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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

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CohesionAlliance seeks cooperation with MEPs to secure strong cohesion policy 2021-27

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 luglio 2019

Leading COTER and REGI members discussed risks and opportunities in the negotiations between the European Parliament and Council with territorial and sectoral associations
Envisaged budgetary cuts and centralisation still risk jeopardising the capacity of 2021-27 European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds to reduce gaps and spread sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU. The partners of the #CohesionAlliance – an EU wide alliance in favour of a strong cohesion policy after 2020 –discussed how to overcome such risks in a debate with newly appointed members of the European Parliament, held at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).”The European elections have given the new European Parliament a clear mandate to bring Europe closer to citizens’ needs. Cohesion policy offers a unique and powerful tool to achieve this goal by involving of all relevant actors in every European region. Together, we need to protect and improve this policy, and avoid it being used as a cash reserve to accommodate last minute backroom deals on the future EU budget”, said the CoR president, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, welcoming as new #CohesionAlliance supporter the newly appointed chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development (REGI), Younous Omarjee.Mr Omarjee expressed full support for the Alliance’s priorities including the key role of territorial cohesion, the elimination of macro-economic conditionality, the simplification of rules and the partnership principle for inclusive governance of investment plans. “We have to fight together against any cut to EU cohesion policy in the next long term budget”, he said, adding that, “since austerity plans were introduced during the financial crisis, regional and local authorities have often been given new responsibilities and tasks, while they are facing new challenges ranging from climate change to poverty. We need to ensure adequate support from the EU to regions.”
Over the past two years, the Alliance has established itself as the first communication platform to bring together all stakeholders involved in cohesion policy, from both the private and the public sectors. It aims to give them a voice in the EU decision-making process while informing and raising awareness among the public on Europe’s commitment to reducing disparities.The impact of this action was highlighted by the envoy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government and president of the CoR EPP Group, Michael Schneider (EPP/DE), who was among its initiators: “I am confident that the Cohesion Alliance, which keeps gaining momentum, will have a significant impact on the final design of future cohesion policy. This can already be seen in the European Parliament’s position, which reflects the key demands of our cities and regions.During the event, representatives of public authorities, civil society and business associations highlighted the impact of cohesion policy in intervention areas ranging from youth policies, to support for small and medium enterprises, climate change action and social inclusion.The “trialogues” between European Parliament, Commission and Council on the legislative proposals for the future cohesion policy are expected to restart in October, in order to finalise the adoption of relevant regulations by the end of 2019.

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At-Bay Launches Excess Cyber Policy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 maggio 2019

At-Bay launched an excess cyber insurance policy for clients across all industry classes. At-Bay developed this product to fulfill broker demand for access to the At-Bay Security Team for organizations with insurance towers.The At-Bay Security Team provides insureds with ongoing vulnerability scanning, threat monitoring, and 24/7 support to help prevent loss. With the new product launch, At-Bay has made these security services available to Excess clients.
“We wanted to create an excess program for our clients that doesn’t just provide capacity, but rather provides smart capacity that helps all parties avoid loss, including the underlying limits,” said Brett Sadoff, At-Bay’s Head of Insurance. “Proactive risk management is the future of cyber insurance and we are very happy to bring this to market for our customers.”In addition to monitoring clients throughout the lifetime of their policy, the At-Bay Security Team reviews prospective clients during the underwriting process. The team built its own security scanning technology and risk model to augment traditional underwriting methods. With access to deep security insights, At-Bay can underwrite more confidently, provide better coverage, and provide prices that match the quality of the client’s security.At-Bay’s excess product compliments their primary cyber insurance product that is available to select broker partners. At-Bay offers both primary and excess limits up to $10M for clients up to $5B in annual revenue across all 50 states and Washington D.C.

