed railway line; transparent management of public radio – television service lines; elimination of political cronyism and promotion of meritocracy in public radio – TV service.
27 TOURISM Creation of a Ministry of Tourism; abolition of tourism tax; tax credits for tourism businesses that hire young people; redefinition of ENIT (Italian National Tourism Agency) governance and its financial, economic and operational functioning.
28 EUROPEAN UNION Review of European agreements (monetary policy, Stability Pact and growth, Fiscal compact, MES, procedure to balance excessive macroeconomics, etc.); fight against counterfeiting and falsi cation of Made in Italy products; review of Italy’s contribution to the EU; opposition to CETA, MES China, TTIP and similarly inspired treatises.
29 UNIVERSITY AND RESEARCH Increase of resources allocated to universities and research institutions; investments in innovation; elimination of waste; incentive of public-private partnerships that allow greater contribution of resources to research; expansion of student bracket that benefits from “No-Tax area”.

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Formation of Italy’s new government raises questions on sovereign outlook, euro area reform

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 maggio 2018

The Five Star Movement (M5S) and Lega displaced mainstream parties in the March general election, and the two populist groups have joined forces in negotiating the final steps to form a new government. The coalition pact was voted through in membership ballots this weekend. In Scope’s post-election comment published on 5 March, we touched on the probability of this outcome.
Italy’s 10-year yield spread to Bunds stood at 175 bps as of Tuesday, up sharply on lows of 114 bps as recent as late April.“The Italian economy holds structural weaknesses tied to low growth, high public debt of 132% of GDP, alongside institutional bottlenecks. The composition and inexperience of this probable new government cast doubt on the country’s future commitment and ability to resolve such challenges,” say Scope analysts Dennis Shen and Dr Giacomo Barisone.“Many of the negotiated policies would still, in their present form, impose multibillion-euro extra yearly costs on the state without corresponding cuts in government spending or increases in fiscal receipts. However, we believe that many of the proposals are unlikely to be enacted in their current forms, and will probably continue to be watered down, if not blocked.”
Scope notes that earlier controversial proposals, like the request to write-off EUR 250bn of Italian government debt and language referencing EU treaty change to facilitate exits from the Economic and Monetary Union have been excluded from the final two-party agreement.Nevertheless, the policy pact includes Lega’s proposed tax reduction to a flat rate of as low as 15% for companies and individuals, the rolling back of 2011’s flagship pension reform, as well as M5S’s citizenship income. Estimates have placed these actions at a cost of more than EUR 100bn.
President Sergio Mattarella has indicated his opposition to unfunded spending plans. There are additional constraints on the government’s actions including the Constitution, European treaties, as well as the global financial system. The two parties’ small parliamentary majority, especially in the Senate, Lega’s polling gains, and the probability of forced moderation of campaign promises will test the unity and longevity of this government. Nonetheless, the implementation of even some of the suggested measures, probable inaction on other areas of needed reform, and extended political uncertainty cloud the path ahead for Italy’s “A-/Stable” sovereign ratings.
This new government will also have implications for the European reform agenda. Scope has stated its belief that chances of an ‘Ital-exit’ from the euro are low even in the scenario of this exact government formation. Nonetheless, the parties’ desire to reverse fiscal consolidation and renegotiate EU economic and fiscal governance institutions may result in tension between Italy and European institutions and slow the pace of regional institutional reform.

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Trusted Computing Group Welcomes Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) as a Government Liaison Member

