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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: (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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The Patient Safety Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 aprile 2012

WHO’s Patient Safety Programme is proud to announce the release, last week, of the results of the first multi-country study on hospital adverse events, conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions of WHO. These data show that patient safety concerns are as important in these regions as had been previously recognized in more economically developed ones. Results from the Eastern Mediterranean/African Adverse Events Study reveals that patients are suffering preventable permanent disability or dying due to unsafe health care in developing and transitional countries. On average, health-care related harmful incidents affected 8 in every 100 patients studied. These are conservative estimates that probably only reveal the tip of the iceberg, but that nevertheless highlight the importance and urgency of addressing patient safety globally.Experts found that an average of 8.2% of patients suffered what they term an “adverse event”. These were defined as unintended injuries that resulted in permanent disability or death that came about as a result of health-care management. In some hospitals, the situation was much worse, with almost one in five patients being affected by accidents and poor care. The researchers say that adverse events happen in the developed world too, but they point out that the chance of dying from an adverse event in a developing world hospital is much higher.
With 26 hospitals participating in the research, spread across Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, South Africa and Yemen, and in collaboration with the respective ministries of health and the two WHO Regional Offices, this study, which started back in 2005, has been one of the largest ones undertaken by the Patient Safety Programme.WHO would like to thank the participating hospitals who agreed to participate in this important and valuable patient safety study, acknowledging their courage and determination to help improve the situation in their own hospitals and further afield. Recognition is also due to the scientific teams in the eight participating countries, led by Prof. Ross Wilson. This study will now contribute towards placing patient safety strongly on the health policy agenda of developing and transitional countries. The EMRO-AFRO Adverse Event Study will shortly be published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2012;344:e832).The article can be read via this link to BMJ’s website, and you can also find below a link to our website where you can read the policy booklet prepared by PSP, as well as a media piece from the BBC: patientsafety/ research/evidence_ of_unsafe/en/index.html,

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Who Rome office closes at the end of 2011

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 dicembre 2011

The Rome office of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health is due to close at the end of December 2011. WHO’s work on environment and health in Europe remains a priority and is being consolidated in Bonn, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. This will allow the WHO Regional Office for Europe to maintain and strengthen its technical capacities in this area for the benefit of the 53 Member States of the European Region.The presence of the Rome office in Italy was regulated by an agreement between the Italian Government and WHO/Europe. The agreement was renewed in 2007 by the Italian ministers of health and environment on behalf of the Italian Government. In spring 2011, however, the former Italian Government informed WHO/Europe that owing to changes in its priorities, it would no longer be in a position to continue its support.“While we regret the closure of the WHO Rome office, we would like to express our gratitude for the critical support provided by Italy during the 20 years of activity of the office, since its opening in 1991. The excellent collaboration that exists with numerous Italian institutions will continue under the new arrangements,” said Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We also highly appreciate the additional support that the German Government has provided, recognizing that this is a valuable opportunity to consolidate WHO/Europe’s work on environment and health.”The Italian support has contributed to WHO’s achieving its goals of helping European countries to address the challenges of environmental factors to health. The Rome office has been instrumental in bringing the importance of environmental determinants of health to the forefront of the public health agenda in collaboration with many countries over the past decades.
Since the late 1980s, when the First European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health took place, there has been a need to facilitate dialogue between the health and environment ministers and other sectors. This dialogue, discussion and policy-making led to what is known as the European environment and health process (EEHP), which has been in place for over 20 years.In 1991, recognizing the need for more of an evidence base for the EEHP, WHO/Europe accepted the Italian Government’s offer to set up the European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH) in Rome. Since then the ECEH in Rome has operated as a centre of scientific excellence, providing European Member States with the latest evidence on the nature and magnitude of existing and emerging environmental health risks, and assisting them in identifying and implementing policies to address these risks. Ten years later, and with the generous support of the German Government, another ECEH office was opened in Bonn, expanding the Centre’s technical capacity. Over its 20 years of existence, the ECEH has had offices also in Nancy, France and Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Five ministerial conferences have taken place to date to ensure political commitment from all European countries at the highest level to address environmental hazards and to lead policy development and action. The last ministerial conference took place in Parma, Italy in 2010 and was hosted by the Italian Government. Through the ECEH, WHO/Europe provides scientific and organizational support to this process. This includes developing and compiling the scientific evidence underpinning the political agenda of the conferences and coordinating the participation and contributions of all key partners.
The Rome office of the ECEH addressed specific environmental hazards to health, such as through water quality or food safety, the prevention of violence and injuries, and the health dimension of policy decisions in other sectors such as transport or energy that influence environmental quality, and emerging threats such as climate change. It also supported countries in building up and implementing methods for the integrated assessment of the health effects of policy interventions, so as to identify potential risks to health from different options, as well as to manage and mitigate their effects. It paid particular attention to communication, both through traditional media and Internet-based platforms, and assisted countries in addressing numerous environment and health emergencies.This work will now continue in the ECEH’s Bonn office, with managerial and strategic support provided by WHO/Europe’s head office in Copenhagen.

