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Baltic Sea: Agreement reached on 2022 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022, on the basis of the Commission’s proposal.The agreement comes at a difficult time for the Baltic Sea, as environmental pressures and challenges stemming from pollution are taking their toll on fish stocks, as well. Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, welcomed the agreement: Restoring the marine environment and the fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is at the heart of the Commission’s approach to setting fishing opportunities and I am happy that the Council has agreed to follow it for most of the stocks. In recent years, the problems in the Baltic have had a devastating impact on our fishers. This is why our comprehensive approach, with concrete actions targeting environment, is crucial. The decisions reached are difficult, but necessary, so that the Baltic Sea can remain the source of livelihood for fishermen and women today and tomorrow. The Council adopted fishing opportunities for several stocks with substantial reductions, such as -88% for western Baltic cod. It also agreed on additional recovery management measures, such as limiting fishing to unavoidable by-catches for main basin salmon and western herring, as well as extended spawning closure and a ban on recreational fisheries for western Baltic cod. The agreement on the Joint Recommendation of Baltic Member States for a more selective fishing gear for flatfish is a step change in fisheries management, which allowed to increase the plaice total allowable catch (TAC) accordingly, without putting at risk the ailing cod stocks. The Council agreed increases for herring in the Gulf of Riga, sprat, and salmon in the Gulf of Finland.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 ottobre 2021

The Commission adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The proposal promotes the sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas and delivers on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations. It reflects the Commission’s ambition for achieving sustainable fisheries in these two sea basins, in line with the recently adopted 2030 Strategy of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “Sustainable fisheries management in all of the EU’s sea basins is our commitment and responsibility. While we have seen some improvement in recent years in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, we are still far from reaching sustainable levels and more effort is needed to achieve this goal. We are, therefore, today making our proposal for fish catches in the two sea basins fully reliant on scientific advice.” In the Adriatic Sea, the Commission’s proposal implements the GFCM Mediterranean multiannual management plan for demersal stocks and its goal to reach sustainability for these stocks by 2026 through a decrease of the fishing effort. Furthermore, the proposal also incorporates various management measures for eel, red coral, dolphinfish, blackspot seabream, and deep-water shrimp stocks in the Ionian and Levant Seas and the Strait of Sicily, in line with GFCM decisions.Today’s proposal also implements the Western Mediterranean multiannual management plan (MAP) for demersal stocks with the aim of further reducing the fishing, in line with scientific advice. This part of the proposal will be complemented once the relevant scientific advice this year becomes available. The ultimate objective is to reach the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – the maximum amount of fish that fishers can take out of the sea without compromising the regeneration and future productivity of the stock – by 1 January 2025 at the latest. In the Black Sea, the proposal includes catch limits and quotas for turbot and sprat. For turbot, the proposal transposes the EU quota decided in the revision of the GFCM turbot multiannual management plan. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2021.

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“Somalia: business opportunities in the agriculture machinery sector”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 marzo 2021

Italy organizza per il 23 marzo 2021 alle ore 11:00 (CET) su piattaforma Zoom il webinar “Somalia: business opportunities in the agriculture machinery sector”.L’evento, organizzato in collaborazione con Federunacoma e UNIDO Somalia nell’ambito del progetto finanziato dall’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo ed implementato da UNIDO, vedrà la partecipazione di diverse aziende somale che illustreranno il proprio business e le conseguenti opportunità di partnership commerciali con aziende italiane. L’iniziativa è indicata per tutti i produttori di macchine agricole, in particolare fornitori di soluzioni su piccola scala per quanto concerne trattori, motocoltivatori, irroratrici, pompe per l’irrigazione, mietitrebbia e macchine per la raccolta. Nei giorni successivi all’evento, che si terrà in lingua inglese, per le aziende interessate sarà possibile incontrare le imprese somale in apposite sessioni di B2B.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

