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Commissioner Várhelyi presents 2020 Enlargement package to MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 ottobre 2020

Bruxelles. The Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi presented the 2020 Enlargement package to the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) today, providing an overview of the state of play of fundamental reforms and guidance on these reform priorities in the candidate countries and potential candidates.For all the countries in the region the future lays in the EU, stressed Olivér Várhelyi presenting the package that was adopted shortly before by the College of the Commissioners. Commissioner Várhelyi also unveiled the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans that should stimulate the long-term recovery, boost economic growth and support reforms in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Economic convergence with the EU will be biggest challenge in the region, and the COVID-19 crisis made this only clearer, he said. The EU is focusing now on the long-term recovery of the region, as there is an enormous gap in terms of the economic development between the Western Balkans and the EU. The region is well below the 50 % in terms of GDP development compared to the EU average, said Comissioner Várhelyi.Subject to the adoption of the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III), the Commission proposes to mobilise up to 9 billion euros of IPA III funding for the flagship projects of the Economic and Investment Plan. This should support economic convergence with the EU primarily through investments and support to competitiveness and inclusive growth, sustainable connectivity, and the twin green and digital transition, it was announced.Besides, the investment capacity of the region should be boosted additionally by the mobilisation of a new Western Balkans Guarantee facility, which could potentially raise investments of up to 20 billion euros, announced Commissioner Varhelyi.Investment plans will mainly focus on sustainable transport, clean energy, environment and climate, with air pollution being the key concern. Digital future and ultrafast broadband connections are also priorities, sad the Commissioner and special attention will be given to tackling brain drain, by improving labour market participation, especially of young people and women, disadvantaged groups and minorities, in particular Roma.

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MEPs to discuss 2020 enlargement package with Commissioner Várhelyi

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 ottobre 2020

Bruxelles Tuesday, 6 October, 15.15-16.15 CET. European Parliament’s Antall building in Brussel The Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement will present the 2020 Enlargement Package and the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans to Foreign Affairs MEPs on Tuesday. Besides taking stock of the situation in the candidate countries and potential candidates in the Enlargement Package, Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will present a plan that should stimulate the long-term recovery, boost economic growth and support reforms in the Western Balkans in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.Each year, the Commission adopts its “Enlargement package”, a set of documents explaining its policy on EU enlargement. The package includes a Communication on enlargement, which sets out the way forward for countries aspiring to join the EU. It also contains the reports in which the Commission presents its detailed assessment of the progress each candidate and potential candidate has made in fulfilling the criteria for membership.This year, the Commission will also present the Economic and Investment Plan, which should concentrate on flagship areas and projects that will directly create long-term growth and jobs as well as an attractive investment climate in the Western Balkans.

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Leading MEPs welcome the support package for Syrian refugees of EUR 585 million

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2020

European Parliament standing rapporteur on Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES), and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE), said:
“With today’s decision, the EU has shown that it remains committed to improving the situation of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, particularly Turkey.Following two visits at the beginning of the year, the European Parliament is well aware of the continuing needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey and knows that the decision on the new funds is urgent, as some of the most relevant programmes will run out of funds in September 2020.We have always praised and appreciated the role that Turkey is playing, currently hosting the largest refugee population in the world, including 3.7 million Syrian refugees. Regardless of the way in which some try to use migration and refugee issues for political leverage, the reality is that refugee populations in Turkey continue to need support and the EU should keep fairly contributing to these vulnerable populations.We therefore welcome this new support package, which comes on top of the existing EUR 6 billion under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The new funds will benefit Syrian refugees directly and will be administered by international organisations, not by the Turkish authorities.If approved by Parliament and the Council, these funds will go directly to refugee families through two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey: the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) – providing monthly cash transfers to around 1,7 million refugees, currently implemented by the International Federation of the Red Cross – and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) – providing cash to refugee families whose children attend school instead of working, currently managed by UNICEF.We reiterate that any EU funding for refugees in Turkey has to be monitored effectively by the EU delegation so we can guarantee that neither EU money nor any facilities funded by the EU are being used to forcefully return refugees to Syria. Any returns to Syria have to be safe, dignified and voluntary, with the involvement of the UNHCR.”

