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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 244

Posts Tagged ‘questions’

MEPs put forward several questions on the new rule of law mechanism, the ongoing Article 7 proceedings concerning

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2019

Hungary and Poland and whether there should be action against other EU countries. They also asked about the Parliament’s right of initiative, human rights and environmental protection in commercial dealings, as well as holding multinationals to account.Members also questioned the Commissioner-designate on the need to establish an EU strategy for combatting corruption and digitalising judicial systems in the EU.You can watch the video recording of the full hearing here.
At the end of the hearing, Committee Chairs Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) and Lucy Nethsingha (Renew Europe, UK) held a press point outside the meeting room: watch it here Based on the committees’ recommendations, the Conference of Presidents will decide on 17 October if Parliament has received sufficient information to declare the hearing process closed. If so, the plenary will vote on whether or not to elect the Commission as a whole on 23 October, in Strasbourg.

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Brexit preparedness: Fisheries – Questions and answers

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) (‘the withdrawal date’). The United Kingdom will then become a ‘third country’.
In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all stakeholders processing personal data are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules for transfer of personal data to third countries apply. Aside from an “adequacy decision”, which allows the free flow of personal data from the EU without the EU data exporter having to implement any additional safeguards or being subject to further conditions, the EU’s data protection rules (both under the current Directive 95/46 and under the new General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, “GDPR” – which will apply as from 25 May 2018) allow a transfer if the controller or processor has provided “appropriate safeguards”. These safeguards may be provided for by:
1 Negotiations are ongoing with the United Kingdom with a view to reaching a withdrawal agreement.
2 Furthermore, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, may unanimously decide that the Treaties cease to apply at a later date.
3 A third country is a country not member of the EU.
4 For the continued application of EU safeguards of personal data processed while the United Kingdom was a Member State, the Commission has published an essential principles paper here:
Preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties. As regards the implementation of the GDPR, and in particular the new tools for transfers to third countries (e.g. approved Codes of Conduct and approved certification mechanisms entailing binding commitments by the controllers and processors receiving the data in the third country), the Commission (DG JUST) is working with interested parties and data protection authorities to make the best use of these new instruments. Moreover, the Commission has set up a stakeholder group comprised of industry, civil society and academics, in which this topic will be discussed.

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Italy’s public debt: Fragile growth, new government’s programme raise questions on sustainability

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 giugno 2018

At 131.8% of GDP as of Q4 2017, Italy’s public debt remains 32pp above Q4 2007 levels and the second-highest in the euro area after Greece’s. Italy’s debt ratio has remained stubbornly high since 2014 despite sustained economic recovery and above-potential growth of 1.0% and 1.6% respectively in 2016 and 2017.“This speaks to the scale of challenges in bringing about meaningful debt reduction,” notes Scope analyst Dennis Shen.
Difficulties in reducing public sector leverage partially reflect successively neutral to expansionary government budgets, including in 2018, with weaker than anticipated structural deficit adjustments. Moreover, EU bank bail-in rules have been bypassed owing to domestic concerns, resulting in the use of government monies to conduct bank rescues. The fact that Italy’s debt-to-GDP has not dropped to date despite peak economic growth raises questions on the long-term trajectory of debt, in view of inevitable pressures in an economic downturn.The formation of the Five Star Movement-Lega government clouds the outlook for macroeconomic and fiscal policies. The coalition’s programme—pledging to scrap a 2019 VAT hike and reverse 2011’s pension reform—would place a strain on debt, even if only a modest slice of the more than EUR 100bn (greater than 5.8% of GDP) package were implemented. Italy’s fiscal space is restricted owing both to elevated debt and fragile nominal growth, noting inflation of just 1.1% in May and Scope’s estimate of Italy’s medium-term annual growth potential of a modest 0.75%.In Scope’s view, the IMF’s baseline for a gradual decline in Italy’s debt ratio to 116.6% by 2023 is optimistic, as this assumes primary surpluses rising from 1.5% in 2017 to 3.6% by 2022-23. If, for example, primary surpluses were instead held constant at 2017 levels of 1.5% of GDP from 2019 onward, the debt ratio falls only to 125% of GDP. Moreover, in a “stressed” case, in which Scope assesses the impact on Italy’s public-sector balance sheet under conditions of a global economic shock (with the effect of two years of recession in Italy and associated deterioration in the fiscal balance) alongside a simultaneous spike in market financing rates, the debt ratio rises well above 145% of GDP.On 8 June, Scope affirmed Italy’s sovereign rating of A- but revised the Outlook to Negative from Stable. This reflected i) alterations in the Italian political landscape raising questions over the will and capacity of current and future governments to resolve Italy’s significant structural challenges, and ii) the programme of this singular government in challenging pre-existing debt sustainability concerns.Scope observes, however, that Italy’s A- sovereign ratings remain underpinned by euro area membership, Italy’s systemic importance (holding Europe’s largest debt stock) and support from European institutions in adverse scenarios, a relatively long 6.9-year average debt maturity, moderate levels of private debt and implicit government liabilities, and the country’s large, diversified economy (2017 nominal GDP: EUR 1.72tn).