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Xi Jinping heads to Europe: “This could be a watershed moment for Italy’s China policy”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 marzo 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected in Europe from March 21 to 26. He will first travel to Italy and then head to Monaco and France. His visit to Italy in particular (March 21 to 24) – the first Chinese state visit to that country in ten years – is causing a stir as the Italian government appears ready to make major concessions to China. According to media reports, the Italian government is set to endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a move that would make Italy the first G7 state to join Xi Jinping’s key foreign policy project.
Questions to Lucrezia Poggetti, research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).
The Italian government has sought closer ties with Beijing from the start. Do you consider it likely that Italy will join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – and if so, what is Rome hoping to get out of such a move?
The current Italian government has, indeed, adopted a very China-friendly line since it took office at the end of May 2018. This was spearheaded by the Undersecretary of State for Economic Development, Michele Geraci, who set up a “China Task Force” under the Ministry of Economic Development in August last year to seek closer political relations with China in the hope of getting economic opportunities in return.
Geraci argues that the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on BRI would help Italian companies increase exports to the Chinese market. In 2018, Italy registered a USD 12.13 billion trade deficit with China. However, the MoU is unlikely to change that. European countries whose trade relations with the Asian giant are more balanced, such as France and Germany, have not signed any BRI endorsements. Those EU member states that have signed up to the BRI in the past, such as Poland and other Eastern European countries, have complained that Beijing’s promises of economic opportunities have largely failed to materialize.
Yet despite heated debates within Italian politics, it is very likely that the Italian government will sign the controversial MoU. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed on Friday March 15 the government’s plans to go ahead with the signature.
How important would it be for Beijing if Italy were to sign the BRI MoU?
Italy’s signature would give the BRI project a huge boost in legitimacy. Beyond the economics, an Italian endorsement would be politically symbolic for China. Italy would be the first G7 member state and the first EU founding country to sign up to BRI. An endorsement by the third largest economy in the Eurozone would allow Xi Jinping to show domestic audiences that his initiative enjoys a great reputation in Europe and the world, while in fact the BRI faces criticism that it has created debt traps, political dependencies and has failed to meet international standards.
What are the implications for the Italian economy?
The MoU, as far as we know, contains only vague reassurances but no concrete guarantees that Italian companies will contribute to infrastructure projects or that Italy will receive more investment from China. The vague language of the text appears to confirm rising concerns in Europe that many BRI projects mainly benefit Chinese companies. In February 2018, 27 European ambassadors to China, including the Italian ambassador, signed a report critical of BRI, arguing that the initiative almost exclusively promotes Chinese interests. In the light of these developments, signing up to BRI with the hope of gaining substantial economic opportunities is a bit naïve. If anything, Italian officials should use China’s appetite for a high-level endorsement of BRI to put concrete demands on the negotiating table.
So far, though, China has the upper hand. It has already said that if Italy doesn’t sign the MoU, all the commercial deals that are expected to be signed during Xi’s visits will be off the table. Those deals include major Chinese investment in Italian ports and agreements involving leading Italian banks and energy companies.
Where would an Italian agreement with China on BRI put Italy for those EU partners currently working toward greater coordination on China policy?
An MoU on BRI would harm Italy’s credibility as a reliable partner because Italy would break ranks with current efforts by the EU and its largest member states to better coordinate on China. The first signs of Italy’s China-friendly shift are already visible. For example, in February Italy abstained from a vote on an EU-wide investment screening mechanism to better protect Europe’s strategic sectors. Notably, the previous Italian government had been an important partner for Berlin and Paris to promote the establishment of such a mechanism.
What are the alternatives for the Italian government?
The Italian government would be well advised to devote more resources to devising a more balanced China strategy that takes into account not just economic interests but EU unity, geopolitical considerations and risk assessments. While Geraci’s “China Task Force” has promoted closer political and economic ties with Beijing, a more sophisticated approach would focus on strengthening Italy’s own industrial base and domestic competitiveness while nudging China towards greater market openness. It is also important to remember that as a bloc the EU has more economic and political negotiating power vis-à-vis China than any EU country has alone.
Devising a balanced China strategy would also require greater coordination and exchange of views among different ministries, such as foreign affairs, interior and defence. If anything, Xi Jinping’s visit has made many in Italy realize that, beyond economics, relations with China have wide ranging political implications. This could be a watershed moment for Italy’s China policy. Italy should make best use of the momentum created by Xi’s visit to fill the information gap about China’s rise and its impact on Italian interests.
Xi’s trip to Europe comes as concerns about China are growing on the continent. Where does France stand in the China policy debate?
On his visit to France, Xi will certainly experience a tougher attitude than in Italy, with Paris having grown more sceptical about China’s activities. Commenting on BRI ahead of Xi’s visit, French President Emmanuel Macron said that China’s participation in other countries’ development should be done in “the spirit of equality, reciprocity” and “respecting the sovereignty of nations.” France – together with Germany – has also been a strong promoter of a more cohesive European China policy. Notably, after almost four full days in Italy, Xi will spend less than a day in Paris. (By China Flash)

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“Austria Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

It is among the latest country specific policy report that offers comprehensive information on major policies governing renewable energy market in the country.The report provides the current and future renewable energy targets and plans along with the present policy framework, giving a fair idea of overall growth potential of the renewable energy industry. The report also provides major technology specific policies and incentives provided in the country.The report is built using data and information sourced from industry associations, government websites and statutory bodies. The information is also sourced through other secondary research sources such as industry and trade magazines.
The report covers policy measures and incentives used by Austria to promote renewable energy.The report details promotional measures in Austria both for the overall renewable energy industry and for specific renewable energy technologies that have potential in the country.

