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EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 dicembre 2020

Bruxelles. Parliament has approved REACT-EU, a 47.5 billion EUR package to help mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis across EU regions. The initiative was adopted by 654 votes in favour, 23 against and 17 abstentions. The aid will be made available through the EU Structural Funds, with 37.5 billion EUR assigned for 2021 and 10 billion EUR for 2022. Operations covered by REACT-EU will be eligible for funding from 1 February 2020, retroactively. The resources can be spent until the end of 2023.EU countries will be able to allocate part of the money to the European Social Fund, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), the Youth Employment Initiative, as well as cross-border programmes (Interreg). Investments will be focused on the sectors most affected by the economic fallout of the pandemic.REACT-EU is a European Commission proposal to address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the form of an amendment to the Common Provisions Regulation, which governs the 2014-2020 cohesion policy programming period.It follows two earlier proposals relating to cohesion policy: the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and the Coronavirus Response Initiative Plus (CRII+), which both modified the rules for regional spending in order to facilitate recovery. Resources for REACT-EU will come from Next Generation EU, the European Union recovery instrument.

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Deal on financing a just energy transition in EU regions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2020

The Just Transition Fund (JTF), worth 17.5 billion EUR, is one of the EU’s key tools to support regions in the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050.During their talks, EU institutions agreed to broaden its scope to also fund micro-enterprises, universities and public research institutions, digital innovation and activities in the areas of education and social inclusion. Investments in renewable energy and energy storage technologies, investments in energy efficiency and heat production for renewables-based district heating, smart and sustainable local mobility will also be financed.The decommissioning or construction of nuclear power stations, activities linked to tobacco products and investment related to the production, processing, transport, distribution, storage or combustion of fossil fuels cannot be funded through the JTF.At the initiative of the Parliament, a “Green Rewarding Mechanism” will be introduced, if JTF resources are increased after 31 December 2024. The additional resources will be distributed among member states, with those that succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emitted by their industrial facilities receiving more funding.

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Making EU Trade Agreements work to the benefit of businesses and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 luglio 2020

EU trade agreements with third countries cover more than 70 markets over the world and offer new opportunities for EU companies, including SMEs. Almost 36 million jobs depend on EU exports, of which at least 6 million have been created directly by exporting SMEs. Europe, more than most other world regions, depends on access to foreign markets for its prosperity, and this trend will only increase further: 90% of world growth will be generated outside the EU by 2020.The growth opportunities opened with those trade agreements will not fully materialize without their full implementation. Despite recent noteworthy improvements in getting the benefits of trade agreements to our European businesses, the interplay between the relevant actors still needs to be further strengthened. Still too many European businesses are not aware of the EU trade agreements, and are not sufficiently well instructed how to use them in practice.Chambers of commerce and regional authorities are essential elements to improving implementation across the EU as they are closest to local businesses and able to provide information relevant to the regional characteristics.The workshop will be an opportunity to look into what hurdles are encountered in the member states, regions, and among the SME community in relation to implementation of FTAs and the challenges for a more effective implementation. In light of the announced focus of the upcoming Commission on improving implementation of trade agreements, the workshop will also look into the role that each level of government could play in that regard. After the presentation of the main findings of the CoR – EUROCHAMBRES survey on the implementation of FTAs and the EPRS analysis on Implementation of CETA, a panel debate will focus on the possible avenues for improving the uptake of existing EU trade agreements by SMEs in all EU member states and regions and thus for making trade and globalisation work as an engine for sustainable growth, employment and industrial renewal.