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“Innovation with purpose” at the IFC 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2015

europa-261011-cDelivering his latest talk on the power of purpose and innovation for the first time in Europe, Dan Pallotta will be giving his powerful, thought-provoking insights at the opening plenary at the International Fundraising Congress in Holland on 20 – 23rd October.Dan is an entrepreneur, author and humanitarian activist who once said that “everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional”. His TED Talk was viewed more than 3.6 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. In his fantastic new talk, he challenges us to think about and question what it really takes to innovate – the kinds of questions that can change entire organisations.Dan delivered the closing plenary at IFC 4 years ago to a standing ovation. As he turns to this poignant subject he says: “We’re asked to innovate without really addressing the purpose of the innovation at the outset. Is its purpose only to obey what the cutting-edge business books say we should be doing?” “I wanted to take a counter-cultural look at the subject. The talk addresses themes and questions around great innovation coming from great purpose, frustration being the fuel for innovation, the power of an idea whose time has come over an idea whose time has been forced, the role of patience and presence in innovation, the power of commitment and if you’re not taking risks, the risks will take you.”According to Kyla Shawyer, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, the many challenges facing charities today are clear and innovation is an integral part of not just surviving but thriving.“To innovate is to future proof your organisation. No matter what sector you are in, innovation is an essential part of your organisation. Challenging the status quo and endeavouring to create new ways to engage with existing and new supporters is what fosters genuine commitment to your cause and translates to results on the ground.”“An important ingredient of the IFC is sharing experience – innovation can come from the most unexpected places? It’s the perfect platform for interacting with some of the brightest thinkers and passionate change-makers from around the world.”
Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, which helps foundations and philanthropists transform the growth potential of their favourite grantees. He is also the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a new leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change.
He is the author of Uncharitable – How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, and When Your Moment Comes – a Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams. The Resource Alliance is also delighted to announce two new plenary guest speakers – Alberto Cairo, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross orthopaedic programme in Afghanistan, whoes work over 22 years, providing rehabilitation for disabled people and victims of the conflict in that country earnt him a Henry Dunant Medal, the highest award of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. Also presenting is Mark Horvath, founder of transformative storytelling platform “Invisible People”, which leverages the power of video and the reach of social media to share the unfiltered stories of homeless people in the US. With this spectacular line-up, this year’s IFC 2015 is not one to miss.

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On assisted death

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 maggio 2011

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, CPCE, publishes “A time to live and a time to die”, an aid to orientation on questions at the end of life, and the parallel internet page The 104 page brochure discusses fundamental questions of dying in the social, clinical and juridical context. It asks from theological and ethical perspective: What is human life? Where does our moral responsibility lie? How sensitive are we to the wishes of the patient? Here the aid to orientation takes up such central questions of medical ethics as the termination of life-extending measures, palliative care, assisted dying and suicide assistance. The CPCE churches support the protection of the human rights of the dying and terminally ill. These include the right to life up to the end and the right to refuse treatment. At the same time the churches oppose setting the principle of autonomy against solidarity, empathy and care for the sick and dying. The CPCE churches oppose a theological ethical justification for assisted dying and assistance for suicide. At the same time they realize the change in social attitudes to particular forms of assisted death and assisted suicide. The study emphasizes the necessity to improve the accompanying social, medical and caring conditions for a worthy life and dying. These include the extension and development of hospices and the advancement of palliative care in theory and practice. Church action is oriented towards care for human beings. The aid to orientation calls us to seek the protection of life and to work for worthy conditions of living and dying in clinics and hospices. As a further aid to orientation CPCE is also publishing today the internet site There, alongside the publication itself, texts from various lands and contexts introduce the theme. Website visitors are invited to comment and to join actively in the discussion.