For 2021, the European Commission presents a proposal with 23 Total Allowable Catches (TACs). Following scientific advice, the Commission proposes for 13 stocks to decrease the fishing quota, while increasing it for horse mackerel in the Iberian waters and sole in Kattegat by 5% and 12% respectively. The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas set for most of Europe’s commercial fish stocks in order to keep them in a healthy status or help them return to it, while guaranteeing the wellbeing of fishermen and women. Under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the EU Member States are legally bound to manage fish stocks at sustainable levels.Four TACs are delegated to a Member State, and four do not follow the calendar year (e.g. anchovy, sprat) and are already set until June 2021 or await scientific advice next year.The Commission also proposes to continue existing safeguard measures to ensure that the amount of cod in Kattegat recovers to safe levels. Following the advice received by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) that no targeted fishery should take place for this stock, the Commission will set a fishing quota for by-catches only. Fishers in the area must use selective gears that reduce or avoid cod by-catches, or electronic monitoring to prevent illegal discards.Today’s proposal also covers the Total Allowable Catches that will be decided in cooperation with non-EU countries, such as the United Kingdom and Norway, or through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). International consultations for many of these stocks are still ongoing, as are the negotiations of the future EU-UK partnership, including on fisheries, and therefore the respective TACs are put as pro memoria awaiting the outcome of negotiations.Sustainable fishing has made substantial progress in the EU. In 2020, 62 out of 78 TACs are set at a level that allows a healthy future for the fish stocks’ biomass, while taking into account socio-economic factors (“maximum sustainable yield” (MSY), compared to only 5 out of 35 in 2009. Despite reduced fishing activity during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, preliminary results show that the sector remains profitable, with estimated gross profits expected to reach 1.5 billion EUR in 2020.The Commission proposal bases itself on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). For stocks with a full scientific assessment, the Commission is proposing fishing levels in line with maximum sustainable yield (MSY). For stocks where less data is available, the Commission bases itself on the ICES’ precautionary advice. In cases where the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea advises no catches, the Commission either proposes a small fishing quota for a scientific fishery to ensure continued data collection, or limits the fishing to by-catches. In line with the provisions of the Common Fisheries Policy and the applicable multiannual management plans, this helps to avoid “choke” situations so that fishermen and women can continue targeting the healthy stocks.

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Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2020

It has been known for several years that Eastern Baltic cod was not doing well. In 2019, scientists discovered that the stock was actually in a worse state than expected and warned that this fish stock had been below safe biological limits for several years. It is expected to stay at such low depleted levels at least in the medium term even without any fishing. The Commission therefore invited Member States in early 2019 to take action. Some did, others did not. As the stock is widely distributed in the Baltic Sea and as all Member States of the Baltic Sea participate in the fishery, the Commission decided to take action at EU-level and adopted in July 2019 emergency measures prohibiting for the rest of 2019, fishing for cod in the most concerned areas with some derogations.For 2020, scientists advised to totally stop any catches of cod. As many fisheries have at least some by-catches of cod, a total fishing ban would have led to “choke” situations. On the other hand, there could no longer be targeted fisheries on cod and by-catches of cod of course needed to be drastically limited. The Commission therefore proposed and the Council agreed to establish a very limiting total allowable catches (hereafter TAC) which can only be used for by-catches of cod in order to avoid that other fisheries in the Baltic Sea have to be stopped entirely. As the scientists had unfortunately not been in a position to provide on time a figure for those by-catches that cannot be avoided in other fisheries, the TAC was set based on an estimation made by the Commission.As expected, for 2021 the scientist advise a continued stop for all catches of cod. In addition, the scientists provided different scenarios and related figures for by-catches of cod in other fisheries. The Commission has taken those figures as a basis for its proposal and estimates that the scenario of 20% cod by-catches on average in other fisheries is a reasonable one given the dire situation of the eastern Baltic cod stock.

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Venture Capital Opportunities in United States

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 novembre 2019

OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, will join the Millennium Alternative Investment Network® (MAIN®), which provides advisors and individual investors with a streamlined way to discover, research and invest in alternative investment opportunities. The MAIN platform is hosted by Millennium Trust Company, LLC (“Millennium Trust”), the industry’s leading provider of specialized custody solutions. Through MAIN, advisors and investors will have access to OurCrowd’s venture capital investment opportunities through a self-directed IRA.OurCrowd’s global network, top-notch performance and robust deal flow pipeline combine to provide unprecedented instant access to exclusive venture capital opportunities, including OurCrowd’s growing portfolio of 200 promising startups. Millennium Trust provides access to these opportunities to their advisor and investor clients through MAIN, a free research, education and alternative investment resource for advisors and individual investors.

