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Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The Commission has announced emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “The impact of this cod stock collapsing would be catastrophic for the livelihoods of many fishermen and coastal communities all around the Baltic Sea. We must urgently act to rebuild the stock – in the interest of fish and fishermen alike. That means responding rapidly to an immediate threat now, through the emergency measures the Commission is taking. But it also means managing the stock – and the habitat it lives in – properly in the long term.”The ban will come into force immediately and last until 31 December 2019. It will cover all fishing vessels and apply in all those areas of the Baltic Sea where the largest part of the stock is present (i.e. subdivisions 24-26), except for some specific targeted derogations. It follows measures that have already been taken by some Member States. Given that these measures do not ensure a uniform approach in all areas where the eastern Baltic cod stock is found, and that not all Member States intend to adopt national measures, the Commission has decided that further emergency action is warranted.
While this fishing ban is an essential immediate step to help protect this vulnerable stock, the Commission and Member States will revisit the need for longer-term action later in the year, when Ministers meet to decide on next year’s fishing opportunities. Scientists also warn of many factors besides fishing that threaten the stock and that need to be addressed separately, including a lack of salinity, too high water temperatures and too little oxygen, as well as parasite infestation.

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EP calls for measures fully protecting LGTBI people’s rights

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

In a non-legislative resolution approved on Thursday by show of hands, MEPs ask member states for legislation ensuring promotion and protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGTBI) children’s fundamental rights.They ask the EU for a comprehensive strategic framework on LGTBI rights, similar to those on other topics such as gender equality and disability, and calls on the Commission to adopt a new strategic document to promote equality for LGTBI people.MEPs also voice concern over the non-binding nature of the Commission’s List of Actions to advance LGTBI equality, and calls for EP and civil society organisations involvement in the design of future LGTBI Lists of Actions. They underline that the promotion of LGTBI rights in external action is binding for both the EU and its Member States but the lack of a binding internal strategy “poses a threat to internal and external cohesion”.They denounce some EU countries require sterilisation and mental health diagnoses to access legal gender recognition, and call on the European Commission to assess whether these requirements are in line with the Charter of Fundamental rights.
In another non-legislative resolution, also adopted on Thursday by show of hands, the Plenary stressed that intersexuality should no longer be dealt with as a pathology, and called on member states to pursue the removal of the category of “gender incongruence in childhood” in the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation.
MEPs condemn the high prevalence of sex normalising treatments and surgery, despite not being medically necessary in most of the cases, and encourage EU countries to follow the example of those, such as Portugal and Malta, where these surgical procedures are banned. They also demand more flexibility in birth registration procedures and facilitating the change of names on identity cards.EP calls on the European Commission and member states to increase their support, including financial aid, to organisations fighting the stigmatisation of intersex people. Parliament also demands the Commission to make sure that EU funds do not support research or medical projects that further contribute to human rights’ violations of intersex people.
Intersex individuals are born with physical sex characteristics that do not fit medical or social norms for female or male bodies. These variations may manifest in primary characteristics (such as the inner and outer genitalia, the chromosomal and hormonal structure) and/or secondary characteristics (such as muscle mass, hair distribution and stature).

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Northwest Atlantic: important agreements on conservation and enforcements measures

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

All Contracting Parties agreed on a number of conservation and enforcement measures: Key conservation measures for Greenland sharks. The EU and the US worked together to prohibit targeted fishing of this iconic species. NAFO will now work on identifying the fishing areas where higher bycatch and discards take place, in preparation for new measures to be proposed by 2021.Extended scientific monitoring. Regular scientific monitoring must consider the impact on fish stocks and vulnerable marine ecosystems, not only of fisheries, but also of other industries such as oil exploration, shipping and recreational activities.
Adoption of an Exceptional Circumstances Protocol for the harvest control rule for Greenland HalibutRevision of the NAFO Observer Program. Promoted by the EU and Canada, the Program was reviewed and adapted in order to enhance the quality of NAFO’s data collection.
The meeting in Tallinn also set TACs on twelve different stocks, and agreed further measures to increase compliance of the EU fleet with NAFO rules both at sea and in port.

