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America’s incoherent strategy on Taiwan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 agosto 2022

This week we focused on our digital edition. Although our presses were silent, having worked overtime to produce a Summer double issue, we were busy covering the news for our digital products. Top of the agenda was Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. One way to see it is as a bold assertion of principle. China has taken to bullying countries that maintain even the most innocent ties with the island, which it claims. The speaker of the House of Representatives has every right to visit Taiwan and her trip may inspire others to stand up to the bully. Another view, as we explain in a leader, is that the trip is a symptom of America’s incoherent approach to China—the country’s single most important opponent.We also looked at an upset in Kansas, where voters rejected a proposal to scrap the state’s constitutional right to abortion. That was part of a run of good news for Joe Biden’s beleaguered presidency, including the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, hiding in a posh Khabul suburb. We asked what is next for Apple, now that it has sold everyone an iPhone. We reported from the 24th International AIDS conference in Montreal. And we suggested that the global housing boom is running out of steam. Meanwhile, it is not too late to enjoy the highlights of our double issue, including a deeply reported psychological portrait of Muhammad bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudia Arabia, and an account of Russia’s distinctive brand of fascism. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-in-chief The Economist

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Strategy to fight against the Covid-19

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 dicembre 2021

According to the World Health Organisation, two million Europeans may die between November 2021 and March 2022 in the European region. The new Omicron variant and the deterioration of the general health situation in Europe in the autumn of 2021 show that the strategy to fight against the Covid19 must necessarily be European and global.As long as the majority of the world’s population is not vaccinated, all people are at risk and dangerous mutations will continue to appear. In the face of the sixth wave, the right to free movement must also be preserved. Thus, it is essential to take coordinated measures at European level.Despite lack of hard competences at European level, the EU succeeded in developing a strategy to face the COVID crisis and responded to the main concerns of the European citizens during the pandemic, with the launch of the Health Union advocated by UEF and the common purchase of vaccines.Furthermore, with more than 725 million EU Digital COVID Certificates issued since July 2021, the EU restored the freedom of movement in the EU, a fundamental right according to the EU Charter for EU citizens and people living in the EU but also for third country nationals travelling to and from EU countries. The EU managed to set an international standard facilitating people mobility as currently 25 third countries from 5 continents are connected to the EU system and 35 applied to be connected.The UEF welcomes the initiative of the European Commission recommending a third dose of the Covid 19 vaccine made on November 25, 2021 for the entire population and its inclusion in the EU Digital COVID certificate.However, it is urgent to further strengthen the common European strategy against COVID, since vaccination rates are low in many Member States, and sizeable pockets of population still refuse to be vaccinated.

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MEPs call for the creation of a Global EU Connectivity Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

Bruxelles. MEPs urge that connectivity be prioritised in the EU’s work in order to achieve a more proactive European position in global politics.In the report on connectivity and EU-Asia relations, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs stress the fundamental role that connectivity plays in the geopolitical relations of the EU and member states. They highlight connectivity is fundamental for the EU and is deeply ingrained in its approach to domestic and international challenges. The report was adopted on Thursday by 54 votes in favour, 2 against and 12 abstentions.MEPs encourage the Commission and the European External Action Service EEAS to create a Global EU Connectivity Strategy as an extension of the current EU-Asia connectivity strategy. This would strengthen the EU’s role as an indispensable geopolitical and geo-economic actor, as well as forging stronger partnerships with democracies around the globe that share the EU’s fundamental values.Calling for the promotion of fiscally, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable connectivity, MEPs point out that global challenges will be aggravated if opposing international factions develop or global relations break down entirely.A Global EU Connectivity Strategy must implement projects that conform with EU values of freedom, human rights, rule of law, democracy, non-discrimination and solidarity, and must reinforce the EU’s international role as a norm-setter, say MEPs.For its implementation, adequate human and financial resources must be allocated, with investments that respect the public good, transparency, and market efficiency, while avoiding debt entrapment, stress MEPs.

