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Solutions for a successful raw material and energy transition

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 agosto 2022

At the world’s leading trade fair for the process industry, ACHEMA in Frankfurt am Main, the Fraunhofer alliance for the chemistry lead market will present itself to the industry as a strong partner thanks to its combined expertise. From August 22 to 26, 2022, the participating institutes will showcase their current joint research activities, which focus on several areas. These include the digitalization of chemical processes, further development of green chemistry, facilitation of scale-up, safety and regulatory issues, and the efficiency of chemical processes as well as the development of a circular economy.Production processes that are defossilized and circular — nothing less is the goal of the chemical industry in Germany. For those responsible, there are still major challenges ahead on the road to greater sustainability and green chemistry. The Fraunhofer Chemistry Alliance has dedicated itself to successfully mastering the individual steps in collaboration with industry partners. Building on decades of collaboration between the 15 participating Fraunhofer institutes and the chemical industry, as well as with each other, the experts focus on developing basic research results to a higher level of technological maturity and on supporting their partners in large-scale implementation — with a highly modern research infrastructure from laboratory to pilot scale.

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The small Danish destination is leading the way for sustainable tourism and green transition in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 agosto 2022

Located on the banks of the Little Belt strait, Middelfart is a historically and culturally important destination in Denmark and Europe. Chosen as the 2022 European Destination of Excellence, this award is a public acknowledgment to Middelfart’s efforts towards sustainable tourism and green transition. Despite its small size and population, Middelfart offers world-class sustainable tourism experiences, from hotels with certified climate friendly accommodation to nature tourism and cultural events – aimed at creating environmental awareness. The city offers its visitors several options for ecotourism thanks to its proximity to the Little Belt Nature Park, the biggest marine nature park in Denmark and home to the world’s densest population of porpoises (small whales). Visitors can enjoy activities such as whale safaris, cycling and hiking through the nature park’s varied landscape and along the 117km of coastline. While delivering a unique tourism experience, Middelfart is also integrating sustainable thinking into its decisions, in particular with the “Belt in Balance” initiative, in an attempt to boost tourism while fostering awareness of marine and coastal ecosystems. People that love heights will find in the Old Little Belt Bridge a noteworthy attraction, for tours 65 meters off the ground, with spectacular and unimpeded views of the sea, forest, and the town.There is more than just nature to inspire visitors to Middelfart. Depending on the time of the year, visitors can make marry at several cultural events and festivals organised in the city. The audience can enjoy big band music and swinging jazz rhythms at the Middelfart Jazz Festival from August 4th to August 6th, 2022, followed shortly afterwards by the Nordic Yoga Festival on August 14th, 2022. As part of the Climate Lab – Next Generation concept, the city is to host the national People’s Climate Meeting (Klimafolkemødet), an annual event that puts climate at the top of the agenda for three days in early September. Interviews, music, and speeches will be transmitted into space via satellite to use art as a unifying force for climate change. Middelfart representatives have been guest speakers at the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, the podcast series about smart tourism and the future of the tourism industry in Europe, sharing their experience as a sustainability pioneer. Along with the 2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism València and Bordeaux, Middelfart is defining the future of tourism in Europe by being more accessible, digital, sustainable, and creative. Be sure to check this Danish destination out when looking for your next escape and use the opportunity to see the future.

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The role of women in shaping the global Energy Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 Maggio 2022

May 12, 2022, 9:30–10:15 a.m. Pressezentrum West, Messe München, 81823 Munich (Germany). Press Conference Conference May 12, 2022, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ICM International Congress Center, 81823 Munich (Germany) Gender equality and especially women empowerment are key determinants for advancing a (just) global energy transition and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Within the scope of The Smarter E, Europe’s largest Platform for the energy industry, a one-day conference spotlights women working in the global energy sector as change makers and shapers of global and regional energy transition(s). The “Women Energize Women” conference deals with the pressing energy transition issues by looking at them from a female perspective. It facilitates discussion rounds with exclusively female speakers from all across the globe, professional networks and mentoring opportunities for women in the energy transition. https://www.womenenergize.org/registration/

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Reumatologia: Parte il progetto Transition Sip-Sir