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Coronavirus: urgent response to support citizens, regions and countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 marzo 2020

Regional Development Committee triggers the urgent procedure to adopt the Corona Response Investment Initiative measures. On behalf of the Regional Development Committee, Chair Younous Omarjee, in agreement with the political coordinators, requests that the European Parliament use the “urgent procedure” (defined under Rule 163), to allow the proposed measures to be efficiently adopted.The committee agrees, therefore, to speed up the legislative process by referring the proposal without amendments to be adopted directly by plenary, in order to channel available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic.EP Regional Development Committee Chair, Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, FR) said: “We must respond as urgently as possible, by channelling all means available under the cohesion policy, to mitigate the catastrophic situation caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. Any delay would result in more lives being lost and additional difficulties for European regions, companies and citizens. Our committee is fully briefed about the situation and ready to act. All political groups are united. We are opening the door and I am convinced that the same spirit will prevail within the Council. In this critical moment in time, seeking something better than what we have on the table may do more harm than good”.
Amending EU funding rules falls under the co-decision procedure, so both Parliament and Council will need to adopt them. The Parliament will shortly announce the details of the urgent procedure.

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Regions’ and Cities’ contribution to the development of Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 febbraio 2020

Following the 2019 The Forum “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation”, the opinions aims at further exploring the possibilities for EU regional and local authorities to: support the development of Sub-Saharan African countries, not least with the aim of tackling the root causes of migration, explore and help design a more proactive role for European cities and regions in creating partnerships with African decentralised authorities, civil society organisations, NGOs, agencies and the private sector, building on previously adopted CoR opinions in this field, notably on decentralised development cooperation and partnerships launch a fresh discussion concerning constructive solutions that cities and regions can develop for addressing the root causes of migration from Sub-Saharan African countries, enhancing cooperation and mitigating migration-related tensions, open a structured debate, with a view to creating later on pilot projects and exploring the allocation of appropriate financial resources for a “Marshall Plan” with Africa, promote the idea of win-win collaboration in the medium and long run, whereby both of the parties can benefit by discovering new ways to help African countries to flourish, gaining insights into different cultural and organisational settings and promoting the culture of local and regional governance.

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Towards COP25 and European Green Deal: EU cities and regions are on board

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2019

European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is looking forward to the COP25 climate summit in Madrid as an opportunity to formally acknowledge the key role of the EU’s cities and regions in strategic climate governance and ensure their adequate engagement in reducing greenhouse emissions. First Vice-President Markku Markkula will lead the CoR delegation in Madrid along with the ENVE Commission chairs Cor Lamers (EPP/NL) and Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR). Members of the CoR’s Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) also outlined that the local and regional level is key to the success of the European Green Deal.In a high-level debate with MEP Marie Toussaint (FR, Greens/EFA), Janez Potočnik, co-chair of United Nations’ International Resource Panel, and Diederik Samsom, new Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Frans Timmermans, ENVE members exchanged views on how the European Green Deal proposed by the European Commission’s president-elect Ursula von der Leyen should be implemented in partnership with local and regional authorities. The CoR will adopt a resolution on the European Green Deal in its next plenary session on 4-5 December. It has also invited a delegation of young elected politicians from across EU to Brussels to learn and exchange views on how to accelerate climate action locally.
The COP25 summit, which has been moved from Santiago de Chile to Madrid, will take place between 2 and 13 December 2019. The CoR will be represented in Madrid by First Vice-President Markku Markkula (EPP/FI), ENVE chair Cor Lamers (EPP/NL; Mayor of Schiedam), ENVE vice-chair Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR; Member of the Nord Departmental Council), Benedetta Brighenti (PES/IT; Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council), Andries Gryffroy (EA/BE; Member of the Flemish Parliament) and Tjisse Stelpstra (ECR/NL; Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Drenthe). The delegation was announced at the ENVE Commission meeting on 21 November where Jacob Werksman, the EU Chief negotiator for the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid, presented the state of the negotiations between the Parties of the Paris Agreement. During a separate ceremony held around Thursday’s ENVE meeting, the Portuguese town of Lousada was announced as the winner of the 2019 Transformative Action Award. Its initiative ‘Integrated education for sustainability’ was selected by a jury of experts for its potential to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of its community. The European sustainability award is organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the CoR and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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Regions Bank Reduces its Prime Lending Rate

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 novembre 2019

Regions Bank today announced it is reducing the Regions prime lending rate to 4.75% from 5.00%, effective Thursday, Oct. 31.
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $128 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at

