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Coronavirus response: additional EMFF support available to Bulgarian fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

Following the unprecedented outbreak of the coronavirus, the European Commission has taken rapid action to protect the fisheries and aquaculture sectors from severe shocks by introducing specific measures, including amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Subsequently, Bulgaria has modified its Operational Programme and has reallocated €6.6 million of public support to compensate companies for financial loss caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The additional financial support is expected to lead to positive results, improving the lives of people across the entire sector, and preventing bankruptcies, closures, downsizing, and employment reduction.The fisheries sector will receive €763 835 to compensate for economic losses from cessation of fishing activities. Over 100 fishermen and women will benefit from this support and the number is expected to increase further. The maximum grant amounts to €40 876 per fishing vessel, including compensation for the crew. This support covers both smaller and bigger operators, making it possible to keep family businesses running and saving jobs.Aquaculture farmers who are economically affected by the coronavirus outbreak will receive €4 027 769, while the processing sector will get €1 835 167. Support is available for the purchase of goods, raw materials, and supplies related to the company’s activities, along with storage and personnel costs. The maximum grant amount for a single project is €40 876.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has put the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors under substantial pressure. Many fishermen and women, producers, and processors have been forced to suspend or severely reduce their activities. The closure of sales venues, markets, outlets and distribution channels has seen a substantial drop in prices and volumes.

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Coronavirus response: Further EU support to fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

The package includes support for the temporary cessation of fishing activities due to coronavirus, support to aquaculture farmers for the suspension of production and additional costs, and support to producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products. Additional amendments to the EMFF Regulation allow for more flexible reallocation of financial resources within the operational programmes of each Member State and a simplified procedure for amending operational programmes with respect to the introduction of the new measures.Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Europe’s fishermen and aquaculture farmers are used to fighting the elements. But the coronavirus is a different kind of storm. The Commission therefore proposes a range of targeted actions addressing the urgent challenges that our seafood community faces. These measures will help protecting thousands of jobs in the EU’s coastal regions and maintaining food security.” With fishers forced to stay in port and fish farmers facing the prospect of having to dispose of unused products, these temporary and targeted measures will serve to provide immediate aid during this difficult situation. The Commission has also acted with a view to fostering greater market stability, mitigating the risk of having high-value seafood products wasted or redirected to non-human food purposes, and helping to absorb the impact of the crisis on the return on products.Provided that the Commission proposal is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament without amendments, expenditure for operations supported under the specific coronavirus-related measures will be retroactively eligible as of 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. The supported operations must comply with the eligibility conditions established in the regulation. Therefore, Member States can already start selecting and supporting these operations.

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The EU can more than halve emissions by 2030 by acting in just three sectors – report