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Rich Asians seeking sustainable investment opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 luglio 2019

Asia’s wealthy individuals are increasingly aware of, and deploying their capital in sustainable investments, according to a new survey from Standard Chartered Private Bank. The bank found that ‘High Net Worth’ investors in the key markets for wealth management — China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India — expect to increase their allocations to sustainable investments to 20 per cent of their total portfolios.In China, the majority of investors who responded to the survey already have between a quarter and a half of their funds to sustainable investments.Despite growing awareness of sustainability, and a growing commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals among Asia’s wealthy individuals, there is still a general lack of understanding of the sector, the report found. Didier von Daeniken, global head of private banking and wealth management at Standard Chartered said: “It is encouraging to know that investors have more access to information on sustainable investing. Nonetheless, some misconceptions still exist, and this is where banks play a crucial role to educate and help investors overcome their barriers to investing for impact.” (font: cmail19.com, signed by: responsiblebusiness.com; global initiative 133 Cecil Street Keck Seng Tower #17-02A Singapore 069535)

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Black Sea: Commission proposes sustainable fishing opportunities for 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 novembre 2018

Bruxelles. The Commission has adopted a proposal on fishing opportunities in 2019 for the commercially most important fish stocks in the Black Sea. The catch limit and quota for the two species, sprat and turbot, are shared between Bulgaria and Romania.
The proposal is a roll-over from 2018 and is based on the scientific advice from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). It follows the multiannual management plan for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea, approved in 2017 by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).For turbot, the Commission transposes the GFCM multiannual management plan by proposing a catch limit of 114 tonnes, which will be distributed equally between Bulgaria and Romania, as well as a limitation of turbot fishing to 180 days per year and the complete ban over a 2-month period (15 April – 15 June) . These measures should allow for the recovery of this iconic Black Sea species.
For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain a catch limit of 11,475 tonnes, of which 70% will be allocated to Bulgaria and 30% to Romania. The Commission’s proposal will be examined by the Member States at the December Council on Agriculture and Fisheries (17-18 December).

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Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Schenectady Kids

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 settembre 2018

The Schenectady community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at Steinmetz Homes. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 1,200 children and their families in the local community for years to come.
“For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose, which is to help families and strengthen communities,” said Jim Boyle, President and CEO, Foresters Financial. “In 2018 we are excited to complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Schenectady community will use this playground for many years to come.”
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in July when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.“This playground is a dream we could not achieve without the support of KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial,” said Richard Homenick, Executive Director of the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority. “Bringing kids and parents together to put their ideas on paper and then watch their vision come to life in one day is just something amazing.”Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built over 145 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years, we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by providing them with access to play. Through each new playground, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.

