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Terrorist content online: MEPs agree to start negotiations with EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

• Internet companies would have one hour to remove terrorist content
• Penalties of up to 4% of the company’s turnover in case of persistent breaches
• Online platforms should not be subject to general monitoring obligations, nor compulsory use of filters
Civil Liberties MEPs agreed on Tuesday to begin discussions with EU ministers on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content on the internet.
According to the draft legislation, internet companies hosting content uploaded by users (like Facebook or YouTube) that offer their services in the EU will have to remove terrorist content when told to do so by the competent national authority, at the latest within one hour of receiving the order.The European Parliament adopted its position on this proposal last April and the Civil Liberties Committee today confirmed it with 55 votes in favour to 6 against and 4 abstentions. EP and Council negotiators will soon begin the discussions on the final form of the rules.MEPs do not want platforms to be obliged to monitor the content they upload or to have to apply automatic filters. Parliament also wants to ensure that free speech and press freedom are guaranteed, so MEPs made it clear that the expression of polemic or controversial views on sensitive political questions should not be considered terrorist content.
Negotiations with the Council of the EU may start as soon as the negotiating mandate is confirmed by plenary, which will consider the proposal at the 9-10 October session in Brussels.

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TEGNA Statement on DISH Retransmission Negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 dicembre 2018

“TEGNA has worked hard over the course of months to reach a fair, market-based carriage agreement with DISH, something we have successfully done with hundreds of cable and satellite providers across the country with no disruption of service. It is disappointing that we have been unable to reach such an agreement with DISH to support our ability to bring viewers high-quality news, sports, weather and entertainment programming.“While we remain hopeful that this will get resolved quickly, DISH viewers should know our channels remain available on every other service provider in their community as well as many over-the-top (OTT) providers, who offer instant access when viewers sign up. As always, our stations are also available for free over-the-air and viewers can watch our newscasts live on our stations’ apps.”

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EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership: launch of the negotiations for a new protocol

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 gennaio 2018

foto maroccoThe European Commission has adopted a recommendation that aims at obtaining authorisation from the Council to open negotiations for the conclusion of a new fisheries protocol between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. The current, 4-year protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco will expire on 14 July 2018.
In 2017, both the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella and the Moroccan Minister for Agriculture and Sea Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch expressed their intention to renew this instrument which is essential for both parties.An independent evaluation study underlines the positive impact of the current protocol in terms of sustainable fishing and its contribution to the socioeconomic interests of the fisheries sectors both in the EU and in Morocco. In particular the sectoral support foreseen by the protocol, as support to the national Halieutis Strategy for the development of the fisheries sector, has benefited all regions covered by the protocol. The evaluation also highlights the clauses supporting economic development and benefiting local population, such as landings in ports and embarkation of local seamen (about 200 seamen being employed on board EU vessels).It is expected that the Council endorses the recommendation in the coming weeks so that negotiations can start immediately afterwards to ensure continuity and legal security for fishermen and industry at the expiry of the current protocol. About 120 vessels from 11 EU countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, The Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and United Kingdom) are concerned.

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Theresa May seeks a snap election