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Step up measures to prevent cyber-attacks and online sexual abuse, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 ottobre 2017

attacco informaticoThe EU must invest more in cybersecurity to prevent attacks aimed at critical infrastructure and destabilising societies.Given the cross-border nature of cybercrime, stepping up information exchange among police and judicial authorities and cybercrime experts is vital to effective investigation and electronic evidence gathering, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday.MEPs regret that preventive measures taken by individual users, public institutions and businesses remain wholly inadequate, primarily due to a lack of knowledge and resources. They point out that the EU, its institutions, national governments and parliaments, companies and networks are acutely vulnerable to sophisticated attacks engineered by large criminal organisations or terrorist groups, or groups sponsored by states. They also condemn any system interference undertaken or directed by a foreign nation or its agents to disrupt the democratic process of another country; Parliament advocates, inter alia:
· improving information exchanges through Eurojust, Europol and ENISA,
· give Europol and Eurojust “appropriate resources” to accelerate the detection, analysis and referral of child abuse material and improve the identification of victims,
· ensuring that illegal online content be removed immediately by due legal process or that access is blocked from EU territory when removal is not feasible,
· investing in education to solve the lack of qualified IT professionals working in cybersecurity,
· promoting the use of encryption and other anonymisation tools,
· using EU funds for free and open-source software-based research into IT security,
· launching awareness campaigns to ensure that children, but also public administrations, vital operators and companies learn how to be safe on line,
· setting up teams to which businesses and consumers can report cybersecurity, incidents and establish databases to record all types of cybercrime,
· ensuring that law enforcement authorities have access to relevant information, such as who is the user of a certain IP address in the context of criminal investigations,
· encouraging the ICT security community to engage in “white hat” hacking and the reporting of illegal content, such as child sex abuse material, and
· updating the EU legal framework on cybercrime, including harmonised rules for determining the status of an online provider as domestic or foreign,
The non-legislative resolution was approved by 603 votes to 27, with 39 abstentions.

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Reimposing visas: MEPs back emergency brake measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cVisa requirements for non-EU nationals will be reintroduced faster when EU countries face irregular migration surges or security risks, under new rules passed by Parliament on Thursday.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said “We have succeeded in creating a more flexible and operational tool, while ensuring respect for human rights and a key role for the European Parliament. I am confident that following the approval of the suspension mechanism, the Council will cooperate fully to ensure that the proposals to grant visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine are processed smoothly, given that both countries fulfilled the requested criteria some time ago.”
His report was approved by 485 votes to 132 with 21 abstentions.
Under the new rules, third countries’ visa waiver deals with the EU may be suspended, in which case their citizens would again need a visa to enter the EU, in one or more of the following cases:
a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country are refused entry to or stay irregularly in EU territory,
a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications,
a decrease in cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants), or
an increase in risks or imminent threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.
Both EU member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the visa waiver suspension mechanism. However, the text underlines that a decision to temporarily suspend a visa waiver must be based on “relevant and objective data”.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend a visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.
During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension. The Commission will also be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting, at least once a year, to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfil visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional 18 months. Both MEPs and member states may object to this decision.
The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted from visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them. This transfer would need to be approved by both Parliament and the Council. This revision of the visa suspension mechanism, enshrined in EU legislation since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Georgia, already agreed by MEPs and the Council, as well as to Ukraine and Kosovo.
Next steps The draft regulation still has to be formally approved by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland. Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading agreement

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Civil Liberties MEPs quiz Gilles de Kerchove on counter-terrorism measures

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2016

terroristiIn the wake of this summer’s terrorist attacks in Europe, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove debated trends revealed by such attacks and EU counter-terrorism measures with Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday afternoon.MEPs quizzed Mr de Kerchove on his plans to cooperate with newly-appointed security Commissioner Sir Julian King, information exchange, prevention strategies and the possibility of training Imams in Europe. They also asked how smaller towns could counter the risk of an attack and EU member states’ progress in implementing the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive approved in April.On 31 August, MEPs debated this summer’s attacks in France and Germany with representatives of the Commission and the Presidency of the Council. As Mr de Kerchove was unable to take part in that debate, he attended Monday’s meeting of the Civil Liberties Committee instead.