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MEPs set out blueprint for a new Industrial strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 novembre 2020

Bruxelles. In a report adopted on Wednesday with 486 votes in favour, 109 against, and 102 abstentions, MEPs call on the Commission to come up with a revised industrial strategy, as the original strategy, published in March 2020, coincided with the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and came out before the Next Generation EU plan was set up. It could therefore not take into account the impact of the pandemic on European industries.The new strategy should have two distinct phases, one focusing on recovery and the other on reconstruction and building resilience. The first should focus on maintaining the smooth functioning of the single market, mainly by recapitalising enterprises, saving jobs and adapting production to a post-COVID “new normal”. The second phase should aim to help reconstruct and transform European industry by pursuing the objectives of the twin transitions and reinforcing the EU’s industrial sovereignty and its strategic autonomy, which require a competitive industrial base and massive investment in research and innovation.MEPs stress that the new strategy should in particular help the EU achieve climate-neutrality, deliver on the European Green Deal, manage the twin green and digital transitions and create high-quality jobs.It should contain a strong social pillar, address the social consequences of structural change and help hard hit regions to recover economically and socially.MEPs also highlight the importance of a research-based European pharmaceutical industry to safeguard high-quality manufacturing and guarantee affordable medicines for all patients in need. They call again for a plan to mitigate the risk of medicine shortages.

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ITRE meeting 09/11: debates on EU industrial resilience, strategy for data

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 novembre 2020

Brussels. Monday 9 November 2020, 13.45 – 15.45 room József Antall (4Q2), and by videoconference. Mr Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional relations and Foresight, will present the European Commission’s first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, published in September 2020. The Report aims to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the EU’s strategic choices, and introduces a comprehensive concept of EU resilience. EU resilience is considered via four dimensions: social and economic, geopolitical, environmental, and digital. For each dimension, the report identifies the capacities, vulnerabilities and opportunities revealed by the coronavirus crisis, which need to be addressed in the medium- to long-term. The debate will focus on industry, digital and energy aspects.

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CWT Strategy & Transformation Leadership Team Appointments

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 settembre 2020

Minneapolis. CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, today announces the leadership team and strategic priorities for its newly created Strategy & Transformation business unit.Headed by President, Strategy & Transformation and CFO, Michelle McKinney Frymire, the newly formed unit will ensure that the company delivers all transformation initiatives, drives technology innovation, and further enhances CWT’s performance-based culture.“It’s a privilege to lead this talented team, who are committed to delivering exceptional service as well as industry leading technologies and innovation,” said Michelle McKinney Frymire. “This new structure and approach, delivered by a amazing group of leaders, will drive agile decision making, increase alignment with our strategic goals, and accelerate our growth and transformation.” Effective immediately, the core leadership team of the Strategy & Transformation operating unit are as follows:
· HR, Talent and Performance, led by Chief Human Resource Officer Catherine Maguire-Vielle, will ensure we continue to be a destination of choice for a diverse, driven and creative workforce. Catherine and her team will continue to lead all of the company’s HR, payroll, internal communications, responsible business and culture functions, and Catherine continues to serve on CWT’s Executive Leadership Team.
· John Pelant continues as Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for identifying and delivering on the company’s technology operations and investments. John and his team of talented professionals will continue to drive industry leading technologies, services, and solutions. John continues to serve on CWT’s Executive Leadership Team.
· The newly formed Strategy, Planning & Analytics group is headed up by Julia Kou and has responsibility for ensuring our investments and priorities are continuously aligned with CWT’s strategic plan, and oversees the company’s corporate planning, pricing and profitability functions.
Courtney Mattson is appointed Global Treasurer and Deputy CFO, and ensures that CWT continues to deliver on effective balance sheet and financial operations management, to maintain a strong financial foundation for meeting our commitments to our customers and suppliers.

