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State aid: Commission approves reductions on offshore surcharge for electro-intensive and railway companies in Germany

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 aprile 2018

The European Commission has found German plans to grant reductions on an offshore surcharge to electro-intensive users and railways to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will contribute to the competitiveness of these companies without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Following an amendment to the German Energy Act (EnWG), as of 2019 the costs of connecting offshore wind installations to the main electricity grid will be financed via an offshore surcharge (Offshore-Netzumlage), to be paid by electricity consumers. The amended German Energy Act also provides for reductions from this offshore surcharge for certain electro-intensive industrial users, as well as for railway companies. The reductions will confer an advantage to these companies, as it will lower their financial burden compared to other companies that will not benefit from them. The Commission has assessed the measure under both its Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 as well as its Guidelines on State aid for railways undertaking and concluded that the German plans to grant reductions on offshore surcharges to electro-intensive users and railways are in line with EU State aid rules, because they will contribute to the competitiveness of these companies without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

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“State of Global Islamic Economy Report 2015/2016”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 ottobre 2015

torinoTorino 19 e 20 ottobre 2015 nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi. Secondo lo “State of Global Islamic Economy Report 2015/2016” di Thomson Reuters, l’economia Islamica riguarda più di 1.7 miliardi di musulmani nel mondo. Dal 2014 la Città di Torino, in partnership con Università di Torino, Camera di Commercio di Torino e con il supporto tecnico di ASSAIF, si è concentrata sulle opportunità della finanza Islamica e su questo mercato in rapida crescita.La prima edizione del Turin Islamic Economic Forum – nel novembre 2014 – ha rappresentato per la città un evento internazionale che ha coinvolto oltre 450 delegati: stakeholder locali hanno avuto l’opportunità di incontrare i più importanti attori della finanza e dell’economia appartenenti a paesi Islamici operanti a livello mondiale. In seguito – il 28 luglio 2015 – Torino ha ospitato la tavola rotonda sul Modest Fashion organizzata in collaborazione con Thomson Reuters, Dubai Chamber e Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre. Una giornata di dibattito in cui 71 operatori italiani e internazionali della moda si sono confrontati sulle sfide cruciali e le opportunità del Modest Fashion a livello globale.La seconda edizione del TIEF – in programma il 19 e 20 ottobre 2015 nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi – è focalizzata sulla connessione tra finanza e attività economiche produttive. Per questo motivo l’agenda è strutturata su tre argomenti portanti, Finanza/Cibo/Moda: 53 relatori italiani e internazionali distribuiti in 7 sessioni tematiche, potenzieranno i risultati raggiunti dal TIEF 2014.
Il primo giorno, lunedì 19 ottobre, si parlerà del ruolo che istituzioni pubbliche (Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre e Camere di Commercio di Torino e Italiana negli Emirati) e private (Fondazione CRT) possono svolgere per lo sviluppo della finanza Islamica. Il dibattito proseguirà sul mercato dei capitali islamici: una sessione di rilievo con la partecipazione di Abayomi A. Alawode della Banca Mondiale e il lancio in anteprima dello studio AIAF sui Sukuk italiani. Il dottor Giustiniani (responsabile del “Gruppo Finanza Islamica” dell’AIAF) presenterà anche il caso del possibile uso di questo strumento da parte di autorità municipali.
Il pomeriggio, invece, sarà dedicato al tema alimentare: Thomson Reuters presenterà i risultati del Report appena pubblicato al Global Islamic Economy Summit di Dubai e due Enti Certificatori Italiani si confronteranno con aziende italiane (Sebaste, Il Granaio delle Idee, ABIT, RF Cosmetici, Gruppo Vercelli) e internazionali (Truebell Dubai).
E’ affidato ai relatori della seconda giornata, martedì 20 ottobre, lo sviluppo in Italia dell’Islamic retail banking, ovvero dell’offerta di servizi di base con testimonianze della britannica Alrayan Bank, Banca d’Italia e ABI, e l’intervento di Sevket Can Tulumen (Musiad e Istanbul CCIAA) che parlerà di crowdfunding.La Sessione sul Fashion, moderata da Alia Khan (IFDC – Islamic Fashion Design Council), analogamente a quella sul Cibo, è introdotta da Thomson Reuters Dubai che – insieme alla sociologa turca Neslihan Cevik – aprirà il dibattito tra aziende italiane del calibro di Miroglio e Cavalli e internazionali come Modanisa, Hasema e Louella il marchio fondato da Ibtihaj Muhammad, campionessa della nazionale americana di scherma.Concluderanno l’evento rappresentanti dell’università e giovani imprenditori.
Il professore Paolo Biancone modererà la sessione tra professori italiani e stranieri sulle frontiere della finanza islamica nel mondo accademico. Cristina Tumiatti, Presidente Giovani Imprenditori dell’Unione Industriale di Torino, presenterà il punto di vista e l’esperienza dei giovani italiani che si sono accostati a questo mercato.
Durante la due giorni, nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi, si potranno ammirare le opere di arte calligrafica islamica di Shamira Minozzi, apprezzata artista veneziana fautrice del dialogo tra le culture.L’appuntamento con la finanza islamica proseguirà mercoledì 21 ottobre alla Fondazione CRT in via XX Settembre 31. Nella ‘Sala Consiglio di Indirizzo’ sarà ospitato l’incontro “Islamic Modes of Financing and Islamic Multilateral Banks: a Key for the Development of Young Entrepreneurship” introdotto e moderato da Alberto Brugnoni (Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF) e dedicato ai giovani imprenditori sociali del progetto di Fondazione CRT e United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in collaborazione con collaborazione con MAE Entrepreneurs for Social Change.
Il TIEF 2015 è organizzato dalla Città di Torino in partnership con l’Università di Torino e la Camera di Commercio di Torino, in collaborazione con ASSAIF.