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Bail-in, cancellation of interest, harmonisation of maturity dates

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 aprile 2016

viennaThe Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) in its function as the resolution authority pursuant to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Act (BaSAG – Bundesgesetz über die Sanierung und Abwicklung von Banken) has issued the key features for the further steps for the resolution of HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG. The most significant measures are:
• a 100% bail-in for all subordinated liabilities,
• a 53.98% bail-in, resulting in a 46.02% quota, for all eligible preferential liabilities,
• the cancellation of all interest payments from 01.03.2015, when HETA was placed into resolution pursuant to BaSAG,
• as well as a harmonisation of the maturities of all eligible liabilities to 31.12.2023.
According to the current resolution plan for HETA, the wind-down process should be concluded by 2020, although the repayment of all claims as well as the legally binding conclusion of all currently outstanding legal disputes will realistically only be concluded by the end of 2023. Only at that point will it be possible to finally distribute the assets and to liquidate the company.
“While the application of the new European recovery and resolution framework for banks is unchartered territory both in legal and practical terms, we are on target with the resolution of HETA and are also making satisfactory progress in relation to the realisation of its assets”, the FMA’s Executive Board, Helmut Ettl and Klaus Kumpfmüller commented: “The measures that have been prescribed under BaSAG form the basic structure for an orderly resolution, and fully satisfy the aims of the European resolution regime – namely to guarantee financial market stability, to protect taxpayers and to bail-in creditors. Moreover, this package of measures also ensures the equal treatment of creditors. Orderly resolution is more advantageous than insolvency proceedings.”
This resolution plan builds upon an opinion by an external auditing company appointed by the FMA, which has valued and estimated, based on the resolution planning for HETA, using very conservative assumptions by how much the claims of the creditors will exceed the assets of HETA. Following the deduction of the outlay in relation to resolution, the quota will stand at 46.02%. In addition, an opinion estimated a distribution quota of 34.8% in the best-case scenario in the event of insolvency proceedings. Resolution under BaSAG is therefore clearly more advantageous for all concerned.
Although the maturity of all eligible liabilities was set as 31.12.2023 at the latest, the FMA retains the option to make partial pay-outs on a voluntary basis at an earlier date.
Shortly before the emergency administrative decision of 10.4.2016, in which the resolution measures under BaSAG were issued, the FMA published the administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure in relation to the decision of 01.03.2015, in which HETA was placed into resolution under BaSAG and a debt moratorium prescribed until 31.5.2016. In the administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure (Vorstellungsbescheid), the FMA recognises and examines all the challenges submitted during the ordinary administrative proceedings, with the result that the content of the emergency administrative decision (Mandatsbescheid) remains fully binding. The creditors may submit complaints in relation to the administrative decision about the challenge procedure to the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht).
salva bancheChallenges may be submitted to the FMA against the emergency administrative decision of 10.4.2016, which sets out the significant resolution actions under BaSAG, within three months. If applicable, the FMA will initiate ordinary administrative proceedings, will recognise and examine the submitted challenges and will then issue an administrative decision in relation to the challenge procedure.
La notizia del bail-in dell’austriaca Hypo Alpe Adria, ora Heta, avvenuto domenica 10 aprile, è passata sotto silenzio in Italia ma anche nel resto del continente.
Le difficoltà di Hypo Alpe Adria vengono da lontano. La banca era assai esposta nei mutui fondiari e nell’Est Europa. Una duplice concentrazione di rischio che il crack finanziario iniziato nel 2007 ha fatto emergere in maniera letale. Il 1 marzo dello scorso anno, davanti ad un buco di bilancio di circa 9 miliardi a fronte di debiti per 11 miliardi, il governo austriaco aveva deciso di non intervenire in salvataggio della banca a differenza di quanto fatto dalla regione Carinzia, che nella prima fase delle difficoltà ne aveva garantito il debito. La situazione era però precipitata rendendo impossibile l’eventuale intervento regionale, ed era intervenuto il Governo ma senza assumere tutte le garanzie della regione.
Il bail-in prevede l’azzeramento del debito subordinato, un taglio del 53,98% del debito senior, la proroga di tutte le scadenze di debito al 31 dicembre 2023 e la cancellazione di tutti gli interessi a partire dal 1 marzo 2015, data in cui Heta fu sottoposta al meccanismo di risoluzione. Non appare quindi casuale che l’Austria abbia anticipato al 1 gennaio 2015 l’adozione della Direttiva UE, così come ha fatto la Germania.
Un mese fa, i principali creditori (banche, fondi comuni, società di gestione) avevano respinto l’offerta di vedersi pagare il 75% del nominale, oggi si ritrovano col 46,02% ed hanno annunciato cause in virtù del fatto che in un primo momento il Governo austriaco aveva garantito almeno una parte del debito, per poi fare marcia indietro. L’evento fa toccare con mano cosa può voler dire detenere depositi sopra centomila euro ed obbligazioni bancarie anche non subordinate. Specie oggi che rendono pochissimo, non ha davvero senso possederle. Da non sottovalutare anche un’altra casistica in cui il rischio è molto elevato ed in pochi lo sanno: ci sono banche che non hanno debito subordinato, o ne hanno molto poco. A quel punto, in caso di bail-in, si passa direttamente a rivalersi sul debito “senior”. (Giuseppe D’Orta, responsabile per la Tutela del Risparmio Aduc)