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 aprile 2017

Theresa MayIT IS less than two years since Britain’s last general election, ten months since the Brexit referendum and nine months since Theresa May entered 10 Downing Street, replacing David Cameron. Yet today the prime minister announced that the country would soon face more upheaval: a snap general election on June 8th. Polls suggest that her Conservative Party will win comfortably. But Britain’s negotiations with the European Union will make the election a more complicated contest than Britain has seen in many years.
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act of 2011, Mrs May needs the backing of two-thirds of the House of Commons to call an election. (Oddly, her own MPs will have to vote in favour of a motion of no confidence in the government in order to bring the election about.) But this will be a formality: the leaders of the main opposition parties have already said they are in favour.
They could hardly be seen to turn down a chance to eject the government. But the truth is that for many in the Labour Party, the official opposition, the election is uncomfortably timed. Labour trails the Tories in the polls by more than 20 percentage points (see chart below), thanks mainly to the unpopularity of its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, an uncharismatic far-leftist who was chosen with enthusiasm by the party’s members in 2015, and again in 2016, but who fails to appeal to voters more widely. Bookmakers are giving odds as long as ten to one of Labour winning more seats than the Conservatives.More likely is that Mrs May will be able to extend her working majority, currently just 17, which will give her a freer hand both in her EU negotiations and in setting an agenda at home, where she has so far proposed very little. She also has in mind her lack of a direct mandate: she has never won a general election, having succeeded Mr Cameron as prime minister only via a Tory party leadership contest.In her statement announcing her intention to seek an election she went further, implying that it was a chance to heal divisions over Brexit. “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she said. In fact, something like the reverse is true: whereas polls and street marches show that a large minority remain bitterly against Brexit, in February MPs dutifully backed the legislation allowing her to trigger it by 492 votes to 122. Nonetheless, winning a general election would allow Mrs May to claim popular backing for her “hard” approach to Brexit—including taking Britain out of the EU’s single market—something that the referendum did not specify.Going to the country carries risks for the prime minister. One penalty for doing so is giving up nearly two months of the government’s time and energy, when it has just two years to negotiate its exit terms with the EU. That was already a narrow window; the government’s agenda now looks more hurried still. Mrs May might calculate that not much is going to happen until after the German elections in September, so there is little to lose.Another complicating factor is the unstable situation in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Only recently Mrs May turned down a request by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, for an independence referendum in Scotland, on the basis that it would be irresponsible to hold such a vote when the terms of Brexit were not yet clear. It is hard to see why the same cannot be said of holding a general election now in Britain. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, the power-sharing government is currently suspended, and there is the prospect of a fresh election to its devolved assembly.Perhaps the biggest complication at home, however, is that division over Brexit has unpredictable consequences for how people will cast their vote. The populist UK Independence Party was jubilant after achieving its defining ambition of Brexit last summer, and was billed by some as a future rival to Labour in many parts of England; but it has since flopped in by-elections. The leftish Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, have defined themselves as the opponents of Brexit, a strategy which has seen them picking up seats in council and parliamentary contests since the referendum. Some senior Tories worry that the Lib Dems will deprive them of victory in many parts of London and the south-west. These factors meant that the decision to go to the country was harder than it might have looked for a prime minister with a near-record lead in the polls. Last year Mrs May ruled out an election before 2020. In performing a U-turn she seems to have decided that the gamble is worth it. (font: The Economist) (photo: theresa may)

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Ministers agree on fishing catch limits for 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

fishing-opportunitiesEU ministers have reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2017 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, following discussions at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 12 and 13 December. Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the Commission’s proposals, which were the basis for the negotiations.
One of the fundamental objectives of the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is that stocks are to be fished at a level corresponding to a maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by 2020 at the latest. Fishing at MSY levels allows the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy. In 2009, only five stocks had Total Allowable Catches set at MSY. The agreement will bring 44 stocks to MSY levels.Commissioner Karmenu Vella commented on the outcome of the Council:
“Today we have taken another important step towards sustainable fisheries, a core objective of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. I am proud to say that our push for healthy fish stocks is starting to pay off: following years of disciplined fisheries policy, scientists this year advised increasing catch limits for several stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea. This is encouraging, and shows that sustainability really does get fishermen the best deal.” Evidence indicates that effective conservation policies and economic profitability go hand in hand. The economic performance of the EU fleet has improved considerably, from a loss-making position in 2008 to generating increasingly higher net profits in the past 3 years. This increased profitability is very much driven by the increase in the amount of stocks being fished sustainably. The faster the transition to MSY, the higher the long-term benefits. (foto: fishing opportunities)

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Deutsche Bank confirms negotiations with DoJ regarding RMBS