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Policy and Advocacy Intern (Paid) – Conflict Sensitivity & Peacebuilding

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2019

Bruxelles. The WV EUREP office is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works to support World Vision’s engagements with the institutions of the European Union (EU). The Brussels office interacts with these groups in pursuit of two main strategic goals:To influence key EU decision-makers and political processes so that policies, programs and funding opportunities of the EU positively impact vulnerable children and their communities;
To promote and facilitate access by World Vision offices around the world to the funding opportunities provided by the EU, the largest single donor for development and humanitarian aid.In line with World Vision International’s strategic goals, WV EUREP works in partnership with other organisations in order to maximize its impact, including:CSC-Hub: a global network of organizations and individuals working on conflict sensitive approaches in their field which aims at bringing together actors in the fields of development, humanitarian, peacebuilding, security, research and business using conflict sensitivity at policy, organizational and programmatic level. The CSC-Hub is currently steered by World Vision from Brussels, which promotes and coordinates the HUB’s activities, jointly agreed and run by the Hub members; EYPB: a coalition of Europe-based international peacebuilding and development organisations and independent experts. EYPB works towards achieving the meaningful participation of young people’s voices at the EU-level, and ensuring their needs, capabilities and challenges are being taken into account in the EU’s peace, security and development policies. The Partnership’s founding members are Save the Children, Search for Common Ground, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders), World Vision and PeaceMatters.

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Policy Certainty a key focus at SA Tomorrow Investor Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 novembre 2018

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange took part in the annual SA Tomorrow Investor Conference (“SA Tomorrow”) that kicked off on Thursday, 01 November in New York. Along with a South African delegation that included the newly appointed Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, cabinet ministers and members of the business community, the conference set out to boost investor confidence in the region.Now in its sixth year, “SA Tomorrow” is an investor roadshow aimed at attracting new investment opportunities to the country and creating a platform to discuss solutions to South Africa’s current challenges.Following closely on the minister of finance’s recent Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), the conference focused primarily on the creation of an environment supportive of inclusive growth as South Africa battles a shrinking economy. Pressing policy and regulation issues also featured prominently with the concerns around the 3rd iteration of the Mining Charter, expropriation of land without compensation and the restructuring of state owned enterprises.“We welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recently announced economic stimulus package. While we acknowledge that this is an important stepping stone to revive Africa’s most industrialised economy, we believe that implementation is what will unlock the country’s full potential. Naturally this needs to be coupled with a legislative and regulatory environment that is more business and investor friendly, something the current political leadership is keenly aware of,” says JSE chairman, Nonkululeko Nyembezi.
The various plenary sessions and speeches echoed sentiments delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent trip to the United States and the local investor summit held last week.

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GSMA Appoints Manoj Misra to Spearhead Public Policy Development for India

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 febbraio 2018

PD*10827762New Delhi. The GSMA today announced the appointment of Manoj Misra as the GSMA’s new Senior Public Policy Director for India. Misra, who was most recently General Manager and Head of Regulatory & External Affairs for Vodafone India, takes on his new role effective immediately, reporting to Emanuela Lecchi, Head of Public Policy, Asia Pacific. Misra will work with the GSMA’s operator members in identifying opportunities that will advance the development of the mobile communications industry in India.“Manoj Misra brings to the GSMA a combination of deep market knowledge and broad experience in the telecommunication sector, both of which will be critical as he works with GSMA members to identify opportunities and implement strategies and initiatives that would benefit the local mobile industry,” said Alasdair Grant, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA. “His appointment comes at a critical time for the development of public policy in India, and his experience will add depth to the ongoing debate about fundamental industry issues, including the future regulatory regime, treatment of data, improvements to socio-economic development that the industry can make and the cost-efficient deployment of networks.” Manoj Misra joins the GSMA from Vodafone India, which is the Indian subsidiary of UK-based Vodafone Group plc, the world’s second-largest mobile phone company, and the second largest provider of telecommunications services in India. As General Manager and Head of Regulatory & External Affairs, Misra engaged with government officials and national regulators to lobby and support Vodafone’s commercial activities, while he undertook relationship building and public affairs work with government and public authorities Prior to Vodafone, Misra was Deputy Advisor (Financial Analysis) for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the national regulator of the telecommunications sector in India. At TRAI, he developed cost based pricing models for telecommunications network services, advised on matters of revenue share and examined issues related to competition. Misra holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lucknow, India, and is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi.