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A revamped maritime strategy to foster a sustainable blue economy and the EU Green Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

At a time of social and economic uncertainty, the EU is preparing the next generation of EU-funded programmes to foster economic recovery. The revamped action plan will give new impetus to the Atlantic maritime strategy and will strengthen the participating countries’ recovery efforts. It will contribute to the European Green Deal, a socially inclusive model of sustainable development and job creation, while safeguarding marine and coastal environments and securing a healthy ocean.The European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “In the midst of the crisis, more than ever, we must stay focused on making our future green: the EU Green Deal and the green transition should guide our recovery plan. The development of a sustainable blue economy, targeting specific challenges and opportunities at sea basin level, serves exactly these objectives. We must put green in the blue and blue in the green.’’Focusing on offsetting the adverse socio-economic impact of the crisis, the new action plan proposes concrete actions for the development of the blue economy in the Atlantic, addressing challenges, such as:The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of renewable energy – by supporting research and investment in marine renewable energy (going beyond offshore wind) for which the Atlantic has a huge potential; The fight against marine pollution – by promoting green shipping and coordinating actions against marine litter; The creation of new jobs – by addressing the skills gaps in the blue economy sectors and by supporting cooperation between EU training centres and businesses; The adaptation to climate change – by improving coastal observation and designing and promoting cost effective coastal protection measures.
The action plan also has a strong international dimension in The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance including USA, and Canada, Brazil and South Africa. The participating Member States may decide, in consultation with the European Commission, to expand the membership of the Atlantic strategy to any interested state.The action plan will reinforce cooperation among the participating countries and include coastal regions and stakeholders. A solid monitoring framework will measure progress and impact.The main sources of funding will be European Structural and Investment Funds, including the future territorial cooperation programme in the Atlantic area and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). In addition to the national and regional funding, the action plan will also rely on sources such as Horizon Europe, Connecting Europe Facility, LIFE programme and innovative financial instruments managed by the European Investment Bank, such as the InvestEU programme for decarbonisation and the circular economy.

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New disability strategy: Stepping up EU action for an inclusive Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 giugno 2020

In a resolution outlining their priorities for the post-2020 EU disability strategy, MEPs demand that all persons with disabilities and their families can fully enjoy their human rights.
As a follow-up to the European disability strategy 2010-2020, Parliament calls on the Commission to present a comprehensive, well-funded and ambitious post-2020 EU Disability Strategy that reflects the diversity of persons with disabilities and their needs. They should, together with their representative family members and organisations, be involved in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the new strategy. In a resolution, adopted by a large majority on Thursday, MEPs also ask for a gender-based approach to address the specific forms of discrimination that women and girls with disabilities face.
Disproportional impact of COVID-19-pandemic on people with disabilities. The COVID-19-outbreak and the measures taken by member states have taken a heavy toll on persons with disabilities who faced serious risks and rights violations, such as disruption in care and support services and lack of precautionary measures in residential institutions. To prevent such shortcomings in legislation in the future, MEPs stress that the post-2020 Disability Strategy should include specific recovery and mitigation measures.Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SK, ECR), rapporteur and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, said: “We must learn lessons from the shortcomings of the current Strategy. Above all, we need robust, disaggregated data to allow for informed policy-making and to eradicate huge disparities. We must also equip the new Strategy with all possible means to guarantee its full implementation and effective monitoring. I hope that the Parliament’s input will serve as important inspiration for the EU-disability agenda for the next decade.” The resolution was adopted with 653 votes in favour, 6 against and 29 abstentions.

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ITRE Chair on industrial strategy: those who set the standards today will have a leverage on the markets tomorrow