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Commission sets direction for sustainable fisheries and launches consultations on the 2019 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Restoring the health of our seas and oceans is not a choice, it’s an imperative, and the EU must continue to lead by example. The laudable efforts of our fishermen over the last decade are starting to pay off: Many of our fish stocks, though far from all, are returning to sustainable levels. Yet, now is not a time for complacency. 2019 will be a crucial year for achieving our shared objectives. Working hand-in-hand – fishermen, industry, civil society and authorities – let us keep up the efforts and keep our ambitions high for our ocean. I look forward to working closely with all parties.” The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy sets the objective of reaching maximum sustain­able yield (MSY) as soon as possible and by 2020 at the latest. MSY contributes to the sus­tainable conservation of the stocks and allows for maximisation of fish supply from fishing. This in turn contributes to securing a profitable EU fishing industry and thriving coastal areas for the future – and to achieving good environmental status in European seas by 2020. Recent years have seen significant progress towards the CFP objectives, notably in northern and western waters, where overfishing has decreased considerably, whilst biomass has increased and in 2016 on average was nearly 39% above 2003 levels.By contrast, moving towards sustainable exploitation in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas remains challenging. This is largely due to the multispecies nature of fisheries, the fact that several fish stocks are shared with third countries and the low number of fish stocks assessed yearly by scientific bodies. While a small number of stocks are being exploited at sustainable levels – for example, deep-sea pink shrimp and red mullet in the south and central Tyrrhenian Sea – the average biomass in the Mediterranean does not show any improvement since 2003. Nonetheless, important efforts are deployed to reverse the situation, both at the EU level and with our international partners. These initiatives give way to cautious optimism. Only last week, Black with an ambitious 10-year action plan on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. This followed on from the 2017 Medfish4ever declaration, which commits countries around the Mediterranean to restore fish stocks in this important basin.Over recent years, EU Fleet has also registered significant improvement in its overall economic performance, with record net profits of EUR 1.3 billion in 2016. Average salaries and labour productivity have also increased. The overall improvement in profitability coincides with an increase in the number of stocks fished at rates consistent with the objective of achieving MSY and an associated increase in the biomass of these stocks. This confirms that sustainable fisheries address not only environmental but also social and economic concerns.From 2019, the landing obligation – i.e. the requirement for EU vessels to avoid discards and bring to harbour all catches – must be fully phased in. This will be a key achievement in pursuing sustainable EU fisheries and important progress has been made. For pelagic fisheries and fisheries in the Baltic and Black Sea, the landing obligation is already fully implemented. For demersal fisheries, there has been an overall increase of the scope of the landing obligation in volume from 35% to 44% since 2017. In the Mediterranean, around 66 % of the total landings are currently under the landing obligation. In the Black Sea, since 2017, the landing obligation covers all catches of the species subject to TAC, i.e. sprat and turbot. But additional efforts will be needed to reach the agreed 2019 deadline. The EU stands ready to support fishermen in this process, including through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Likewise, the Commission’s recent proposal to improve the EU’s fisheries control system will among other things, facilitate the implementation of the landing obligation.

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Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Jacksonville Kids

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 aprile 2018

The Jacksonville community was revitalized thanks to a new playground built at the Winston Family YMCA. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Winston Family YMCA and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 6,500 children and their families in the local community for years to come.
“For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose, which is to help families and strengthen communities,” said Jim Boyle, President and CEO, Foresters Financial. “In 2018 we are excited to complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Jacksonville community will use this playground for many years to come.”The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in February when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built 144 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years, we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by providing them with access to play. Through each new playground, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.“We are fortunate to have community partners who make incredible contributions to help us reach more in need,” said Tim Burrows, Executive Director, Winston Family YMCA. “With the support of Foresters Financial and KaBOOM!, the Winston Family YMCA will now be able to serve more families and youth in the Jacksonville community with a safe place to play and grow, helping us move one step closer to building a healthier First Coast.”Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s ability to thrive.Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance and active play they need to thrive.

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I4MS Will Boost Industry 4.0 Opportunities at Hannover Messe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 aprile 2018

I4MS will be part of the European Commission’s space in Hannover Messe. Together with Fortissimo Project, I4MS, the European Initiative created to foster digitisation for Manufacturing SMEs in Europe, will be presenting their last experiments that demonstrated new technology solutions for SMEs in manufacturing and related segments.
The exhibition is designed to feature the European Commission’s strong aim of helping SMEs to digitise their business, and to promote the current mix of European-scale activities in place through European initiatives like I4MS and Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE), and also specific projects like Fortissimo. To showcase this commitment, the stand will receive institutional visits, such as Mrs. Elzbieta Bienkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament.
Visitors to the European Commission’s (Hall 6 stand G46) stand will see different innovative experiment’s demonstrations that are industrial applications of the latest advancements in industry 4.0 technology, and also participate in two workshops about competences, funding and other opportunities within the I4MS and SAE ecosystem the 24th and 25th at 10:30. Among the experiments funded by Fortissimo, a modified Lamborghini will be exhibited as a practical test case for the development and implementation of an HPC-cloud-based platform to optimise automatically the shape of a particular mechanical system.The I4MS initiative aims to ensure that SMEs in Europe can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital age’s challenges. The I4MS experiments extend recent advances of ICT beyond the traditional European manufacturing sectors in which efficient use of advanced ICT would enable SMEs to play a stronger role.The Fortissimo Project’s goal is to strengthen the global competitiveness of European industry by offering companies easy, cloud-based access to computationally intensive simulations. Through the usage of High Performance Computing (HPC) simulations via cloud-infrastructure, opportunities for optimisation can be identified saving companies time and money.

