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Coronavirus response: EU enables Member States to support hard-hit fisheries sector

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Our fishermen and women and our aquaculture farmers are among the first to suffer the economic consequences of Coronavirus, as the demand for seafood has experienced a dramatic slump. But let me say it loud and clear: the European Union stands with you through this crisis. Together, we will ensure that the EU maintains a strong seafood industry and thriving coastal communities, now and in the future.”The demand for seafood is experiencing a dramatic downturn, as retailers, restaurants, canteens and other large-scale buyers are reducing or temporarily closing down their activities. Moreover, the seafood industry depends on logistics such as landing facilities, transport and storage, which may also be affected by the evolving crisis.The Temporary Framework will enable Member States to make support available, in the form of grants or tax advantages, to operators facing a sudden shortage or unavailability of liquidity. In many cases, this can mean the difference between permanently closing activities and long-term survival of healthy businesses and thousands of jobs. Upon notification of the measures by the Member State, the Commission has put in place procedures to enable very swift assessment and decision-making. The impact of these measures on coastal areas goes well beyond the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Also companies in the wider blue economy – from biotech to tourism – will benefit, as worsening economic conditions and restrictions on movement will be felt across the Union over the coming weeks and months.Aid can be granted until 31 December 2020 to undertakings that face difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
These aid measures are fully in line with the EU’s common fisheries policy, which promotes sustainable use of ocean resources. Aid is not applicable to activities explicitly excluded from the de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector.

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Arrow Electronics Supports Military Members and Their Families with Help A Hero Event

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 novembre 2019

Arrow Electronics’ (NYSE:ARW) operations in Orange County, Calif. recently hosted a fundraiser to support American military members and their families. The 4th Annual Operation Help A Hero event benefitted Operation Help a Hero, a nonprofit that provides resources to the military community.Arrow customers and suppliers joined the company’s employees at the event, along with members of the United States Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton. Operation Help A Hero services include providing essential items for Marines transitioning home after deployments, hosting baby showers for expectant mothers and coordinating holiday gift drives for Marine families in need.Arrow also provided matching funds for the Orange County team’s volunteer hours through the Arrow Charitable Dollars for Doers program. Arrow employees from around the world regularly partner with local nonprofits, extending the company’s collaborative and innovative culture into the broader communities where they live and work.In 2018, Arrow employees donated nearly 6,000 volunteer hours in their local communities, supporting 165 charities at 747 events across the Americas.

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Amerigroup Connects Members to Community-Based Resources

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 novembre 2019

To underscore its commitment to whole-person health, Amerigroup will give consumers in many of its 2020 Medicare Advantage plans access to the Medicare Community Resource Support (MCRS) program. The MCRS team will identify community-based resources for members and help them better understand and utilize their health plan benefits. Amerigroup recognizes that Medicare-eligible consumers take a number of factors into consideration when making their enrollment choices and the availability of these types of services in our Medicare Advantage plans can be a key factor in that decision.
MCRS social workers and outreach specialists have extensive experience with Medicare-eligible individuals, a deep understanding of the role social determinants play in overall wellness, and up-to-date knowledge on the community-based resources available to members in the area. The MCRS team also has access to a member’s claims history with Amerigroup to ensure that recommended services align with each member’s individual needs.The MCRS program will be available with certain 2020 Medicare Advantage plans offered in Texas so consumers should check with Amerigroup regarding each plan’s coverage details.Members may request MCRS assistance by contacting Amerigroup customer service. Additionally, Amerigroup customer service representatives, case managers, and other Amerigroup associates can proactively refer members with appropriate needs to the MCRS team.In 2020, many of Amerigroup’s Medicare Advantage plans will offer additional options for social and support services that can improve health. This includes a package of benefits, known as Everyday Extras, which offers members in participating plans a choice of such services as healthy food delivery, personal home helpers to assist with daily activities, and alternative medicine to address pain and discomfort.People enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B may sign up for an Amerigroup 2020 Medicare Advantage plan during the annual Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which began on October 15, 2019 and continues through December 7, 2019.