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EU Security Policy Assessment: debate with Commissioner King and national MPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

european parliamentMembers of national parliaments, civil society and MEP’s will assess the current EU security policy with Commissioner Julian King to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a meeting organized by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.The aim of the meeting is to receive input from national parliaments and civil society organizations on current EU security policies. The findings will feed into the comprehensive assessment of EU security policy currently carried out by the Commission, to be delivered by June 2017.
The assessment covers the three priorities of the European Agenda on Security adopted in 2015: tackling terrorism and preventing radicalization, disrupting organized crime and fighting cybercrime and looks at the key measures and instruments within these areas.
Commissioner King will present the preliminary findings followed by contributions from Members of National Parliaments: Maarten Groothuizen, The Netherlands, Koen Metsu, Belgium and Stefano Danbruoso, Italy and from civil society organisations: International Commission of Jurists, EuroCop and Amnesty International.The presentations will be followed by a debate with participation of members from national parliaments and the European Parliament.

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International Forum on Cancer Patients Empowerment “Shared decisions, one policy”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 maggio 2017

università studi milanoMilano, 16 al 17 maggio 2017 presso l’Università degli Studi. Nella sessione di apertura dalle 9.30 alle 10.15 sono attesi gli interventi del Ministro della Salute, Beatrice Lorenzin, e del Ministro dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, Valeria Fedeli. L’equilibrio tra innovazione e sostenibilità, in uno scenario caratterizzato dai nuovi trend dell’oncologia di precisione e della medicina genica e personalizzata, sarà al centro di una
successiva sessione dedicata (dalle 11.45 alle 13.30), dove interverranno tra gli altri, Mario Melazzini, Presidente dell’Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco, Massimo Scaccabarozzi, Presidente di Farmindustria, e Nathalie Moll, EFPIA General Director. Nella giornata del 17 maggio, Gianluca Vago, Rettore dell’Università degli Studi di Milano introdurrà la sessione di apertura, in cui Paolo Corradini, Direttore del Dipartimento di Oncologia ed Onco-ematologia dell’Ateneo milanese, illustrerà l’esperienza maturata negli anni da quello che oggi, con oltre 60 addetti, si propone come un centro di eccellenza, tra i più grandi a livello europeo, dedicato alla ricerca e cura oncologica. Il Forum avrà luogo presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano, sede di importanti gruppi di ricerca operanti nel contesto e partecipe di molti dei più rilevanti programmi di ricerca nazionali e internazionali sul fronte della ricerca scientifica e su quello del trasferimento tecnologico e di sviluppo applicativo dei risultati della ricerca scientifica. La partecipazione dei cittadini ai processi decisionali rappresenta uno dei valori fondamentali su cui si basa la strategia comunitaria europea, anche nella pianificazione dei nuovi programmi sanitari. “Shared decisions, one policy” è il primo Forum internazionale dedicato ai diritti dei pazienti e al loro attivo coinvolgimento nel processo decisionale clinico e nelle politiche di sanità pubblica nell’era dell’oncologia personalizzata, con particolare riferimento alle esigenze di omogeneizzazione e riequilibrio tra i diversi standard assistenziali europei.
Il Forum propone una sintesi multidisciplinare e multidimensionale, offrendo il contributo di tutte le categorie a vario titolo interessate e coinvolte su questo tema in Italia e in Europa: rappresentanti dei pazienti, operatori sanitari, politici, legislatori e regolatori, organizzazioni internazionali, organismi governativi e aziende farmaceutiche. Il Forum contribuisce al dialogo internazionale sul diritto umano ad uno stato ottimale di salute, collocandosi a pieno titolo all’interno del contesto dell’azione comune europea sul controllo del cancro.
La partecipazione al Forum non prevede costi di iscrizione ed è aperta a tutti gli interessati, previa registrazione sul sito: http://www.forumcpe.it (foto: università studi milano)