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Commission proposes sustainable fishing opportunities in the Black Sea for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

Mar-NeroFor turbot, the Commission transposes in its proposal the quotas adopted in the GFCM management plan for turbot (114 tonnes for 2018 and 2019, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania), including a 2-month closed period (15 April – 15 June) and limitation of fishing efforts to 180 days at sea per year.
The Commission’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and pronouncement by the Member States at the next Fisheries Council (11-12 December, Brussels), to be applied as from 1 January 2018.
The 41st GFCM annual session ushered a new era of cooperative fisheries management in the Black Sea, building on the Bucharest Declaration and the driving force for change created by the adoption of the Malta MedFish4ever Declaration.For the first time, the new management and control measures for two iconic Black Sea species will be implemented by all riparian countries. The EU has been allocated, for 2018 and 2019, a share of the provisional turbot TAC of 114 tonnes, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania. Complementary to the management measures and enforcing their effective implementation, an international inspection pilot project established with the assistance of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) will contribute to the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the basin. The Commission will also promote training workshops for non-EU inspectors through the EFCA.The Commission will continue promoting a multilateral approach to fisheries management in the Black Sea. Following the adoption of the GFCM multiannual management plan for turbot and the Regional Plan of Action against IUU fishing, new milestones for the next years have been set, in particular regarding the implementation of the GFCM 2017-2020 multi-annual strategy. A high-level conference will be held in June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, to establish a 10-year work plan to improve fisheries and aquaculture in the Black Sea. Lastly, riparian country will work on the implementation of the GFCM ‘BlackSea4Fish’ project for regional cooperation on research and data collection.

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“Worldwide Aortic Aneurysm Market Trends and Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities 2017-2023”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

Aortic AneurysmThe Global Aortic Aneurysm Market is estimated to witness a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period 2017-2023. The aortic aneurysm market is analyzed based on three segments – type, product types, and regions. The increasing lifestyle diseases and smoking population are the factors that increase the chances for aortic aneurysm. Along with this, the growing aging population, favorable reimbursement, and technological advancements in products are driving the growth of the aortic aneurysm market. However, lack of awareness about the disease, stringent regulatory approval procedures, and risk associated with the procedure are hampering the growth of the market. The main unmet need in the market is endoleaking, which increases the mortality rate.Currently, the market players are developing technologically advanced stent grafts for the treatment of complex aortic aneurysm repairs. The EVAR segment contributed more than 70% of the total market share in 2016. A major focus in this segment is expected to drive the growth of the aortic aneurysm market in the future. The market of aortic aneurysm is dominated by Cook Medical, Medtronic PLC, and W.L. Gore and Associates, who occupy around 85% of the market share. Other small players are adopting various strategies to increase their market share. Endologix acquired Trivascular to expand its product portfolio, thereby being able to address the current and future needs in the aortic aneurysm market.

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“Africa is increasingly important to the EU”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 Maggio 2017