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COVID-19: research package welcomed, EU needs to be better equipped in future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 marzo 2020

• EC proposes significant budget package to fight pandemic
• EP Research MEP welcomes emergency measures
• We have to invest more in research and be ready for the next crisis
Crisis-response measures should be combined with a long-term commitment to EU research programmes, says Research MEP.
“We applaud the measures taken by Commissioner Gabriel and the pooling of almost €140 million against COVID 19. The Commission was very fast in launching a special call for expressions of interest from Horizon 2020 and involving relevant stakeholders under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership”, said Horizon Europe rapporteur Christian Ehler (EPP, DE).”Now, we have to start thinking ahead in order to be better equipped for the future. Research and development clearly have an important role to play in addressing global challenges. This is yet another reason to support our proposal for €120 billion for Horizon Europe.”, he added. “The health crisis posed by COVID-19 is focusing minds. The top priority now is to stem the spread of the virus. Behind the scenes, emergency research is working on finding a treatment and a vaccine. The virus’ extraordinary rate of contagion should make us aware that our interconnected world has shrunk considerably and that joint and coordinated action between states is the only way to deal with this crisis”, said Christian Ehler.”This crisis is a test of our ability to work together on an emergency situation on the one hand, and to remain faithful to our long-term objectives on the other”, he said.
“When this crisis is over, we must immediately prepare for the next one. This means investing more in research and ensuring that programmes such as Horizon Europe do not become hostages to short-term squabbles between member states”, he concluded.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry, has today launched a fast-track call for research proposals to develop treatments and diagnostics in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to €45 million of the funding will come from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
This call is part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19 and complements the emergency research funding already mobilised recently under Horizon 2020. You can find more information about the IMI call here, and the EU research actions on COVID-19 here (source : European Commission).

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Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 gennaio 2020

A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.The agreement keeps the existing limits to cabotage (three operations within seven days), but in order to tackle fraud, vehicle tachographs will be used to register border-crossings.To prevent “systematic cabotage”, there will also be a “cooling-off period” of four days before more cabotage operations can be carried out within same country with the same vehicle.
To fight the use of letterbox companies, road haulage businesses would need to have substantial activities in the member state in which they are registered. New rules will also require trucks to return to the company’s operational centre every eight weeks.
Since operators increasingly use vans to provide international transport services, those operators (using light commercial vehicles of over 2.5 tonnes) would also be subject to EU norms for transport operators and would need to equip the vans with a tachograph.
EU-wide rules on posting of drivers will give a clear legal framework, so that these rules can be easily applied in the highly mobile transport sector, to prevent differing national approaches and ensure fair remuneration for drivers.The agreed rules stipulate that posting rules apply to cabotage and international transport operations, excluding transit, bilateral operations and bilateral operations with one extra loading or unloading in each direction (or zero on the way out and two on return).
Better working conditions for drivers. The agreed text also includes changes to help ensure better rest conditions for drivers and allow them to spend more time at home.
Companies will have to organise their timetables so that drivers in international freight transport are able to return home at regular intervals (every three or four weeks depending on the work schedule).The mandatory rest period at the end of the week, known as regular weekly rest, cannot be taken in the truck cab, the agreed text says. If this rest period is taken away from home, the company must pay for accommodation costs. In exceptional cases, new rules will allow drivers to exceed the driving time under strict limitations to reach home to take their weekly rest, when they are very close to the home base.The deal will now need to be approved by EU ministers and then by the Parliament as a whole to enter into force.The rules on posting will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the legal act. The rules on rest times, including the return of drivers, will apply 20 days after publication of the act. Rules on return of trucks and other changes to market access rules will apply 18 months after the entry into force of act on market access.

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United States E-Cigarette Market Analysis Package

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 agosto 2019

This report explores consumer e-liquid preferences, choices and behaviours based on a consumer survey conducted in December 2018, respondents were members of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). Gain insight into key consumer data from 3-year tracking and analysis of consumer behaviours. The author explores the demographics of low, medium and high nicotine users, as well as their brand and product usage and preferences.Between 2018 and 2019 there was a significant increase in closed system products available from US online retailers, mainly pre-filled tank/pod systems which showed a fall in average price. This research will enable you to understand which closed system products were prevalent online in the US, which brands, products and flavours were the most common, and the increase/decrease of products in the period between Q1 2018 to Q1 2019.From experience in tracking the specialist vape store and online vape retailer channels, the author realised that there is a gap in understanding the market for specific outlets which sell tobacco and smoking-related products but are not specialists in vaping products nor represented in widely quoted data. This report explores how vaping products fare in smoke and head shops across the US, including the number of these stores, best selling brands, customer visits and our future predictions.