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MEPs and local leaders will fight for adequate rules and funds for a stronger cohesion policy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 ottobre 2019

Members of the European Parliament and European Committee of the Regions all stated that they will fight for adequate rules and funds to make cohesion policy 2021-2027 stronger. They urged Member States to have a clear ambition for more cohesion and a real budget for the EU.The negotiations on the 2021-2027 EU budget and regulations for the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds were discussed in a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development (REGI) and the European Committee of the Regions’ commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER), held in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities on 8 October in Brussels.Over the last years, MEPs and local leaders have mobilised to defend a strong cohesion policy for 2021-2027 that continues to support citizens and businesses in all European regions, involving regional and local governments in investment decisions. Together they also defend simplified rules and an EU cohesion policy not subjected to conditionalities which are not directly related to its goals and beneficiaries.REGI and COTER committees criticised the budgetary cuts demanded by some Member States and a possible weakening of the legislative framework on local actors’ involvement, and recalled the position of both the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. REGI and COTER members also shared their concerns and priorities with Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is also the incoming Commissioner for EU Budget. The discussion highlighted the need to secure adequate funding to help all EU’s regions and cities become greener, more inclusive and smarter, making an efficient use of ESI funds. As for the link between cohesion policy and structural reforms, the two committees’ members reminded that it had to be two-way, that the objectives of cohesion policy should not be diverted, and that it was also imperative to see the objective of cohesion transversally applied in all EU policies as required by the Treaties. Reducing disparities and boosting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals must become shared priorities not undermined by a top-down, austerity-focused approach to reforms. “Lacking ambition for cohesion policy means lacking ambition for Europe. Cutting the budget would be a hard blow to the European project. It means we are starting to give up while offering a victory to the europhobes. We will not allow this to happen” said REGI chair Younous Omarjee. “Cohesion policy is the most important investment policy our cities and regions have at their disposal. The possibility of a delay of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, which would stop for one or two years this policy, would impact directly the fight against the climate crisis and would increase the growing social and territorial inequalities”, said COTER chair Isabelle Boudineau (FR/PES).

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Local Credit Unions Help Members Affected by Partial Government Shutdown

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 gennaio 2019

Many local credit unions are providing financial assistance and support to their members who are affected by the partial government shutdown, including Educational Employees Credit Union, Central Valley Firefighters Credit Union, Kings Federal Credit Union, Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union, Noble Credit Union, San Joaquin Power Employees Credit Union, Tulare County Federal Credit Union, United Local Credit Union, and Valley First Credit Union.“The uncertainty as to when the shutdown will end has created stress and hardship for many credit union members who are now struggling to pay their bills and provide for their families,” said Elizabeth Dooley, EECU president/CEO. “Credit Unions are offering options to federal employees affected by the partial shutdown – such as skipping a loan payment or zero percent loans – to help their members get through this challenging time.” If the shutdown continues and additional assistance is needed, credit unions are prepared to discuss other options with their members.In keeping with the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” EECU and other credit unions have also offered special financial assistance packages to members who were affected by floods, hurricanes and the recent devastating California wildfires.The actions by credit unions across the state to assist federal workers have received recognition from Congress and the State Government. The chief economic and business advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom also recognized credit unions’ efforts.

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BankFLORIDA Adds Key Members to Leadership Team

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 gennaio 2019

BankFlorida, recently announced the addition of John Mede as Vice President of Retail Development and Debbie L. Kohl, CPA as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.
Mede is a seasoned banker with more than 20 years of financial industry experience in Southeast Florida. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing and growing the bank’s new office in Jupiter, Fla. BankFlorida will relocate from its current location in Palm Beach Gardens to the newly renovated Jupiter office on April 15th of this year.
“We’re pleased to welcome John to our leadership team and our company. We could not have found a more ideal candidate to help us open our new location and grow our deposit base in Southeast Florida. John previously worked in an adjoining regional bank branch in Jupiter as the branch manager and was very successful in growing that branch to over $50 million in deposits,” said Tracy Keegan, President of BankFlorida. “We look forward to our upcoming move and to immersing our team in the local community with John’s help.”Mede joins BankFlorida from Regions Bank where he served as Vice President, Branch Manager for over a decade. Prior to Regions Bank, John served in management roles with other financial institutions in the Southeast Florida market.Kohl, also a seasoned banker in Southeast Florida, joins BankFlorida from First Green Bank where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer prior to its sale in October 2018. Previous to that, Kohl served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Broward Bank of Commerce. She is active in the local community and currently serves on the board and as treasurer for the Broward Health Foundation. In addition, she previously served as a Governor-appointed Commissioner for the Broward Health Hospital System of the North Broward Hospital District.

