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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

Posts Tagged ‘question’

Action for sustainable Mediterranean fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 febbraio 2016

marineFish stocks in the Mediterranean are in an alarming state – some are even on the verge of depletion. Over 90% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited, and despite recent efforts the situation is not improving. Managing fish stocks is complicated by the fact that many of them are shared with non-EU countries. How can we halt this decline and ensure a future for our fish and for the fishermen who rely on them to make a living? Answering this question is a key priority for the Commission. At a high-level seminar in Catania, Sicily, on 9 February, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, made an urgent appeal to policy makers and stakeholders to come together and tackle these pressing issues, together.
The EU is ready to lead the way by example, to ensure better governance for sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea. But it is clear that ensuring sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean will require substantial efforts and the backing of all stakeholders, from both EU and non-EU countries. That is why Catania is just the starting point for the development of a new strategy for the Mediterranean. Once EU Member States have agreed on strong alignment and committed themselves to cooperate within the EU, the intention is to bring neighbouring countries on board within the Mediterranean fisheries management organisation GFCM.
Accordingly, the critical condition of many Mediterranean fish stocks was a key topic during Commissioner Vella’s visit to the headquarters of GFCM on 18 February. Commissioner Vella used the opportunity to invite the GFCM to attend a meeting of all Mediterranean fisheries ministers in Brussels in April, and to discuss with them what specific measures could be taken to save Mediterranean stocks.

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How Brussels should deal with the question of China’s Market Economy Status

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 gennaio 2016

shanghai-chinaThe European Union should not rush into granting Market Economy Status to China. Such a step would not only make it harder for the EU to impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports, exposing vulnerable European industries to a new price war. It would also risk creating a publicly visible clash of member states’ interests, further suffering of the EU’s legitimacy in the eyes of citizens and business communities, and another blow to the EU’s credibility as an international actor.In their China Policy Brief the MERICS experts Mikko Huotari, Jan Gaspers and Olaf Böhnke analyse the implications of removing one of the last roadblocks against unfair competition from EU-China trade relations. The authors urge European policy-makers to formulate common European interests from a position of strength and to enter into hard-handed negotiations with China. At the same time, the EU should shore up its trade defence regime to prepare for possible conflicts with China.
For the EU, the question of whether or not to grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China should not be on autopilot, regardless of China’s expectation to reach that status in December. EU policymakers should aim to find a solution between fully accommodating China and seeking open confrontation. In doing so, the EU should adopt and combine elements of approaches already pursued by some of the EU’s key Western partners, such as Australia, Canada, or the US. A possible EU strategy could include one or more of the following elements:
Transitional and sectoral bargains: The EU could grant MES in steps taking into account determinations of whether or not specific industries in China operate according to market principles.
Package deal: China would make concessions in exchange for MES. These could include export self-restrictions or a more level playing field for foreign companies in China.
WTO compliance: At the very least, the EU should push China for better compliance with its WTO commitments and to seek progress on concluding the planned WTO agreement on government procurement.
According to the MERICS authors the December 2016 deadline must be pushed back, giving the EU more time to develop a coordinated approach. In the meantime, the EU needs to modernise its trade defence mechanisms to prepare for the impact of the MES decision and possible retaliation from China.
When China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, a clause of China’s accession protocol explicitly allowed other states to use specific calculation methods to determine whether imported Chinese goods were unfairly priced. When this clause expires in December 2016, China expects to be automatically accepted as a full market economy by other WTO member states. The granting of MES would make it harder for those states to protect their trade interests from on-going unfair competition against China’s state-led economy.
China has not evolved into a full-fledged market economy in the 15 years since its accession to the WTO. Economic competition between China and Europe remains unfair. China’s current economic slowdown heightens the prospects of a trade war as China is increasingly trying to push its own overcapacities into the global market and to improve its export competitiveness with a further devaluation of its currency.The prevailing preference in the European Commission to proactively grant MES to China poses significant economic and political risks. Taking this step at this point in time would increase the impact of Chinese dumping and put pressure on a number of European industries, especially on heavy industries in Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Poland. Though the net effects are hard to predict, the EU is almost certain to lose credibility among its business community and citizens if it is not seen as fighting for a better deal for its own companies. The EU would also look weak in comparison with other international actors, most of whom are taking a more strategic stance towards Beijing on this issue.