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Special allocations for coal regions should not divert money from regional policy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

The call by local and regional leaders combines support for special measures to aid several dozen regions with a defence for the EU’s budget for regional development, which some EU national leaders wish to see cut substantially. The European Commission has proposed both a reduction in cohesion funds for regional development, and the creation of a Just Transition Fund for coal regions. Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, speaking at a summit of coal regions at the CoR on 9 October, reiterated the message that the Just Transition Fund should supplement cohesion funds, saying: “We need to find ‘fresh money’.” The opinion by the European Committee of the Regions was drafted by Mark Speich (DE/EPP), Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs for the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The opinion was adopted unanimously.Mr Speich said: “Climate change is a challenge for the whole of Europe. The transformation of coal regions is a crucial contribution to achieving our climate goals. The EU therefore has to support coal regions in transition. The EU should provide financial support for the socio-economic transition of coal-mining regions in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. In order to stimulate new investments we also need sufficient room for manoeuvre for the regions with regard to competition policy rules.”He continued: “I appreciate the Commission President-elect’s proposal for a Just Transition Fund. This fund must be designed to mitigate the social, socio-economic and environmental impact of structural change in European coal regions. However, this fund would have to be financed through additional resources and not from the envelope foreseen for the European Structural and Investment Funds. The funding should be closely interlocked with cohesion policy. This additional funding could then be used to strengthen European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund programmes for these NUTS 2 regions over the next seven years.”The recommendations by the CoR argue that support from the Just Transition Fund should be channelled through programmes of the cohesion funds. They also emphasise the need for the EU to allow national, regional and local governments extra leeway to support businesses affected by the move away from coal. The CoR says that the EU’s rules on state aid, which are due to expire in 2020, should be revised to “ensure that coal regions have sufficient flexibility to enable them to phase out coal in a socially and economically viable way”.Mr. Speich said: “Support for new socio-economic perspectives in coal regions has to start now – it is too late to act when the economic situation in coal regions has deteriorated.” The 350 members of the CoR include many representatives from the 41 regions in 12 member states (including the UK) that still have coal mines. The CoR recommended cooperation between these regions – and between them and national and EU levels of government – as they seek to adjust their economies, both to avoid duplication and to share experiences. The CoR’s recommendations identify extra vocational training, the creation of technical universities the development of an innovation-friendly environment, and digitisation as critical tools in efforts to diversify their economies.
The CoR’s opinion also emphasises the development potential of these regions’ existing strengths. It argues that structural transformation in these regions should use the current industrial and energy fabric as the basis for development, take into account the innovation and investment cycles of extant industrial players, and build on industrial clusters, operational skills, and research capacity.

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Europe will not reach climate neutrality by 2050 without its cities and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2019

Head of the first sitting of the new European Parliament, public opinion is increasingly shaping the climate debate. As weekly protests recall, climate ambition is currently insufficient to reverse global warming. Likewise, EU cities and regions are calling for higher targets and resources to fast track Europe’s sustainable energy transition. On Member Sates’ National Energy and Climate Plans, the CoR denounces a lack of permanent multi-level dialogue with local and regional governments as specified by the Energy Union Governance. The European Committee of the Regions has adopted by unanimity the opinion of Michele Emiliano (IT/PES), President of the Puglia region, concerning ‘A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy’. The opinion includes a set of proposals that contribute to the EU 2050 climate neutral strategy presented by the European Commission in November 2018.
The CoR asks to raise the share of the EU budget spent on climate to at least 30%, recalling the importance of an effective “energy taxation” to ensure a coordinated, coherent and timely response to climate change.Members support revising the 32% target for renewable energy at EU level in the light of technological developments with a view to reaching 40% by 2030 in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.The CoR proposes to create a ‘European climate neutrality observatory’, aimed at mapping and monitoring the vulnerabilities of the different territories to the energy transition. Members declare their availability to cooperate with the European Commission on a structure for technical exchanges regarding the implementation of the Clean Energy Package.The EU’s Assembly of cities and regions requests to systematically involve regions and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs, the Paris agreement and COP25 preparatory work, including a CoR representative as observer in all UNFCCC bodies.
The CoR’s opinion emphasises the need to reinforce the link between climate policies and air quality and the direct impact these have on citizens’ health. Decarbonisation is the most effective preventive policy for protecting citizens’ health, members agree. The European Environment Agency estimates 483,000 premature deaths occur in Europe every year due to air pollution.Member States presented drafts of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) last 31 December 2018.NECPs include countries’ planning tools to contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union objectives, mainly the 2030 energy and climate targets. Last week, the European Commission presented NECPs country assessments. Final NECPs need to be delivered by the end of this year.