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CareLinx to Provide Tech-Enabled In-Home Caregiving to AARP Members

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 ottobre 2018

CareLinx, the nation’s leading online homecare network, with more than 300,000 caregivers across the US, is now offering AARP members in-home care services. AARP members can be matched based on compatibility with certified, vetted private in-home caregivers for themselves or a loved one at reduced cost. In-home care can be a critical component to helping loved ones live independently for as long as possible. Due to declining physical or mental health, a loved one may lose the ability to manage their activities of daily living, such as grooming, bathing, toileting, or meal preparation. In-home care providers assist with such activities, enabling loved ones to age in place in the comfort and safety of their home.In-home care providers are essential given that the “caregiver support ratio” has been dramatically declining in recent years, as families are having fewer children, and living longer distances away. As the population ages, the need for paid caregivers continues to increase.Unlike traditional agencies, CareLinx is a caregiver platform — smart-matching families and caregivers directly, giving families more control and greater transparency into who cares for their loved ones. Families hire the best caregiver for their needs, with no minimum hourly contracts or constraints. This way, patients receive consistent care from the same caregiver, as opposed to agencies who may send different aides. CareLinx caregivers are also tech-enabled with digital care plans on their smartphones — enabling better quality care, with direct communication to a patient’s family, as desired. This also allows families insight into care with real-time updates including GPS tracking of timesheets and work performed.CareLinx caregivers undergo intense vetting, including: background checks, criminal database checks, the national sex offender registry, personality assessments and online reviews from previous and current clients. At the client’s request, CareLinx can also assist with enhanced security FBI fingerprinting-based criminal background checks.

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Independent boards are trusted more by lenders who then let firms borrow more for longer

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 giugno 2015

The more independent directors a company’s board has the more debt with longer maturity lenders are willing to give a firm, according to warwick_campus_2_large.Under the watchful gaze of a strict board the firm’s management are also far more likely to be careful with the company’s cash flow. Such a level of control can help abate the agency cost of debt – the increase in the cost of debt when the interests of debtholders and management diverge – and therefore benefit all stakeholders suggests Onur Tosun, Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School.Dr Tosun said: “Stronger internal monitoring via a more independent board of directors mitigates both debt agency and the issue of managers holding more power and influence than the board, plus it means companies have more debt with longer maturity.“This better governance acts as a control mechanism on the CEO which benefits all the stakeholders. It also increases long-term debt and resolves cash flow problems.”Without an independent and strong board overseeing the CEO lenders have used short-term debt as a potent controlling tool to keep them in check.Dr Tosun added: “Short-term debt can be a powerful tool to monitor management and deter them from taking risks without worrying about the consequences by enabling lenders to detect the CEO’s risky behaviour. They can then renegotiate the terms of the debt for higher returns or simply pull out as the short-term maturity of the debt basically gives the lender check points to evaluate how the CEO is using the money.“Therefore, the maturity structure of debt can substitute strong corporate governance, or vice versa, in terms of managerial control. When one increases, the other can decrease. In the presence of a powerful board with efficient control of the firm lenders don’t necessarily have to restrict themselves to short-term debt as monitoring the management is done by that strong independent board.“Consequently, lenders may become more willing to issue longer term debt as firms have more independent and stronger boards.”For the paper Internal Control and Maturity of Debt – a working paper yet to be published – Dr Tosun and Lemma Senbet, of the Robert H Smith School of Business, looked at the debt of 1,300 US firms between 1996 and 2009. In 2003 new regulations were introduced requiring companies to have a majority of independent members on their board of directors, called the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX Act), so the researchers looked at the firms seven years before and six years after the act.
The study found the average maturity of the firm’s debt was about three years and three months, while the average number of independent members on the board was 65 per cent.Between 1996 and 2002 board independence increased by about two per cent, to 48 per cent, but right after the new act independence jumped 17 per cent to 65 per cent and kept rising up to 78 per cent by 2009.Although short-term ratio debt generally increased from 35 per cent to 38 per cent before the new act, it started to decline rapidly to 31 per cent afterwards.Dr Tosun added: “This reversed relation between these two variables around the new act clearly exhibits the impact of the corporate governance changes via the board independence after 2002 on the debt maturity decisions in the firms. We also looked at firms where the CEO is also chair of the board or has certain powers over the board and this relation with debt was again strong, but when lenders issued debt that converted into shares in that company the relation broke down as there was no need for a more independent board.”Before the SOX Act, the annual mean value of long-term debt ratio and weighted average maturity decreased from 51 per cent to 47 per cent and from 3.15 to three years, respectively, but after it both measures increased quickly. Long-term ratio debt rose to 56 per cent, while weighted average maturity increased to 3.4 years, denoting a rise in long-term debt and a fall in the short-term debt ratio.“The relationship between board independence and the maturity structure of debt has never been researched before,” said Dr Tosun. “We provide findings that could solve both the moral hazard of CEOs – managerial agency – and the divergence of interests between the debtholders and the CEO over debt – debt agency.“Our findings indicate that firms have debt with longer maturity as board independence increases and internal monitoring becomes stronger. Interestingly the results are even stronger for conglomerate firms.”