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 marzo 2020

Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE) committee Chair and rapporteur reacted to the European Commission proposals published on Tuesday.“Industrial leadership will be a key factor in the geopolitical context, as those who set the standards today are those who will have a leverage on the international markets tomorrow.” said Cristian Silviu Bușoi (EPP, RO)“It will be of utmost importance to succeed in designing a new industrial strategy that will enable European industry to manage the great challenges of making the industry fit for the digital age on one hand and of the transformation towards a sustainable industry contributing to a green and competitive economy on the other”.“I consider that EU’s new industrial policy should be based on a strong competition policy and significant transition funding for the industrial regions most impacted by the green transition. We need to align different policy areas such as trade, environment, research, health, investment, competition, energy, climate and creative industries in one coherent approach under the industrial strategy” he said.“We, the ITRE Committee, are looking forward to working closely with all the parts involved in a coordinated and inclusive manner. The coordinators will be shortly deciding on the most effective way to react to the communication” he added.”The objectives are sharable indeed, while there is a lack in identifying the means on how to reach them” said ITRE rapporteur for the report on the future of European Industry Carlo Calenda (S&D, IT). “Furthermore, the document of the European Commission does not take into account the recessive impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The European Commission should exclusively focus on this right now.” In a 2017 resolution, the European Parliament asked for a Union strategy based on digitalisation, an energy- and resource-efficient economy and a circular economy approach.Parliament also asked the Commission to assess the adequacy of market definitions and the current set of EU competition rules, taking into account the evolution of global markets and the emergence of major national players in third countries.MEPs called in particular to pay more attention to the role of foreign-based state-owned enterprises that are supported and subsidised by their governments.

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CWT nomina Scott Hace Vice President Enterprise Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 gennaio 2020

Minneapolis. La piattaforma di gestione di viaggi B2B4E, ha nominato Scott Hace Vice President, Enterprise Strategy. Nel suo nuovo ruolo, Scott e il suo gruppo, oltre a fornire supporto materiale al board di CWT, saranno responsabili dello sviluppo e della realizzazione dei progetti strategici chiave.Hace riferisce a Julia Kou, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Strategy & Corporate Development di CWT. “Siamo entusiasti di dare a Scott il benvenuto nel team. La sua grande esperienza nella consulenza strategica e nell’industria dei viaggi rappresenterà una risorsa determinante nello sviluppo delle priorità nel programma volto a garantire la crescita nei mercati chiave, differenziando così distintamente CWT dagli altri attori del settore”, ha dichiarato Julia Kou.Scott Hace e il suo gruppo collaboreranno con i principali player del comparto per dare impulso ai progetti strategici connessi al piano di sviluppo, all’efficienza operativa e alla differenziazione di prodotto tra competitor. Inoltre, la divisione Enterprise Strategy lavora a stretto contatto con la leadership di CWT nella definizione delle priorità nel programma a breve e medio termine, valutando al contempo le opportunità di sviluppo del business di CWT sul lungo periodo.La presenza nel team Enterprise Strategy non rappresenta una novità per Hace, essendo entrato in azienda, nel 2015, proprio come Director di questa divisione. Nel 2017 è stato promosso Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Partners, con l’incarico di supervisionare il rapporto tra CWT e gli strumenti di prenotazione online (OBT).Prima fare parte di CWT, Scott Hace ha lavorato 15 anni come consulente nel settore della tecnologia e delle comunicazioni con aziende come Avaya, Comcast, Cognizant e Accenture, per le quali ha gestito grandi trasformazioni IT, oltre che lo sviluppo di nuove strategie di vendita e di immissione sul mercato.Ha conseguito un Master in Business Administration presso la University of Colorado Denver e una laurea in ingegneria meccanica presso la North Dakota State University.CWT è una piattaforma di gestione di viaggi “business to business for employees” (B2B4E). Aziende e istituzioni si affidano a noi per tenere in contatto il loro personale – ovunque, in qualsiasi momento, in qualsiasi modo -, e noi offriamo ai viaggiatori le tecnologie più innovative e un’esperienza di viaggio efficiente e sicura in sei continenti. Ogni giorno, ci prendiamo cura di un numero di viaggiatori tale da poter riempire oltre 100.000 camere d’albergo, mentre la nostra divisione meeting ed eventi gestisce oltre 100 eventi.