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Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2015

europeancouncilA “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package – a regulation and a directive – are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning. The draft regulation aims to give citizens control over their private data, while also creating clarity and legal certainty for businesses to spur competition in the digital market.”Today’s negotiations hopefully have cleared the way for a final agreement”, said Parliament’s lead MEP on the regulation Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE), adding that “In future, firms breaching EU data protection rules could be fined as much as 4% of annual turnover – for global internet companies in particular, this could amount to billions. In addition, companies will also have to appoint a data protection officer if they process sensitive data on a large scale or collect information on many consumers”.”The regulation returns control over citizens’ personal data to citizens. Companies will not be allowed to divulge information that they have received for a particular purpose without the permission of the person concerned. Consumers will have to give their explicit consent to the use of their data. Unfortunately, member states could not agree to set a 13-year age limit for parental consent for children to use social media such as Facebook or Instagram. Instead, member states will now be free to set their own limits between 13 and 16 years”, he concluded.
The new draft directive on data transfers for policing and judicial purposes will ensure citizens’ rights and freedoms, allowing at the same time national law enforcement bodies in the EU to exchange information faster and more effectively. “It is of the utmost importance, especially after the Paris attacks, to enhance police cooperation and exchange of law enforcement data”, said Parliament’ lead MEP on the draft directive Marju Lauristin (S&D, ET) after the agreement was reached. “I am very confident that this law will offer the right balance between safeguarding citizen’s fundamental rights and increasing the effectiveness of police cooperation throughout the Union”, she added.
The directive will be the first instrument to harmonise 28 different law enforcement systems with respect to exchanging data – also within each member state. At the same time, it should clarify police cooperation arrangements and give citizens greater certainty as to the law. EU countries may set higher data protection standards than those enshrined in the directive if they so wish.

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Italy Trashing the lifeboat Rome

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 settembre 2011

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister and escape­artist extraordinary, sparked the †rst of several market panics over Italy’s public debt by vowing to water down an already soggy package of deficit­reduction measures. He was forced to retreat by the resulting turmoil. But the threathe poses to the euro was again made clear this week when he pitched his country’s public finances into further chaos, leaving a hole of at least ¤4 billion­5 billion ($5.8 billion­7.2 billion) in the latest of two emergency budgets designed to get his country out of the fix in which it has been trapped for the past two months. Two things now stand between Italy and a debt crisis vastly more menacing to the single currency than any so far on the euro­zone periphery: support for Italy’s bonds from the European Central Bank (which has bought some ¤30 billion­ worth since mid­August), and a ¤45.5 billion deficit­reduction plan that the ECB demanded in return for its help. When this was unveiled by Mr Berlusconi on August 12th, investors might have been forgiven for thinking that‹bar the odd amendment‹the same plan would be set before parliament. But in Italy nothing is safe from modi†cation, and on August 29th Mr Berlusconi unpicked his package, throwing out the measure he most disliked, a surtax on top incomes in the private sector. (Embarrassingly, the multimil­ lionaire chairman of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, o…ered to pay more tax, saying you have to begin by asking it of those who have most.) To placate Italy’s irate local mayors and governors, Mr Berlusconi lightened the burden of savings they were supposed to have made. Some new measures were put in. The government promised to save money by abolishing the provincial administrations and halving the number of national law­makers. But it said it would do so with con­ stitutional laws, which are notoriously difficult to get approved. The immediate savings would come from postponing the retirement of many Italians by excluding from their pension calculations time spent at university or doing military service. The measure was understandably seen as penalising those who failed to dodge conscription, and simply robbing those who chose higher education (since graduates in Italy have to make a payment to the treasury for their university courses to be counted as time worked). The public looks likely to force Mr Berlusconi into a U­turn that would enlarge still further the hole in his former austerity package. That alone is enough to cast doubt on
the ECB’s readiness to continue buying Italian debt. But there is another factor. As the price of intervention, the bank’s president, Jean­Claude Trichet, and his successor­designate, Mario Draghi, reportedly required not only the pushing through of the package that Mr Berlusconi has just undone, but also a comprehensive programme of privatisation and liberalisation. And, of that, there has never been more than a trace in the government’s plans. (from The Economist)

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Innovative Business Models for Electric Vehicles

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 dicembre 2009

London on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 at 3:00pm GMT Frost & Sullivan to Host Analyst Briefing With current battery costs for electric vehicles ranging from 650 to 800 USD per kwh, the battery for a 25 KW electric car can easily cost as much as the car itself.  Therefore, to attract new customers, OEMs should offer a unique package that encompasses the total cost of ownership of a vehicle over a period of at least 3 to 5 years.  In fact, the automotive industry will likely take inspiration from the telecoms industry, adopting business models based on monthly tariffs and flexible contracts.  Frost & Sullivan predicts that three out of four electric vehicle sales will rely on such innovative models in the future. To provide unique insights into these new business models and to examine the role of the Integrator (an organization that manages the diverse service offering to customers through strategic partnerships with various industry players), the Automotive & Transportation Group at Frost & Sullivan ( is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an online analyst briefing presentation on Thursday, 17 December, 2009 at 3:00 pm GMT.  This briefing will be chaired by the senior executives managing GM (tentative), Think and PSA’s Electric Vehicle programs. By examining the various opportunities and implications these new business models introduce, this briefing will benefit vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure companies, dealerships, utilities, suppliers, government policy makers as well as the financial community.
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