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

Katowice, Poland The European Union could reduce its emissions by more than 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 by scaling up climate action in just three sectors: electricity supply, residential buildings and passenger road transport, according to a new analysis released today by the Climate Action Tracker.These three sectors account for around 60% of the EU28’s emissions. The report, “Scaling Up Climate Action: European Union” sets out a pathway for the EU to decarbonise all three sectors by mid-century, which would make its emissions trajectory Paris Agreement-compatible, and create hundreds of thousands of additional jobs, improve health, and reduce expensive energy imports. The report is the second in the CAT’s new series of analyses that identify the most promising sectoral pathways for countries to achieve Paris Agreement 1.5˚C compatibility (1). It clearly shows that the most ambitious emissions reduction pathways presented in the recently published draft of the EU’s long-term climate strategy could not only be achieved, but would also come with significant co-benefits.“Our analysis shows the EU can—and needs to—ratchet up its 2030 target to make it consistent with the Paris Agreement,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics. “Decarbonising electricity is the key to decarbonising the economy. The EU’s first step must be to phase out coal by 2030, and many EU member states are well on the way to achieving this.”By the middle of this year, ten of the 28 EU member states—accounting for 26% of EU coal capacity—had already set 2030 coal phase-out goals. In addition, Germany and Spain, accounting for over 39% of EU coal capacity, are both considering phase out decisions.“Why should the EU increase its action? The IPCC has clearly shown that keeping warming to 1.5˚C will reduce negative climate impacts like the extreme heatwaves, drought and flooding that are already being felt in the region. If the EU weans itself off fossil fuels, it will also reduce air pollution and premature deaths,” said Hare. New EU policies—including the binding target of 32% for the share of renewable energy in overall total energy demand—would lead to a 48% share of renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030: a good step in the right direction, but still not consistent with the Paris Agreement.“The whole of the EU needs to – and can – move faster than best players in the region: Denmark has so far been the frontrunner for scaling up renewable energy and renovating buildings, Norway for electric mobility, and Austria and Czechia for public transport,” said Prof Niklas Höhne, of NewClimate Institute.
The report concludes that the Paris Agreement 1.5oC compatible scenario would create up to 350,000 additional direct jobs between 2020 and 2030 in the electricity sector alone, particularly in wind and solar energy.To decarbonise its passenger road transport sector, the EU needs to increase the share of electric vehicles (or other emissions-free vehicles) in new car sales from today’s 2% to 100% in 2035, apply stringent CO2 emissions intensity standards for new vehicles, and increase public transport to the same kinds of levels as seen in Czechia and Austria.This means that no more internal combustion vehicles should be sold after 2035. Some member states such as Netherlands, UK, France, have adopted phase out targets around this time—others need to follow.“Road transport is responsible for 30% of the EU’s NOx emissions. Decarbonising the transport sector would not only help the EU become Paris Agreement-compatible, it would also significantly decrease the EU’s reliance on energy imports, and help reduce air and noise pollution,” said Yvonne Deng, of Ecofys, a Navigant company.With more than a third of the EU’s emissions coming from the residential buildings sector, the EU must increase both its building renovation rates and efficiency. With full electrification and phasing out fossil fuels for heating and cooling, this could result in an almost complete decarbonisation of the sector. In this sector, too, the whole of the EU needs to go further than the “best in class”—Denmark.

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The Business Beyond Borders

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 aprile 2018

During the International Air and Space Fair, in Santiago, Chile (3rd – 7th April), the first BBB event in South America focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and clusters in the aerospace, defence and security sectors. Over the course of FIDAE, BBB facilitated over 350 matchmaking meetings booked between more than 250 companies representing 37 countries.
As highlighted by the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Chile, Ambassador Stella Zervoudaki, it also marked the first time that “the EU has a united B2B meeting space [at FIDAE], proving the importance the EU gives to the aerospace industry”. The EU Ambassador has also met with the Chilean Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi, at the BBB stand in the EU Pavilion. BBB is a European Commission-funded initiative which helps EU businesses to expand regionally and globally. By facilitating a series of Business-to-Business (B2B), Cluster-to-Cluster (C2C), and Business-to-Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events at the top international trade fairs around the world, the aim of the initiative is for new international business partnerships to be formed and deals to be brokered. Besides the BBB one-to-one matchmaking sessions at the trade fair’s European Pavilion, SMEs and clusters also had the opportunity to participate in technical sessions and workshops on EU space programmes; research and innovation international cooperation; IP protection; business and technology transfer in South America. Other BBB-supported activities included informal networking sessions co-organised by the SME Instrument’s Oversea Trade Fairs Programme, and the BBB Social Media Competition, which sought to help participating companies increase their visibility online.
Davide Venturelli of Archon Techonologies, Italy said the BBB matchmaking sessions provided added-value for his company at FIDAE: “We see potential partnership opportunities with other companies, typically medium-sized ones, which regard Archon as an opportunity to differentiate and expand their position; and for us, it’s an opportunity to solidify our presence in Chile and Latin America, which starts to be significant. SMEs seeking to grow should definitely try the BBB matchmaking sessions.” The next two BBB matchmaking events will take place on 15th-17th May at CeBIT Australia, and on 26th-29th June at AMB Iran; and will be aimed at companies operating in the business technology and metal-cutting technology industries, respectively. To find out more about how European businesses can benefit from this opportunity to grow across borders with a complete package of professional support, visit the Business Beyond Borders website at

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AidEx 2016 Humanitarian & Development Journalism Award – final call for entries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 settembre 2016