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Greenpeace Reactive: The state of play in the legal discussion

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 dicembre 2011

Ministers are in one of the most important discussions of the Durban COP, during which they decide if and when to achieve the legally binding treaty and the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol, which they promised in Copenhagen.The US says delay to 2020, but delay what? The US has long rejected a multilateral climate treaty. The onus to achieve agreement in Durban is on countries like the EU, China, and India.Despite President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize for strengthening multilateralism, countries cannot look to the US for leadership on climate. China and India have a moral responsibility to associate with the most vulnerable countries and agree to be part of a legally binding climate agreement in Durban.The vulnerable countries rightly demand a second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol to be adopted in Durban, and a legally binding agreement to be signed as soon as possible. The EU must demonstrate support for the most vulnerable countries and a strong commitment for environmental integrity in the outcome of the COP. More than 120 countries support a strong mandate for a global legally binding treaty. We urge the EU heads of state to commit to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, to align with the call for a legally binding treaty and to fight for the climate until the very end.” Said Tove Ryding –Greenpeace International Coordinator For Climate Policy

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Health policy for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 agosto 2011

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Baku, Azerbaijan on 12–15 September 2011 the sixty-first session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, WHO’s governing body for the Region. Health ministers and high-level policy-makers from the 53 Member States in the Region, from Iceland and Ireland to Israel and Uzbekistan, will be joined by representatives of partner organizations and civil society. This is a unique opportunity to meet the European health community as it makes decisions, and to report from a country that very few journalists cover. This year, an exceptionally strong raft of policies is on the table, dominated by WHO/Europe’s new European policy for health and well-being, Health 2020, which stresses equity, public health and an all-of-government approach.
A press conference about these policies will take place on Friday, 9 September in Baku. WHO/Europe has developed strategies and action plans to prevent and tackle the main killer diseases in the Region, in consultation with experts and policy-makers and using the latest research. They address noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), alcohol, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance and HIV/AIDS.

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Processo di liberalizzazione

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 maggio 2011

Roma 31 maggio 2011 ore 17,30 Centro Studi Americani Via Caetani, 32 Introduce
Vincenzo Olita Ne discutono Giuseppe de Vergottini Giuseppe Pennisi. Il nono rapporto sulle liberalizzazioni conferma e documenta il passo stentato del processo di apertura dell’economia italiana, segnata, anzi, da una sempre maggiore presenza dello Stato. Nel totale silenzio dei mezzi di comunicazione e nell’inerzia della classe politica, le politiche di liberalizzazione sono semplicemente scomparse dall’orizzonte del discorso pubblico. In questo settore di policy, in altri termini, trionfano le non-decisioni. E forse non c’è da rammaricarsene più di tanto,visto che,in diversi casi, quando nuove regole sono formulate o deliberate (dalla riforma della professione forense alle modalità di gestione delle concessioni balneari), la maggioranza di governo si muove in direzione diametralmente opposta a quella auspicabile sulla base dei principi di liberalizzazione e apertura concorrenziale. Il nuovo piano per il Sud, l’intervento statale in difesa degli assetti proprietari di Parmalat, l’espansione delle partecipazioni municipali nel settore economico sono solo gli indicatori più evidenti di una tendenza all’aumento della presenza pubblica che pregiudica la libertà economica, riducendo sostanzialmente i margini di concorrenza. Il rapporto di Società Libera vuole fornire uno strumento utile al dibattito senza nutrire illusioni sull’influenza che potrà avere presso il ceto politico, ma con l’ambizione di rendere un servizio a fasce di opinione pubblica preoccupate per le condizioni del confronto in cui, a prescindere dal colore politico, termini come concorrenza, deregolazione, trasparenza e semplificazione risultano solo formule dal blando valore evocativo.
Società Libera, associazione di cultura liberale, vuole essere un’opportunità di collegamento per chi condivide la necessità di riflettere su cosa una società liberale richieda per essere sostanzialmente tale, interpretando una concezione del liberalismo razionale, non gridato, fondato su una continua revisione delle certezze.

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