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MEPs urge end to Roma discrimination and recognition of Roma Genocide Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 aprile 2015

HolocaustParliament called for more efforts to end discrimination, hate crime and hate speech against Roma people and for 2 August to be recognised as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, to commemorate the Roma genocide in World War II, in a resolution passed on Wednesday. In the resolution MEPs express their “deep concern at the rise of anti-Gypsyism, as manifested inter alia through anti-Roma rhetoric and violent attacks against Roma in Europe”. Anti-Gypsyism is “incompatible with the norms and values of the European Union” and “constitutes a major obstacle to the successful social integration of Roma”, they stress. They call on EU countries to effectively implement the Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) in order to “prevent and eliminate discrimination against Roma, in particular in employment, education and access to housing.” Parliament recognises the historical fact of the genocide of Roma that was perpetrated during World War II as well as other forms of persecution such as deportation and internment and calls on the member states to do likewise. According to estimates, at least half a million Roma were exterminated by the Nazi and other regimes and their allies and in some countries more than 80% of the Roma population was killed.
On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, 2,897 Roma, mostly women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Gypsy camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. To commemorate this atrocity, 2 August should be recognised as “European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day” and dedicated to commemorating the victims of the genocide, MEPs say.Roma people are Europe’s largest ethnic minority. Some 10 to 12 million are estimated to live in Europe, including around six million in the EU. International Roma Day was celebrated on 8 April.

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Winners will be announced on 25 April at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 marzo 2014

Alexander jamesTriumph Gallery, 3/8, Ilyinka Street, Building 5, Moscow  17th April – 11th May 2014 The Hague. This year marks the birth of a new award, an award to highlight multimedia use at cultural heritage in Europe -The Heritage in  Motion Awards. This competition will give a stage to the creators and producers of films, games, apps and websites on themes related to  Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage in Motion grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia  achievements and products -through varied, creative and innovative means, in order to draw attention to the value of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage in all its facets. James has gained international recognition for his photographic works, which defy categorisation. His artistic process begins with the creation of intricate sculptural compositions, in which he utilises natural materials and handmade props. These scenes are created in vast tanks of purified water and photographed as a documentary act, before being destroyed. The play of light in water and James’ use of paint brushes and other objects on the surface tension of the water gives the resulting works a painterly effect, heightened by the dark background and vivid colours, which recall Dutch Vanitas still-life painting. Though rooted in tradition, James’ blurring of boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture lends his works a unique and contemporary aesthetic. James’ key works may be found in The Monsoon Collection, Davis Museum Lisboa, Rothschild Group, DDB Group and Lend Lease Group, as well as in major independent collections of Peter Simon and Ivor Braka who was Francis Bacon’s primary dealer who was recently quoted as saying ‘I only buy things as a dealer when I have a belief in the quality of the work. I may not like it, but it has to be the absolute best’. Now, the artist is developing an ambitious new series of large-scale works for the upcoming Moscow exhibition ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’. Such is the magnitude of the project that he is relocating his entire studio to Moscow for four winter months, until the opening of the show. The new pieces he will unveil develop the themes explored in an earlier series entitled ‘A Beautiful Announcement of Death’ inspired by John Millais’ Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece Ophelia (1851) and La Jeune Martyre (1855) by Paul De La Roche. The new works will also be figurative with the artist working with live models suspended in water. Requiring a large studio, the artist will work in a 250m2 space in the Red October, an island in central Moscow that housed a chocolate factory under czars and then Soviet authorities, and now a hub for contemporary art, which has hosted exhibitions by Gagosian Gallery, Baibakov Art Projects and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. This, however, will be the first time the island has housed an artist and his studio. James has relocated his studio in the past to Tokyo, Sydney and New York, which added particular flavours to the work he created. Now, the artist will form a unique dialogue with the surroundings in Russia by creating the works in situ and sourcing local materials. The relocation of the studio and staging of the exhibition in Russia are particularly timely considering that 2014 will mark the year of cultural exchange between the UK and Russia. Supported by the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exchange will see the biggest ever programme of UK cultural projects to take place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. Major art events will include The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde at the Moscow Museum curated by British film director Peter Greenaway and a Kazimir Malevich retrospective organised by the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Tate Modern. Triumph Gallery already has a reputation for introducing major British artists to a Russian audience and is renowned for presenting a dynamic exhibition programme, featuring major contemporary artists both from Russia and around the world. In 2006, the gallery became the first in the country to exhibit works by Damien Hirst, following with an exhibition by Jake and Dinos Chapman a year later. Joining this impressive roster, James will be amongst only a handful of British artists to have staged a solo show at the gallery and the only one to have produced the works in Russia. The exhibition follows on from the artist’s critically-acclaimed show ‘Intersection’, which took place in London. (Alexander james)

