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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Posts Tagged ‘implementation’

Workshop report: Challenges and incentives in the implementation of structural reforms

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

BG_ENLARGMENTDAY1​Paul Lindquist, chair of the conference Considering the crucial role structural reforms play in the European Union, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) organised a workshop on the 14th of December in order to look at two questions: How do local and regional authorities rate the European Semester implementation in the EU Member States, and how could a stronger involvement of local and regional authorities help to implement structural reforms.The workshop focused on the context of the European Semester and its territorial dimension, looking at what can be done to ensure a better involvement of local and regional authorities in the design and implementation of structural reforms. The goal of the debate was to find solutions on how the results could be improved to meet expectations, viewing the existing challenges the implementation of reforms faces. The workshop provided a first opportunity for a discussion on the recent European Commission’s proposal of a new budgetary instrument to support structural reform plans by Member States with grants from the EU budget and technical assistance. (photo: BG_ENLARGMENTDAY1)

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Driving Dynamics Vastly Influence Car Purchase Decisions in Europe, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 aprile 2015

london-centralLONDON Driving dynamics play a huge role in the purchasing decisions of vehicle owners in Europe. While safety and reliability are top priorities, driving dynamics-related capabilities such as manoeuvrability and ride quality rank high in importance among consumers looking to buy a car. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, European Consumers’ Attitude towards Driving Dynamics Technologies(https://www.frost.com/mabc), finds that urban male customers are willing to pay a higher than average price to upgrade driving dynamics technologies. Women with higher than average income are most often prepared to pay a premium for safety features. “Consumers across car segments agree on the top features required for an improved driving experience,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Program Manager Prana T Natarajan. “Secure handling, road-holding, and control over braking and steering are significant cogs in the wheel of consumer expectations.”E&F segment car owners value steering handling more than smoothness of drive and powertrain features more than fuel or price. Smaller vehicle segment consumers too show interest in and willingness to pay for all-wheel drive (AWD) functionalities.The inclination to pay drops significantly with the increase in price of steering, suspension and AWD technologies. Most consumers in Europe give more importance to value for money and hence look for optimally-priced solution packages.“Technology providers must deploy appropriate pricing strategies to accelerate adoption rates,” suggested Natarajan. “Bundling is likely to be an effective way for driving dynamics solution suppliers to maximise profits on installed systems and attract potential consumers in Europe.”European Consumers’ Attitude towards Driving Dynamics Technologies is a Customer Research that is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Based on an online survey of 1,824 car owners in Germany, United Kingdom, France and Russia, this study determines consumer perceptions on vehicle driving dynamics and the role of new chassis technologies in improving driving pleasure. The study also evaluates consumer willingness to pay for these features and offers recommendations to original equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
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Working towards a strong Social Dimension of Europe 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 novembre 2011

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Bruxelles from 21st – 23rd November 2011 That is why the Church and Society Commission of CEC and Eurodiaconia[2] are organising a seminar on “Strengthening the Social Dimension in European and National policies – Exploring the Europe 2020 Strategy“. At a time of financial and economic crisis and increasing austerity measures, the Europe 2020 commitment to Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth is in danger. The social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy is being weakened by the continuing emphasis on growth and austerity as the only way out of the crisis. All stakeholders’ efforts and involvement are needed to overcome this ongoing crisis. Churches and diaconia, active all over Europe and working with the most vulnerable people, have an essential responsibility and a specific role to play in shaping the way out of the crisis, ensuring social safeguards mark out any exit strategy.
This seminar will aim to equip church and diaconal actors to engage in the Europe 2020 process at national and European level. It will be followed by a reception, with Ms. Jean Lambert MEP as key note speaker to address the issue of the contribution of the first European semester to the Europe 2020 strategy. This will be an occasion for church and diaconal actors striving to be actively involved in the Europe 2020 process to meet with representatives of the EU institutions, to discuss further the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategic goals at national level, especially through the employment and poverty targets.
Eurodiaconia is a dynamic, Europe wide community of organisations founded in the Christian faith and working in the tradition of Diaconia, who are committed to a Europe of solidarity, equality and justice.