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 ottobre 2020

Ambulatori con pediatra, reumatologo, psicologo e infermiere a disposizione dell’adolescente affetto da reumatismi cronici infiammatori. Questo è Transition, il progetto della Società Italiana di Reumatologia, in collaborazione con la Società Italiana di Pediatria per la gestione del delicato passaggio dal pediatra al reumatologo dell’adulto. Nella fase che la precede, la malattia reumatologica del piccolo è in carico ai genitori che si prendono cura di tutti gli aspetti della patologia: sintomi, difficoltà psicologiche, assunzione dei farmaci, comparsa di eventi avversi, esecuzione degli esami di monitoraggio, gestioni degli appuntamenti in ambulatorio, pianificazione e condivisione della terapia con il pediatra. Il piccolo è deresponsabilizzato rispetto alla propria malattia. Quando le ragazze e i ragazzi iniziano a prendere in carico se stessi, iniziamo a perderli”. “Il bambino ha un rapporto confidenziale con il pediatra – racconta Angelo Ravelli, Ordinario di Pediatria, Responsabile della Clinica Pediatrica e Reumatologia del Gaslini di Genova e Coordinatore del progetto per SIP – lo percepisce come uno di famiglia, cresce con lui e si sente protetto. Quando diviene adolescente o giovane adulto invece deve gestire tutti gli aspetti della sua patologia autonomamente. Da un lato perde la figura di riferimento rappresentata dal pediatra e, dall’altro lato, anche il rapporto con i genitori può diventare conflittuale. Se la presa in carico da parte del reumatologo dell’adulto non è efficace si crea il rischio che il paziente non segua il follow-up clinico e non assuma le terapie prescritte”. “Abbiamo voluto fortemente la realizzazione di questo progetto – dichiara il Presidente della SIR Luigi Sinigaglia – perché la transitional care dei piccoli pazienti reumatologici è efficiente in poche Regioni ed è assente nella maggioranza delle città. Eppure riguarda 3000 adolescenti. Solitamente è il pediatra che consiglia o prende contatto direttamente, sulla base di un rapporto di conoscenza. Questo piano intende definire un percorso minimo, ma efficace, per consentire ai giovani pazienti reumatologici di passare all’età adulta riducendo i traumi psicologici e le possibili difficoltà di gestione della malattia”. “La corretta transizione per la cura e l’assistenza dall’età evolutiva all’età adulta, in particolare dei soggetti con patologie croniche, è di grande importanza e rilievo. Trattandosi di un modello di percorso diagnostico terapeutico assistenziale (PDTA) potrà essere recepito dalle singole Regioni e declinato nelle Aziende Sanitarie e Ospedaliere del territorio in funzione delle proprie esigenze e risorse. Si potrà arrivare a creare un sistema di rete di transizione. Considerando la disomogeneità dello scenario italiano, è stato condiviso un modello minimo che consenta la transizione con poche risorse e una cartella clinica informatizzata, in un periodo ragionevolmente breve, con 1-2 visite in team. Inoltre potremo utilizzare il teleconsulto per la visita collegiale, qualora quella in presenza non fosse possibile. Ulteriore valore aggiunto è che non si tratta di un modello teorico, ma validato da un ente certificatore riconosciuto. Ciò consente alle singole Regioni di poter accreditare uno o più centri di transizione reumatologica applicando questo percorso, semplice e dinamico e tradurlo in un PDTA operativo”. “Salutiamo con grande soddisfazione la nascita del progetto Transition – dichiara Silvia Tonolo, presidente Associazione Nazionale Malati Reumatici (ANMAR) –. La gestione adulta della malattia è un passaggio complesso che, se privo di adeguata programmazione, spesso comporta una perdita di aderenza alla terapia e di stato di salute dei pazienti. Siamo convinti che l’innovazione in reumatologia non passi solo dagli studi sulle molecole di ultima generazione, ma anche da iniziative come questa. Ci auguriamo che i PDTA sul progetto Transition vengano rapidamente adottati e disseminati in tutte le Regioni. Un modello operativo condiviso e consolidato garantirebbe infatti salute e qualità della vita ai giovani pazienti con reumatismi cronici infiammatori, con la continuità che meritano”. “La transitional care – spiega Giovanni Migliore, Direttore Generale del Policlinico di Bari – ci consente di prendere in carico il paziente in un unico percorso di cura che parte dall’infanzia e arriva all’età adulta, per le malattie croniche un importante vantaggio. L’integrazione di differenti profili professionali come il pediatra, il reumatologo, lo psicologo e l’infermiere, e la conseguente multidisciplinarietà aumentano la capacità di intervento. Vengono inoltre limitati i possibili traumi psicologici nel bambino. Questo è il modello assistenziale del Policlinico di Bari, dove all’interno della stessa azienda, abbiamo sia l’ospedale pediatrico sia i reparti per adulti, e ciò agevola la presa in carico dell’adolescente nel percorso transizionale. Nell’era del Covid-19 e in questa fase nuovamente emergenziale, sosteniamo con forza la possibilità che tale approccio possa declinarsi utilizzando gli strumenti della Telemedicina. In alcune Regioni è già ripartito il blocco delle visite e dei ricoveri programmati. Mai come in questo tempo le ragazze e i ragazzi affetti da patologie croniche, e le loro famiglie, rischiano di sentirsi abbandonati e di sospendere le cure. Pertanto oggi è necessario e urgente creare un ponte e una collaborazione non occasionale ma strutturata tra pediatri e medico dell’adulto per tutte quelle patologie croniche che interessano l’età pediatrica”.