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 marzo 2018

Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a global security standards organization and an approved Publicly Available Specification Submitter for ISO/IEC JCT 1, today announced the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) has joined TCG as a government liaison member.
As a leading agency to manage cybersecurity policy and strategy in South Korea, KISA will participate in the Trusted Computing Group for security specification development, including specifications for IoT security and resiliency. A signing ceremony was held at the IoT Innovation Center of KISA located in the Pangyo Techno Valley near Seoul, South Korea, attended by Wan S. Yi, vice president of KISA and head of Information Security Industry Group and Jing de Jong-Chen, vice president of the TCG.The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, a technical specification developed by TCG, was officially adopted as an international standard (ISO/IEC 11889:2015). Other specifications include self-encrypting drives and network security specifications deployed in millions of enterprises, IoT and embedded systems.“KISA is committed to strengthen the competitiveness of Internet and information security industry by developing and adopting advanced security technologies in Korea,” said Mr. Wan S. Yi, vice president of KISA. “KISA is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with members of the TCG as a government liaison in support of global security standard development in the era of fourth industrial revolution.” “Korea is a world leader in technology innovation. KISA has been a great contributor to global cybersecurity. As the world is going through digital transformations, it becomes even more important for the TCG to strengthen its partnership with public sector agencies like KISA to develop technical specifications, promote global standard adoption and support community development in various parts of the world,” said TCG vice president Jing de Jong-Chen. “We welcome the opportunity to work with professionals in Korea and in Asia at large to bring benefits of trusted computing to the new world of connected devices and cloud.”TCG membership includes experts from industry, academia and governments worldwide and is governed by a board comprised of Promoter members Advanced Micro Devices; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dell; Fujitsu Limited; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; HP Inc.; Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; IBM; Infineon Technologies AG; Intel Corporation; Juniper Networks; Lenovo Holdings Ltd.; and Microsoft. Elected contributor member advisors to the board include representatives from General Electric and Raytheon Cyber Solutions.TCG is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry specifications and standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. More information is available at http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org. Follow TCG on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

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How New Zealand could bring down the Australian government

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 agosto 2017

diplomatic fracasA STRANGE political scandal in Australia turned serious on August 14th when the deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce (pictured), discovered—much to his surprise—that he was also a citizen of New Zealand. Section 44 of Australia’s constitution prevents anyone with dual citizenship from sitting in Parliament. So far such discoveries have led two Australian Greens to resign from the Senate and an MP of the Liberal Party to step down from his cabinet role as industry minister. But the discovery of Mr Joyce’s apparent ineligibility has given the matter greater urgency—the loss of a single seat would cause the coalition government of the Liberal and National parties to lose its majority. Events have escalated quickly, with one Australian minister accusing New Zealand of meddling in its politics.
Mr Joyce is one of Australia’s most high-profile and experienced politicians. The leader of the right-wing National Party, he spent eight years in the Senate and has sat in the House of Representatives since his party returned to power in 2013. He is also minister for agriculture. But Mr Joyce’s father was born in New Zealand. The child of a citizen of New Zealand automatically becomes one by descent. In parliament, Mr Joyce emphasised his maternal Australian roots and the fact that he had never sought foreign citizenship. But he could do little other than to refer the matter to the High Court, which will hear the case on August 24th. Unlike the Green senators, he has refused to resign. That the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, asked Mr Joyce to continue in his duties is directly related to the government’s fragile grip on power. If Mr Joyce were to be found ineligible to sit, a by-election would be arranged for his rural seat of New England, north of Sydney. Until then, the government would have to seek support from opposition parties and independents to approve legislation. Worse still, the by-election could turn into a de facto referendum on the government’s performance. This poses risks for an administration that has consistently trailed behind the opposition Labor Party in opinion polls.
The Australian government is also unhappy about the manner in which Mr Joyce’s roots were disclosed. The chief-of-staff of an Labor senator spoke to an MP in the New Zealand Labour Party, Chris Hipkins, about Australian legislators who may be New Zealand citizens. Mr Hipkins raised the issue in his country’s Parliament. Questions from journalists then resulted in the Kiwi interior minister explaining Mr Joyce’s new-found status. Smelling a conspiracy, the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said that she would find it “very difficult” to work with a party that sought to “undermine the Australian government”. In addition to the strength of Ms Bishop’s language, the fact that she made such a statement during an election campaign in New Zealand has heightened sensitivities further. The leader of New Zealand Labour, Jacinda Ardern, described Ms Bishop’s comments as “highly regrettable”. It is clear the debate still has some distance to run. The Australian government has called into question the citizenship of seven Labor MPs. (Indeed, a constitutional law expert interviewed on Australia’s national broadcaster this week said she had discovered while researching that subject that she too was a Kiwi. This does not disqualify her from her position at Sydney Law School.) One solution to the political drama might be an amendment to the constitution itself. When Section 44 was written, in 1891, New Zealand was not considered a foreign power, as both Australia and New Zealand came under the dominion of the British monarch. This changed only in 1986 when Australia stepped out entirely from British rule. This might be the moment for the constitution to move with the times, too. (Photo: diplomatic fracas) (by The Economist)