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Google announces circular economy strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 luglio 2019

Technology giant Google has unveiled a new sustainability initiative that it says could eventually expand to help solve larger challenges of global resource use. The company’s new ‘circular Google’ strategy includes a new drive to design technology products with recyclability and waste management built in, as well as efforts to reduce waste at datacentres and offices. However, the company said that it believes it can offer more to assist a broader shift towards a global circular economy.“As we built out this strategy, an intriguing insight emerged. An element of reaching a fully circular economy requires identifying, tracking and managing the overwhelming and globe-spanning swirl of materials. Thankfully, technological developments in the 21st century suggest a way to do so: to view all this stuff as information,” Kate Brandt, the company’s chief sustainability officer wrote in a blog announcing the strategy. “Considering the circular economy as an information challenge is inspiring for us at Google. It suggests that we can leverage our scale, resources and technological expertise to help the world meet resource needs.”
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Swissgas with new strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 giugno 2019

The company will unbundle its “Gas Network” and “Gas Procurement” activities over the next few years. Under the direction of André Dosé, who was newly elected president last year, Swissgas is reorienting itself towards its future role as an important nationwidegas network operator, as announced at today’s general shareholders’ meeting in Bern. Ever since it was founded in 1971, natural gas procurement has been the core business of the national procurement company Swissgas. At today’s general shareholders’ meeting in Bern, a new strategic orientation was announced: after unbundling, Swissgas will focus on its future role as an important nationwide gas network operator. To that purpose, Swissgas is abandoning its natural gas procurement business. The existing procurement agreements will be fulfilled by Swissgas by their expiration date. For the unbundling, Swissgas’s participation in its subsidiary SET (Swiss Energy Trading AG) will beterminated immediately. The four regional companies EGO, EGZ, Gaznat and GVM will acquire all of Swissgas’s shares in SET. In a second step, the shareholder structure of SET will be adjusted through the exit of EGO and the acquisitions of the SET shares by the other three
regional companies. In his inaugural speech, André Dosé discussed the current situation in the Swiss energy landscape. “Numerous challenges await us. But as
a representative of the gas industry, we also have a great opportunity to fight for natural gas and biogas as part of Switzerland’s future energy supply”, he pointed out. It is becoming increasingly clear that the “2050 Energy Strategy” cannot be implemented in its current form because it is merely an electrification strategy that deliberately ignores the questions of where the electricity will come from and how it will be produced.
Dosé expressed his hopes that the political world will also realise that natural gas and biogas are part of the solution: for security ofsupply, decarbonisation and thanks to storage technologies such as “Power-To-Gas” also in the context of the use of electricity from renewable sources. Finally, André Dosé emphasised the urgent need for a gas supply act. That is the only way to create the necessary legal certainty, which, in view of the Competition Commission’s upcoming proceedings against individual network operators, is jeopardised through a disorderly, case-by-case market liberalisation.
Swissgas CEO Ruedi Rohrbach focused his speech on the security of supply and the related need for long-term investments and commitmentsas vital elements for risk prevention, since the market does not simply regulate such matters itself. On the contrary, the general conditions and supply must be designed to work smoothly in both good times and bad. That requires an active commitment and the willingness and desire of all the participants to secure energy over the long term (specifically including natural gas and biogas) along with the necessary infrastructure. The political sphere is not sending out the
corresponding signals, however, so that Swissgas is now struggling with difficult general conditions. As examples, he mentions the legal uncertainty in market liberalisation, the lack of political acceptance of both natural gas and the gas network infrastructure as

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DNV GL Forum Partner EC Infosystems Announces Strategy Workshop