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The Jesus Scandal

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 aprile 2010

Hamburg until 18/7/2010 Glockengießerwall Hamburger Kunsthalle – The Hall of Master Drawings A Liebermann painting in the crossfire of critics Exhibition curator: Dr Ute Haug; academic advisor: Henrike Mund The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple is one of the few religious paintings by Liebermann, as well as one of his earliest. Today it has lost none of its relevance and fascination, and with a subject that strikes at the roots of both religions, Judaism and Christianity, remains highly controversial. This work from the collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle still raises numerous questions concerning its origins and history and in terms of the scandal and Liebermann’s own position in the context of the religious debates and social changes in the late nineteenth century. The exhibition, which until March 2010 was previously shown at the Liebermann Villa in Berlin, albeit in a somewhat different constellation, is documented in a catalogue published by the Max-Liebermann- Veranstaltungs GmbH. (Image: Max Liebermann (1847-1935), The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, 1879, Oil on canvas, 149.5 x 130.8 cm © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Photo: Elke Walford)

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Expo: Keith Tyson

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 settembre 2009

keith tysonLondon until 11/11/2009 Parasol Unit  14 Wharf Road Cloud Choreography and Other Emergent Systems is a new exhibition by the winner of the 2002 Turner Prize, Keith Tyson, which brings together several groups of his works. Set up as an exploration of Tyson’s practice, rather than as a mid-career survey, the exhibition focuses on the systems and processes that inform the creation of his work.  Tyson’s work can be seen as an ongoing investigation into the question of how and why things come into being. Many of them investigate the physical forms and systems found within the natural world; others examine the effects of mankind on the environment, and the ensuing man-made forms and systems. In other works, Tyson questions the creation of the artwork itself, positing it as something which can be randomly generated by systems, but simultaneously making us aware that these systems are generated by the artist. Influenced as much by astrophysics and mathematics, as by observation of and reflection on nature, Tyson’s work presents a unique combination of scientific data with poetic artistry. This urges us to consider the roots of creativity alongside its aesthetic beauty. The works operate on a number of levels: as examples of physical, mathematical or scientific data, or of processes or systems. The breakdown of sophisticated and simple processes and mathematical data into an artistic aesthetic is something which greatly interests Tyson, and in all his works there is a consideration of -beauty’ (whether be it natural or artificial).  The structure of the exhibition at Parasol unit broadly splits into two parts. The first part, in the lower gallery, features works that focus on natural processes and systems, such as the Nature Sculptures, Nature Paintings, and a new series of works entitled Cloud Choreography paintings. In these series of works, we see a transition from observing the natural world in sculptural form, to attempts at recreating elements of it through chemical processes and rendered on large-scale aluminium sheets. In the upper gallery, the second part of the exhibition focuses more on mathematical, man-made and process-driven systems, and includes sculptures from the Fractal Dice series alongside paintings from a new series of work entitled Operator Paintings, which are to be shown as a series for the first time.  This exhibition at Parasol unit is be accompanied by a new publication on Keith Tyson’s work.  Keith Tyson (born 1969 in Ulverston, Cumbria, UK) held his first solo show From the Art Machine at the Anthony Reynolds Gallery in 1996 and since then has exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally. In 2002, Tyson was awarded the Turner Prize for his show Supercollider at the South London Gallery. (Keith Tyson)

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Compliance programs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2009

Bensheim, Germany, Organizations are spending millions of dollars each year on their compliance programs. However, many senior executives have become frustrated. Despite the high costs involved in implementing compliance programs, they are seeing little business value other than being able to pass an annual audit. Is an investment in compliance truly a sunken cost? Or are there ways to leverage this spending to capture the full value of your compliance technology investments? In May 2009 TONBELLER conducted their AML and fraud global benchmark survey, entitled “Mind the Gaps”, which captures the viewpoints of 152 leading compliance professionals from 41 countries around the world concerning these questions. Key findings of the report include: – Only 36% of respondents said their organizations had integrated their anti-fraud and AML efforts enterprise wide – With 31% internal fraud has emerged as the top priority among fraud crimes; this may be a consequence of the current economic climate – 91% of the participants see a business value in adopting the risk-based approach irrespective of their country’s regulation
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