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 settembre 2016

Deutsche bankFrankfurt am Main, (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) confirms that it has commenced negotiations with the Department of Justice in the United States (“DoJ”) with a view to seeking to settle civil claims that the DoJ may consider in connection with the bank’s issuance and underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and related securitization activities between 2005 and 2007.
The bank confirms market speculation of an opening position by the DoJ of USD 14 billion and that the DoJ has invited the bank as the next step to submit a counter proposal.Deutsche Bank has no intent to settle these potential civil claims anywhere near the number cited. The negotiations are only just beginning. The bank expects that they will lead to an outcome similar to those of peer banks which have settled at materially lower amounts.

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Counter-terrorism Press conference after committee vote

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 giugno 2016

terrorismoOn Tuesday 21 June at 11.00, Civil Liberties MEPs will vote their amendments to the draft directive on “Combatting terrorism” and on a mandate for Parliament’s lead MEP Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) to open up negotiations with the Council. Following the committee vote, Mrs Hohlmeier will give a press conference at 14.30.The draft directive on “Combatting terrorism” aims to step up the fight against terrorism by criminalising also preparatory acts. EU legislation of 2002, last updated in 2008, already criminalises certain terrorist acts, including the commission of terrorist attacks. However, the new proposal suggests also criminalising travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, receiving training or financing terrorist activities as well as specific measures to protect and assist victims of terrorism. The proposal for the Counter terrorism directive was presented by the Commission on 2 December 2015 in the wake of the November Paris attacks and is considered a key tool in the joint fight to prevent terrorism.

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Peur du TTIP, de la mondialisation ou d’un déclassement de la classe moyenne?/Fear of TTIP, globalisation, or a middle class downgrade?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 Mag 2016

ttipLe premier accord commercial à avoir une forte ambition de coopération règlementaire, le projet de partenariat transatlantique de commerce et d’investissement (TTIP), peut légitimement susciter des craintes chez les citoyens, plus préoccupés par le maintien du niveau de protection de leurs normes que par une réduction des tarifs douaniers.Mais tout débat public sur le TTIP qui s’ouvre sur les points les plus délicats de la négociation s’oriente rapidement sur une mise en cause plus vaste du commerce international qui traduit un malaise plus profond des classes moyennes européenne et américaine face à la mondialisation.Tel est l’objet de ce Mot d’Elvire Fabry qui s’articule autour de trois points:
1. Au-delà de la protection, le défi de la précaution
2. L’érosion du soutien au commerce en Europe et aux États-Unis
3. Bilan et nouveaux défis de l’intégration économique pour les classes moyennes occidental
As the first trade agreement with a strong ambition of regulatory cooperation, the scheme for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), can raise legitimate concerns among citizens, more to do with the maintaining of their high levels of protection than the reduction of tariffs.But any public debate on TTIP taking its cue from the negotiations’ more sensitive aspects rapidly veers towards a tendency to call international trade into question on a far broader scale, and this betrays a deeper malaise in the European and American middle classes with regard to the globalisation process.Elvire Fabry takes a stand in this Viewpoint and focusses on three main elements:
1. Beyond protection, the challenge of precaution
2. Fading support for trade in the West
3. Assessing past and new challenges of the economic integration for western middle classes (foto:ttip3)

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Accession revolution in Brussels – a new flagship – Usain Bolt and the quality of statistics