africa7The recent Business Beyond Borders (BBB) event at African Utility Week was praised by H. E. the Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, Trine Thygesen, as a “project to help EU businesses, in particular SMEs and clusters, to operate internationally by engaging in business opportunities – and our doors are open for Africa”.
The Danish Ambassador represented the voice of the EU at the first BBB event to take place outside Europe – which was held at African Utility Week (AUW), Cape Town (16th – 18th May), and focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and clusters in the water, power and utilities sector. Speaking during AUW’s opening keynote session, Ms Thygesen said: “Africa is increasingly important to the EU. Major African markets with strong growth rates represent significant increased cooperation between our continents. May AUW be the platform for engaging in new sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa as well as the EU.” The Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa also underlined the potential for private investment in energy and water, as Ms. Thygesen believes that “the answer to unlocking more potential lies in the formulation of PPP’s within the water sector”. Joining Ms. Thygesen during AUW’s keynote programme, were high-profile governmental and entrepreneurial personalities such as Dikobe Ben Martins, South African Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises; and Ben Ngubane, ESKOM’s Board Chairman.
During his keynote speech, Dikobe Ben Martins highlighted the fair’s potential to “share content and best practices” in the power and water sector: “The conference comes at a time when Africa is dealing with mounting challenges with regards to access to sustainable, modern energy services, which are a prerequisite for meeting basic human needs and for economic and social development”.
BBB is a European Commission-funded initiative which helps EU businesses to expand regionally and globally. By facilitating a series of Business-to-Business (B2B), Cluster-to-Cluster (C2C), and Business-to-Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events at the top international trade fairs around the world, the aim of the initiative is for new international business partnerships to be formed and deals to be brokered.
Over the course of AUW’s three days, BBB facilitated over 900 matchmaking meetings between more than 729 companies representing 60 countries.
Besides the one-to-one matchmaking sessions at the BBB Connecting Platform, SMEs and clusters also had the opportunity to present their business and technology to a wider audience at the BBB Demo Zone stand. Other BBB-supported activities included a Workshop on Hydropower organised by the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), and the BBB Social Media Competition, which sought to help participating companies increase their visibility online.
Coming from Finland, the winner of the BBB Social Media Competition, Gregory Neethling of FINNZA, considered the BBB matchmaking sessions to be positive for his company: “I really benefited from being here and having all these business meetings, which can lead to very successful projects”.
The next BBB matchmaking event will take place on 18th-21st September at TEXWORLD, Paris, and will be aimed at companies operating in the textile and apparel industry.

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Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 Maggio 2017

europeToday’s job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.
“European labour market forecasts show the biggest future demand is for high-skilled jobs in the male-dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These job opportunities are not available for people with low levels of education and women in particular, are missing out. That is why equal access to affordable and good quality training is so important to provide new skills needed for the jobs of the future,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
Over 6 million women and 2 million men without upper secondary education across the EU have never been employed. 14 % of women and 5 % of men with low qualifications have been out of the labour market for 10 years or more. As a result of the financial crisis, long-term and youth unemployment, pose serious challenges for the EU in achieving the EU2020 employment targets
“Low qualifications put people at a higher risk of precarious employment, which means very low pay, few working hours and insufficient job security. Almost half of women with low qualifications (45%) work in a precarious job compared to just over a quarter of men with the same level of education (26%). EIGE found that women in general are more likely to work in these types of jobs than men, regardless of their level of education. More than a quarter of women employees in the EU have precarious work,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
The recently communicated European Pillar of Social Rights aims to improve the working and living conditions of citizens. It stresses the need for equal access to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. Upskilling can unlock untapped potential in the EU, especially when it comes to women’s participation in the workforce. Opportunities for upscaling skills must go together with fair working conditions that improve the quality of work for all.
The research note ‘Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU’ was prepared at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (2017). The findings have informed Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

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Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2016

-bergamoBergamo 18 November 2016 9 a.m. Aula Magna – Piazzale S. Agostino 3,Department of Human and Social Sciences. The tragic events related to the recent increased wave of migrants arriving in Europe fleeing from war or hard living conditions, have revealed the profound economic and social factors that give rise to the phenomenon of mass migration. Both the sheer number of people escaping hardship and danger and the different types of countries involved highlight the permanent character of these migratory movements. This situation confronts us with the need to make choices that go beyond the current inadequate and unsteady emergency plans and implement systematic policies for resettlement and inclusion on a broader societal level. Promoting systematic inclusion policies means recognizing that the arrival of migrants and refugees, many of whom are children, is a challenge and a great educational opportunity for the European school systems.
Even though a large body of literature on the social inclusion of refugees is available today, investigation into refugee children and their education remains relatively underdeveloped, especially in relation to the implementation of school-based interventions and programmes. Currently, research and good practice in this field have been mainly developed within the boundaries of national educational politics and policies, addressing distinct populations. This fragmentation has stood in the way of a systematic analysis of the question at the European level, which is a necessary condition for the advancement of successful educational interventions that might measure up to the current size of the phenomenon. The seminar will systematically compare and discuss the growing, but still disjointed, body of knowledge that is emerging from European countries.
The seminar will be divided into two sessions: in the morning, invited speakers from Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and UK will present a report of the current situation and future prospect of refugee education in their country;
in the afternoon, contributions from researchers and schools, selected through the call for paper process, will be presented during parallel sessions chaired by young researchers or PhD students from university partners.(font: University of Bergamo Department of Human and Social Sciences)