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Fear of the TTIP, of globalisation or of a middle class downgrade?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 aprile 2016

Heading into barack obama’s visit to Germany and the 13th round of the TTIP negotiations, Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, analyses the issues and challenges on both sides of the Atlantic concerning trade policy.
You are free, of course, to integrate the passages of your choice into your articles, and I remain at your disposal for any additional information on the subject or to organise interviews with Dr. Fabry.
À l’approche de la visite de Barack Obama en Allemagne et du 11éme round des négociations du TTIP, Elvire Fabry, chercheur senior à l’Institut Jacques Delors, analyse les défis et les blocages de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique concernant la politique commerciale.
Vous êtes bien évidemment libres d’intégrer les passages de votre choix dans vos articles et je reste à votre disposition pour tout autre information sur le sujet ou pour organiser des interviews avec Mme Fabry.

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Taking the European Neighbourhood Policy beyond the conception-performance gap

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 marzo 2016

europeThe policy paper by Nicole Koenig, research fellow in our office in Germany, the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, reviews the first decade of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), analyses the review of November 2015 and formulates recommendations for the policy’s future implementation. The paper argues that the ENP has suffered from a ‘conception-performance gap. Conceived to foster peace, stability and prosperity at the EU’s borders, the EU now finds itself surrounded by a ring of crises and conflicts.The 2015 ENP review addresses the gap by lowering the policy’s ambition and seeking to improve its performance through increased focus, differentiation, flexibility and ownership. In practice, the ENP’s implementation will be shaped by four cleavages: Pragmatic differentiation vs. normative indifference
New priorities vs. old quest for coherence
Static multilateralism vs. functional flexibility
Technocratic logic vs. geopolitical game
To address these and shape a more strategic and political ENP, the EU should full endorse variable geometry; effectively connect the ENP to other areas of EU external action; devise a political roadmap to keep the member states seized and engage more constructively with geopolitics.
Politique européenne de voisinage: comment réduire l’écart entre ambitions et résultats?
Ce policy paper de Nicole Koenig, chercheur dans notre bureau en Allemagne, le Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, revient sur la première décennie de la politique européenne de voisinage (PEV), analyse la révision dont elle a fait l’objet en novembre 2015 et présente des recommandations pour sa mise en œuvre. L’auteur estime que la PEV a souffert d’un décalage entre ses ambitions initiales et ses résultats réels. La PEV a été conçue pour promouvoir la paix, la stabilité et la prospérité aux frontières de l’UE. Or, celle-ci se trouve désormais entourée d’un cercle de crises et de conflits.
La révision de la PEV en 2015 visait à réduire ce décalage en réduisant les ambitions de cette politique et en cherchant à améliorer ses résultats en précisant les objectifs et en renforçant la différentiation, la flexibilité et l’appropriation. En pratique, la mise en oeuvre de la PEV dépendra de l’équilibre trouvé entre quatre équations: différenciation pragmatique vs. indifférence normative
nouvelles priorités vs. ancienne quête de cohérence
multilatéralisme statique vs. flexibilité fonctionnelle
logique technocratique vs. approche géopolitique
Pour résoudre ces équations et définir une PEV plus stratégique et plus politique, l’UE devrait appliquer un principe de géométrie variable, lier étroitement la PEV aux autres politiques d’action extérieure de l’UE, définir une feuille de route pour guider les Etats membres et s’engager de manière plus constructive dans une approche géopolitique.(photo: europe)

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Schengen à l’épreuve: enjeux et perspectives politiques