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Fight Zika virus with better access to contraception and safe abortion as well as anti-mosquito measures, says IPPF

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 gennaio 2016

zikaThe Zika virus must be fought with better access to contraception and safe abortion as well as anti-mosquito measures, Tewodros Melesse, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation has said today.In a statement of solidarity with the World Health Organisation, he told WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan that the IPPF – the largest sexual and reproductive health service network in the world – supported her call for an emergency meeting in Geneva on Monday 1 Feb and was already taking action.
“We recognise the urgency and have initiated our response” he said.“The IPPF Western Hemisphere – our region covering South America, the Caribbean and North America – has shared WHO guidelines on Zika with all its Member Associations, partners and staff.”Tewodros Melesse said the IPPF would call on its Member Associations to help lead the global response to the Zika outbreak.“The IPPF is ready to act swiftly, building on our global experience and expertise in sexual and reproductive health.”He stressed Zika’s impact on women, in particular poor and vulnerable women.“In the affected areas approximately half of pregnancies are unplanned. Poor women and women in rural areas are more susceptible to infection and less likely to have access to sexuality education and contraception,” said Tewodros Melesse.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, an estimated 23 million women have an unmet need for contraception and account for 75% of unintended pregnancies in the region. Latin America is also home to some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.
Tewodros Melesse urged that the fight against Zika must include access to contraception and safe abortion.
He said: “We recommend that strengthening family planning programs and access to safe abortion services for those women who need it and where it is permitted by law should be included in the strategies for responding to the Zika outbreak.”

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MEPs debate relocation, hotspots, Schengen and Dublin rules with Avramopoulos

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 gennaio 2016

dublinoMigration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos joined the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday to debate the implementation of measures to tackle the migration and refugee crisis, including relocation and work in the reception “hotspots”. MEPs also raised the issue of the future of Schengen as well as the need for a review of the Dublin system.Commissioner Avramopoulos condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul and referred to the recent proposals on firearms and counter-terrorism. He called on Parliament to look for compromises on these pieces of legislation. Regarding migration and refugee flows, the Commissioner admitted the relocation scheme was not working and asked member states to step up their efforts. Several MEPs asked the Commission to focus on promoting legal ways for migrant and refugees to enter Europe and criticised the lack of progress by Turkey in controlling migrant flows and combatting smugglers.