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Civil Liberties Committee delegation to observe situation of prisons in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 marzo 2014

rebibbiaA delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee will visit Rome and Naples on 26-28 March to gather information on the functioning of the prisons system in Italy. The delegation will focus its work on detainees’ rights and conditions, pre-trial and prison regime for foreigners and the execution of sentences. MEPs will meet, among others, the Italian Justice Minister, Andrea Orlando, members of the Italian Parliament, staff of Rebibbia (Rome) and Poggioreale (Naples) prisons, detainees and regional and national authorities, as well as NGO and trade union representatives.Swedish brand SeaSam prawns certified Friend of the Sea sustainable
SeaSam Food AB, a Swedish company leader in the frozen food market, positively concluded Friend of the Sea audit for greasy back shrimps, Indian white and giant tiger prawns. Derived products can now display the international sustainability seal of approval.SeaSam is equipped with a batch system which guarantees traceability from producer to customer. All catch zones and fishing vessels are well documented. A well-functioning database records all purchases and sales.SeaSam is sourced in Indonesia. Prawns stocks are compliant with Friend of the Sea strict status requirements. Prawns are caught with selective trammel nets and artisanal fisheries.“We are proud to have obtained the Friend of the Sea certification”, says Petter Rönnqvist, CEO of SeaSam Food AS. “This is a recognition which highlights our efforts towards the preservation of the marine habitat.

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Rome to host ESC Congress for the first time

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 gennaio 2014

roma_panorama_2012_febbraio_00001The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) announced today that Rome was chosen as the venue for the ESC Congress 2016. The ESC Congress is the largest cardiology meeting in the world. This will be the first time it comes to Rome. 30,000 cardiovascular medical professionals are expected in the Italian capital for the 5 day event from, 27 to 31 August 2016.The announcement was made today by Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the ESC: “Italy is a strong contributor to the ESC and its activities and Rome is a very attractive destination, not to mention its history and the culture. This should make it an unforgettable venue for our delegates.”Marta Leonori , member of the Tourism Council for the City of Rome, said: “This is wonderful news for our city! Rome’s heritage is unique and it is also a modern and sophisticated destination. ESC delegates will be able to combine work with entertainment. The ESC Congress will bring new business opportunities for the Italian Tourism Industry. We are very excited about hosting this prestigious event and we would like to assure the ESC of our warmest welcome.”The President of Fiera Roma, Mauro Mannocchi explained: “Fiera Roma, which opened in 2006, is a modern, environmentally friendly and efficient exhibition venue. Fiera Roma looks forward to being the meeting point for the most eminent cardiologists in the world. We are fully equipped to receive this prominent scientific event and we are, of course, totally committed to making this a unique experience for ESC Congress 2016 delegates.”The European Society of Cardiology represents 56 national societies and 36 affiliated societies thus giving it a wide global representation. Professor Panos Vardas, President of the ESC, concluded: “Rome enjoys a strategic position at the heart of the Mediterranean, making it a convenient meeting point for our delegates. I would also like to highlight that Italian cardiologists are very active members of the ESC, sending large number of delegates to our events and one of the top abstract submitters of past congresses (1), so it is fitting that ESC Congress comes to Rome. For five days in August 2016, the eternal city will be at the heart of innovation in the field of cardiology.”Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) causes over 4 million deaths in Europe every year. It is the main cause of death in women in all countries of Europe (2). More information on the ESC Congress or on CVD can be obtained from the ESC Press Office.