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 febbraio 2016

SchengenAntónio Vitorino et Yves Bertoncini analysent les racines civiques et diplomatiques de la crise de l’espace Schengen afin d’évaluer son ampleur et d’identifier les possibilités d’en sortir au cours des mois à venir. Leur Policy paper combine trois séries de constats et de recommandations politiques :
1. Schengen sous le feu croisé de visions politiques divergentes
– Alors que les Européens s’accordent à percevoir le terrorisme islamique comme une menace, certains d’entre eux perçoivent les demandeurs d’asile comme des “victimes” et d’autres comme une menace.
– “Schengen” se trouve pris entre deux feux, d’une part des représentations politiques nationales qui surestiment le potentiel réel de protection des frontières, et d’autre part des représentations pro-européennes qui minimisent la dimension sécuritaire de l’accord fondateur et la dimension populaire de la libre-circulation.
– La dénigration de Schengen est utilisée par les autorités nationales pour se décharger de leurs propres défaillances et responsabilités au regard de l’évolution de la crise des réfugiés et face aux menaces terroristes.
2. Une crise de solidarité, mais surtout une crise de confiance, sur le point d’être endiguée ?
– La construction de centres d’accueil (“hotspots”) a le mérite de répondre au déficit de solidarité mais aussi au déficit de confiance entre les États membres de l’espace Schengen, comme le projet de “Corps européen de gardes-frontières” ;
– La menace terroriste déclenche dans les pays européens une solidarité plus instinctive, qui facilite l’adoption de mesures de sécurité au niveau de l’UE, mais comment est-il possible de parvenir à un échange fluide et fructueux d’informations entre des États européens qui continuent à s’espionner mutuellement ?
– On assiste à une course contre la montre, qui pourrait s’achever en 2018, entre l’européanisation du contrôle des frontières extérieures et la réintroduction temporaire de contrôles aux frontières nationales, qui constitue une “application” et non une “suspension” du code Schengen ;
– Les Européens vont-ils persister dans une attitude visant à maintenir les droits associés à l’appartenance à l’espace Schengen (plus de liberté et de coopération policière et judiciaire) tout en acceptant de supporter les charges supplémentaires qui en découlent (en termes à la fois de solidarité et de contrôle des frontières) ?
3. Plus d’Europe aux frontières, mais surtout au-delà : une question de souveraineté
– La création de “hotspots” et la relocalisation des demandeurs d’asile doivent être présentées comme des outils de gestion de crise justifiant l’exercice partagé de la souveraineté, afin de leur permettre d’être plus efficaces et de jouir d’une plus grande légitimité.
– Il est nécessaire d’agir dans le cadre d’un espace de “souveraineté partagée” au sein duquel la libre circulation s’applique à tous, y compris les terroristes djihadistes et les réseaux de trafic d’êtres humains, mais pas suffisamment aux policiers et aux informations dont ils disposent.
– La pression va continuer à s’exercer sur l’espace Schengen jusqu’à ce que les Européens se montrent capables de prévenir et de contrôler les crises se déroulant dans leur voisinage : agir à nos frontières ne sera pas efficace, seule “l’Europe puissance” peut contribuer à sauver Schengen.
António Vitorino et Yves Bertoncini concluent leur Policy paper en soulignant qu’il est bien trop tôt pour annoncer la mort de “Schengen”, tout comme il était bien trop tôt pour annoncer le “Grexit” en 2015, et qu’il est même possible que la crise de l’espace Schengen ait une issue similaire à celle de la crise de la zone euro, conduisant alors à davantage de solidarité et de contrôle de l’UE.
(photo: Schengen)

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End of one-child policy in China is a welcomed step

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 novembre 2015

shanghai-chinaThe announcement by China to end its one-child policy is a huge step forward in recognizing sexual and reproductive health for all of its citizens, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) said today.IPPF has been working with China through an emerging countries initiative Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) on population matters and through its Member Association, China Family Planning Association(CFPA).In 2013, IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse met with the Premier of China, Li Keqiang and the Vice Premier Liu Yangdong. In the meeting with Mr Melesse, IPPF’s manifesto for change for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Vision 2020, was endorsed by the Vice Premier Liu Yangdong.Mr Melesse said: “The announcement from China’s leadership is a significant one. We recognize that it has come after much consideration. This is a major move towards empowering citizens and improving their rights. The work is not over as other restrictions remain but this is a clear and welcomed action”. IPPF is a global advocate for SRHR and a leading service provider working across the world. Its 145 Member Associations include the Chinese Family Planning Association (CFPA).

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United States and China release a game-changing climate announcement