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Parliament requests more support for regions to make energy transition a success

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 settembre 2020

MEPs adopted Parliament’s position on the Commission proposal on the JTF with 417 votes in favour, 141 against and 138 abstentions.Parliament insisted on a substantial increase in JTF resources from the EU budget for 2021-2027 (EUR 25 billion in 2018 prices compared to EUR 11 billion proposed by the Commission and the decrease to EUR 7,5 billion agreed by the European Council). This amount should be supplemented by EUR 32 billion in current prices, as proposed under the EU Recovery Instrument.Moreover, MEPs confirmed key provisions outlined in the draft recommendations by the Regional Development Committee: Providing support to people, the economy and the environment, Creation of a “Green Rewarding Mechanism”, allowing 18% of the total JTF resources to be allocated to member states that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions more quickly than others

    • A share of 1% of the total amount will be allocated for islands, and 1% for the outermost regions,
    • A co-financing rate of up to 85% of costs for eligible projects across the EU,
    • Possibility to transfer resources from other cohesion funds on a voluntary basis,
    • Broadening the scope to include microenterprises, sustainable tourism, social infrastructure, universities and public research institutions, energy storage technologies, low-emission district heating, smart and sustainable mobility, digital innovation, including digital and precision farming, projects fighting energy poverty, as well as culture, education and community building,
    • A derogation for investments in activities related to natural gas, for regions heavily reliant on the extraction and combustion of coal, lignite, oil shale or peat, if they qualify as “environmentally sustainable” in accordance with the Taxonomy Regulation and comply with six additional cumulative conditions.
      In addition, only 50% of the national allocation will be available for countries which have not yet committed to a 2050 national target for climate neutrality, until such a target is adopted.

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MEPs call for EUR 40 billion for Just Transition Fund to cushion road to green transition

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

MEPs of the economic and monetary affairs committee on Thursday backed the setting up of the Just Transition Fund, calling for it to be adequately financed to the tune of EUR 40 billion.
The vote was carried by 45 MEPs in favour, 7 against and 5 abstentions.After the vote, the rapporteur Henrike Hahn, (Greens/EFA, DE) said:”The Just Transition Fund (JTF) is the first legislative opportunity to show in the European Parliament our capacity and willingness to implement the Green Deal. We need a sustainable economy in the light of the Paris goals that serves the people and leaves no one behind. We need a social-ecological transformation process towards a sustainable, climate-neutral and resource-efficient economy. The JTS spells out the high importance of social justice in Europe and how we can stand together in this social-ecological transformation process of the economy.””The Economic and monetary affairs committee calls for an ambitious budget of EUR 40 billion. The Fund should be distributed only to territories which are engaged in a real transition: they have a clear fossil fuel phase out plan and prioritise investments in green energy technologies. The use of the JTF to support the ecological transition of large and ETS companies should be duly scrutinized. And when the Fund is used to revitalise former coal mining sites, the polluter pays principle should be strictly applied. Finally, like other European Parliament committees, ECON calls for a locally owned transition, through strong engagement of territorial communities. “The economic and monetary affairs committee is one of the committees consulted on the setting up of the Just Transition Fund. The lead committee in the European Parliament is the Regional affairs committee.

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MEPs against fingerprint data exchange with the UK during transition period

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 Maggio 2020

The Civil Liberties Committee gave a negative opinion on starting a fingerprint data exchange between the UK and EU countries without UK guarantees on reciprocity and data protection.Civil Liberties MEPs recommend that the Parliament rejects the Council draft implementing decision on the exchange of fingerprints with the UK by 35 votes for, 30 against, no abstentions. They ask the Council not to take any decision on the topic until the UK gives guarantees on full reciprocity and data protection and the new legal framework for the new partnership cooperation with the UK is concluded.The launch of the fingerprint exchange between the United Kingdom and EU member states, bound by the Prüm decision, would allow the responsible national authorities to share fingerprint data to prevent and investigate criminal offences.
This decision on the fingerprint data exchange would be limited to the transition period ending on 31 December. MEPs say however that, since it is not clear if the UK will meet EU data protection standards after this date, such a decision could pose a serious risk to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of EU citizens after the transition period.Furthermore, MEPs think that the reciprocity of the data exchange should be guaranteed before any decision on the matter is taken. As stated in the Council draft implementing decision, the UK does not intend to make fingerprint data of suspects’ profiles available, in contrast with other member states participating in the Prüm system.The Parliament has a consultative role in the decision. The full House will vote on the Civil Liberties Committee’s recommendation in the plenary next week.

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Make transition to climate-neutral EU a socially just transition, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 gennaio 2020

Plans to finance ambitious EU Green Deal must be accompanied by a strong European social agenda, underlined MEPs in today’s debate with the European Commission.Following the Commission’s presentation of a sustainable investment plan, a just transition fund and a Roadmap to building a strong social Europe for just transitions, MEPs warned that a just transition must go hand in hand with creating a more social EU. They stressed that investment in the reskilling and upskilling of workers, decent working conditions and fair wages are all essential elements in the fight against inequality and exclusion. MEPs want the Commission to deliver on the European Pillar of social rights with concrete proposals. After the debate, Commissioner Schmit for Jobs and Social Rights presented the Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions including the launch of a first consultation on Fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

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CDW Announces Board Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 dicembre 2019

