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Churches call for safe passage following EU summit

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 giugno 2018

Churches in Europe have reacted with disappointment to the outcomes of yesterday’s European Union summit mainly addressing migration. General Secretary elect of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Torsten Moritz, criticised the conclusions of the European Council held on 28 June in Brussels. “Once again the summit has missed the chance to discuss how the arrival and integration of refugees can be a success for all and instead discussed illusionary plans about keeping people out.” CCME also expressed dissatisfaction with the consideration of “regional disembarkation platforms” in third countries, an idea referred to as “camps in Africa” that has been reappearing for well over a decade since the United Kingdom government and German Federal Minister of the Interior first mentioned it. The EU has not resolved any of the legal, practical, and moral issues relating to this since then. At worst, this will lead to something resembling a “refugee Guantanamo” at EU external borders and destabilise host countries. At best, there will be no impact at all.“If the EU wants to support refugee protection in the regions of origin or transit,” Moritz continued, “it could support the many existing camps, for example in Jordan or Uganda, which are already notoriously overcrowded and underfunded.” He also expressed scepticism toward proposed “controlled centres” inside the EU. “It is unclear what these controlled centres are supposed to look like. If they involve locking people up just because they ask for asylum, they are in breach of European and international law. If we are looking at relocation from these centres, we certainly will need to consider the very sobering experiences made with the so-called “hotspots” that were intended to facilitate relocation in the last years.”Resources for border security and combatting irregular migration will not resolve social and political problems. Imbalances will only grow if countries at EU external borders are made solely responsible for asylum procedures and removal of those not accorded protection.
“We agree that some people will have to return at the end of a full and just procedure,” Moritz noted. “One should not, however, for ideological reasons ignore all the legal, practical, and moral obstacles that make it impossible to return many of those without a residence permit in the EU.”The EU should examine where it is contributing to reasons why people flee, including through unjust trade, failure to address climate change, arms exports, and other policies.
The Conference of European Churches also expresses concern with the outcomes of the summit and its proposed focus of future EU funding on irregular migration and the target of increasing returns. CEC General Secretary Heikki Huttunen stressed the need for an alternative strategy. “When we ask for safe passage, we ask for a system of safe and regular access to Europe for those in need of protection, and for labour migrants. This is the strategy we must pursue to reduce irregular migration and deaths at the border.”All stakeholders must uphold the system of both state-run and civil society sponsored search and rescue. Directing financial resources toward this, as well as into better arrival and reception structures would help to make migration a success for all and avoid further building the fortress Europe.Churches throughout Europe have echoed these concerns. Kerk in Actie, along with 19 civil society organisations in the Netherlands, called on their national government for “moral leadership in treating asylum.” Similarly, the president of Diaconia Germany, Ulrich Lilie, noted “We cannot refuse to grant asylum to those most in need if Europe is to remain a Europe of human rights.”

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Congress for Passage of FTAs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2011

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The U.S. Grains Council salutes Congress on final passage of the long-stalled free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. These agreements provide significant benefits for U.S. agricultural trade and the U.S. economy by leveling the playing field in markets where U.S. producers have been laboring under an unfair competitive disadvantage. Ratification of the agreements provides for immediate duty-free access for most U.S. goods, creating opportunities for increases in U.S. agricultural exports which will generate economic growth and U.S. jobs. The agreements are expected to generate roughly $13 billion in additional export revenue, with approximately $11 billion of the total flowing to South Korea.“This is great news,” said USGC Chairman Dr. Wendell Shauman. “Our farmer leaders have been working hard with Congressional members to demonstrate the benefits of U.S. agricultural trade. Their hard work has paid off.” Dr. Shauman and Thomas C. Dorr, USGC president and CEO, will travel to Colombia and Panama in the near future for meetings with private sector and governmental leaders aimed at regaining U.S. grain exports to the region. U.S. agricultural exports have lost market share in both countries in recent years because other exporting countries have negotiated their own free-trade agreements, excluding the United States, while the U.S. trade agreements remained stalled. In 2007, for example, Colombia imported 3 million tons of corn with the United States enjoying a 95 percent market share. In 2010, however, imports fell to 700,000 metric tons and U.S. market share shrunk to less than 20 percent.