GiornalistiBrussels. AidEx, the leading forum for the international aid and development community, would like to inform the global journalism community that the deadlines for entries to the 2016 edition of the AidEx Humanitarian & Development Journalism Award is this Friday, 2 September. Submissions and nominations are still being accepted on our website until this date.The award celebrates the best of humanitarian and development reporting and photojournalism. In 2015, the winners of the award were Holly Young, from The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network (for reporting) and Victor Lacken, of Lensman Media Services (for photojournalism). Learn more about last year’s finalists and winners here.The AidEx Humanitarian & Development Journalism Award is run in partnership with NRS International, a leading international manufacturer of innovative products for the humanitarian aid, public health and development sectors.Nominations for the Award will be judged by an independent panel of experts and by an online public vote. Two winners will be selected in the Photojournalism and Reporting categories respectively; they will receive a trophy and cash prize of €2,500, conferred in person at AidEx in Brussels on 17 November 2016.
Now in its 6th year, AidEx is a major international conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development professionals of all stripes. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for the visitors to meet, source, supply, and learn. The two-day event taking place in Brussels annually was created to help the international aid and development community come together in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.
The theme for AidEx 2016 is “Localisation”, and the event will take place on the 16 and 17 November 2016 at Brussels Expo, in Brussels, Belgium.
NRS International is a family-run company that develops and manufactures products for the humanitarian aid, public health and development sectors. It aims to improve the everyday lives of people in need by providing cost-effective aid essentials. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is the parent company to three subsidiaries:
NRS Relief offers core relief items and multi-purpose shelters
Flexiway Solar Solutions provides fit-for-purpose solar products
TANA Netting manufactures WHOPES-recommended DawaPlus® 2.0 insecticide treated nets as a tool for malaria control and prevention.

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“Innovation & Growth: a process entangling public and private sectors”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 settembre 2015

comoComo 17 e 18 settembre presso l’Auditorium Spazio dello Sheraton Lake Como Hotel il workshop sarà dedicato a “Innovation & Growth: a process entangling public and private sectors”. La linea guida del workshop sarà proprio il fenomeno dell’entanglement, l’intreccio indissolubile tra pubblico e privato, ricerca e industria, distruzione creativa ed evoluzionismo industriale, politiche economiche e finanza che, se non si trasforma in un groviglio, può portare magicamente al fiorire del processo innovativo.
Il workshop sarà suddiviso in sette sessioni durante le quali si parlerà del ruolo dello stato nel processo di innovazione, analizzando sia l’approccio liberale sia quello conservatore; delle politiche nazionali e regionali a supporto dell’innovazione; del rapporto di collaborazione tra le imprese e il mondo della ricerca e dell’università; degli incubatori e dei Parchi Scientifici Tecnologici; di proprietà intellettuale, analizzando sia l’approccio “open” sia quello “proprietario”; dei vari meccanismi di finanziamento e, infine, di alcune storie di successo come, ad esempio, quelle di Coelux e D-Orbit (Lomazzo, IT), Energy Power System (Troy, Michigan, US) e Amypopharma, (Milano, IT).Sarà possibile iscriversi fino al giorno prima del workshop al costo di 250 euro. La tariffa comprende workshop, coffee break, pranzi e cena sociale.Per gli studenti sono previste due tariffe speciali: 170 euro (workshop, coffee break, pranzi e cena sociale) e 110 euro (workshop, coffee break e pranzi; cena sociale esclusa).
Il workshop è organizzato con il sostegno di UNICREDIT (main sponsor), Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Eldor Corporation, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, SysBio – Centro di Systems Biology (Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca).

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Focus on reviving credit growth as external funding withdrawal in emerging Europe picks up