CDW Corporation (Nasdaq: CDW), a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers, today announced that David W. Nelms will become non-executive chairman of the board, effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Thomas E. Richards, executive chairman, who will retire from the board as of December 31, 2019. This chairman succession is the culmination of a leadership transition that began several years ago. “David has been a valued board member for the past six years, and our entire board is pleased that he has accepted this additional leadership role and special responsibility to contribute to and serve CDW in this capacity,” said Christine A. Leahy, chief executive officer, CDW. “I look forward to working with David and our full board as CDW continues to execute our growth strategy.”
Leahy also recognized the special role that Tom Richards has had in CDW’s success: “I am proud and privileged, on behalf of our Board of Directors and more than 9,800 coworkers and all CDW stakeholders, to thank Tom for his decade of exceptional contribution and service. Tom reminded us daily of our opportunity and responsibility to ‘make a difference,’ and Tom most surely did so. His exceptional legacy will carry on in countless ways.” “I am honored to serve as the next chairman for a company with such a rich history and bright future,” Nelms said. “I want to personally thank Tom for the excellent stewardship he has provided as chairman and for his outstanding leadership over a decade of service to CDW.”

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Phathom Pharmaceuticals Expands Leadership Team and Announces Board Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 dicembre 2019

Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHAT), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel treatments for gastrointestinal diseases, announced today multiple executive appointments. As previously announced as part of the Company’s succession plan, Terrie Curran, former President of the Global Inflammation and Immunology (I&I) Franchise at Celgene, now joins Phathom as Chief Executive Officer. Founding CEO David Socks transitions to interim Chief Financial Officer and remains a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to Ms. Curran, also joining the Phathom leadership team are Eckhard Leifke, MD, as Chief Medical Officer; Joseph Hand, JD, as Chief Administrative Officer; and Larry Miller, JD, as General Counsel. Phathom also announced today that Asit Parikh, MD, PhD has replaced Chris Slavinsky on the Company’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Curran has more than 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She has served as President, Global Inflammation and Immunology (I&I) Franchise and as a member of the Executive Committee at Celgene Corporation since 2017. Ms. Curran joined Celgene in 2013 as the U.S. Commercial Head of the I&I Franchise and built the capabilities and recruited the teams that executed the successful launch of OTEZLA®, which was sold to Amgen in November 2019 for $13.4 billion. Prior to joining Celgene, she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Women’s Health at Merck & Co. She currently serves on the board of Myovant Sciences and previously served on the board of H. Lundbeck A/S. Ms. Curran holds graduate and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Technology, Sydney.Dr. Leifke joins Phathom from Omeros where he served as Chief Medical Officer. Prior to Omeros, he held executive roles at Sanofi, including Global Head/Vice President of Early Project & External Opportunities – Cardiovascular and Metabolism and Global Head/Vice President of Late Stage Development – Diabetes. Dr. Leifke has built global teams at pharmaceutical companies including Bayer and Takeda and led the global development of multiple early- and late-stage small molecule and biologic drug candidates to successful marketing authorizations worldwide. Dr. Leifke holds an MD from the University of Freiburg, Germany and is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.Mr. Hand joins Phathom from Celgene, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Services and a member of its Executive Committee. In that capacity, he was responsible for all employee-related activities including talent development, recruiting, and compensation and benefits. He was also responsible for the management of Celgene’s global facilities footprint. Prior to Celgene, he was a litigation attorney at the international law firm of Jones Day. Mr. Hand holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from New York University School of Law.Mr. Miller joins Phathom as General Counsel from Cyclerion Therapeutics where he served as General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to Cyclerion, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Blue Buffalo where he led all legal activities including those related to the $8 billion acquisition by General Mills. Mr. Miller has also served as Chief Counsel for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Chief Counsel for the Pfizer Established Products Business Unit, and General Counsel of Enzon Pharmaceuticals. He holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.In addition to the executive appointments, Dr. Parikh joins Phathom’s Board of Directors as Chris Slavinsky steps down following his departure from Takeda to join Prometheus Biosciences. Dr. Parikh is currently Senior Vice President and Head of the Gastroenterology Therapeutic Area Unit at Takeda. He brings to Phathom’s Board significant gastrointestinal therapeutic area experience, including the global development of Entyvio® and Takeda’s other gastroenterology programs. Dr. Parikh earned his PhD in Biochemistry and MD from Vanderbilt University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed subspecialty training in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral work in cancer biology at MIT.“I look forward to working with Asit and expect his deep gastroenterology drug development experience will be a tremendous asset to Phathom,” said Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, MD, Chairman of the Board at Phathom. “I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Chris for his instrumental role in shaping Phathom from its inception.”

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QIAGEN Announces CEO Leadership Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) announced today that Peer M. Schatz, Chief Executive Officer, has notified the Company that, after 27 years at QIAGEN, he has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board. He will remain with QIAGEN as Special Advisor to the Supervisory Board and transition into this role in the coming weeks. The Supervisory Board will now start a search for a permanent CEO. In the meantime, Thierry Bernard, Senior Vice President, Head of Molecular Diagnostics Business Area, will now act as interim CEO and work in tandem with Roland Sackers, Chief Financial Officer. “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as the CEO of QIAGEN for such a long time. I am incredibly proud of the market and technology leadership that we have created and what our teams and partners have accomplished together,” said Peer M. Schatz. “QIAGEN has contributed to modern molecular biology in a way very few companies have had the honor to do. We can build on a strong culture of openness, agility and dedication to ensuring that our customers can rely on our premier solutions to gain superior molecular insights.” Dr. Håkan Björklund, Chairman of the QIAGEN Supervisory Board, said: “I know that I speak for everyone at QIAGEN in thanking Peer Schatz for his exceptional contributions and dedication to the Company. We all owe him tremendous gratitude for his outstanding leadership and track record that have contributed to the creation of a true success story in the life sciences industry and enabled such great advances in science and healthcare. We respect his decision to pursue other interests. We are, however, pleased that he will remain involved with QIAGEN as a Special Advisor and sharing his in-depth knowledge, extensive network and experience. We want to thank Thierry Bernard for accepting this interim role, providing leadership during this transition and working closely in tandem with Roland Sackers.”