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Government Incentives and Innovative Design to Help Cut Costs for Gasoline Particulate Filters

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 novembre 2015

londonLONDON The competitive, growing gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) market in Europe and North America presents suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with diverse opportunities as well as challenges. The inclusion of particulate number regulation within emission norms will accelerate the adoption of GPFs. However, government incentives will be vital to help OEMs tackle the rising costs of GPF installations. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the GPF Market for Passenger Cars in Europe and North America (http://ow.ly/TYXun), finds that the number of engines equipped with GPFs stood at 50,335 units and estimates this to reach 4.6–4.2 million units by 2020. Western Europe will lead the way, accounting for 79 to 82 percent of total volume by 2020.
“Several OEMs are working on combustion optimisation and injection technologies that reduce particulate emissions in engines rather than through exhaust after-treatment,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Senior Research Analyst Arun Chandranath. “Nevertheless, emission mandates are coaxing OEMs to employ fuel-efficient technologies such as gasoline direct injection, which in turn will drive the need for complementary after-treatment systems like GPFs.” While GPFs provide a filtration efficiency of more than 90 percent, the inherent drawback of increased exhaust back pressure affects fuel economy. Improved material selection and design will be crucial to decrease exhaust back pressure as well as costs. To that end, long-term collaborative relationships among suppliers and OEMs will be essential. “Innovation at the supplier end to effectively design efficient models and widen the operating limits of systems will play a pivotal role in lowering initial and maintenance costs,” noted Chandranath. “Consequently, uptake will surge and OEMs will be better positioned to address emission regulations and customer demands.” Government incentives and a global approach to implementing GPFs will further cut costs and push almost all OEMs in North America and Europe to include GPFs within their portfolios by 2020.
Analysis of the GPF Market for Passenger Cars in Europe and North America (MA36-18) is a Strategic Insight that is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://ow.ly/TYY2A) Growth Partnership Service program. The study provides key technology trends, drivers and restraints influencing the market for GPFs in North America and Europe. The study also details market size and forecasts by type, OEM, vehicle segment and region. It includes market scenario analysis in view of new markets and OEM advancements as well as dynamic optimistic changes that can alter market volumes and structure. The study closes with an outlook of the market’s future and conclusions from the study.

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Debate on migration and refugee crisis ahead of 15-16 October EU summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 ottobre 2015

european parliamentParliament will debate the ongoing refugee and migration crisis and the latest developments in Syria and Turkey on Wednesday at 15.00, ahead of the 15 and 16 October meeting of EU heads of state or government, in Brussels. In the debate, with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg’s minister for relations with the European Parliament during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Schmit, MEPs will also raise questions about completing the Economic and Monetary Union and the UK’s “in/out” referendum plans. European Parliament President Martin Schulz will address the European Council on Thursday, followed by a press conference. An extra €401.3 million in EU funding to tackle the refugee crisis will be put to a plenary vote at 19.00. The funds will go to the EU countries in which currently high numbers of migrants arrive, to non-EU countries hosting most Syrian refugees and to three EU agencies handling migrant and refugee-related tasks, Frontex, EASO and Europol. The draft amending budget 7/2015 foresees €100 million for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) in commitment appropriations; €1.3 million in commitment and payment appropriations for 120 new posts at Frontex, EASO and Europol agencies; and €300 million in commitment appropriations for the European Neighbourhood Instrument.

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IBC Content Everywhere MENA to Observe Martyrs’ Day in UAE

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 ottobre 2015

follow usLondon. As a mark of respect to the UAE government’s recent announcement of a public holiday on 30 November 2015 in honour of Emirati armed forces who have lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation, IBC has decided to cancel our IBC Content Everywhere MENA event which was due to take place on 29-30 November 2015. “MENA is an exciting and growing content market, and IBC looks forward to taking an increasingly active role in developing the bridge between the region and the global industry, building on the success of our inaugural IBC Content Everywhere MENA event which took place earlier this year”, commented Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our MENA industry partners for their continued support of IBC’s global Content Everywhere project.” IBC looked to consolidate the programme into a single day and sponsors were largely supportive of the move. IBC also looked for another date but this proved unworkable. Traditionally the UAE government adds further days around national holidays leading to a loss in confirmed delegates; feedback indicates that this trend would continue for Martyrs’ Day. IBC continues to demonstrate its commitment to the region by announcing dates for its IBC Content Everywhere MENA 2016 event, to be held at the Madinat Jumeirah from 31 October – 2 November 2016. This event will follow the format of the successful January 2015 show and consist of a high quality exhibition and conference featuring local and international speakers. (photo: follow us)