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IAPP’s AP Evolution Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 novembre 2011

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London, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) PRGX Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRGX), the world’s leader in recovery audit and the pioneer in Profit DiscoveryTM, will showcase the power of accounts payable (AP) data and analytics at the 2011 AP Evolution conference, which will be held November 9 and 10 at Wokefield Park, Reading. Adam Simon, managing director for new business development will discuss insights gained from the most recent PRGX AP Productivity Index at a roundtable discussion on November 9. The session will help participants understand performance drivers in AP and identify the most appropriate performance metrics. Using 2010 data from more than 29 organizations across the globe, participants will be provided with benchmarks on key efficiency and effectiveness metrics such as cost per supplier invoice processed and AP operating cost as a percentage of annual purchase value. The session will also help participants develop a roadmap to drive improvements. In the conference’s exhibition hall, PRGX will provide attendees with a demonstration of the PRGX APTraxTM and PRGX SpendTraxTM tools. PRGX APTrax represents an important component of PRGX’s Next Generation Recovery Audit service offering. Built from deep expertise with payments data, PRGX APTrax enables users to continuously monitor payment-related activity, capture and prevent potential overpayments, improve processes, manage suppliers and monitor other AP risks and controls. An intuitive and easy to use software-as-a-service, or “SaaS” application, the newly released version 3 of PRGX SpendTrax provides users with full visibility of their spend and the ability to rapidly and easily analyze categories at the line-item level to identify savings opportunities.
The educational sessions and exhibit hall are part of the second annual conference hosted by IAPP-UK, a branch of not-for-profit membership association International Accounts Payable Professionals and its parent organization, The Institute of Financial Operations.
Thomas M. Bohn, president and CEO of The Institute, says PRGX’s active participation in the conference has been invaluable. “Partnering with a company of this stature on both our AP Productivity Index and our events like this one brings an incredible amount of research, knowledge, and added value to our members,” he said. “PRGX is helping make our members and their organizations more competitive in the marketplace, and that’s good for all of us.”
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, PRGX Global, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of recovery audit services. With approximately 1,500 employees, the company operates and serves clients in more than 30 countries and provides its services to over 75% of the top 30 global retailers. PRGX is also pioneering Profit Discovery, a unique combination of audit, analytics and advisory services that improves client financial performance. For additional information, please visit PRGX at http://www.prgx.com
IAPP-UK is part of The Institute of Financial Operations, an umbrella organization that includes International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing & Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI). Based in Orlando, Fla. with offices in Boston and London, The Institute serves as a global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator for people in financial operations, with a particular focus on accounts payable, accounts receivable, procure-to-pay, automation, document management, and data capture. The association has more than 6,000 members.

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Federcongressi ha aderito a Efapco

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 giugno 2010

Il Comitato esecutivo ha deliberato l’adesione a Efapco, la federazione europea delle associazioni di Pco.Nata all’inizio del 2004, questa federazione ha l’obiettivo statutario di promuovere l’Europa come destinazione per convegni, nonché agevolare il pieno riconoscimento giuridico della filiera e della professione di organizzatore di eventi, garantendo un rapporto costante con la Commissione europea. Per concretizzare i suoi scopi si avvale di una membership particolarmente articolata: i soci si dividono infatti in full, associate e supporting. Full members sono le associazioni (una per paese). Gli stati attualmente rappresentati sono Belgio, Francia, Germania, Grecia, Ungheria, Irlanda, Italia, Polonia, Portogallo, Spagna e Regno Unito. L’Italia era sino a ieri rappresentata da Aimp, l’Associazione italiana meeting planner, che ora, com’è naturale, trasmette la propria eredità a Federcongressi. Associate members sono  invece gli operatori di settore: se ne contano settanta, tra agenzie Pco e alberghi o catene. Ci sono infine ventidue supporting members tra dipartimenti universitari, case editrici, enti fieristici e altre tipologie di organizzazioni che entrano in contatto con la meeting industry pur non facendone direttamente parte. Importante notare la qualità di questa membership, che soprattutto nella categoria supporting presenta realtà di grande rilievo, quali MPI e il Joint Meetings Industry Council.
Federcongressi, organizzazione senza fine di lucro nata nel 2004, è l’associazione nazionale delle imprese pubbliche e private e dei professionisti che svolgono attività connesse con il settore dei congressi, convegni, seminari ed eventi aggregativi, di incentivazione e di comunicazione. A seconda dell’attività principale svolta, gli associati sono inclusi nelle seguenti categorie funzionali: Destination marketing, Meeting management, Incentive and Motivation programs management.