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Cities and regions call for support for coal regions in transition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 luglio 2019

The needs of Europe’s coal regions in the context of the EU’s energy transition were at the top of the agenda of the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) commission for economic policy (ECON) on 9 July in Brussels. In an opinion drawn up by Mark Speich, Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia, ECON members called for adjusted state aid rules and additional funding for affected regions in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027.In 2018, the European Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the EU must to a large extend abandon fossil fuels and power generation from coal, in particular, must be significantly reduced. Coal is still mined in 41 NUTS-2 regions in 12 Member States, where it plays a profound role in the local economies.
Mark Speich (DE/EPP), Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs from North Rhine Westphalia and rapporteur of the CoR opinion ‘socioeconomic transformation of coal regions in Europe’, said: “185,000 people are still employed in coal mines across Europe, and a further 52,000 work in coal-fired power plants. The coal industry is also indirectly linked to various economic sectors, such as production of inputs, equipment, services and consumer goods connected to a further 215,000 jobs. Transforming the economy and building up new industries will take time. Therefore, we need to make sure the affected workers and communities have the support, trainings and financial aid they need to rebuild their local economies. We need to give them a new prospect so that they know they will not be left behind.”In this context, the members of the ECON commission welcome the European Parliament’s call for a Fair Energy Transition Fund in the next EU long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework). However, they stressed that additional funding in the framework of cohesion policy 2021-2027 would be better placed to serve coal regions and their need for tailor-made support than a centralised fund. This is particularly relevant as these regions differ widely in terms of geographical location, economic development level and future demographic trajectory.Jerzy Buzek (PL/EPP), Chair of the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy, said: “I am glad that the CoR is another EU body supporting the establishment of the Just Energy Transition Fund for coal regions proposed by me in the EP ITRE Committee and supported with MEPs vast majority. Even if the synergies with cohesion funds will be important, the European Parliament expects additional financing and a separate budget line for the Fund in the new MFF. This will be crucial not only as a strong signal to the citizens of the coal regions, who must not be left behind; but also it is an important message that in the EU we are serious about the Paris agreement, our energy transition and ambitious climate goals”.ECON members also emphasised the added European value in supporting coal regions in this transition phase and recommended giving coal regions sufficient flexibility in applying EU state aid rules to enable them to phase out coal in a socially and economically viable way.

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J.Jill, Inc. Announces CFO Transition Plan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 novembre 2018

J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE:JILL) today announced that Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer Dave Biese will be leaving the company on April 30, 2019. Mr. Biese will work closely with management to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.
“I would like to thank Dave for his commitment to J.Jill over his long tenure with the company. He was a key member of our executive team and played a pivotal role in building J.Jill into a prominent omni-channel retailer while leading our finance and operations teams. We wish Dave all the best in his future endeavors,” said Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer.“I am very proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved at J.Jill over the past nine years including our initial public offering in March 2017. I believe there continues to be tremendous opportunity and growth ahead for J.Jill and I wish all our teams years of success. I am also committed to ensuring a smooth transition over the next several months,” said Mr. Biese.J.Jill’s Board of Directors has retained Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm, to assist in identifying a new Chief Financial Officer.

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Agilent Announces CFO Transition

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 agosto 2018

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that Didier Hirsch, senior vice president and chief financial officer, has decided to retire on Oct 31, 2018. The company has appointed Robert W. McMahon, currently chief financial officer, Hologic, Inc., as his successor. McMahon will join Agilent on August 3, as senior vice president, and will become CFO on Sept. 1, 2018, when Hirsch will step down as CFO. Hirsch will continue as an active member of the executive staff until his retirement date at the end of the fiscal year, focused on working with McMahon to ensure a smooth transition.Hirsch has led Agilent’s global finance organization as CFO since 2010. Before that he had oversight of the corporate controllership and tax functions. He joined Agilent at its inception in 1999 as VP of treasury and investor relations. He held various international finance positions at HP, Agilent’s predecessor, from 1989 until joining Agilent.
“Didier has been a brilliant CFO. Under his financial stewardship, the valuation of the company has increased significantly, exceeding the growth rate of the S&P 500 over the same period,” said President and CEO, Mike McMullen. “I value his business insights and his leadership, and I deeply appreciate his unwavering integrity that is a hallmark of everything he does. We will miss him, but wish him the very best in his retirement.” “I am pleased to welcome Bob McMahon to Agilent. He brings significant experience in the diagnostics and healthcare industries, both areas of strategic growth for Agilent,” McMullen said. “I am impressed with Bob’s strategic view and innovative approach. He is joining us at an important time for the company, and I am excited about the role he will play in driving the next phase of Agilent’s journey.” “Among all of the interesting projects and accomplishments during my years at Agilent, I am most proud of the excellent Finance team we have created,” said Hirsch. “Their achievements have been extraordinary, particularly as we have grown, created new companies and completed a record number of acquisitions. The work of this team has been essential to the company’s success. Bob McMahon is a great choice to lead Finance for Agilent as the company further expands in the coming years. I am looking forward to working closely with him on a seamless transition.”