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 Maggio 2019

EC Infosystems, a leader in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Billing/Customer Information Solutions (CIS) for companies in the deregulated energy industry, has announced that they will host an interactive workshop at the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale on Tuesday, May 14th at 9 AM open to all DNV GL Energy Executive Forum attendees.The Next Big Thing Takes All of Us (and Technology) will explore key tools and strategies to help retailers cohesively overcome operational obstacles and market setbacks so that they can worry less about compliance and focus on fresher business initiatives.Led by ECI’s Aileen Currier, Director of Market Strategy, and Andreya Shaak, Manager of Product Development, the workshop will examine the criticality of the energy company’s progression – with fresh customer-focused ideas, more radical business models, or superior operational execution.
As an incentive for attending the workshop, EC Infosystems will offer three additional entries for their grand-prize giveaway – an all-expenses paid trip to California’s wine country. The winner and their guest will experience Napa Valley and Sonoma luxury including private winery tastings, four-star accommodations and transportation, the legendary Napa Valley Wine Train, among other exclusive events.Attendees who do not attend the workshop will be allotted a single giveaway entry for submission at the EC Infosystems’ business lounge directly outside of the general session ballroom on Wednesday, May 15th. The grand-prize winner will be announced at the conclusion of the DNV GL town hall at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, May 15th. Registration is still open for the event at the DNV GL Energy Executive Forum website. EC Infosystems and DNV GL are excited to announce an exclusive offer for a $200 discount off the registration costs for the first 20 attendees by using the discount code ECINFO19.

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A New Strategy at Knight Therapeutics

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 aprile 2019

Medison Biotech (1995) Ltd. (“Medison”), which together with its affiliates owns more than 10.4 million shares or 7.3% of Knight Therapeutics, Inc. (TSX:GUD) (“Knight” or the “Company”), today announced that Glass Lewis & Co., LLC, a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has noted the underperformance of Knight, severe conflicts of interest among the directors, management and the Goodman family and the need for change to the Knight Board of Directors. Glass Lewis recommends that shareholders vote for change by using the GOLD proxy card and vote FOR the election of Medison nominees Michael Cloutier and Bob Oliver.Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has also recently recommended Knight shareholders support change and vote using the GOLD proxy card to elect Elaine Campbell and Christophe Robert Jean.Commenting on the report, Medison said, “The Glass Lewis report exposes the severity of the issues at Knight – inferior returns, lack of an operating business, a failed strategy, conflicted directors and a campaign to try to fool shareholders. The independent report also calls on Jonathan Goodman to divest his conflicted holdings or resign immediately as CEO. In addition, Knight’s Chairman, James Gale, is exposed for related party transactions and conflicts of interest.”Added Medison, “We are very pleased that shareholders are finally able to see, in detail, the issues with this board, but to also have the opportunity to vote for new, skilled directors that have a real plan to create value for all. This is an important time for Knight and we urge shareholders to vote FOR all of the Medison nominees on the GOLD proxy today.”

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JPND Launches Updated Research and Innovation Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 aprile 2019

The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative1 has launched its updated global Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS), to provide a unified framework for the support of world class research into neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the world’s leading medical and societal challenges and there are now expected to be 50 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Globally, these numbers show no signs of abating, and it is estimated that by 2050 in Europe alone, the total direct and informal care costs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease will exceed €350 billion annually.2 JPND is the first and largest collaborative research initiative established to tackle the growing challenge posed by neurodegenerative diseases. JPND’s ultimate goal is to accelerate the discovery of a cure and to enable early diagnosis for early personalised treatments. In the meantime, it is essential to implement solutions that can alleviate, albeit partially, the plight of families and the economic burden brought about by the increasing prevalence of this disease in our ageing populations. Thus besides basic research, the scientific endeavour concerns also translational and clinical, and social care and health services researches.
Today’s release of the Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS) updates the common vision of 30 JPND member countries. It renews the strategy that was first published in 2012, to tackle the major societal challenge of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Pitney Bowes Advances Long-Term Growth Strategy in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 febbraio 2019

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing, and data, today announced a continued optimization in its go-to-market strategy through the sale of its SMB business in six European countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, and Italy – to BAVARIA Industries Group AG, a leading global private equity firm. Pitney Bowes continues to make significant progress in continuing to create a portfolio focused on growth through shipping and mailing within major markets.“This acquisition is beneficial for both Pitney Bowes and BAVARIA Industries Group AG,” said Christoph Stehmann, Executive Vice President, International, SMB Solutions. “In BAVARIA Industries Group AG, we have found the ideal partner with the committed resources to deliver a positive client experience for our entire portfolio throughout Europe. We will work closely with BAVARIA Industries Group AG to ensure the transition happens without disruption to our employees, clients, suppliers and partners.”
BAVARIA Industries Group AG will continue selling Pitney Bowes products exclusively in all six markets and Pitney Bowes will provide services to ensure a smooth transition. In the six European countries, small businesses will continue to benefit from Pitney Bowes’ shipping and mailing offerings through BAVARIA’s teams who will respond to local market demands more quickly, broaden the product portfolio in each country for an enhanced client experience. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Pitney Bowes management is scheduled to discuss the company’s year-end results in a broadcast over the Internet at 8 a.m. EST on February 5. Instructions for listening to the earnings results via the Web are available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s web site at