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From Fundamental Rights Agency

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 dicembre 2009

The Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) held elections at their 8th Meeting that took place in Vienna. The Management Board elected Ilze Brands Kehris (Latvia) as its new Chairperson and re-elected Hannes Tretter (Austria) as Vice-Chairperson. The two new Executive Board members elected at the meeting are Marie Staunton (UK) and Linos-Alexander Sicilianos (Greece). The FRA’s Management Board is composed of one independent person appointed by each Member State, one independent person appointed by the Council of Europe and two representatives of the European Commission. The Executive Board comprises the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the Management Board, two other members of the Management Board elected by the Management Board and one of the representatives of the European Commission. The person appointed by the Council of Europe may participate in the meetings of the Executive Board. The newly elected Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Executive Board Members will take up their duties mid-January 2010.
The FRA was established through Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 of 15 February 2007. It is an independent body of the EU based in Vienna. The FRA provides assistance and expertise on fundamental rights matters to the EU and its Member States, when they are implementing Community law. For more information visit http://fra.europa.eu/
The new Chairperson, Ms Ilze Brands Kehris is director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights. She has participated in numerous research projects, the main areas of her research being minority rights, citizenship, anti-discrimination and fundamental freedoms. Ilze Brands Kehris was Vice-Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC, the FRA’s predecessor) from 2004-2007, and was a member of the Executive Board of the FRA before being elected the new Chairperson of the Management Board. The Vice-Chairperson, Mr Hannes Tretter, is the Management Board member from Austria. He is Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights law at the University of Vienna and Director of the “Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte” (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights). Mr Tretter is an expert on EU, Council of Europe and OSCE Human Rights protection.

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Caritas marks first humanitarian day

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 agosto 2009

Caritas Internationalis says that governments must honour their commitments to allow aid agencies access to vulnerable communities on the first World Humanitarian Day.  Established by the General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations in December 2008, 19 August is World Humanitarian Day.  The designation of the Day is a way to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities worldwide. It is in part dedicated to the memory of all those aid workers who have lost their lives while bringing assistance to others, the majority of them from the communities they are trying to help. Caritas says its ability to bring support to the most vulnerable people in conflicts has been severely restricted by the actions of governments over the last 18 months.  Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Director Alistair Dutton said, “From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Georgia to Gaza, Sri Lanka to Sudan, we’re seeing the erosion of one of the central pillars of humanitarianism: Aid agencies must be allowed to reach the most vulnerable people in conflicts. Governments must use this first World Humanitarian Day to reassert their commitment to safeguarding this principle as part of their obligations under the Geneva Conventions. The Israeli government prevented access to the Gaza Strip during  military operations that began in December. A Caritas medical centre was destroyed. Zimbabwe suspended all aid agency field operations following contested elections. Caritas members directly fed over a million people there, and their projects helped over three million people in a country where 9 out of ten families go hungry. In Sri Lanka, Caritas was one of only two agencies able to operate in the ‘no-fire zone’ in the conflict zone in the Vanni. Staff remained working in the area alongside the people, enduring months of daily shelling and hardship.  In Darfur in Sudan, Caritas remains operational following the expulsion of 13 international NGOs from Sudan and closure of 3 national NGOs including SUDO, a Caritas partner.  260 humanitarians were victims of murder, kidnapping and serious injury in 2008. Compared to 1998 when 69 humanitarians were involved in security incidents. Caritas united in sorrow for the staff of its members and of partners who were killed as they sought to bring peace in 2009. These include “Raj” Anthonipillai Uthayaraj, 26, a volunteer driver killed in Sri Lanka in the no-fire zone on  8 May and Caritas France’s Ricky Agusa Sukaka, 27, who was shot dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 15 July. Caritas Vanni Director Rev. Fr. T.R. Vasanthaseelan and Rev. Fr. James Pathinathan seriously injured in shelling in Sri Lanka in April.