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USGC Congratulates Congress for Passage of FTAs; Now the Work Begins

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2011

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Washington, D.C., The U.S. Grains Council salutes Congress on final passage of the long-stalled free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. These agreements provide significant benefits for U.S. agricultural trade and the U.S. economy by leveling the playing field in markets where U.S. producers have been laboring under an unfair competitive disadvantage. Ratification of the agreements provides for immediate duty-free access for most U.S. goods, creating opportunities for increases in U.S. agricultural exports which will generate economic growth and U.S. jobs. The agreements are expected to generate roughly $13 billion in additional export revenue, with approximately $11 billion of the total flowing to South Korea. “This is great news,” said USGC Chairman Dr. Wendell Shauman. “Our farmer leaders have been working hard with Congressional members to demonstrate the benefits of U.S. agricultural trade. Their hard work has paid off.” Dr. Shauman and Thomas C. Dorr, USGC president and CEO, will travel to Colombia and Panama in the near future for meetings with private sector and governmental leaders aimed at regaining U.S. grain exports to the region. U.S. agricultural exports have lost market share in both countries in recent years because other exporting countries have negotiated their own free-trade agreements, excluding the United States, while the U.S. trade agreements remained stalled. In 2007, for example, Colombia imported 3 million tons of corn with the United States enjoying a 95 percent market share. In 2010, however, imports fell to 700,000 metric tons and U.S. market share shrunk to less than 20 percent. The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Financial support from our private industry members, including state checkoffs, agribusinesses, state entities and others, triggers federal matching funds from the USDA resulting in a combined program value of more than $28.3 million. The U.S. Grains Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact the U.S. Grains Council.

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USGC Pleased with Administration’s Submission of Trade Agreements

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 ottobre 2011

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Washington, D.C., October 4, 2011 – The U.S. Grains Council applauds the U.S. Administration in its renewed push for the passage of three pending bilateral trade agreements, including Colombia, Korea and Panama. According to government and industry estimates, the three FTAs will result in an additional $2.5 billion in additional sales and lead to the creation of over 20,000 jobs, which are critical to creating economic growth and employment for U.S. citizens. Lack of ratification has led to loss of U.S. exports and market share, as a number of foreign competitors have aggressively pursued favorable trade deals that place U.S. exporters at a competitive disadvantage. “The three trade agreements are critical components of U.S. competitiveness in the international marketplace. Once ratified, they will offer immediate duty-free or preferential treatment for U.S. coarse grains exports of and most U.S. agricultural commodities. This will not only benefit U.S. producers, but will also enhance each country’s ability to meet the needs of its growing middle class for high-quality protein products at low cost to consumers,” said Shauman.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of farmers and agribusinesses committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and their products. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Financial support from our private industry members, including state checkoffs, agribusinesses, state entities and others, triggers federal matching funds from the USDA resulting in a combined program value of more than $28.3 million.
The U.S. Grains Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact the U.S. Grains Council.

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Works in Passage

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 maggio 2010

Denver 27 maggio – 1 ottobre 2010  Sedi:  Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design  Philip J. Steele Gallery  1600 Pierce Street – Denver, Colorado Auraria Campus Emmanuel Gallery  10th and Lawrence Street Mall – Denver, Colorado. Le sculture monumentali di Maria Cristina Carlini arrivano oltreoceano, negli Stati Uniti, con la mostra “Maria Cristina Carlini. Works in Passage” che coinvolge i parchi del Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design e dell’Auraria Campus, due importanti complessi universitari di, capitale del Colorado.  La rassegna si estende inoltre in altre due sedi: la Philip J. Steele Gallery e la Emmanuel Gallery, situate proprio all’interno delle due università. Il corpus di opere, selezionato per l’occasione da Cortney Stell, curatrice delle mostre, raccoglie oltre trenta lavori, tra cui spiccano sette significative sculture monumentali, di cui tre inedite realizzate appositamente per questa grande occasione. La rassegna è ideata, promossa e organizzata dall’INAC, Istituto Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, con il contributo del Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, il patrocinio della città di Denver e coadiuvata per l’organizzazione dal Centro Italiano per le Arti e la Cultura. Presso la Philip J. Steele Gallery si ammirano le opere su tela di recentissima produzione e i bozzetti: oltre a quelli in bronzo e in creta, si distinguono alcuni inediti come Foglia, realizzato in foglia d’oro, Sciara, in grés, e Granvia in ossido di ferro. Completa la mostra un catalogo bilingue, in italiano e inglese, edito da Verso l’Arte Edizioni con testi di Cortney Stell e Anselmo Villata. (carlini)

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Galerie du passage: Design Miami/Basel

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 maggio 2010

Paris from 15 to 19 June 2010. galerie Véro-Dodat Design Miami/Basel For the first time, Galerie du Passage will participate in Design Miami/Basel, Pierre Passebon will showcase some of the great names in Italian design by presenting unique pieces signed Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, and Fausto Melotti. In a somber and elegant décor dominated by black and white, the great and unique “1970” rug by Guy de Rougemont provides a touch of colour… as do the new works currently on exhibit at Galerie du Passage as part of the SerpentineS exhibition, until early June. Indisputable stars of stand G18: two marble prototypes of the “Stadera” desk signed Franco Albini, made in 1951. As a “neo- rationalist” designer, he took a penchant for clean graphic lines from his training as an architect. Before creating his own workshop, Franco Albini worked for the Gio Ponti agency until1930. http://www.designmiami.com (guy)

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