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 novembre 2015

new sailsThe annual progress reports have long been the flagship of the European Commission’s enlargement policy. And yet progress reports have fallen into crisis in recent years, as their prose became incomprehensible and the methodology behind them unfathomable. Their credibility came to resemble the tattered mainsail of a clipper after a devastating storm.In 2014 a team of civil servants in the directorate general for enlargement of the European Commission (today DG Near) set out to fix the sails and to turn their flagship, the progress reports, around. These efforts gathered speed with the new Commission coming in in summer 2014. This week on Tuesday the first edition of a new generation of EU accession reports will be published. If developed further in coming years, this may be the beginning of a revolution in accession methodology.
The EU has never needed a credible enlargement policy more than today. In a number of countries reforms are going into reverse. EU leverage is declining. Bilateral vetoes have proliferated Turkey has now been negotiating for ten years. Macedonia has been stuck at the candidate stage for a decade. Bosnia has been told not to submit an application yet. Kosovo has been told that it cannot submit an application, perhaps forever.In January 2014 Christian Danielsson, the director general of DG Enlargement, invited ESI to present “provocative ideas” on the future of enlargement at the annual “away day” brainstorming of the staff of the directorate. We argued that the most promising way forward was to assess progress so as to allow for meaningful comparisons between countries:”Enlargement new sails1policy needs to mobilise people or it fails. Without the mobilisation of policy makers, civil servants, civil society, and interest groups in accession countries, the kind of changes that have to happen will not happen. In recent years the technical language of ‘chapter openings’ has crowded out a focus on what makes accession policy worthwhile and inspiring: More transparent spending whenever public agencies procure goods and services. A credible strategy to ensure safe food. Environmental inspectorates that ensure that dangerous waste is dealt with appropriately. A credible judiciary. Less discrimination of minorities, whether LGBT or religious minorities. Rules for businesses that allow fair competition.” (photos: new sails)

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Global Pilgrimage for International Climate Change Action Starts India Tour

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 agosto 2015

New-DelhiNEW DELHI, The People’s Pilgrimage – by individuals around the world to urge for a strong climate change treaty to emerge from of the UN climate change negotiations in Paris this November – initiated its India tour here to-day.Led by Yeb Saño, Philippine Climate Change Commissioner and senior negotiator at the UN talks until his resignation in April this year, the Pilgrimage is a project of Our Voices (www.ourvoices.net) the global interfaith campaign for climate action. Yeb’s widely reported emotional statement at the 2013 UN negotiations in Warsaw, describing the destruction of his home city of Tacloban by Super Typhoon Haiyan, has inspired cooperation across faith groups.The arrival in India of this inter–faith global environmental movement is seen as an important milestone in a country that has suffered the extremes of climate through heat waves, droughts, floods and cyclones but also shows leadership with massive investment in clean solar power. Saño is also slated to visit the Solar Park in Gujarat, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam, and the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. Accompanied by a group of climate change advocates and faith community representatives, he walked this afternoon from Raj Ghat to Jantar Mantar. “The Pilgrimage is our way of reminding the whole world about the reality of climate change and reflecting on the state of our planet”, he told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents´Association of South Asia premises here late this evening. “For this journey, therefore, every step counts. In our common aspiration to confront the climate crisis, we cannot afford to say that we’ll cross the bridge when we get there. We have to get there now,” he said. “The People’s Pilgrimage is a global expression of sincere concern and calls on our world leaders to find the reciprocal sincerity and generosity – on all sides – and determination to reach a strong climate change agreement. Every step counts. Our aim is to show the world why this climate crisis matters to all of us.”Yeb Saño will lead other groups of pilgrims in subsequent visits to countries in Asia, Africa, and North America. On 30 September he will start a 1,500 kilometer walk from the Vatican City, (an independent enclave in Rome, Italy) to Paris arriving there on 30th November, at the same time as various other pilgrimages from different parts of Europe. “The aim of this initiative is to generate the biggest possible, spiritually and religiously diverse number of voices to show political and industry leaders the strength of support for the moral case and desire for strong and meaningful climate action all over the world. Individuals from every nation are invited to make their own pilgrimages, even just a short walk, showing their deep concern about climate change and demand for action and then to share their reports, videos and photos with the website – http://www.peoplespilgrimage.org. This is a special map-based storytelling platform showing the incredible diversity of faith-based climate change concern and action around the world.”Pilgrims from across the world will converge in Paris and state their demands to the world’s governments in time for the opening on 30 November of the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). They will insist that the agreement the conference is tasked to adopt contain a full range of measures relating to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate impacts, technology and finance and a long-term goal. your outlet. The agreement must ensure that the increase in the global average temperature above pre-industrial levels remains below 2°C (3.6°F) , a threshold that many scientists would consider as the point of no return leading to disastrous runaway climate change which could not be halted by human action.