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Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role of the EU agencies such as Europol and the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT Systems (eu-LISA).MEPs also voice concerns over insufficient data exchange among the agencies, and between the member states and EU authorities. They underline the importance of fully respecting fundamental rights, including data protection and freedom of expression, when undertaking counter-terrorism measures.Among Parliament’s main proposals:
Creating an EU watch list of radical preachers;
Stronger monitoring to ensure harmonised security and judicial prosecution of identified ‘returning fighters’ to Europe;
preclude convicted terrorist offenders from being granted asylum;
Anti-radicalisation measures, such as programmes for prisons, education and campaigns;
Specific training on radicalisation for EU and member states’ officials;
Strengthening EU’s external borders and proper checks at all border crossings using all relevant databases;
Demand for legal procedures to probe the praise of acts of terrorism;Removing printed or online propaganda explicitly inciting to violence;
call for continuity of EU-UK cooperation and information exchange;
Restricting knife-carrying and banning particularly harmful knives;
Inclusion of private planes under the PNR Directive;
European system of licences for specialised buyers of explosive precursors;
Urgent need for a common definition of ‘victim of terrorism’ at EU level;
Commission asked to create an EU Coordination Centre of victims of terrorism (CCVT) to provide crisis support and assistance in cases of attacks;
use the European Solidarity Fund to compensate victims of large-scale terror attacks; Closer cooperation with non-EU countries, especially neighbouring countries;
Following the vote, the co-rapporteur, Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) said: ““Yesterday’s attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg was an attack on European citizens and the common EU values and principles in the worst possible way. The incident has shown us again that we need to leave empty slogans and unrealistic measures behind and concentrate our activities on what really makes Europe safe. Despite all the efforts made over the past years, there are still gaps and ways to make the fight against terrorism more efficient. This means wider cooperation and information exchange between intelligence services and authorities, more prevention measures against radicalisation, tougher legal instruments and better protection of the rights of victims”.

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Accreditamento ufficiale “HR-Excellence in Research”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 aprile 2018