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Justice and Home Affairs topics in committee and in plenary this week

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 ottobre 2015

On 26 October, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will discuss with the Commissioner for justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the Commission’s views on the judgement in case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner of the EU Court of Justice of 6 October (“Safe Harbour”), as well as what the Commission is planning to do next. (Monday, 19.30 – 21.00) The meeting will be webstreamed here.
On 27 October, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budgets Committee will have a joint meeting to discuss the current state of play on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with the Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.The Commissioners will present additional measures in response to the refugee crisis not foreseen in the Commission’s initial draft budget proposal for 2016. These include increased emergency funding for the most affected Member States, additional funding for Frontex, EASO and Europol, as well as increased humanitarian funding. The proposal also covers support measures for the agricultural sector following the extension of the Russian embargo. (Tuesday, 14.15 – 15.45) The joint meeting will be webstreamed

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Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2015

mediterraneoMeasures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities.
The debate began with contributions from by Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Justice and Home Affairs Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Human Rights Subcommittee Chair Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) before members of the parliaments of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey as well as MEPs took the floor and voiced the views of their respective countries and political groups.

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Statement from experts on the need for detailed emissions information in INDC’s

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 dicembre 2014

limaLima In order to be able to evaluate the effect of government proposals on their emissions, and to evaluate the collective total global effect of the INDC’s (intended nationally determined contributions) on emissions, it is very important that they include rigorous and scientifically sound emissions information.Two countries studied by the Climate Action Tracker, which has been evaluating the effect of countries pledges since 2009, illustrate this problem and need. In the case of Australia, while its target of -0.5% by 2020 suggests that it is apparently required to limit its emissions from energy and industry to approximately 1990 levels by 2020 under the Kyoto Protocol, when all of the measures available to it in the land sector are independently evaluated, Australia could be allowed a greater than 50% increase above 1990 levels of both energy and industrial emissions by 2020. Australia’s published information on these land use, land use change and forestry activities is not sufficiently transparent to enable independent verification of the government’s own claims that rather than a large credit, as evaluated by the Climate Action Tracker, it would receive a large debit. A credit adds to the country’s allowed emissions and a debit deducts from allowed emissions in its target year, ie 2020.The next example is China, which is taking substantial action to slow – and ultimately peak – its emissions by 2030. China has not, however, provided its own estimate on the envisaged level of emissions by 2030, nor enough information for it to be possible to accurately quantify the level of its peak emissions, which is fundamentally important to the likely level of global warming in the 21st Century. In the first case, Australia, it is clear: present policy settings will likely increase it emissions by more than 50% above 1990 levels by 2020. Hence it is also clear, that Australia has an interest in gaining as many land use credits as it can, and possibly obscuring the real outcome of its international Kyoto targets for as long as possible.In the case of China most analyses that fully account for present and proposed policies indicate that China’s emissions are likely to peak by the late 2020’s if they successfully implement all of the policies proposed. However, we are only able to determine, within a broad range, the likely level of those peak emissions.Given these considerations, it is very important that critical information is provided in the INDC’s of all countries to enable the quantification of expected emission reductions, and transparent information on the accounting of all significant activities and greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in the land use and forestry sectors. The land use change and forestry is particularly important because of the large uncertainties and because of the great potential for selective accounting to produce inflated credits.
The ultimate purpose of the INDC’s is for countries to progress towards holding warming below 2˚C. If the scientific community cannot evaluate the overall effects of INDC’s because countries have not given sufficient information, or not all important assumptions, then there can be no way that the public can be confident that an agreement in Paris will set us on a safer path than at present. The Climate Action Tracker is an independent science-based assessment that tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. It is a joint project of the following organisations:
Climate Analytics is a non-profit organization based in Potsdam, Germany. It has been established to synthesize climate science and policy research that is relevant for international climate policy negotiations. It aims to provide scientific, policy and analytical support for Small Island States (SIDS) and the least developed country group (LDCs) negotiators, as well as non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in the ‘post-2012’ negotiations. Furthermore, it assists in building in-house capacity within SIDS and LDCs.
Established in 1984 with the vision of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policies. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges.
The PIK conducts research into global climate change and issues of sustainable development. Set up in 1992, the Institute is regarded as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and as one of the world’s leading establishments in this field. Scientists, economists and social scientists work together, investigating how the earth is changing as a system, studying the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change, and assessing which strategies are appropriate for sustainable development.
NewCLimate Institute is a non-profit institute established in 2014. NewClimate Institute supports research and implementation of action against climate change around the globe, covering the topics international climate negotiations, tracking climate action, climate and development, climate finance and carbon market mechanisms. NewClimate Institute aims at connecting up-to-date research with the real world decision making processes.