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Transition: the hitchhiker’s guide to the brexit galaxy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 marzo 2018

By Elvire Fabry, Marco De Toffol. Brexit will enter into force on 29 March 2019. Without an agreement on the terms of future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, the UK will revert to accessing the EU single market under WTO rules and reestablishing customs controls. This scenario is known as a “fall from the cliff-edge”, as tariff and non-tariff barriers will penalise companies significantly. This scenario of economic chaos cannot be ruled out as the UK government is stalling in making clear its priorities between recovering its sovereignty and losing its access to the single market.
This Policy paper by Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, and Marco de Toffol, research assistant at the Jacques Delors Institute, analyses the terms of this transition, the arrangements of this uncomfortable asymmetry which are still under debate (free movement of people, possible recourse mechanism for the UK to protect its interests, etc.) as well as the policy areas for which a post-Brexit agreement must be found now, without waiting for the transition to come to an end (civil aviation, ring-fencing of the UK contribution to the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, etc.). Added to this is the challenge of transitioning all free trade agreements signed by the EU with third countries. Negotiations are moving from bilateral to trilateral aspects. Lastly, a transition of limited duration would be relatively easy to negotiate if it mainly consists of maintaining the status quo ahead of the development of the future UK-EU relations into a steady state of operation. It will prove more delicate and could become a Brexit purgatory if a longer transition period has to be envisaged. The stakes at play during this transition can only be appreciated by considering the British dilemma and the complex choice they will have to now make to avoid a long transition. It is only when London decides on the level of regulatory convergence it wishes to maintain with the EU that negotiators will be able to begin to draft a post-Brexit agreement and prevent the no deal scenario which may still be possible at the end of the transition.

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Faire de la transition énergétique une réussite européenne/Making the Energy Transition a European Success

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 settembre 2017

europa comunitaria1S’il est aujourd’hui un projet qui est porteur d’une vision positive de la construction européenne, c’est bien celui de la transition énergétique. L’énergie est au fondement de la puissance de nos nations et est un élément essentiel à tous les actes de notre vie quotidienne. Si l’Europe des architectes prépare une Union de l’énergie démocratique, innovante, économiquement viable et socialement juste, elle aura su démontrer qu’elle contribue concrètement à la construction d’une Europe au service des citoyens et qu’elle montre la voie au reste du monde. Si nous échouons dans ce projet, les architectes devront laisser la place aux pompiers qui s’épuiseront à éteindre les incendies provoqués par nos erreurs passées : réfugiés climatiques, dépendance à la Russie et à l’Arabie Saoudite, aggravation de la pauvreté énergétique, faillite des fournisseurs d’énergie qui n’auront pas su adapter leur stratégie. L’Union de l’énergie, que nous appelons de nos vœux depuis 2010 et qui est aujourd’hui pleinement portée par le Président Juncker, est un projet ambitieux qui peut déjà s’appuyer sur les succès engrangés par l’Union européenne. Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris renforce d’autant plus le leadership européen et nous permet d’attirer en Europe les innovateurs et les investisseurs qui ont déjà compris l’opportunité que représente la transition énergétique. Ce Rapport, écrit par Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur, Sofia Fernandes et Eulalia Rubio, chercheures senior, et Jean-Arnold Vinois, conseiller, avec une préface de notre président fondateur Jacques Delors et de notre président Enrico Letta, identifie clairement quatre objectifs qui peuvent contribuer à faire de l’Union de l’énergie un succès qui aidera à restaurer la confiance entre l’Europe et les Européens.
– Premièrement, la démocratie doit être au cœur de la gouvernance de l’Union de l’énergie. Cela passe par des mécanismes permettant une participation plus directe des citoyens, des élus locaux et de la société civile aux grands choix qui structurent les stratégies énergétiques nationales et européenne.
– Deuxièmement, l’Europe doit mettre en place une véritable politique industrielle fondée sur l’innovation pour faire de nos entreprises les leaders mondiaux de l’énergie propre.
– Troisièmement, les arbitrages d’investissement public et privé doivent intégrer pleinement les objectifs de la transition énergétique.
– Quatrièmement, l’Union de l’énergie doit être au service d’une transition énergétique juste qui passe par un « Pacte Social pour la Transition Énergétique » qui veille à créer des emplois pour nos jeunes et éradiquer la pauvreté énergétique.
L’absence de progrès sur la voie d’une Union de l’énergie coûterait très cher aux citoyens et à notre idéal d’une Europe démocratique, prospère, sociale, et unie dans la diversité.
If there is one project today which carries a positive vision for Europe, it is definitely the energy transition. Energy is the foundation of our nations’ power and is a key element in our daily lives.
If Europe’s architects are preparing a democratic, innovative, economically viable and socially fair Energy Union, it will contribute to a Europe that serves its citizens and paves the way for the rest of the world. If we fail in this project, the architects will have to give way to the firefighters, who will exhaust themselves putting out the fires caused by our past mistakes: climate refugees, dependence on Russia and Saudi Arabia, worsened energy poverty, the bankruptcy of energy suppliers who failed to adapt their strategy.The Energy Union, which we have been championing since 2010 and which is currently fully supported by President Juncker, is an ambitious project which can already be bolstered by the successes achieved by the European Union. The USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement further strengthens European leadership and enables us to attract innovators and investors who understand the opportunity created by the energy transition.This Report, wrote by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow, Sofia Fernandes and Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellows, Jean-Arnold Vinois, adviser, and with a foreword of our founding President Jacques Delors and our President Enrico Letta, clearly sets out four objectives which could contribute to the success of the Energy Union, and in turn restore trust between Europe and Europeans.
– Firstly, democracy must be at the heart of the Energy Union’s governance. This involves mechanisms for more direct participation of citizens, local elected representatives and civil society in the major choices which shape national and European energy strategies.
– Secondly, Europe must implement a genuine innovation-driven industrial policy to make our companies the world leaders in clean energy.
– Thirdly, public and private investment arbitrations must fully integrate the energy transition’s objectives.
– Fourthly, the Energy Union must serve a just and fair energy transition via a “Social Pact for the Energy Transition” which strives to create jobs for our young people and stamp out energy poverty.
A lack of progress in achieving the Energy Union would cost citizens dearly and be detrimental to our ideal of a Europe which is democratic, prosperous, social and united in diversity.