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Response to the 2014 State of the Union Address

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 gennaio 2014

The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds President Barack Obama’s continued commitment to growing our economy and driving U.S.
“The federal investments we make in scientific R&D at our nation’s excellent universities and the cutting edge innovations that our companies are able to scale-up, produce and market benefit us all. We urge the president and leaders from both parties in Congress to cooperatively work together to enact policies that will deliver the sustainable economic growth that is so vital to our country’s future.”
“In the past two years, President Obama has emphasized the need to stimulate American manufacturing to create jobs and a downstream delta of prosperity for communities across our nation. Tonight he said again, that we need the right fit of new training for jobs that our companies currently have open — and want to fill.”“As the president of the world’s largest scientific society with over 163,000 members and as a scientist raised in a family of educators, I can assure you that the focus on STEM education is correct. This is where the opportunities lie for the future of our nation, but we need to sharpen our pencil.”“Furthermore, to realize the innovation economy our nation’s leaders envision, there are several key policies still pending on the congressional agenda that, if enacted, will help provide components additive to our nation’s economic growth. They are:
Science and Technology Investment through the FY 2015 Budget: Science and technology are the economic workhorses that pull our nation forward, and over decades, they have driven the creation of countless high-skill, high-wage jobs and can once again propel a vigorous U.S. economy and a prosperous way of life for our citizens. The president and Congress should take advantage of the opportunity presented by the return to regular order and bipartisan cooperation in budgeting to establish a predictable and sustained investment strategy focused on research and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education funding at the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Institute for Standards and Technology and other key agencies. America COMPETES Act: Originally passed in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010, the legislation has helped support the science, technology and innovation enterprise that underpins U.S. economic growth and job creation. COMPETES has authorized critical funding for basic scientific research through the federal agencies, fueling America’s research universities, developing discoveries and technological advances and leading to important new innovations. COMPETES has also provided the means to strengthen a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs at all levels, from K 12 through graduate education. Sustained and predictable support for science, engineering and technology is essential for a healthy U.S. economy. It is important that Congress reauthorize COMPETES as soon as possible.
The Research and Development Tax Credit: The R&D tax credit is a crucial incentive for innovation, particularly in connection with fostering new technologies and expanding high-value manufacturing. Originally introduced in the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, the credit has been allowed to expire eight times and has been extended 14 times. The current extension expired on December 31, 2013. A tax credit that is unpredictable is not nearly as beneficial in stimulating the economy. Most other nations have a permanent R&D tax credit; ACS believes strongly that the U.S. needs a permanent R&D tax credit in order to be globally competitive
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013: popularly known as the Shaheen-Portman bill, this legislation would rewrite national building codes – voluntary standards that are generally used by states and municipalities – with the aim of fostering great energy savings. The bill would also establish education programs to train workers in energy-efficient building design and installation of energy-efficient products and technologies. The bill provides incentives for using highly efficient motors, transformers, and sets goals for the federal government – the single largest consumer of energy. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Last reauthorized in 2001, ESEA or No Child Left Behind funds K-12 education and established standards of learning to shorten achievement gaps and promote equal access to education in the U.S. The ACS strongly encourages effective policies to promote STEM education as a national priority within the ESEA. We urge the Administration to work together with Congress in a bipartisan effort to ensure programs like the Math and Science Partnership retain funding to support teacher recruitment and retention efforts, inquiry based curriculum and definitions of critical subject areas for our future workforce.

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The course of history

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 dicembre 2009

A White House tape, recording the US president six days after the Watergate break-in, sealed President Nixon’s fate, forcing his resignation within weeks. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, smuggled out of the USSR and published in 1973, shocked the world by describing the vast Soviet system of prison labour. Throughout history, those in power have kept secrets hidden from the public eye. But if it leads to a culture of impunity for crimes committed by the state, secrecy becomes dangerous. A culture of impunity thrives on secrecy, and on complicit media and a passive civil society.  In Turkey, both secrecy and impunity for those defending the state against its enemies at home and abroad were long taken for granted. Attempts to cast light on the activities of groups and institutions referred to as the “deep state” (derin devlet) have invariably failed. Some have even questioned whether the deep state really exists.

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