La Commissione Europea ha confermato per UNICAM l’accreditamento ufficiale “HR-Excellence in Research” per la Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, ossia la definizione di una strategia di risorse umane per i ricercatori, documento strategico che tutte le Università europee sono invitate ad adottare per l’attuazione dei principi della Carta Europea dei Ricercatori e del Codice di Condotta per il loro Reclutamento, sottoscritto dagli Atenei italiani proprio a Camerino nel luglio 2005.
La definizione, da parte delle Istituzioni di Ricerca europee, di una Human Resources Strategy for Researchers è infatti considerata dalla Commissione Europea un passaggio cruciale per attrarre verso la professione del ricercatore i migliori talenti, europei e no e per promuovere all’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica (e quindi della politica) il ruolo-chiave dei ricercatori per lo sviluppo sociale, culturale ed economico dell’Europa.
“Siamo ovviamente molto soddisfatti – ha dichiarato il Rettore Unicam prof. Claudio Pettinari – per questo risultato che conferma per la terza volta consecutiva la qualità del lavoro svolto e con grande orgoglio mostriamo sempre il riconoscimento HR-Excellence in Research”. L’Università di Camerino si pone dunque sempre più come modello da seguire anche a livello europeo. Voglio quindi esprimere un particolare ringraziamento al gruppo di lavoro che si sta fortemente impegnando per continuare a mantenere alto il livello di attenzione dell’Ateneo nei confronti dei ricercatori, con particolare riferimento alle ricercatrici ed ai giovani ricercatori”.
“Il lavoro che abbiamo svolto – ha dichiarato con soddisfazione la prof.ssa Anna Maria Eleuteri, Delegata del Rettore per l’implementazione della Strategia e coordinatrice del Presidio Qualità per le Risorse Umane – è stato giudicato eccellente e siamo stati incoraggiati a progredire nella implementazione dei principi della Carta e del Codice. Si tratta di un risultato ancor più eccezionale tenendo presenti le difficoltà che stiamo affrontando da fine agosto 2016: tutti noi siamo stati capaci di trovare energie per discutere e lavorare su questi temi, nonostante l’emergenza ci indirizzasse verso ben altre questioni e ci tenesse impegnati su altri fronti.
“L’aver costituito il Presidio Qualità Risorse Umane – ha proseguito la prof.ssa Eleuteri – composto sia da docenti e ricercatori che da personale tecnico e amministrativo, è stata una mossa vincente perché siamo riusciti a fare sinergia coordinando efficacemente gli sforzi di tutti i componenti. L’ottimo risultato deve motivare il nostro Ateneo ad andare avanti su queste tematiche che sicuramente aumentano la nostra visibilità e, di conseguenza, la nostra attrattività”. L’Università di Camerino è una delle Istituzioni di Ricerca europee che hanno finora ottenuto questo riconoscimento dalla Commissione Europea e può mostrare sul proprio sito il logo ufficiale. Il diritto di utilizzare il logo viene infatti assegnato ad organizzazioni che hanno dimostrato di riuscire ad allineare le proprie politiche e pratiche ai principi base della ‘Carta e codice’, e che cercano quindi sistematicamente di muoversi verso l’eccellenza nella gestione delle risorse umane nel settore della ricerca.

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MEPs to discuss global strategy for better management of migration and refugee flows

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 febbraio 2018

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, representatives of international organisations (UNHCR, OIM), the European External Action Service and the Bulgarian Presidency as well as members of EU national parliaments, will participate in the debate.The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations for the adoption of two global compacts on refugees -with the objective of a fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees worldwide- and for safe, orderly and regular migration, aimed at ensuring adequate treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was tasked to develop the practical aspects of the Global Compact on refugees. A final text of the Global Compact on Refugees will be proposed by the High Commissioner for adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2018. Mr Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, will present to the committee the progress achieved so far. The discussions for the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration are conducted through intergovernmental negotiations, chaired by two co-facilitators (Mexico and Switzerland). Both the Mexican and Swiss Ambassadors to the UN, H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho and H.E. Jürg Lauber, respectively, will attend the meeting. The European Parliament as a whole plans to vote on a resolution on the UN Global Compacts in the March plenary session, in Strasbourg.

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2nd Implementation Report on EU Maritime Security Strategy shows increasing cooperation across sectors and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 giugno 2017

maritimeThe European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted the second implementation report on the EU Maritime Security Strategy. The purpose of this Joint Staff Working Document is to give readers an overview of the activities currently under way at EU and national level and to take stock of the implementation the Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan as reported by Member States.
The second implementation reportSearch for available translations of the preceding link focuses on five priority areas identified in the first implementation reportSearch for available translations of the preceding link and endorsed by the Council in 2016: information sharing initiatives; capacity building and capability development; actions supporting sectoral or regional strategies development; research, innovation and training; and inter-agency cooperation.The report builds on contributions from Member States and EU institutions and concludes that considerable progress has been made in all priority areas. In particular, the strategy has led to an important change in mind set among maritime security players. Cooperation across sectors has increased, as well as synergies between civilian and military authorities and shared use of their respective assets.The report also points to positive developments in other areas, such as inter-institutional and regional cooperation, capacity building in third countries, development of civil-military dual-use technologies and research agenda. However, given that the Action PlanSearch for available translations of the preceding link is by nature a rolling plan, revision may be needed to ensure that the policy response remains fit to address current and future challenges.

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