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Making the Energy Transition a European Success/Faire de la transition énergétique une réussite européenne

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 giugno 2017

energiaParis. If there is one project today which carries a positive vision for Europe, it is definitely the energy transition. Energy is the foundation of our nations power and is a key element in our daily lives.
If Europes architects are preparing a democratic, innovative, economically viable and socially fair Energy Union, it will contribute to a Europe that serves its citizens and paves the way for the rest of the world. If we fail in this project, the architects will have to give way to the firefighters, who will exhaust themselves putting out the fires caused by our past mistakes: climate refugees, dependence on Russia and Saudi Arabia, worsened energy poverty, the bankruptcy of energy suppliers who failed to adapt their strategy.The Energy Union, which we have been championing since 2010 and which is currently fully supported by President Juncker, is an ambitious project which can already be bolstered by the successes achieved by the European Union. The USAs withdrawal from the Paris Agreement further strengthens European leadership and enables us to attract innovators and investors who understand the opportunity created by the energy transition. This Report, wrote by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow, Sofia Fernandes and Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellows, Jean-Arnold Vinois, adviser, and with a foreword of our founding President Jacques Delors and our President Enrico Letta, clearly sets out four objectives which could contribute to the success of the Energy Union, and in turn restore trust between Europe and Europeans.
– Firstly, democracy must be at the heart of the Energy Unions governance. This involves mechanisms for more direct participation of citizens, local elected representatives and civil society in the major choices which shape national and European energy strategies.
– Secondly, Europe must implement a genuine innovation-driven industrial policy to make our companies the world leaders in clean energy.
– Thirdly, public and private investment arbitrations must fully integrate the energy transitions objectives.
– Fourthly, the Energy Union must serve a just and fair energy transition via a Social Pact for the Energy Transition which strives to create jobs for our young people and stamp out energy poverty. A lack of progress in achieving the Energy Union would cost citizens dearly and be detrimental to our ideal of a Europe which is democratic, prosperous, social and united in diversity.
Sil est aujourdhui un projet qui est porteur dune vision positive de la construction européenne, cest bien celui de la transition énergétique. Lénergie est au fondement de la puissance de nos nations et est un élément essentiel à tous les actes de notre vie quotidienne. Si lEurope des architectes prépare une Union de lénergie démocratique, innovante, économiquement viable et socialement juste, elle aura su démontrer quelle contribue concrètement à la construction dune Europe au service des citoyens et quelle montre la voie au reste du monde. Si nous échouons dans ce projet, les architectes devront laisser la place aux pompiers qui sépuiseront à éteindre les incendies provoqués par nos erreurs passées : réfugiés climatiques, dépendance à la Russie et à lArabie Saoudite, aggravation de la pauvreté énergétique, faillite des fournisseurs dénergie qui nauront pas su adapter leur stratégie. LUnion de lénergie, que nous appelons de nos vux depuis 2010 et qui est aujourdhui pleinement portée par le Président Juncker, est un projet ambitieux qui peut déjà sappuyer sur les succès engrangés par lUnion européenne. Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris renforce dautant plus le leadership européen et nous permet dattirer en Europe les innovateurs et les investisseurs qui ont déjà compris lopportunité que représente la transition énergétique. Ce Rapport, écrit par Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur, Sofia Fernandes et Eulalia Rubio, chercheures senior, et Jean-Arnold Vinois, conseiller, avec une préface de notre président fondateur Jacques Delors et de notre président Enrico Letta, identifie clairement quatre objectifs qui peuvent contribuer à faire de lUnion de lénergie un succès qui aidera à restaurer la confiance entre lEurope et les Européens.
– Premièrement, la démocratie doit être au cur de la gouvernance de lUnion de lénergie. Cela passe par des mécanismes permettant une participation plus directe des citoyens, des élus locaux et de la société civile aux grands choix qui structurent les stratégies énergétiques nationales et européenne.
– Deuxièmement, lEurope doit mettre en place une véritable politique industrielle fondée sur linnovation pour faire de nos entreprises les leaders mondiaux de lénergie propre.
– Troisièmement, les arbitrages dinvestissement public et privé doivent intégrer pleinement les objectifs de la transition énergétique.
– Quatrièmement, lUnion de lénergie doit être au service dune transition énergétique juste qui passe par un « Pacte Social pour la Transition Énergétique » qui veille à créer des emplois pour nos jeunes et éradiquer la pauvreté énergétique. Labsence de progrès sur la voie dune Union de lénergie coûterait très cher aux citoyens et à notre idéal dune Europe démocratique, prospère, sociale, et unie dans la diversité.