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Opportunities are there, Now transform words into action says ACT Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 Maggio 2016

istanbulIstanbul. The World Humanitarian Summit has identified key opportunities that exist for more effective collaboration among diverse stakeholders but clear implementation strategies are now needed if we are to better deliver to affected populations in crises, ACT Alliance has said.The alliance, an international faith-based humanitarian and development network of 140 members working in over 100 countries, had a strong delegation of attendees at the Summit which took place on 23-24 May in Istanbul.ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna, welcomed the many statements from member states, fellow NGOs and other stakeholders and at the Summit echoing the commitments the alliance has made towards improved humanitarian response, particularly those relating to increasing the involvement of local and national responders in crises.“We are pleased that the WHS has seen such support and leadership particularly around the Grand Bargain which saw commitment to increasing funding to local and national responders as directly as possible, and a real understanding of the importance of cash based systems in meeting people’s needs,” said Nduna. “Local and national responders are the parties that have the closest access to communities, and as ACT Alliance we have also committed to significantly increasing the proportion of our members’ humanitarian funding that goes directly to local and national members and their partners, for both humanitarian response and emergency preparedness.” “The Summit has highlighted the opportunities for collaboration among actors for a more effective humanitarian response, and now we as an international community must transform the discussions at this event beyond words into action, in the form of clear implementation and monitoring strategies,” he said.
ACT Alliance, which through its global membership responds to around 25 emergency situations around the world each year from natural disasters to conflict-related crises, also welcomed views across stakeholders at the Summit supporting the preservation of humanitarian principles and International Humanitarian Law, with Nduna saying: “The WHS has highlighted the importance of maintaining humanitarian action and recognising the uniqueness of humanitarian action in and of itself.”

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Expert comment: Why are China and the UK’s economic ties now flourishing?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

pechinoKamel Mellahi, a Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School who has researched a number of issues on the Chinese economy, has made the following statement:“The UK and China need each other more than ever in confronting their internal economic challenges. But the fact remains that at this point in time the UK needs Chinese investment more than China needs UK investment opportunities. This perhaps explains why the UK is rolling out the reddest of red carpets for the Chinese government delegation.“That said, each country contributes distinct but complementary resources and capabilities to the economic partnership. The UK gets the badly needed investments into its infrastructure, including its nuclear power plants, high-speed rail, and potentially becomes the key trading centre for China’s currency, and China gets the chance to use its outstanding capabilities in mega infrastructure projects, obtain a strong foothold in key infrastructure and energy sectors in the UK and use some of them as ‘shop windows’ to promote its capabilities to other countries, as well as open up an offshore renminbi debt market.“When it comes to trade and economic ties with China, not long ago, the UK was trailing behind major European countries but it has been working flat out to make up for lost ground and get in front of the queue. The UK is the first Western country to seek to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and has been very open and encouraging Chinese investment in the UK economy.“When one cuts through the rhetoric and bombast headlines, two things emerge. First, the new emerging relationship between the UK and China is a strategic response by two major world economies to a changing global economic landscape.“Second, China and the UK are waltzing to the same tune because their economic interests are currently in alignment. Economically, it looks like a win-win economic alliance.”

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Azerbaijan’s rich palette of opportunities brought to the heart of Brussels