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CEC celebrates 50 years of European Ecumenism

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2009

The European ecumenical movement marked 50 years of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in a special celebration today. The celebratory event took place as part of the 13th Assembly of CEC meeting in Lyon, France.  The first Assembly was held in January 1959 in Nyborg, Denmark.  President of CEC, the Rev. Jean Arnold de Clermont said that 50 years represents a jubilee when debts are forgiven.  He said: “We look to the future, with our experience and our wisdom.” Dr Alison Elliot, who is the Moderator of the 13th Assembly said that she believed CEC had a  role for hope and reconciliation.  She added: “In these days of potential and uncertainty, happy birthday CEC.” The pioneers, founder members and leaders of the organisation over five decades, including the first General Secretary Rev. Glen Garfield Williams were remembered in the 2½ hour event.  The celebration included music, drama, and stories from people involved with CEC through the years.  A keynote address by the Ecumenical Patriarch His All Holiness Bartholomew I called for greater ecumenical partnership and church unity. The celebration event included a moment marking the integration of CEC and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).  Rev. Arlington Trotman, the Moderator of CCME and one of the Co-Moderators of the 13th Assembly said: “We remain joyful at working through CEC and through the member churches on this leading issue in Europe.”  The General Secretary of CCME Ms Doris Peschke added that the integration process would bring a new challenge to CEC.

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Time to advise Europe on security

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2009

Call for new Experts to the EU Agency ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholders’ GroupTime to advise Europe on security. Call for new Experts to the EU Agency ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholders’ GroupDo you have the competence to be one of the Experts advising ENISA? The European Network and Information Security Agency, i.e. the EU Agency ENISA, is launching the call for new members to its Permanent Stakeholders’ Group (PSG). The PSG advises the Executive Director in e.g. drawing up a proposal for the Agency’s work programme, and all issues related thereto.
The PSG will be composed of thirty leading Experts in Network and Information Security. The PSG Members should represent relevant stakeholders, e.g: information and communication technologies industry, consumer and user organisations, as well as academic and research institutions. The selected applicants will be appointed ad personam as PSG Members. They do neither represent a country nor a company. Applicants should provide the Executive Director with the details of their professional experience and level of expertise (i.a. a summary of qualifications, a detailed CV in English in European format; as well as a separate letter of motivation explaining how they intend to contribute to the mandate of the PSG).The Executive Director will take the following criteria into consideration while assessing the applications:•proven abilities in the fields relevant to the mandate of the PSG;• capacity to contribute to issues that relate to the Agency’s tasks• the ability to cover a wide range of expertise in information and communication    technology industries.Indicatively, about 15 Experts may be selected from e.g. fixed and mobile telecommunication operators, internet service providers, security service providers, hardware/ software industries); consumer and user organisations. Approximately 5 Experts could be selected from e.g. internet and users, administrations, public and private service sector); and academia/research. Around 10 Experts may be selected from areas of activity such as cryptographic applications, identity management, biometrics, risk analysis and management, network and information security and electronic processes).The mandate of the forthcoming PSG runs from February 2010 until July 2012. Travel and subsistence expenses incurred for PSG activities are reimbursed by the Agency. http://www.enisa.europa.eu

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Youth for Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 giugno 2009

Youth for Europe is a Movement of European Young People, conceived by students, academics, investigators and other professionals from the most diverse backgrounds of the european civil society. It supports the reelection of President Barroso for the European Comission. Today, the role of the European Commission President is, more than ever, essential and it is, without doubt, a sign of hope, particularly among young people living in a modern and developed Europe. Motivated by the approach in young people’s and leaders’ opinions, this spontaneous youth movement was established by an independent and non-partisan faction of Europeans deeply concerned about the future of the Union. It congregates 27 Leaders of all the members states, supporting the importance of the reelection of the European Commission President. Now it is the moment to join around this popular project in order to generate consensus and wills. We must overcome eventual political differences and realize that the most important is the consolidation and the reinforcement of the European project. It seems therefore crucial to defend the re-election of President Barroso in June in the European Council and in the European Parliament on July 15. If European institutions postpone the decision, we may enter another era of political uncertainty with unpredictable consequences. The democracy consolidation and modernization is crucial for Europe’s strategic role in the world. Therefore, this project is a fair and necessary contribution in this historical moment. We shouldn’t accept the weak participation in the last European election, on the contrary we should see abstention as the evidence that there is still a lot of work to do for the European Project, Europe is a permanent challenge. The young Europeans appeal to the European leaders responsability, in order to forget partisan interests and value the European consensus. We appeal to the European Parliament and to the Members of the European Parliament, so that they can individualy reflect upon this issue and can put the Europe and the European Project in first place. The reasons exposed above have inspired the creation of this movement and the writing of the Public Declaration of Intentions in a time, when is essential to talk and act in and for Europe.Youth for Europe is the reflection of the desire of the European Institutions to grow stronger, hearty and trustful. The vitality and strength of the group is a sign of hope to all Europeans and to the World. The Manifesto 27 is avaible to be subscribed by all European citizens

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