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Tenth round of TTIP negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

BruxellesFrom 13 to 17 July, the tenth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US will take place in Brussels. On Monday 13 July, at the opening of the week-long round of negotiations, there will be a possibility for accredited photo and audio-visual media to cover the handshake between EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero and US chief negotiator Dan Mullaney, which will take place in the VIP Corner of the Berlaymont at 10:30. Video footage and photo material will be made available on the audio-visual website of the European Commission. The Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission will also organise a stakeholder event at the Management Centre Europe (MCE) on Wednesday 15 July, to ensure that a plurality of interests is taken into account during the negotiations and beyond.  The EU and US chief negotiators will hold the closing press conference on Friday 17 July at 15.30 in the European Commission’s press room, which can be followed live via EbS.

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Data protection: 24 June press briefing on start of negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 giugno 2015

bruxelles (1)Bruxelles. A press briefing on the state of play and next steps in negotiations on the update of EU data protection rules will be given on Wednesday 24 June at 14.00, European Parliament “Anna Politkovskaya” press room (Paul-Henri Spaak building, ground floor) by Parliament’s chief negotiators, justice ministers from the outgoing and incoming Council presidencies (tbc) and the EU Justice Commissioner. This joint press conference will be held in the European Parliament immediately after the first round of talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

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TTIP: Trade agreements must not undermine EU data protection laws, say Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2015

European CommissionThe European Commission should incorporate in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as a key priority, an unambiguous horizontal self-standing provision that “fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement”, says the Civil Liberties Committee in its TTIP opinion adopted on Tuesday.The negotiators should also keep in mind that Parliament’s consent to the final TTIP agreement could be endangered as long as the blanket mass surveillance activities are not completely abandoned and an adequate solution is found for the data privacy rights of EU citizens.The Civil Liberties Committee text, which addresses several fundamental rights concerns, will now be send to the International Trade Committee, who will vote on the recommendations to the Commission on the TTIP negotiations in early May.”The most important decision of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on TTIP is that the agreement needs to foresee a horizontal exception for EU data protection law”, said Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE), Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee and rapporteur on the TTIP opinion. Ongoing negotiations on international trade agreements, such as TTIP and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), also touch upon international data flows, while excluding privacy and data protection entirely, which will be discussed in parallel track within the framework of the US-EU Safe Harbor and the data protection “umbrella agreement”.Civil Liberties MEPs call on the Commission to incorporate, as a key priority, “a comprehensive and unambiguous horizontal self-standing provision based on Article XIV of the GATS [general exceptions] that fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement, without any condition that it must be consistent with other parts of the TTIP”. MEPs also reiterate the need for transparency and accountability in the TTIP negotiations throughout the entire process.
The Commission should ensure a satisfactory conclusion of the Safe Harbor and the data protection “umbrella agreement” negotiations, MEPs say, to guarantee adequate high data protection standards.The negotiators should keep in mind that that the consent of the European Parliament to the final TTIP agreement “could be endangered as long as the blanket mass surveillance activities are not completely abandoned and an adequate solution is found for the data privacy rights of EU citizens, including administrative and judicial redress”, MEPs say, in line with Parliament’s resolution on the surveillance programmes adopted on 12 March 2014

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Media alert: Israel-Palestine talks set to begin

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 Mag 2010

Washington, Usa – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that indirect Israel-Palestine talks will be launched on Monday, as regional and international momentum grows for new action on ending the long-running conflict. US Special Envoy George Mitchell expected to hold separate ‘proximity’ talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in bid to bring both sides into direct negotiations later this year. Arab League endorsed US diplomatic efforts Saturday, as Israel faces growing pressure from key ally; Israeli daily Haaretz reported last week that the White House has informed European leaders an international conference on the Middle East may be convened by the US later this year if no progress is made during Israel-Palestine talks. Separately, reports suggest Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may be preparing to ask the United Nations to recognize an independent Palestinian state within its 1967 borders; move may jeopardize parallel negotiation process with Israel.

