Using social innovation policy approaches to help cities and regions realise the potential of the European Pillar of Social Rights

European Committee of the Regions, 16th April 2018

On the 16th of April, the EUAbout team had the pleasure to attend a conference in the European Committee of the Regions’ headquarters in Brussels, named “Using social innovation policy approaches to help cities and regions realise the potential of the European Pillar of Social Rights”.

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Brussels January, 29th 2018

Yesterday it took place the presentation of the Energy Poverty Observatory. This platform aims to be a bridge for sharing knowledge and a point for networking among all relevant stakeholders. We, EUAbout, were once again there to give our thoughts and looking forward to work with all audience present at the event.

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Business Confidence Survey on the Chinese Market 2017

Source: the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Updated: 13 September, 2017

The Business Confidence Survey 2017 (published on 31/05/2017) brings together the input of over 500 senior representatives of the European Chamber’s member companies to provide an annual overview of their performance and outlook from within the Chinese market.

Some of the key findings of the report include the following:

  • Revenues and earnings before interest and taxes improved, without any marked increase in optimism about the long-term business outlook.
  • The top regulatory barriers faced by European business remain the same, and there is a lack of confidence that this situation will improve over the next five years. 
  • European companies are positive about President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign and the incremental improvements to China’s IPR protection regime.
  • There is a disproportionate enforcement of environmental legislation against foreign-invested enterprises compared to state-owned enterprises and Chinese privately-owned enterprises.
  • European companies report increased competition from Chinese privately-owned companies as the latter's capacity for innovation increases.
  • The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment must be completed to give European business the confidence it needs to ramp up investment in China.

Please click here to view English press release and here for the full report.

Launch book event: Finance and Investment – The European Case by Colin Mayer

March 20th, Brussels


Today the EUAbout team attended the launch event of the book Finance and Investment: The European Case. Colin Mayer, along with other associates, presents their research on the situation of the financial system in Europe after the financial and the sovereign debt crisis. The research is organized by Assonime (the association of Italian joint stock companies) and the Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

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Brussels January, 24th 2018

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European Development Days (EDD) are back again! The European Commission brought together personalities representing all the globe in a First Community Meeting that serves to give further insights on this year’s subject: Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’.

EU-About was represented by three of their team members Teresa Dominguez, Imma Formisano and Guillem Sitges to give their thoughts on the meeting and to keep update on the latest news.

The first half of the meeting was conducted by Hannah Cole Head of Communication in DG DEVCO. A first explanation of the main topics to be discussed was followed by a Q & A round. The audience had the chance to expose their concerns and share their ideas on the topic. Monetary loses due to underuse of women at work positions, equal access to justice, the inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race or any condition and financing systems were discussed among others.

After a short break to recover some energy, some logistic aspects were discussed. The sessions will be divided into four different categories depending on the objective of the speech, the audience and the topics. This year edition will also include sessions to promote young leaders. If you wish to organize any event, do not hesitate to contact EU-About or visit EDD website for further information as the applications will close soon.

EU-About is very proud to be invited to this meeting. We hope to see all of you in the 2018 edition that will take places in 5-6 June in the city of Brussels!

China weighs ban on vehicles using fossil fuels

Source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2017-09/12/content_31889278.htm. Updated: 12 September, 2017

With China announcing a plan to eventually end the production and sale of vehicles powered entirely by fossil fuels, domestic and foreign-owned automakers are expected to be even more aggressive in developing electric and alternative vehicles for the world's largest car market.

The Xinhua news agency on Sept 9 cited China's vice-minister of industry as saying that China is studying when to ban the production and sale of cars that use only traditional fuels. Xin Guobin didn't release a specific date when such a ban would occur, Xinhua reported.

In April, General Motors Co said it would launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020. Last month, GM introduced the two-seat E100 comes from GM's Chinese joint-venture brand, Baojun, and costs around $5,300. It has a range of 96 miles per charge and a top speed of 62 mph.

China weighs ban on vehicles using fossil fuels

Ford Motor Company said last month that it was exploring a joint venture with electric car maker Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to build a new brand under which the electric vehicles will be sold. Both firms will hold a 50-50 stake in the JV, it said

Other auto producers like Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG, Honda and Nissan Motor Co also have announced aggressive plans to make and sell electric vehicles in China.

Among domestic manufacturers, Warren Buffett-backed BYD led in sales in the first seven months of this year, delivering 46,855 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to the China Passenger Car Association.

"Chinese authorities are looking to fast track new energy vehicle (NEV) sales, but despite subsidies the growth in volume in the NEV segment amounts to just around 1.8 percent of the total vehicle market in China so far this year. The authorities are beginning to look for tougher and more stringent ways to strengthen the NEV segment," wrote Namrita Chow, principal automotive analyst of IHS Markit in an email.

Noting the lack of a specific timetable for the elimination of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, Chow said "at this point in time it is just rhetoric regarding the complete ban of (internal combustion engine) vehicles in China, there is no time line and no policy implying this is at all imminent."

Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert with Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, said that because the Chinese auto market is the largest in the world, all global auto companies will attempt to meet whatever policies are in place to continue in the market.

"The policy of outlawing all internal combustion engines for sale in China would be extremely challenging," he said in an email.

SAIC, BAIC, Geely, Changan are among the Chinese auto companies that could capitalize if the ban is implemented said Wheaton.

Those companies and others have significant partnerships with global manufacturers and their joint-ventures would be crucial to ramping up capacity to meet the needs, he added.

Wheaton doesn't anticipate a ban happening soon.

"I am pessimistic this policy will be implemented fully for decades. I think the phasing in of increasing (the) number of electric vehicles is more likely and the slower pace would help Chinese auto makers build expertise to meet the demand gradually with help from their joint-venture partners," said Wheaton.

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EIT Call for proposal 2018

 

Brussels February, 13th 2018


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EUAbout team attended the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) event where 2018 Call for Proposals was presented. The event was facilitated by Alison Hunter who highlighted the main ideas after each speaker intervention. In the first part of the event, EIT aims and objectives were presented.

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Call for Trainees

Publishing date: 23 September, 2017

EuAbout is a young organization (www.eu-about.eu) based in Brussels. EuAbout is specialized on services of general interests such as energy, transport, water, waste and education (mainly on Vocational Education and Training (VET)). EuAbout is specialised in monitoring and evaluating policies and programmes through evidence-based methodologies, approaches and tools. The main idea is to combine human, social cohesion, environment and economic sustainability. Therefore, climate change, circular economy, social labour inclusion of disadvantaged people (migrants, refugees, disabled, women victim of traffic or violence, etc.) are topics/targets under the lens of the organization.

EuAbout is searching trainees with strong background or motivation on the aforementioned topics for the next 12 months starting from November 2017.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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