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Council strongly criticised over failing to act to protect EU values in Hungary

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

In the debate with the Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Political and Security Committee Permanent Representative Călin Stoica, on behalf of the Romanian Presidency, most of the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs who joined the debate expressed their frustration with the Council’s lack of willingness to act to protect EU values, or cooperate with Parliament in this direction.They highlighted that Parliament has been raising the situation in Hungary for almost a decade and that urgent action is required to avoid further deterioration of democracy and the rule of law in the country, as well as the proliferation of these practices across EU member states.MEPs regretted that the Council has failed on several occasions to put the proposal by the Parliament to determine whether Hungary is at risk of breaching EU values on its agenda, or even provide a timetable, despite their repeated public requests. They asked once again that the Council formally include committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) and rapporteur Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) in relevant conversations of the General Affairs Council meeting, instead of merely providing information in a fragmented, informal manner and only after the MEPs’ persistent efforts.In September 2018, Parliament requested that the Council assess whether Hungary is posing a systemic threat to the EU’s founding values. Article 7 of the Treaty of the European Union aims to ensure that all EU countries respect the EU’s common values, including the rule of law. The continuing deterioration of EU values in Hungary, including judicial independence, freedom of expression, corruption, rights of minorities, and the situation of asylum seekers, remain key concerns.

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EU must fund civil society organisations to safeguard EU values

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 aprile 2018

Civil Liberties MEPs call for a new European Values Instrument to support civil society organisations which are active at local and national level in promoting and protecting EU fundamental values.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) are facing difficulties to secure enough funds to develop and perform their activities independently and effectively, Civil Liberties MEPs say on Monday.
MEPs call on the EU to set up a funding instrument – European Values Instrument – for the promotion and protection of the EU values, especially democracy, freedom, rule of law and fundamental rights, within the EU budget of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).The new instrument should be complementary to already existing European funds and should be financed with the fresh money.The motion for a resolution was approved by 25 votes to 5. EU provides direct funding – European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – to CSOs operating in third countries to foster EU values, but funds for CSOs promoting EU values within the EU are very limited, particularly for CSOs operating at local and national level.Computers and the Future of Skill Demand uses a test based on the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to compare computers with humans. Robots seem to be better at hard skills such as mathematics and computing, while humans are much better at soft skills, such as reasoning and writing. Stuart W. Elliot, the book’s author, and Dirk Van Damme, the OECD’s Head of the Skills Beyond Schools Division, point out that new and improved AI will continue to dramatically change our lives as we’re “surrounded by computers that provide information, direct our attention and suggest choices.” If computers are better than humans at solving complicated math problems, why should students even bother to learn mathematics? Elliott and Van Damme state that while “it’s helpful for everyone to learn basic arithmetic as part of learning to reason with numbers,” the “real competence needed by people will be the critical thinking and reasoning to put all the pieces together.”
Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a humanoid robot named Sophia. C. M. Rubin (Founder of CMRubinWorld) discusses with Elliott and Van Damme the societal disruption driven by newer technologies coming soon. Should governments be drafting legislations to deal with robots now? Elliott and Van Damme acknowledge that robots could become so “self-reflective that they’ll describe their reasoning and goals the same way humans do.” When that happens, society will “need to decide whether to treat those robots legally as having a kind of self-interest comparable to humans.” Dirk Van Damme is Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), which covers both the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) program, in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. Stuart W. Elliott is an Economist and cognitive scientist working on comparing the skills of computers and humans to understand the long-term effects of automation on work, education and the economy. He is the author of Computers and the Future of Skill Demand.

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NoMakeupSelfie Fails to Stall Soaring Cosmetics Brand Values

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 aprile 2014

cosmeticiThe Brand Finance Cosmetics 50, released today, is an annual study conducted by leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance. The World’s biggest cosmetics brands are put to the test and evaluated to determine which are the most powerful and most valuable.
The total brand value of the World’s top 50 cosmetics brands is up from $101.5 billion in 2013 to $106.2 billion this year. The #NoMakeupSelfie trend has succeeded in raising thousands for charity but it seems that despite the involvement of thousands of people and dozens of celebrities, makeup sales haven’t suffered as a result.L’Oreal, which tops Brand Finance’s list, is the world’s only $10 billion cosmetics brand. Its value is up 24%, growing from $8.7bn last year to $10.8bn in 2014. L’Oreal’s growing brand value is in line with its strong business performance. The company’s enterprise value was up from $26.2bn to $37.6bn. Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh comments “The key to L’Oreal’s success is its unrivalled marketing focus and investment. Its marketing graduates, drawn from the world’s top universities, are well trained and well resourced. With the perfectly constructed and enduring ‘you’re worth it’ slogan, L’Oreal has pulled off the trick of simultaneously capturing the mass market while maintaining an air of exclusivity.” L’Oreal is the only cosmetics brand, and one of only 11 brands from any sector (including Google, Ferrari, Rolex and Hermes) to have been awarded a AAA+ brand rating. The brand rating is a benchmark of the strength and future potential of the brand, confirming L’Oreal’s brand power.Second on the list is America’s most valuable cosmetics brand Avon, which has staged a remarkable recovery. A drop in sales and bribery allegations in China had seen brand value fall 35% between 2012 and 2013. However CEO Sheri McCoy’s robust approach, creating $400m savings at the expense of 1,500 staff, has seen the beginnings of a turnaround. Brand value is up 24% to $6.84 billion while the brand has been strengthened, and has been upgraded by Brand Finance from AA to AA+.American and French brands dominate the list, together accounting for over two thirds of the total brand value. Germany’s most valuable brand is Nivea, which has a brand value of $6.1bn, putting it 4th worldwide. 5th on the list is Dove ($5.9bn), the UK’s top Cosmetics brand. Japan’s Shiseido ($2.5bn), Brazil’s Natura ($2.5bn) and South Korea’s Sulwhasoo ($439m) also make the list.Cover Girl is the highest new entry, with a brand value of $1.24bn. Recent celebrity endorsements include Katy Perry, P!nk and Janelle Monae. The Capitol Collection, a recent tie in with the film ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, has further strengthened Cover Girl’s appeal to younger consumers. Other new entrants include Max Factor, Sunsilk and Old Spice. David Haigh continues, “Perceptions of the Old Spice brand have been transformed in the last few years, almost entirely thanks to the advertising phenomenon that is ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’. From being regarded with, at best, affectionate nostalgia, Old Spice is now one of the most highly sought after men’s grooming brands.”