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2015

washington, DC their common vision for the Paris negotiation, including a game-changing financial commitment from China and details on key domestic policy issues. This announcement takes place as China’s emissions from coal are declining for the first time in 15 years.
Commenting on the new statement, Greenpeace East Asia Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Li Shuo, said:“The climate finance commitments from the Chinese government represent a paradigm shift. This is a drastic increase in scale from China’s previous financial pledges. US $3.1 billion could even surpass the US pledge to the Green Climate Fund, which still faces a significant battle in the US Congress.“With this deal, it’s clear China is ready to lead on climate. The old political excuses for inaction in Washington have become irrelevant. On the wave of moral inspiration after the Pope’s visit, US politicians should raise the level of their ambition.“The US and China frequently find themselves disagreeing with each other, but one thing that the leaders are aligned on is climate change. The overwhelming scale of the crisis transcends differences of political system and development stage. If the US and China can agree on the urgency of tackling climate change, the world should find it possible to forge a successful deal in Paris.“The political capital both leaders are investing in a climate agreement in Paris also reflects the fundamental transformation of international climate politics from six years ago in Copenhagen.
“Greenpeace calls on the US and China to bring their highest level of ambition to Paris and beyond.”The release builds on the major announcement the two leaders signed in November last year.Greenpeace is calling for a strong Paris Agreement, including a complete phase out of fossil fuels and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy by midcentury, a solid mechanism to ramp up ambition every five years starting in 2020, and the financing of the $100 billion climate fund.

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Debate on the external dimension of the EU migration policy, border management and visas

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 maggio 2015

bruxelles (1)The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will hold the third debate on the strategic own-initiative report on migration, to be drafted by co-rapporteurs Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, Italy), on Tuesday 26 May, from 11.00 to 13.00. The subject matters to be addressed in this meeting will be the strategy on cooperation with third countries and border management and visa policy, including the role of Frontex and other agencies.
The debate will take place on Tuesday 26 May, from 11.00 to 13.00, in room Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 3C050, in Brussels. It will be webstreamed on EP Live.

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FRA reiterates call for rights-based EU migration policy following latest deaths in Mediterranean

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 aprile 2015

Onu palaceAs up to 950 people are feared dead in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea, FRA reiterates its call for a holistic, fundamental rights-oriented EU migration policy in order to save lives and combat the smugglers that seek to make financial gain out of the desperate situation of people in need of protection.
“Adults and children who were fleeing persecution or simply seeking a better future for themselves or their families are dying in horrific circumstances,” said FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “No single country or organisation can solve this issue alone, and this is why we need to redouble our efforts in the EU to develop a comprehensive migration policy based on solidarity – both with the migrants and with each other.”
With figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees showing that the number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people worldwide reached its highest mark since the Second World War, solutions are urgently needed. FRA has argued for a fundamental rights-based approach to border surveillance with greater cooperation between EU Member States and third countries, as well as an increase in the number of legal avenues by which those in need of international protection can reach the EU.In this context, EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said at FRA’s 2014 Fundamental Rights Conference that one of the reasons for so many lost lives is that it is too difficult for people seeking protection to enter the EU legally. A recent FRA paper discusses the lack of legal entry options and proposes ways of increasing access to the EU for people in need of international protection, helping to make the right to asylum set forth in Article 18 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights a reality for refugees and other people in need of international protection.

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From the European Energy Community to the Energy Union – A new Policy Proposal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 gennaio 2015

energiaThe new concept of Energy Union, which has been advocated by the new EU leaders, without giving it a concrete content yet, opens a wider debate on the future challenges to be addressed in the field of energy.Ahead of this debate and the upcoming European Commission’s initiative, Jacques Delors Institute launches a new policy proposal calling for a bold and forward looking Energy Union as a long-term European energy transition project. Introduced by Jacques Delors and written by Sami Andoura and Jean-Arnold Vinois, this new report goes further than the original policy proposal for a “European Energy Community” initiated in 2010 by the former president of the European Commission and the Institute’sin-depth study of the future of European energy policy.Indeed, four years later, the adoption of the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework by the European Council and the start of a new EU political and institutional cycle in 2014 give the chance to assess the state of play of the European energy policy and to identify the necessary new paths to ensure the desired European integration and reap all its benefits.This new report examines the evolution of the European energy policy from 2007 to 2014, including the most recent developments and the adoption of a new 2030 EU Energy and Climate Framework. The strengths and weaknesses of the European energy policy are identified and assessed in thirty findings.Relying on the conclusion that the existing European energy policy requires additional measures, the report suggests the three key objectives to be achieved in priority by a comprehen­sive European energy policy. It expresses ten meaningful recommendations for action, together with concrete remedies, policy instruments and insti­tutional frameworks that should be implemented in the short-term within the new EU institutional cycle.Last but not least, it attempts to bring for­ward-looking ideas and 10 key areas – building blocks – for action to achieve an ambitious and inspirational Energy Union, and to make it a fundamental element of the sol­idarity between the Member States within the European Union and beyond in Europe. (foto: energy comunity)