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CIGI co-sponsors conference on strengthening the FSB

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 aprile 2012

Mexico City and Waterloo, Canada The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), along with the Bank of Mexico and the Bank of Canada, was a co-sponsor of a conference on the strengthening of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), held in Mexico City April 12-13, 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views and thoughts on the appropriate measures to strengthen the role of the FSB as the primary international organization responsible for coordinating the financial sector regulatory and supervisory policies internationally. Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, José Antonio Meade, gave the opening remarks of the conference. The Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Agustín Carstens, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, officials and former officials from central banks and finance ministries in member countries of the FSB and G20, as well as academics and experts on financial stability and international governance contributed to the discussion. There was broad agreement on the importance of strengthening the institutional footing of the FSB and providing it with increased, ongoing financial resources as well as measures to expand the scope, effectiveness, and legitimacy of the FSB. The strengthening of the FSB is part of the G20’s agenda. Mexico holds the G20’s rotating presidency this year.

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Greenpeace Takes Over Dutch Labor: New Leader, Colonial Agenda?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 aprile 2012

It’s official. Greenpeace now has its own political party. Last week Diederik Samsom was elected leader of the Labor Party in the Netherlands, an event that most commentators have claimed will push the Dutch opposition to the far-left. Samson, of course, is a former Greenpeace activist, an organization that has long benefitted from funds from the Dutch Lottery to wage insidious anti-free market campaigns against the developing world, especially in Indonesia. Indonesians should take note. As a former Dutch colony, Indonesia retains strong cultural and economic ties to the Netherlands, exporting some $2 billion worth of goods per year. However, with Samsom’s ascension, observers in Indonesia will be paying much closer attention to political affairs in Indonesia through fear that the new Labor Party leader will seek to leverage his historical ties to Greenpeace in order to derail trade initiatives and anti-poverty measures in South-East Asia. As we all know, Greenpeace was recently evicted from Indonesia after endeavoring to undermine the country’s forestry industry, a source of income for thousands of Indonesians. With the governing Liberal VVD Party no longer able to rely on its coalition members for a parliamentary majority, some have suggested that the Netherlands will need new elections. If Labor emerged Recent News from the Green Movement Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s war of words with the Humane Society is showing no sign of ending anytime soon. The Humane Society is pressuring the governor to apologize after he threatened to kick the organization “out of the state,” due to their anti-farming policies. But thankfully, Governor Heineman remains defiant, using a speech before the Future Farmers of America to accuse the Humane Society of employing an agenda that would “destroy the future for these kids standing behind me.” Despite their cl aims that they are “working with farmers,” the Humane Society are clearly struggling to win of Nebraskans. Governor Heineman continues to receive backing from farmers’ groups and elected officials. And with Nebraska’s economy under threat from the Humane Society, who blames them?A Greenpeace-commissioned poll has found that just two percent of the British population would describe the Conservative-led government as “the greenest government ever.” Despite what some of the left-wing press might think, this could be one of the greatest achievements by David Cameron’s government! Cameron’s government has regularly come under scrutiny in these newsletters, particularly for being far too soft on the greens. But the government now appears to be spurning the greens, taking a much more positive path towards job growth, even cutting the British corporation tax to 22 percent by 2014. If they’ve not already discovered this, it will soon be clear to the Cameron government that they will never win over the greens. They’ll always want something and you can never appease them. They should wear this poll like a badge of honor. Recently we highlighted how India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had accused western-funded environmental groups of undermining his country’s economy by blocking attempts to construct new nuclear power facilities. Obviously unhappy at being called out, Greenpeace have shot back after police were forced to make arrests. The travails of the Indian government are, unfortunately, commonplace amongst developing nations where Greenpeace has a presence. Greenpeace uses foreign funds to undermine development, even when nations require additional resources to improve living standards and alleviate poverty. The measures currently being taken by the Indian government have come under some criticism, but when you have unaccountable groups seeking to destroy livelihoods, what are the alternatives? Other developing nations shouldn’t just monitor the actions of the Indian government. They should follow suit.Greenpeace went all out recently, accusing the European Union of “plundering” fisheries in African waters. Given Greenpeace’s open disdain for the fisheries, it’s curious that they would suddenly decide to stand up for the industry in Africa. But one crucial question has to be asked. If Greenpeace is so concerned about “plundering” in Africa, where were they when their green bedfellows, WWF, failed to put the appropriate measures in place to prevent widespread fraud and embezzlement in Tanzania? If Gr eenpeace had genuine concerns about the well-being of people on the continent, they would have at least put out a statement, right? No need to answer that one.