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MEPs call for penalties to tackle human rights flaws in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 marzo 2014

european parliamentThe European Commission must “immediately” set up a system to monitor member countries’ compliance with EU values and accession criteria, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Thursday. This monitoring system should include binding recommendations and penalties for breaches, such as freezing EU funds, MEPs add.The resolution, approved by 312 votes to 244, with 27 abstentions, analyses the respect for fundamental rights in the EU in 2012.”In all EU countries there are breaches of EU values, principles and legislation. There are still too many places in Europe and too many cases that show that there are shortcomings. If the EU wants to be a moral force that will influence the rest of the world in a good way it has to be strict with itself,” said the rapporteur, Louis Michel (ALDE, BE).The European Commission should “immediately” set up a new system to monitor compliance with the EU accession criteria, commonly known as the “Copenhagen criteria”, regularly and in an objective manner, says the text. This new “Copenhagen mechanism” would serve to set indicators, draw up binding recommendations and impose penalties such as freezing EU funding for countries that fail to comply. This should be done in an objective way, avoiding any double standards, it adds.MEPs also suggest revising EU Treaty Article 7 (rules for determining whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values in a member state). The aim would be to separate clearly the “risk” and “violation” stages. To help prevent breaches of EU values in the long term, MEPs also call for the creation of a “Copenhagen Commission” of independent high-level experts on fundamental rights.Parliament calls on the EU and its member states to review any laws that could be used to punish people assisting migrants in distress at sea. Rescue efforts “should be welcomed and (…) never lead to any form of sanctions”, it says. MEPs also express regret that even under the EU’s new asylum system, children applying for international protection could be put in prison.

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New Upholstery at Laura Ashley Combine Retro Designs With Comfort and Style for Your Home This Season

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2012

London Not only excellent for comfort, but also extremely chic, the new Ellis swivel chair will add a feeling of luxury style to any living room thanks to the range of 100 exclusive Laura Ashley fabrics that are available to choose from. It is one of the many perks of purchasing a new sofa from the fashion and lifestyle brand, which specialises in a wide range of bold and beautiful fabrics. You won’t be able to resist curling up and relaxing in this chair with its extra soft seat and large back cushions. Such a comfortable chair will be a welcome addition to your home, perfect for quiet nights in with a good book but also stylish enough for entertaining guests. The swivel mechanism also makes this piece surprisingly practical, allowing you to turn to face the television or chat with friends and family at ease. A stunning design with such usability and inviting features ensures that this will be a bestselling product for Laura Ashley in no time at all!If you are looking to give your home a more contemporary look the new Colinton 3 seater sofa is another great new choice. The retro inspired design, which features a low back and wooden legs make this a striking focal piece, perfect to give your living room the style update it’s been waiting for! To give the sofa a more homely feel it can be excellently accessorised with beautiful Laura Ashley cushions thanks to the simplicity of the Colinton shape and design.
The Colinton range also includes a matching 2 seater sofa and a gorgeous occasional chair so why not give your whole living room a completely on trend, retro feel this season by investing in the whole collection, or alternatively create your own unique look by combining the 3 seater Collinton with upholstery from other ever popular Laura Ashley ranges. The Collinton 3 Seater Sofa will complement the living room furniture of many homes and give it that fresh new feel, which is just perfect for the new spring season.Visit the Laura Ashley website and use the fantastic, new online made to order function, which allows you to view your selected sofa or chair in 100 different fabrics before you buy. With such a great range of beautiful textures and prints to choose from you will be sure to find the right fabric for your home.
Laura Ashley is a quintessentially British lifestyle brand founded on a rich design heritage and on the traditional values of quality and originality. We use prints and designs that evoke the English countryside, for the way you live today.

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