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Credible Implementation and Accountability

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

Geneva Fifty-eight private security companies today signed an historic International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers, an agreement to uphold human rights respecting principles and to establish an inclusive oversight mechanism to verify that these principles are implemented. Human Rights First has participated in the Code drafting process for more than a year and said today’s signing has the potential to improve the industry’s human rights impacts. Today’s ceremony was attended by companies’ CEOs from around the world including Ignacio Balderas of Triple Canopy, Gen G J Binns of Aegis Defence Services Ltd., and Matthew R. Kaye of EOD Technology, Inc. Also in attendance were high level officials from the various governments that have been instrumental in the Code process, including Swiss Secretary of State Peter Maurer, U.K. Ambassador John Duncan and U.S. Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State Harold Koh. Ten American companies are among the documents initial signers, including industry leaders such as DynCorp, Triple Canopy, and Xe Services (formerly Blackwater).
Human Rights First has released a number of reports documenting serious private security contractor abuses including excessive use of force and cruel treatment of detainees. These are documented in State of Affairs: Three Years After Nisoor Square which outlines a number of steps the U.S. government should take to increase contractor accountability abroad. Its work to assist in crafting the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers reflects the organization’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that private companies uphold human rights. Along those lines, Human Rights First has played a leading role in similar multi-stakeholder efforts to raise the human rights performances of various industries including in apparel and footwear manufacturing, the Internet and communications sector, and security in the extractive sector.

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New Industrial Emissions Directive

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 luglio 2010

The European Parliament is due to adopt the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) during the July plenary  (second week in Strasbourg) , following a compromise reached with representatives of the European institutions (Council of Ministers, Commission and Parliament). Dealing with emissions as diverse as those  from poultry industries, chemical plants or cement factories, this legislation is likely to impact  on the natural and economic environment of many of us. One of the key  elements of the directive proposal is the major aim to prevent  emissions from  the very first steps of  processes.  The effective completion of the IED aims will remain linked to a balanced implementation of its provisions.  That means two things: first, a harmonized implementation of the IED is essential to guarantee that high environmental performance  does not impair a company’s competitive position. Second, setting performance ambitions in the whole of Europe must be done with  justified flexibility, taking into consideration local aspects such as geography or climate and the variety of processes or of raw materials. E.g. emissions differ in importance depending on whether    in dry or wet climates. This justified flexibility is  needed here for an adaptation of permits to the individual situations. This principle has been endorsed by the compromise to be voted on. The time scale, presently foreseen in the IED, i.e. four or five years for implementing new Best Available Techniques standards is much shorter than the EU chemical industry’s typical investment cycles. Chemical plants are among the most expensive industrial installations.  Industries depend on longer investment cycles to earn back the investment, in a highly competitive environment. As such, this draft does not guarantee that all conditions for a sustainable protection of the environment shall be met. But it does not exclude them. (with ecology)

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Don’t lean on becoming Lean in a recession

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 luglio 2009

Melbourne According to global advisory and consulting firm Ovum, many organisations that are looking to process improvement methods in the current economic environment are too late. While commonly used approaches such as Agile and Lean can reduce waste in IT systems and software development, they don’t offer the rapid efficiency gains that CFOs are increasingly demanding of CIOs. Their implementation takes too long and is too resource-intensive for an organisation that’s currently reviewing its IT processes. “A lot of CFOs have heard that process improvement can cut the cost of IT processes, and in the current economic environment, that’s very appealing,” says Dr Alexander Simkin, a senior analyst and process improvement specialist within Ovum’s IT Services practice. “What they don’t realise is that becoming Agile or Lean takes time and requires major change management. If you’re starting from a base of traditional processes, these approaches won’t provide rapid cost reduction. The efficiency of your processes may even get worse before they get better. CFOs need to know that and it’s a CIO’s job to educate them,” he adds. Organisations that already have an established process improvement programme aimed at waste reduction in IT have a competitive advantage in the current economic situation. However, when the economy eventually improves, the cost-cutting agenda will wane and other priorities such as improving the quality of processes will come to the fore. “Organisations that are only now seeking to improve their IT processes should consider methods that are optimum now and beyond the recession, that is, that both cut costs and improve quality. Lean Six Sigma is a good choice,” advises Simkin, based in London. Methods that audit and certify the maturity of an organisation’s IT processes such as the Capability Maturity Model Interactive (CMMI) and the International Organisation for Standardisation’s ISO 20000 are also attracting renewed interest in the recession. These methods provide CIOs with evidence to C-level colleagues and other stakeholders that investments in process improvements are providing returns.  For ITS service vendors, they have another advantage: they make those vendors eligible for contracts that stipulate minimum levels of process maturity. Two sectors in which IT service contractors typically have to certify the maturity of their processes are defence and healthcare – especially in the US. “Defence and healthcare have been relatively unscathed by the recession, so being able to bid for contracts in those sectors is increasingly important. Hence some of the extra attention that audit methods are currently receiving,” Simkin explains.