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EP supports measures to facilitate local border traffic in the Kaliningrad area

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2011

Measures to make it easier for people living in the Kaliningrad region to cross the border with Poland and enter neighbouring districts were backed by Parliament on Thursday. The Commission proposal would amend current rules on local border traffic in order to treat the entire Kaliningrad region, together with a specific border area on the Polish side, as a single border zone. This would prevent an artificial division of the Kaliningrad enclave, enable more people in the area to cross the border and travel within the neighbouring districts more easily, and enhance economic and cultural exchanges.The EU’s 2006 local border traffic regulation allows Member States to negotiate bilateral agreements with neighbouring countries to grant special permits to citizens living in border areas. With these permits, residents can cross the border frequently and stay on the other side for a few hours or days each time. They also face fewer systematic checks at crossing points (no stamping of documents, special lanes, etc). Moreover, the local border traffic permits may be issued free of charge. Treating the whole Kaliningrad region as a single border zone means allowing an exemption to the 2006 regulation that defines border areas as extending no further than 50 km from the border line. This does not create a precedent and responds to the unique situation of the Kaliningrad enclave, say MEPs, stressing that this exception does not affect the general definition laid down in the regulation.
The Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, which has a population of almost one million inhabitants, became the only enclave inside the European Union following EU enlargement in 2004. Four local border traffic agreements have entered into force so far: Hungary-Ukraine in January 2008, Slovakia-Ukraine in September 2008, Poland-Ukraine in July 2009 and Romania-Moldova in October 2010. Other agreements have been signed and are expected to enter into force soon: Poland-Belarus, Latvia-Belarus, Lithuania-Belarus and Norway-Russia.
The Commission proposal should now be approved by Council. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.

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Justice and home affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 ottobre 2011