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Regions Bank Renews Alliance with Elavon

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

Elavon, a leading global payments provider, and Regions Bank have agreed to extend their long-standing relationship to continue offering innovative and secure payment solutions to Regions’ business customers.Since 1992, Elavon and Regions have grown together to be one of the leading merchant services providers in the Southeast. This partnership brings expanded capabilities to customers of Regions Bank including the latest point-of-sale products, omni-commerce platforms and security solutions.“Elavon’s services are vital for our small business customers,” said Rajive Chadha, head of Regions Consumer Products and Origination Partnerships. “We are pleased to continue to offer their expertise and capabilities to our customers.”“Having worked together for 27 years, Regions is our longest relationship with a financial institution,” said Jamie Walker, CEO, Elavon. “I believe we’ve continued to have such a strong and successful relationship because Elavon and Regions’ people keep customers top-of-mind every day. Together, we help customers more successfully manage their businesses.” Regions is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer, commercial, mortgage and wealth management banking products and services.

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Unlocking the blue growth potential in the EU’s outermost regions

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

Martinique On 26 June, experts from the EU’s outermost regions join in Brussels to discuss how the blue economy can help give a new, sustainable impetus to their economies. The meeting is the first in its kind and a direct follow-up action of the EU’s new strategy towards the outermost regions.
European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella: “The blue economy can become one of the powerhouses for the EU economy in general. Surrounded by the ocean and amidst a wealth of natural assets, the outermost regions could be first in line to take advantage of this trend. The European Commission strongly supports this transition.”The blue economy covers all economic activity at, near or from our ocean, seas or coasts. It includes fisheries, tourism and aquaculture but also emerging industries such as ocean energy, biotechnology or desalination. However, much of the focus in outermost regions has traditionally been on fisheries and tourism. A recent study indicates the potential to expand also in the other areas of blue growth, such as algae-based biotechnology.Before that can happen, several hurdles and bottlenecks need to be resolved – hence the idea to bring the experts from our outermost regions together. A first concern is the current lack of long-term research on their marine resources, including fishing stocks. Without a solid understanding of local ecosystems, it is impossible to manage marine resources and activities sustainably. Other bottlenecks are the insufficient access to financial resources, lack of specialised expertise and the absence of structural coordination.The EU has several policies in place to support these needs, including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (the ‘Juncker Fund’), Horizon 2020, the Youth Employment Initiative or indeed the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. In many cases, outermost regions already enjoy favourable conditions to benefit from these schemes. Together with regional experts, the Commission is now looking at how to improve their uptake even further.

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Annual Conference of the European Entrepreneurial Regions: Building the entrepreneurial ecosystems of the future

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Brussels, 24/01/2018 Enterpreneurship; SME policy; Cohesion, jobs, growth, and investment 09:45 – 16:15 Rue Belliard 99-101, Room JDE 52 and Ledra Street
BruxellesTying together different thematic strands of the European Committee of the Regions’ work on entrepreneurship policy – including easing SME access to finance, supporting start-ups and scale-ups, and creating smart regulation – the conference will address the comprehensive topic of how regions and cities can best strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems and formulate sustainable solutions to make their business environments more robust and future-proof.It will explore methods to establish an evidence-base for successful entrepreneurship policies, create a dialogue between regional and local decision-makers, actors of regional and local entrepreneurial ecosystems and EU institutions, and identify a toolbox of good practices that can help strengthen regional and local entrepreneurial ecosystems. Particular attention will be paid to supporting policy design through territorial foresight, in order to help regions and cities increase the resilience of their ecosystems against future shocks while ensuring the agility necessary to capitalise on emerging opportunities. The event will also provide concrete tips and advice to potential applicants for the EER 2019 edition.