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 agosto 2013

The Vienna 2 Initiative Steering Committee1 met in Luxembourg on 17 July, 2013 to discuss deleveraging trends, work to address asset quality issues in emerging Europe, and the implications for the proposed EU resolution framework on emerging European economies, including non-EU member countries. For the first time, the representatives of major parent bank groups active in emerging Europe were invited to and presented their new role and commitment to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee noted in its new Deleveraging Monitor that there were further reductions in external funding from western banks to Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe (CESEE) excluding Russia and Turkey during the first quarter of 2013. Furthermore, the forecast provided in the previous Deleveraging Monitor that the second wave of funding reductions that had started in mid-2011 would taper off did not prove correct. In fact, cross-border funding restrictions persist, with significant across countries, due, in part, to the impact of external perceptions of domestic climates. Private sector credit growth remained weak, with the exception of Turkey, and loan-to-deposit ratios declined further. There is a concern that deterioration in market sentiment vis-à-vis emerging market countries that started in late May may intensify funding reductions. The continued close monitoring of deleveraging with an eye for systemic risks to the region will therefore remain very important.The Steering Committee discussed the proposed EU resolution framework and decided that it will assess the potential implications for emerging European countries. It aims to submit comments to key European authorities in the autumn.
The Steering Committee also discussed the implications of the single supervisory mechanism for non-EU countries. While the Banking Union project is progressing for euro zone members, with possibilities for other EU member states to opt-in, non-EU members do not have effective channels for linking to the new single supervisory mechanism, even though their banking sectors are dominantly owned by euro-zone based banks. The Vienna 2 Initiative is preparing a plan for approaching the competent European agencies for an effective coordination between the single supervisory mechanism (SSM) and non-EU members.Urgency to address high non-performing loans and SME financing
The Steering Committee reiterated the urgent need to deal with rising non-performing loans (NPLs) in the region. The Vienna 2 Initiative will update the recommendations from its Working Group on NPLs and propose strategies to deal with banks risk absorption capacity for new lending. A new working group will be set up to assess current national guarantee schemes and the potential for International Financial Institutions (IFIs) intervention in this area to support small and medium enterprises’ (SME) access to finance.

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Support Tourism, Support Your Economy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 settembre 2009

Madrid, Spain, As world leaders meet to discuss a sustainable way out of the current economic crisis, many governments and decision makers still have some way to go before they recognize tourism as a sector which can be a relevant factor of the economic recovery. Raising the profile of tourism in both the political and public perception is a critical element in increasing awareness of the sector’s economic potential as an efficient provider of employment and the way forward to the Green Economy. Close to one billion international tourist arrivals per year generate millions of jobs. Travel and tourism is one of the few sectors that cuts across the economy mobilizing employment, investment and sustainable development opportunities for emerging economies. In this context, UNWTO collected different views to further mainstream travel and tourism in the global economic agenda – a challenge that UNWTO has been facing with increasing success.

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16th Seminar on the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2009

Brugge until 17 July, College of Europe Development Office Dijver 11 the Development Office of the College of Europe will organise the 16th edition of the Intensive Seminar on the EU – its flagship training programme on the EU’s policies and political structures. “For 15 years, professionals from all over the world have taken part in the Intensive Seminar and benefited from a unique combination of professional and personal exchange. This year again, we welcome some 60 participants from all over the world to live a genuinely European experience”, says Dr Marc Vuijlsteke, Director General of the Development Office of the College of Europe. The Intensive Seminar on the EU is a one-, two- or three-week programme in Bruges and Brussels. It is targeted at professionals from all sectors who want to enhance their knowledge on EU affairs in an in-depth and practice-oriented training tailored to their needs. The 2009 programme offers a varied combination of keynote speeches on European integration and the main EU policies; panel debates on challenges ahead for the EU in 2010 and the EU and Member States’ actions in face of the financial and economic crisis; practical workshops on EU negotiations and regulatory impact analysis; and a number of networking activities and social events. Among this year’s speakers drawn from the College of Europe’s network of experts are well- known personalities from the academic world, the EU institutions and the private sector, including Prof Jacques Pelkmans, Director of the Economic Studies department at the College of Europe; Prof Patrick A. Messerlin, Professor of Economics at the Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris; Dr Jamie Shea, Director for Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO; Prof John Hemery
Founder and Director of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies; and Julio Escudero Bustamante, Head of Sector for Activity Based Budgeting in the Directorate-General for Budget of the European Commission. As in previous years, participants will be able to choose between three different programmes of varying length and intensity: Classic (until17 July): Complete programme, starting with an introduction on European integration, followed by hands-on workshops and interactive sessions. Advanced (6-17 July): Short introduction followed by an analysis of recent developments in the EU including practice-oriented sessions and debates. Compact (6-10 July): In-depth training with a focus on practical skills and current issues. The Intensive Seminar on the EU is organised by the Development Office of the College of Europe. Among its services are professional trainings, academic co-operation, services for the EU institutions and other projects developed in partnership. The Development Office is a department of the College of Europe – one of the longest established and most renowned institutes of postgraduate European studies, with campuses in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland)

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