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The energy transition through crowd-based innovation: a challenge for the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 settembre 2016

sourceWith its Energy Union Research Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS), the EU can kill three birds with one innovative stone: to boost its competitiveness, Europe should become the global provider of low-carbon solutions, an objective best achieved democratically – with citizens at the centre and in the driving seat of Innovation.
To do this, this Tribune by Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute and Pierre Serkine, End-User Architect at KIC InnoEnergy, argues that:
Europe needs a renewed approach to competitiveness and put innovation at its core.
Innovation policy is more legitimate when it is democratic. The EU should therefore create a citizen-based instrument to steer European energy innovation.
To the benefit of both competitiveness and democracy, the EU should propel a crowd-based digital platform where innovators and citizens can co-create innovations that are democratically selected, and crowd-financed by citizens, business angels, local communities and the EU. On this platform, EU budget allocation would be very simple: where an EU citizen invests one euro, the EU invests one euro. Supported projects can then become a start-up or an intrapreneurship project. (photo: source)

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La transition énergétique par l’innovation participative : un défi pour l’UE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 settembre 2016

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgAvec sa Stratégie de Recherche, d’Innovation et de Compétitivité pour l’Union de l’Energie (EURICS), l’UE peut faire d’une pierre trois coups : promouvoir sa compétitivité en devenant le fournisseur mondial de solutions bas-carbone, un objectif qui peut être réalisé démocratiquement.
Pour cela, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, chercheur à l’Institut Jacques Delors et Pierre Serkine, analyste de l’appropriation sociétale de l’énergie à la KIC-InnoEnergy, proposent dans cette tribune :
L’Europe a besoin de considérer que l’innovation est au cœur de sa compétitivité.
La politique d’innovation est plus légitime lorsqu’elle est démocratique. L’UE doit donc tester des outils d’innovations permettant une participation active des citoyens aux décisions qui les concernent.
À des fins de compétitivité comme de démocratie, l’UE devrait créer une instrument fondé sur la participation des citoyens, une plateforme numérique où les innovateurs et les citoyens peuvent co-créer des innovations qui sont sélectionnées démocratiquement, puis financées de façon participative par des citoyens, des investisseurs providentiels, des collectivités locales et l’UE. Sur cette plateforme, le budget UE est alloué de façon simple : lorsqu’un citoyen européen investit un euro, l’UE investit un euro. Les projets financés deviennent ensuite des start-ups ou des projets d’intraprenariat. (photo: transition)

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UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 aprile 2014

amsterdamAmsterdam,  A team of Greenpeace climate change experts will be attending the meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) being held in Berlin, Germany, from 7-11 April, and concluding with the release of the IPCC report on Monday 13 April.
The IPCC is the world’s leading body for the scientific assessment of climate change, established to inform governments in decision-making. The Berlin meeting focuses on the options for combating climate change. As official observers to the meeting, Greenpeace experts will be available to media to explain the implications of the IPCC’s findings. Greenpeace staff from China and Germany can also provide briefings on the latest developments with China’s new clean air policies and the German ‘Energiewende’ – the German Energy Transition. The Berlin meeting is the third phase in finalising the IPCC’s latest assessment of the science, impacts and response options for mitigating climate change – the latest compilation of international peer-reviewed knowledge since 2007. The science section, agreed in 2013, concluded with 95% confidence that humans are the main cause of current global warming. Conclusions about the impacts of climate change, agreed at a meeting held in Yokohama from 25-29 March 2014, outlined the increasingly dramatic consequences of climate change across all continents unless greenhouse gas emissions are urgently reduced. “Climate change is the greatest threat we all face,” said Li Shuo of Greenpeace China. “Clean and safe energy systems are advancing, and each new kilowatt hour of renewable energy means one less kilowatt hour from fossil fuels and nuclear energy that pose a threat to future generations.”

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