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GEICO Catastrophe Teams Readied as Hurricane Harvey Heads to Texas Coastal Regions

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 agosto 2017

Hurricane HarveyHurricane Harvey, gathering more strength as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to hurtle itself at Texas coastal communities Saturday and perhaps spawn tornado activity as well. GEICO has assigned catastrophe teams to handle what may impact those areas and further inland.
GEICO is encouraging residents to heed all warnings from official emergency agencies and prepare for flooding, falling objects and wind.Some important things to keep in mind now as the storm approaches the U.S.:
Plan an evacuation route. If you are using your car for an evacuation, carefully plan your route, designate a family meeting spot and always keep a full tank of gas.
Protect your home – Window shutters, trimmed trees, filled holes and secure roofing will improve your home’s resistance to damage from high winds and water. If you live in an area prone to flooding, move your valuables to a safer location in your residence.
Create a disaster supply kit – Make sure you have essential items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid kits, batteries, blankets, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and all necessary medicine/prescriptions.
Update your home inventory list – Maintain an up-to-date list of all the items in your home. Take photos of valuables such as electronics and jewelry. In the event that damage occurs due to a natural disaster, maintaining a home inventory will help speed up the claims process.
Safeguard your important documents – Store your social security cards, birth certificates, IDs, insurance cards, and other important documents in a safe, fire-proof and water-resistant location.
Protect your vehicles. Think seriously about moving your vehicles – cars, boats, RVs, etc. – inland. In many cases parking garages or other public spaces could offer sufficient protection to help prevent flood damage. Follow official instructions – Check the local and national weather forecasts for advisories, updates and official instructions. Be prepared to put your preparedness plan in place immediately after an alert goes out.“We hope the storm does not significantly impact you and your family,” said Dan Beacom, GEICO regional vice president.

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Bill Hare, Climate Analytics, with Carl-Friedrich Schleußner, Michiel Schaeffer