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A manufactured crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 settembre 2015

obamaThere’s a lot going on right now, but we can’t lose track of this: As of today, Congress has just six scheduled days of work to avoid another government shutdown.It’s deja vu — just like they did in 2013, extreme voices in Congress are taking pet political issues that have nothing to do with funding our government and using them to manufacture a crisis.It’s simply beyond irresponsible — if they refuse to do their jobs, it’ll affect millions of Americans.And let’s be clear: It’s Congress’ job to pass a budget. Putting together a budget isn’t the time to play political games to try and take health care away from millions, restrict women’s health care options, or block efforts to cut back on carbon pollution They’ve done it before, and it cost us $24 billion — an unnecessary and very real expense, and one that doesn’t even begin to describe the damage done to people’s lives by deferred paychecks and the loss of services that businesses and working families depend on.There’s still time for Congress to come together to pass a smart budget. But if Congressional leaders choose politics over people, we’ll be headed toward a shutdown soon. It’s going to be up to OFA supporters to fight back, just like we did to end the shutdown in 2013. Like President Obama said: “We’ve fought back because of you. We shouldn’t slip back because of Congress. I urge them to send me a budget that invests in our future.” (Photo: obama)

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The Born Free Foundation has welcomed news that the Government of Malawi will destroy their ivory stockpiles

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2015

ivoryHead of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to four tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest possible political will and a demonstration to the world of Malawi’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade. Malawi is known for its vibrant culture and friendly people, and the occasion is expected to reflect the warm heart of Africa, the nation’s love of wildlife and a renewed commitment to protect its natural heritage. Members of the public will join the Government and NGOs in a solidarity walk to Parliament where the ceremony will take place. Just before the torching, the President will accept signatures from over 7000 people who recently joined the campaign to ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’. This symbolic move will recognise both the public support galvanised through the campaign and the importance of engaging all sectors of society in the fight against wildlife crime moving forward.Speaking out in support of Malawi’s ‘stop wildlife crime’ campaign, led by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, renowned conservationist and Wildlife Consultant for the Born Free Foundation, Ian Redmond OBE, said: “Last year I watched the French Government grind over 3 tonnes of illegal ivory to dust, last month Kenya torched 15 tonnes of ivory, and now Malawi has followed suit with its stockpile of 4 tonnes. People say, ‘Why not sell it and use the money to protect elephants’ but that would be like throwing petrol on a fire! As long as there is a legal ivory trade, there will be criminals trying to launder illegal ivory into that trade. Elephants and people will be killed in the process. As elephant numbers plummet across Africa, this is no time to repeat the mistakes of the past – Malawi is to be congratulated for sending a clear signal to the world – the fashion for ivory is over! Wildlife crime will not be tolerated. Criminals will be prosecuted and their contraband destroyed. Elephants will be valued for the role they play in the ecology of Africa as super-keystone species – mega-gardeners of the forest and savannah.”
Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, said: “We hope the world sits up and gives Malawi the recognition it deserves for this symbolic act. So much has been achieved here in the past year and the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign is just one of these initiatives. We’re seeing stiffer sentences, better inter-agency collaboration and the re-writing of laws. Whilst next week we shall be taking a moment to celebrate Malawi’s accomplishments, these commemorations in reality signify the start of a long fight. We must keep an eye on our goal – to protect Malawi’s wildlife, not just for the benefit of tourism and the economy but also for its intrinsic value and its role as one of Africa’s keystone species. For years few people have paid attention to Malawi and its wildlife, but here we have the opportunity to become a role model for the region. At the very least, Malawi is the first SADC country this century to destroy its ivory. If there is continued co-operation between Government and NGO’s, both locally and internationally, then I believe we can succeed.”
Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of Parks & Wildlife, has said: “Whilst we have achieved some tremendous results in the last year, wildlife conservation is heading towards a crisis that requires collaboration, grit and determination. The fight has only just begun.” (photo ivory)

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Abolizione finanziamento ai partiti

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 dicembre 2013

Italiano: Matteo Renzi è un politico italiano,...