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The state of play in the Copenhagen

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 dicembre 2009

World leaders are meeting on this morning to hammer out a declaration in the dying hours of the Copenhagen climate conference. On the table at the moment is a figure on the need for long-term funding for climate action in developing countries, but no clarity on who will provide the money and where it would come from. Leaders have also apparently agreed on short-term (fast-track) finance for the developing world. But heads of state and government have so far failed to agree on the crucial issues of emission reduction targets and how to verify these cuts. Greenpeace International head of climate policy Martin Kaiser said: “Failure is staring us in the face in Copenhagen. Further empty promises from world leaders could make negotiations spiral towards a major fiasco. As world leaders get together this morning, it is obvious that the job is far from done, the climate is far from being saved. Negotiators have only repeated good intentions, but are not giving themselves the tools to keep their promises.”

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Greenpeace on EU to commit to 30% emission cuts

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 dicembre 2009

Copenhagen. In the last hours of the Copenhagen climate summit where industrialised and developing countries are negotiating a global agreement, the EU has been remarkable only for its silence, said Greenpeace today. A number of major EU leaders have been meeting behind closed doors today to try and finally break the deadlock. Greenpeace EU climate policy director Joris den Blanken said: “With all eyes on the positions of the US and China, Europe has so far been reluctant to show any political muscle. Europe has the power to make other players move, but it is paralysed by indecision. If we want Copenhagen to mean something, Europe has to show some guts and stop taking a back seat in the negotiations. Otherwise, the summit could be one step away from collapse, leaving climate chaos in its wake.” Greenpeace calls on EU leaders to immediately support an upgrade of Europe’s unconditional emission reduction commitment to 30%, to help reach an agreement that would push industrialised countries to a scientifically sound 40% target. Research shows that such a move would cost very little, but would deliver a sustainable economy with green jobs. Japan and Norway have already shown more ambition than Europe and there is overwhelming support within the EU to increase the target. “Copenhagen would not have taken place if the EU had not shown leadership on climate in the past. If the EU is still a leader on climate change, then why is it not stepping up and putting 30% on the table?” said den Blanken.

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Meeting Obama-Dmitriy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2009

London. Dmitriy A. Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, and Barack Obama, President of the United States of America,  Regarding Negotiations on Further Reductions in Strategic Offensive Arms The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, and the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitriy A. Medvedev, noted that the Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START Treaty), which expires in December 2009, has completely fulfilled its intended purpose and that the maximum levels for strategic offensive arms recorded in the Treaty were reached long ago. They have therefore decided to move further along the path of reducing and limiting strategic offensive arms in accordance with U.S. and Russian obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Presidents decided to begin bilateral intergovernmental negotiations to work out a new, comprehensive, legally binding agreement on reducing and limiting strategic offensive arms to replace the START Treaty. The United States and the Russian Federation intend to conclude this agreement before the Treaty expires in December. In this connection, they instructed their delegations at the negotiations to proceed on basis of the following: – The subject of the new agreement will be the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms;  – In the future agreement the Parties will seek to record levels of reductions in strategic offensive arms that will be lower than those in the 2002 Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions, which is currently in effect; – The new agreement will mutually enhance the security of the Parties and predictability and stability in strategic offensive forces, and will include effective verification measures drawn from the experience of the Parties in implementing the START Treaty. They directed their negotiators to report on progress achieved in working out the new agreement by July 2009.

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