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Sixty-second world health assembly

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Maggio 2009

Geneva, 12: 00 to 14: 00 pm Palais des Nations, Room XVIII The 62nd World Health Assembly (WHA) will begin on May 18, 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Assembly is expected to end on 22nd May, but this will be confirmed by the General Committee of the World Health Assembly on the first day of the Assembly. The World Health Assembly is the annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 193 Member States and it is the supreme decision-making body of WHO. It sets the policy for the Organization and approves its  budget.  Issues to be discussed at the WHA include pandemic influenza preparedness, sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits, implementation of the International Health Regulations, climate change and health, prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, primary health care, including health systems strengthening, monitoring of the achievement of the health-related MDGs, Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and Public health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Several progress reports will also be discussed including on poliomyelitis, smallpox eradication and  malaria. The programme budget for 2010-2011 and the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East-Jerusalem and the Occupied Syrian Golan will also be discussed. The days on which particular items will be discussed could change from day to day, and the schedule for the day will be posted on the web every morning while the Assembly meets at http://www.who.int/governance/en/ In addition, the Daily Journal, which summarises the day’s events, and Health Assembly documents can be found at: http://www.who.int/governance . These will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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Telecom Italia Group’s

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 Maggio 2009

“Telecom Italia has experienced several strategic and organizational changes in the last two years. The new management board had the mission to move the company towards the era of convergence:  putting together Telecom Italia Group’s expertises in fixed and mobile communications and multimedia in order to build a solid multimedia communications company. The management board had to pursue this objective in a difficult financial situation. The stabilisation of Telecom Italia’s finances was a primary objective in order to fulfil the strategic mission. During 2008, several key organizational changes were put in place to facilitate the implementation of the strategy. The economic recession has also made the situation more complex. However, today’s results reveals that the internal restructuring and the economic recession have affected Telecom Italia’s performance, but not dramatically. Telecom Italia Group’s revenues decline by 3.8% comparing the first quarter 2009 and the first quarter 2008. The Italian operations’ revenues decline by 4.5% in the same period with a peak of 7.1% for the mobile communications segment. The fixed communications operations’ revenues decline by 2%. The role of broadband access and the diffusion of IPTV is becoming very important for the fixed segment. At the end of the first quarter 2009, Telecom Italia had 6,843,000 broadband users for 18.3 Euro per month in ARPU. The number of IPTV subscribers went up to 365,000. The mobile segment is experiencing the difficulties of the European mobile industry. Revenues from text and voice decline. Data revenues are not able to strongly counterbalance that decline. Instead, TIM Brasil had a slight positive result with an increase in revenues by 0.7%. However, it is not exceptional for the Latin American market. These results are certainly not positive, but better than expected. However, the results on financial discipline are good: 70% of the debt is on fixed rate and Euro 4.6bn of liquidity. This means that the financial stabilisation of the company is in a promising status and the board can focus more on operational aspects in order to boost revenues. Some areas of strategic and operational actions should be: mobile Internet, mobile content services, TV over different platforms, enterprise segments, particularly for SMEs, and applications in vertical markets.”

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Missouri

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2009

Washington, DC.  On Thursday April 16th, the Vice President Joe Biden will arrive at Whiteman Air Force Base and hold an event on the base with Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) to thank U.S. troops for their service and express the Administration’s commitment to the military and their families.  The Vice President and Rep. Skelton will also have lunch with troops stationed on the base.  The Vice President will then travel to Jefferson City, Missouri to visit the ABB Transformer Factory to discuss how the Recovery Act is building a 21st century economy in Missouri and across the nation.  At this unionized factory, ABB makes transformers for Missouri’s Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm project, which will generate enough wind energy to power more than 50,000 homes.  This project has moved forward due to the passage and implementation of the Recovery Act.   The Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will join the Vice President for this event. Additional media details are included below.   On Friday April 17th, the Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Biden, will hold its next meeting at the University of Missouri St. Louis. The meeting, titled “Making College More Affordable for our Families”, is the third in series of meetings the Vice President and Task Force members are holding across the country on key issues facing the middle class. The focus of the meeting in St. Louis will be to discuss ways to expand opportunities and help make the dream of a college education a reality for more families. The Middle Class Task Force will be joined by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), as well as Dr. Jill Biden, an educator for 28 years. Dr. Biden currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College with a focus on English and writing. Additional media details are included below.

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