Italiano: Matteo Renzi è un politico italiano, attuale sindaco della città di Firenze. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Da oggi i partiti e la politica dovranno cominciare davvero a fare fundraising e la donazione di fondi sarà un nuovo indice per misurare la partecipazione dei cittadini alla vita politica e sociale del Paese”. Questo il commento del Segretario Generale di Competere.EU, Roberto Race e del Senior Fellow del think tank e Presidente del Centro Studi sul Non Profit Raffaele Picilli sull’approvazione del Governo in Consiglio dei Ministri del decreto di abolizione del finanziamento pubblico ai partiti.Il think tank Competere.EU, il pensatoio italiano nato per elaborare e implementare politiche e pratiche per lo sviluppo sostenibile, ha tra le sue aree di interesse proprio il finanziamento ai partiti, il quale viene seguito da un osservatorio con report dedicati.

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Unis dans la diversité hymnes et drapeaux de l’Union Européenne

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2013

Le train de la Rhune, Pays Basque, France

Le train de la Rhune, Pays Basque, France (Photo credit: marcbi91)

Cette étude cherche à mettre en lumière les significations et les contextes d’apparition des deux principaux symboles attachés à chacun des pays de l’Union européenne, ainsi qu’à l’UE elle-même, que sont l’hymne et le drapeau.Parce qu’ils sont « unis dans la diversité », les pays de l’UE portent régulièrement haut et fort des couleurs et des hymnes dont la signification et l’harmonie expriment autant de contextes historiques et de traditions différentes, et connus de peu d’européens. Pourtant, ces symboles permettent à eux seuls de mieux comprendre le concept même de « Fédération européenne d’Etats nations » promu par Jacques Delors, basé tant sur la singularité de chaque pays que sur une construction européenne qui a permis une réconciliation durable entre les pays de l’UE, dont les affrontements les plus vifs se limitent désormais aux compétitions sportives. L’Union prend tout son sens dans la mondialisation, alors que « l’Europe » vieillit et rétrécit au regard de ses partenaires et concurrents. Pour autant, il ne s’agit pas de mettre en place une nouvelle nation ou un super Etat, mais d’unir davantage des pays et des êtres, tout en respectant leurs spécificités.Dans cette perspective, la présente étude a le grand mérite d’aller à l’essentiel en permettant d’en savoir plus en quelques lignes sur les couleurs et les paroles qui font battre le cœur de nos voisins. Elle est d’autant plus utile et originale qu’elle ne se contente pas de présenter les symboles des pays de l’UE par ordre alphabétique, mais se fonde sur le rappel des contextes historiques ayant conduit à l’élaboration et à l’adoption des drapeaux et des hymnes, tout en les regroupant en catégories communes.
Un sentiment d’appartenance se construit. Dans le cas de l’UE, il ne s’agit pas seulement de faire en sorte que les européens s’approprient davantage le drapeau étoilé et l’Ode à la joie. Il faut aussi œuvrer afin qu’ils connaissent mieux les drapeaux vers lesquels se tournent leurs « compatriotes européens » ainsi que les hymnes qu’ils fredonnent, à l’occasion des commémorations ou lors des championnats d’Europe et des Jeux olympiques.

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The Schuman Compact: a roadmap to a decentralised Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

Europe - Satellite image - PlanetObserver

Europe – Satellite image – PlanetObserver (Photo credit: PlanetObserver)