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Adam M. Roberts Named CEO of Born Free Foundation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 dicembre 2014

adamThe Trustees of the renowned international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, have announced the unanimous confirmation of Adam M. Roberts as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Roberts replaces Will Travers, who served with vision and dedication for three decades in the post and who has now transitioned to the role of President of the organisation. Born Free co-founder Virginia McKenna OBE was clearly delighted with the news, “ “When my husband Bill and I founded Born Free 30 years ago along with our son Will, we could only have dreamed that its impact would be this lasting. Today’s announcement is a testament to Adam’s hard work over many years, and to the trust he has earned, that he now will successfully manage the role of CEO in both the US and the UK. Adam’s steadfast dedication to our mission means a great deal to Will and myself. I am confident that his added vision will help to guide Born Free into our next years as a global leader in wildlife protection.” Roberts has more than two decades of experience campaigning on international wildlife trade issues, including the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, lion trophies, and bear gallbladders. He has expertise in wildlife trade policy, trapping and fur, animals in entertainment, and the exotic pet trade. Will Travers, OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, said “Adam is a remarkable individual with extraordinary levels of energy, commitment and compassion. He is also my close friend. He is exactly the right person to lead Born Free forward to even greater heights in the years ahead. He is surrounded by a wonderful team of dedicated professionals and I am looking forward to working closely with him to deliver compassionate conservation for wild animals in need around the world.”In addition to his work at Born Free USA, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Species Survival Network (SSN) where he chairs their Press and Financial Committees, the Bear Working Group, and the Animals in Captivity Working Group. SSN is dedicated to ensuring that the international wildlife trade does not cause overexploitation of animals and plants, and includes nearly 100 member organizations from more than 30 countries.He is also a founding member of the board and current chairman of the board of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing species-specific humane standards of care for animals held in animal sanctuaries, and accrediting facilities globally based on these standards.
In 2003, Roberts founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries. He runs the organization singlehandedly and as a volunteer. To date, the organization has supported work in more than 50 countries and has given out in excess of a quarter of a million dollars in grant awards.He began his animal protection career in Washington, D.C. in 1991 after graduating from Vassar College in New York.
Roberts has written and presented more than 50 articles for medical, legal, scientific, and advocacy organisation publications around the world. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues concerning captive wild animals, compassionate conservation, and the protection of animals. He is interviewed regularly by the international media about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues. He will split his time between the Born Free USA office in Washington, DC, where he resides with his wife Stephanie, daughter Mia, two dogs, and five cats, and the Horsham office of Born Free Foundtaion.
Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers following their starring roles in the classic film Born Free. Today, led by their son Will Travers, Born Free is working worldwide for wild animal welfare and compassionate conservation.
Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

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Heading towards a European Federation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2014

policy paperRoger Godino and Fabien Verdier think that the only way to impart a dynamic new thrust to Europe is to make a federal leap, that is to create a European Federation. It would be established by an international treaty signed initially by 6-7 countries (Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and possibly also Poland). The European Federation would enjoy both effective governance and real democratic oversight. According to both authors, it is the only way to launch a major initiative for growth capable of fostering a new industrial dynamic in Europe and to give the euro the political consolidation that so sorely lacks today.This Policy paper is based on the six following elements:
1. Europe, Germany and France
2. The European idea: from a 28-strong Europe to a European Federation
3. The institutional organisation of a European Federation
4. A European growth initiative for a European Federation
5. The harmonisation of taxation for a European Federation
6. A draft constituent treaty for a European Federation (policy paper)

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The trade policy of the European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 maggio 2012

This study by Iana Dreyer assesses the trade policy of the European Union (EU) in its neighbourhood and formulates proposals for the “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements” (DCFTAs) that the EU is currently offering to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy and in response to the democratisation processes in the region.The study puts DCFTAs in context by taking stock of the trade policy arrangements currently in place with all its neighbours. It also benchmarks the DCFTA projects against the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) the EU has signed in recent years with emerging markets outside its neighbourhood. The fundamental issue at stake is how far the EU should push the EU acquis communautaire in particular in the field of technical and sanitary standards. Another important issue is the need to foster investment in the partner economies. Also DCFTAs should be considered a means to foster industrial renewal on both sides. The proposals revolve around an ambitious mutual trade and investment liberalisation agenda, an alternative solution to regulatory alignment in standards, and a customs union to both achieve the goals of regional economic integration and reduce the distortions coming from rules of origin in FTAs.

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