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 ottobre 2015

Azerbaijan16On 14 October, more than 100 businesspeople and diplomats from across Europe flocked to the prestigious Diamant Conference and Business Centre, near the diplomatic area of Brussels, for the second Brussels Business Forum to highlight the investment opportunities available in Azerbaijan. Bylined as Azerbaijan Through the Eyes of International Investors, the event was organised by the Benelux office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).Marc Verwilghen, Director, TEAS Benelux and former Belgian Minister of the Economy, Development Co-operation and Justice, acknowledged: “Europe has a new heart ­­– everyone seems to have discovered the ‘new’ Silk Road for which Azerbaijan will, once again, be the epicentre. Azerbaijan has huge investment potential. The objectives of Azerbaijan, Belgium, the whole of Benelux and the EU are the same. If Azerbaijan is in your head, there will be fire in your heart, enthusiasm in your soul, and dynamism in your body.”Herman De Croo, Belgian Minister of State and the longest-serving Belgian MP, spoke from his own experience: “I have visited Azerbaijan twice – in 2011 and this year. Between those dates there was enormous change in the infrastructure, and I noticed there has been an ongoing evolution in the receptiveness of the Azerbaijani people to external business investment from Europe. The successful hosting of the European Games in Azerbaijan is indicative of the drive of the authorities to be anchored to Europe.”
H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Head of the Azerbaijani Mission to the EU and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg explained: “More than 50 per cent of investment in my country comes from EU countries. TEAS is bringing Azerbaijan to the heart of Europe, and that is very constructive. Despite all the challenges, Azerbaijan has demonstrated that its strong will has enabled it to achieve success.”
The focus of the event was on changing preconceptions about Azerbaijan – a country renowned for its oil and gas reserves. James Hogan, Managing Partner, Dentons Baku explained: “We have been active in Azerbaijan for 25 years. Azerbaijani investment policy is very open and, since independence, a stable legal regime has been implemented. This now includes Special Economic Zones, aimed at stimulating diversification of the economy.” Haji Huseynov, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank, outlined some of the World Bank-supported projects currently underway in Baku and across Azerbaijan. He said: “The Baku–Tbilisi–Kars (BTK) railway will become functional by the end of this year. The physical infrastructure is already built, and the first train completed its journey in August.” Axel Enthoven, President, Enthoven Associates – designer of the TGV train – ranks amongst the most renowned Belgian designers of the past four decades. He explained: “In order to develop, mobility is extremely important.” He then outlined the options available for constructing urban and countryside infrastructure, and how the chosen concept can impact the relationship of the population to their country and their quality of life.Agriculture is one of the predominant industries in Azerbaijan, employing around 40 per cent of the workforce. Home to 11 climatic zones, and blessed with fertile soil conditions, Azerbaijani farmers produce a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Manuela Traldi, President, Italy–Azerbaijan Trade Institute (ITAZERCOM) commented: “Agriculture has become an extremely important sector in the country. It plays a key role in the process of diversification, and has the potential to become very important to European companies.”
As would be expected, the energy session ­– chaired by journalist Rick Gill, Managing Director, Natural Gas Europe – attracted a great deal of interest. Dr Urban Rusnak, Secretary-General, Energy Charter Secretariat, said: “In the 1990s, Azerbaijan was an importer of oil products, but within a decade was an exporter, and ten years later became one of the leading producers and exporters of oil and gas and will play an important role in the future of the EU.” Vusal Mammadov, Director, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR), Belgian Office, spoke on the current status of the $45bn Southern Energy Corridor, which will bring gas from the Caspian – and eventually Central Asia and Iran – direct to an Italian interconnector.
Azerbaijan is currently striving to become the information and communications technologies (ICT) hub of the region. The sector has received $3bn of investment over the past three years. It is also central to the UN-mandated Trans-Eurasian Super Highway (TASIM) project, which will bring enhanced-bandwidth services between Frankfurt and Hong Kong, thereby reducing the digital divide between Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Zaur Hasanov, Director, TASIM, said: “TASIM is a challenging and strategic project – passing through Azerbaijan – stretching for around 3000km and connecting the West to the East. It is a project of economic and geopolitical significance.” Azerbaijan is currently leading the way regarding the unified provision of public services. The Azerbaijani Service and Assessment Network (ASAN) service, launched just under three years ago, provides access to 280 services from 10 government agencies using e-government services. These are supplied via a network of ASAN Centres, complemented by mobile ASAN services for those in the rural regions. Kamran Agasi, Director of the Innovations Centre, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, explained: “We have served around 6m of the 9.5m people in Azerbaijan, and feedback indicates a 98 per cent satisfaction rate.” The day concluded with a series of lively business-to-business meetings. (photo: Lead)

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