Brussels Five years of crisis have pushed Europe to take emergency financial measures to cushion the free fall of distressed countries. However, efforts to turn the crisis into a spur for “an ever closer union” have met with political resistance to the surrender of fiscal sovereignty. If such a union remains elusive, a perpetual muddling ahead risks generating economic and political dysfunction. It may be time to recognize and render more effective the de facto decentralisation in Europe.The Schuman Compact, proposed by Ashoka Mody and published today by Bruegel, is based on the idea that since the very inception of the EU, Europe’s leaders have been unwilling to cross a threshold that compromised core national sovereignty. Instead, the solidarity visualized by Robert Schuman in his 1950 speech can be achieved through three agreements that allow national governments to move forward within a coherent framework.The Fiscal Compact: The delegation of European fiscal governance to the European Commission has created complex structures that have encouraged costly delays, deceptions and half-measures. For this reason, fiscal policy should be the responsibility of the member states where the sovereignty lies. This concept is already present in the Fiscal Compact to which states voluntarily commit.The Sovereign Debt Compact: To minimise the risk of excessive future sovereign borrowing, a credible “no bailout” regime must ensure that private lenders bear losses when sovereign debt becomes unsustainable. This will require writing the possibility of restructuring in debt contracts.The Banking Compact: The current debate is focused on the intractable financing details of the complex banking union. But financial stability requires a much smaller euro-area banking system. The compact would encourage states to pro-actively downsize the growing crowd of zombie banks (using debt-equity swaps) while bolstering viable banks. A centralised banking union is desirable; but tackling the here and now must be the priority.

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Elections européennes : moins d’abstention, plus de populisme?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 novembre 2013

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Les élections européennes des 22 au 25 mai 2014 suscitent d’ores et déjà des inquiétudes liées aux risques d’une forte abstention et de scores importants des partis «populistes ». Yves Bertoncini s’efforce de relativiser l’ampleur de ces deux défis politiques tout en appelant à les relever, dans une Tribune directement inspirée de son intervention lors d’une conférence organisée le 15 octobre à Paris par les Jeunes Européens de Sciences Po.Yves Bertoncini souligne tout d’abord qu’il est normal que des élections de nature subsidiaire suscitent un taux de participation limité, même s’il n’est pas exclu que le taux de participation aux prochaines élections européennes puisse être plus élevé qu’en 2009, compte tenu du nouveau contexte institutionnel et politique. Ce n’est pas seulement parce que le prochain président de la Commission devra être désigné en écho aux résultats des élections européennes que les citoyens pourraient voter davantage, mais surtout parce que nombre de débats nationaux ont été structurés par des enjeux européens au cours de la période récente.Yves Bertoncini indique par ailleurs qu’une poussée électorale populiste devrait intervenir au printemps prochain, qui serait la conséquence logique de crises économiques, sociales et politiques dépassant l’UE (au deux sens du terme). Mais il précise qu’il est douteux que cette poussée populiste ait beaucoup d’impact au Parlement européen, au sein duquel l’influence des forces politiques se mesure à l’aune du nombre de sièges obtenus, mais aussi de leur cohésion interne et de leur capacité à établir des coalitions majoritaires avec d’autres partis. C’est parce que les partis populistes sont structurellement faibles au regard de ces deux derniers critères que leur progression quantitative ne devrait pas altérer le fonctionnement du Parlement européen, au-delà de la présence plus nombreuse de voix discordantes dans l’hémicycle strasbourgeois.

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Non-EU seasonal workers: EP/Council deal on better social rights and conditions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2013

Non-EU seasonal workers will get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a draft law agreed by Parliament and Council and backed by national governments on Tuesday. These rules aim both to end exploitation and to prevent temporary stays from becoming permanent. They are to be put to a plenary vote in January 2014.The European Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year.“We finally have agreement on a Directive that manages temporary, legal migration and ensures protection of workers from exploitation. It will be a strong tool to ensure humane conditions for low wage workers, discourage undercutting, and benefit good employers”, said Parliament’s rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) on the compromise.
These rules, the first to be agreed at EU level on seasonal work, will not affect the right of member states to decide how many seasonal workers they allow in. Member states will also be free to widen the definition of “seasonal work” beyond the traditional one of tourism and agricultural work such as fruit picking, provided they consult social partners where appropriate and ensure that all the activities defined have a “seasonal aspect”.
Any application to enter the EU as a seasonal worker will have to include a work contract or a binding job offer specifying essentials such as pay and working hours, says the agreed text. At MEPs’ request, it will also include evidence that the worker will have appropriate accommodation. Where accommodation is arranged by the employer, the rent must not be excessive or be automatically deducted from a worker’s wage, says the agreed text.
The deal says non-EU seasonal workers will have the same rights as EU nationals as regards minimum working age, pay, dismissal, working hours, holidays, and health and safety requirements. They will also have the right to join a trade union and have access to social security, pensions, training, advice on seasonal work offered by employment offices and other public services, except for public housing.

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