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 ottobre 2014

energyVictor and Kennel argue that the target of limiting global warming below 2degC relative to pre-industrial levels (the “2degC goal,” or rather, “limit”), adopted by the international community, should be dropped. They put forward two main reasons: that it is no longer feasible to meet the 2degC limit, in large part because there has been insufficient action to date, and that the 2degC limit is not measurable and cannot be translated into emission limits for countries and regions. They go on to argue that there should be a new process started to develop a a new set of global goals starting in Paris to replace the 2degC limit.Both major reasons put forward to drop the 2degC limit are hopelessly flawed or just plain wrong:
Whilst no one is in doubt about the difficulty of limiting warming below 2degC, it is incorrect to claim that achieving this goal is infeasible and cannot be done. The scientific community, in the form of the IPCC AR5 Working Group III report, has assessed that limiting warming below 2degC limit is technically and economically feasible, and at low to modest cost. No one in the scientific community has any doubt about the difficulty of the political decisions that need to made to realise this. Each person is entitled to their own views of whether or not political leaders will take the steps needed, but for the authors to dress up their own judgements – that these decisions will not be made – as a scientific fact is wrong.
The argument that the 2degC limit cannot be translated into emission goals and budgets is, to put it mildly, unconvincing, and demonstrates a deep ignorance of scientific developments over the last ten years. If this were so, then there would be no science-based policy debate about the size of the gap between where emissions are headed at present and where they need to be in 2020 and 2030 at global, regional, and national levels. In fact, there have been annual scientific assessments of this since 2010.No global goal on an issue as complex as climate change is going to be perfect, however it turns out that a temperature limit is actually a very good composite indicator of many serious impacts and risks. And it is understandable to the public and to political leaders, and it can be translated into quantifiable emission actions, which can be updated with new science regularly, accounting for the full range of scientific uncertainties.
There has been an enormous amount of work by the scientific community on issues related to planetary boundaries and on the implications of different indicators for emission pathways beyond global mean temperature. When put together, this research has shown the 2oC limit provides an upper bound on emissions if other key systems are to be maintained, within safe limits, a fact which, startlingly, does not come through at all in this Comment, despite the space spent discussing alternative climate indicators. On this issue, the scientific literature contradicts the authors and shows clearly that including other metrics (objectives, such as reducing sea level rise, reducing ocean acidification) will increase the level of mitigation (emission reductions) needed.And last but not least, the 2degC limit has triggered considerable political action at national, regional and global level – indeed the present process to negotiate a new global agreement with legal force and applicable to all stems very much from the scientific “pressure” generated by the existence of this limit. If action has not been sufficient it’s certainly not because of the limit. Many countries have indeed taken action – or are now planning more ambitious measures; however, in overall terms, the collective effort has been fully inadequate. The world is confronted with rapidly rising emissions – fastest from one of the most intensive source of CO2 emissions, coal – exactly at a time when CO2 emissions should be decreasing. It is wrong, however, to conclude that this means the issue is lost, when the main battle lies ahead and just when the process of developing a new agreement is building momentum. It would be an act of grave irresponsibility for the 2degC limit to be dropped. This would signal a clear deflation of pressure to reach an ambitious agreement, delegitimise the international negotiations, weaken efforts at a national level to build ambitious policies, and send a highly adverse signal to the private sector. Without the emission pressures of the 2degC limit there would effectively be a green light for continued massive expansion of coal and other fossil fuel intensive infrastructure in the next decade. As the International Energy Agency has warned, this infrastructure could lock-in warming levels of 4oC this century.
Dropping the 2degC limit , and with it pressure for the needed level of emission reductions, while starting a debate about a multitude of other goals is akin to doctors dithering over a critically ill patient. As in medicine, there are several indicators addressing different aspects of the vitality of the planet, but each of them would call for action if it reached a critical state. The planet’s rising temperature is a vital sign and the prognosis is clear for future warming without urgent action. What doctor would refuse to provide treatment to a patient with a body temperature exceeding 40degC because their blood pressure cannot be measured? (photo Reuters)

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Nato: counter-piracy operation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 Maggio 2010

Commodore Steve Chick, the Commander of the NATO Task Force patrolling the waters off Somalia as part of NATO’s counter-piracy operation, code-named Ocean Shield, had the opportunity to speak with Puntland authorities yesterday on board NATO flag ship HMS CHATHAM.   During the visit, the visitors were briefed on NATO’s and the other counter piracy forces, including the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) operations in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean to fight piracy. The naval forces co-operate to help deter piracy and protect merchant ships, trading dhows and Somali fisherman from pirate attacks.  The visit also provided the opportunity for the visitors to outline what actions had been taken within their respective regions to counter piracy.  Commodore Chick stated:  ‘NATO is fully committed to tackling piracy and co-ordinates its efforts with the international community and other organisations around the Horn of Africa.  It is only through the activities of the authorities ashore that a long term solution to this problem can be found.  That is why today’s meeting is so important.  Both parties need to know what the other side is doing so that, where possible, we can co-ordinate our efforts. NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider to protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is offering  to countries in the region, upon their request, to help develop their own capacity to combat piracy. This complements the existing international efforts as coordinated with the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS). NATO recently announced its commitment to counter piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.  The NATO Task Force consists of 5 ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.  These are:  HMS CHATHAM (Flagship) – UK, USS COLE – US,  TCG GELIBOLU – Turkey,  HS LIMNOS – Greece, ITS SCIROCCO – Italy

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News from Air Charter International (ACI)