CRIME alive - 10 years of chaos

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Measures to protect crime victims from aggressors already exist in all EU Member States but at present they cease to apply if the victim moves to another country. When it takes effect, the European Protection Order (EPO) would enable anyone protected under criminal law in one EU state to apply for the same protection if they move to another.
“The EPO directive is an important step in building a European area of justice, which will protect women who are threatened, by protecting their physical, psychological and sexual integrity and their dignity as they move within Europe. The need to protect victims and prevent new crimes must inspire European criminal law”, said Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur Carmen Romero López (S&D, ES). The EPO directive was an initiative originally requested by 12 Member States and promoted by the EU’s Spanish Presidency (first half of 2010).
MEPs sought from the outset to make it clearer that the rules should cover all victims of crime, not just victims of gender violence. Most protection measures are granted to female victims of gender violence but an EPO could cover victims of either sex and other crimes too. The rules would apply to victims or possible victims who need protection “against a criminal act of another person which may, in any way, endanger his life, physical, psychological and sexual integrity […] as well as his dignity or personal liberty”. Such acts would include harassment, abduction, stalking and “other forms of indirect coercion”.
Parliament and Council are expected to formally endorse the EPO directive before the end of the year.Once the EPO rules are approved, Member States will have three years to transpose them into national law.

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Green mobility

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2010

London Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming Electric Vehicles Unplugged 2010 interactive workshop promises to be a particularly interesting event, coming as it does on the heels of the Emergency Budget.  The new budget is to usher in a number of cost cutting measures albeit conserving the “green” objectives of the new UK government. This year’s workshop will be the ideal forum for participants to hear newly elected Members of Parliament address how the government plans to further the cause of green mobility. The parliamentary debate at the House of Lords on June 22 will deliberate existing government measures (subsidies of up to £5,000 per electric vehicle and £30 million set aside for infrastructure developments in the three hot spots: London, Milton Keynes and the North East) while examining new incentives and programs needed to drive market growth and considering steps needed to build UK into a centre of excellence for electric vehicle manufacturing. he second day of the workshop will be held on June 23 at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and will feature key note presentations from top industry experts who will layout the potential business models and returns on investment, infrastructure strategies, and understand what opportunities exist for businesses in this exciting market.  The event is set to be a perfect platform to establish open interactions between parliamentarians and industry stakeholders to share their respective issues, understand the priorities of regulators, and consider what the industry can offer us all.
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The consumer protection of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 maggio 2010

The EU should strengthen consumer protection policies, including for e-commerce. It should do this through measures such as systematic controls of such things as food and pharmaceuticals  and imports from outside the EU. There should be stringent labelling which facilitate comparisons between products and commodities. The process of complaints and suggestions  should be accelerated. A central control agency which can issue sanctions should also be established. The EU should support the levelling of the prices of goods and services in the market and take useful measures to allow every citizen to access basic products. It should also regulate price increases. Rules that lead to more beneficial consumer prices are needed for some products  e.g. mobile phones.

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Civil Liberties

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 settembre 2009

From asylum to police cooperation, transparency and data protection, MEPs in the Civil Liberties committee discussed on Wednesday the priorities outlined by the Swedish ministers of Justice and Migration for their Council presidency. The “Stockholm programme” will aim to frame legislation on third pillar issues for the next five years, after being adopted in Council in December. The EP will define its priorities in a resolution to be voted this autumn. The minister for Justice Beatrice Ask said that the Council Presidency’s work “will consistently be based on the citizen’s perspective”. Thus, the Stockholm programme “should balance measures of a more repressive kind with measures to protect the personal integrity and the fundamental rights of the individual”. She stressed that the presidency will push for “confidence-building measures” in order to reinforce mutual trust between police and judicial authorities of the Member states and thus to achieve the common area of Justice, Liberty and Security. Beatrice Ask proposed “a kind of “erasmus” programme for judges, prosecutors and police”.  She also would like to see Europol serve “as a hub for European police cooperation”, and suggested that the EU should tackle crime in a number of “pilot areas”, among which trafficking in human beings, terrorism, exploitation of children, drugs-trafficking, IT crime, forgery, white-collar crime and corruption. The Presidency will aim to achieve a strategy on exchange of information in order to fight serious crime, but “there is no interest or need in neither registering information about the daily activities of ordinary citizens, their political or religious views, nor private concerns”, she said. Beatrice Ask underlined that “openness is traditionally an issue that we cherish in Sweden”, and although she considers that “the current regulation works well, there is a need in clarifying and modifying the legislation in the light of how it has been applied” she said.

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