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Condemn President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 settembre 2010

At a meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned in no uncertain terms remarks made yesterday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implying a US Government role in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States “I strongly condemn the comments made the day before yesterday by a leader of a delegation that called into question the cause of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on US soil,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. High Representative to the UN Alliance of Civilizations and former Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio, echoed the Secretary-General’s view on President Ahmedinejad’s comment in his subsequent remarks.
About the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations The UNAOC mobilizes concerted action toward reaffirming a paradigm of mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious backgrounds. It aims to bridge the world’s divides and to build trust and understanding across cultures and communities worldwide.  Established in 2005 as a UN initiative, the Alliance emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions between cultures need to be addressed

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Exposition Coccodrilli

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 aprile 2010

Nice Galerie Depardieu 64 boulevard Risso (face au Mamac) vernissage vendredi 9 avril 2010 exposition jusqu’au 30 avril 2010  Le projet EXITUS.00 naît du parcours que, comme collectif, nous avons suivi jusqu’à ce jour et s’inscrit dans la continuité de la recherche qui s’est définie à travers les projets HORTUS et IMAGO. Notre travail se génère toujours à partir de l’idée que l’art est pour nous une expérience. Chaque projet se développe et est considéré  comme une étape d’un parcours de croissance dans lequel le but du travail est notre évolution comme artistes et comme être humain. EXITUS.00 se présente comme une installation dans l’ambiance marquée par le style de notre travail. Elle continue notre démarche en posant la question fondamentale de ce qu’est effectivement l’évolution, quelle est sa direction et quelle peut être sa signification.
Le collectif formé  à Piacenza en 2007, sous le nom de Coccodrilli a Manovella, se composait, à l’origine de Cristian Arbasi, Annalisa Brega, Isabella Genovese, Francesca Manetta, Laura Segalini, Claudia Valla.Sa composition varie selon les projets, en fonction de ceux qui y travaillent. Souplesse et dynamisme sont les conditions fondamentales sur lesquelles se fondent les rapports de collaboration dans le groupe. Projet de: Isabella Genovese e Claudia Valla http://www.coccodrilli.wordpress.com

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Russian Italian Salon

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 marzo 2010

Toronto Sunday, March 7, 2010 – 2:00 pmGlenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West, Watch out – these are trick questions! 1) As you stroll down canals lined with the ornate buildings of  Rastrelli, what city are you in? St. Petersburg or Venice? 2) Which of these composers studied at the  St. Petersburg Conservatory? Prokofiev or Respighi? 3) Which of these wildly different composers  wrote an opera while living in Florence? Tchaikovsky or Peri? Well, if you’ve correctly answered  “BOTH” to two of the three questions above, then you are likely a Russian Italian. Or an Italian  Russian. Or both! Join mezzo Emilia Boteva, sopranos Lucia Cesaroni and Ilana Zarankin, violinist Marie Bérard,  cellist Winona Zelenka, music directors and pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin, as they face  more of these “tough” questions.

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A clearer vision is sought by CEC’s Assembly

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2009

A summary of feedback from small groups on the theme of “Vision” was reported on Saturday 18 July in the morning plenary of the 13th Assembly of CEC. Canon Bob Fyffe, general secretary of Churches United in Britain and Ireland, presented the findings of the previous days’ working groups. “There was a desire for clearer purpose, shared values and common actions from the Conference of European Churches,” Canon Fyffe observed. Additionally, there was a fundamental question about the locus of power in CEC’s decision-making, the style of operation, the relative size of delegations from large and small churches. “Many people feel disenfranchised”, he said, especially among first-time participants in an assembly. Some said that they did not feel they were being heard, with unfortunate consequences for levels of trust. It was suggested that future assemblies provide more thorough training in rules, procedures and effective participation. Groups reflected a widespread yearning for greater eucharistic sharing among Christians of different traditions and for improved relations with Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and other churches that currently are not members of CEC. There is also a longing to connect what CEC does at international and inter-confessional levels with the European grass-roots and congregational life. Among many other themes was the recognition that “Europe is no longer a white continent” and that Christians at every level must make common cause with the minorities in their midst including migrants, youth and people with disabilities. European churches also have a worldwide responsibility to act together in support of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Colin Williams, CEC’s general secretary, offered his reflections at the close of the report from working groups. The message he heard was that CEC requires greater “focus and coherency” as it addresses a diversity of issues. This is the message and challenge he will carry forward into future consultations and planning sessions.

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