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2009

Dubai, Uae, Air Charter International (ACI), a leading aviation solutions provider in Arabia, Africa, Asia and Asia Pacific announces their commitmen to sourcing world wide Hajj Charters for 2009. Air Charter International has successfully operated Hajj movements since 2003 from Iraq, Afghanistan, Morocco and the Maldives. Hajj movements are commonly difficult to gain permissions for, but years of experience in securing these permissions from remote or hard to reach regions prove that ACI can provide a charter from any destination in the world. Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. Historically, people made their pilgrimage to Hajj by camel caravan or ship. It was a dangerous trip that took months, sometimes even years. Today, the journey has changed dramatically with most pilgrims arriving via the Jeddah airport. There are two special Hajj terminals, the largest buildings (by roof area) in the world. These days, providing Hajj movements from any where in the world is a crucial service. Air Charter International has built their reputation on being able to support this globally significant event and is able to source the correct aircraft for locations all over the world. On the significance of Hajj charters Stuart Wheeler, CEO of Air Charter International said: “We realize the religious and personal importance of Hajj and pride ourselves on ensuring the best service for our customers for Hajj 2009. Efficiency and knowledge are our greatest assets and we endeavor,continually, to maintain our service standards.”
Air Charter International (ACI) a leading aircraft charter and leasing company based in Dubai, UAE, has been in operation since 1994 and covers 4-A region, namely: Arabia, Africa, Asia and Asia Pacific. ACI services long and short term aircraft requirements. ACI has also made a strategic move into Aircraft Management through its 100% owned subsidiary: Jet Ops which operates and manages three Cessna 208A Amphibian seaplanes for a commercial tourism operation named Seawings. Seawings provides seaplane operations within the United Arab Emirates. Seawings is the only seaplane sightseeing service in the region, considered a must-do for visitors to Dubai. The resource pool of ACI includes professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds & nationalities with a strong focus on aviation related industry and experience.

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Piemonte dal vivo: progetti per l’Europa

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 giugno 2009

Torino 1 luglio, h 11.30, Circolo dei Lettori  Palazzo Graneri della Roccia, via Bogino 9 Sala Grande conferenza stampa di presentazione del Festival Mondial des Théâtres  de marionnettes – Etre Marionnette  13 spettacoli, per più di 40 rappresentazioni, e una mostra raccontano il teatro di figura piemontese  Festival Avignon OFF – Farandole à l’italienne  7 spettacoli, 18 artisti in scena da Piemonte, Liguria e Valle D’Aosta  Festival Avignon OFF – L’été des Hivernales  il lavoro di una giovane coreografa piemontese selezionato per Quand les régions s’en mêlent. Interverranno: Gianni Oliva – Assessore alla Cultura e alle Politiche Giovanili della Regione Piemonte  Evelina Christillin – Presidente dell’Unione Interregionale AGIS di Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta Marco Chiriotti – Dirigente Settore Spettacolo Regione Piemonte  Graziano Melano – Coordinatore AGIS progetto Farandole à l’italienne  Damiano Privitera – Direzione artistica e coordinamento Etre marionnette

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Who is Brussels?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 giugno 2009

When reporting about decisions made at the EU level, the media in EU Member States often write that “Brussels has decided…” etc. without providing any information about who has actually taken the decision.The European Parliament and the European Council – which consists of ministers from the national government of each Member State – are ultimately elected by European citizens, and are supported by other institutions such as the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions. That is why the upcoming European Parliament elections on 4-7 June are so important, because they give Europe’s citizens the opportunity to decide whom they want to represent them in Brussels. With this in mind, the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions has recently launched a communication campaign called “Who is Brussels?”, in order to illustrate who is behind the decision-making process. The ALDE group has made available a series of short video clips featuring many of its Committee of the Regions’ members, answering the question “Who is Brussels?”
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is the third largest political force in Europe, with more than 100 full and alternate members in the EU Committee of the Regions and 100 members in the European Parliament. It also exists in the Council of Europe and in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The ALDE-CoR website is

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