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Changing Pipelines, Shifting Strategies: Gas in South-eastern Europe, and the Implications for Ukraine

July 3, 2015 11:59

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)

Abstract:

Plans for gas pipelines in south-eastern Europe have experienced great upheaval in recent years, the result of business competition as well as the ongoing stand-off between Europe and Russia. The projects' advances and reversals reflect shifting strategies: those of new suppliers to find clients, those of traditional suppliers to conserve their markets and avoid ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - Energy - Europe - Industries - International - International Relations - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - Russia - Regulation and compliance

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)


Copyright and the Digital Single Market: Busting the Myths

July 3, 2015 11:56

Source: Publishers Association

From Press Release:

Copyright and the Digital Single Market: Busting the Myths, a paper released today by The PA, exposes the major myths and inaccuracies around copyright and the digital single market.

With the European Commission and European Parliament actively considering proposals to develop the digital single market, this paper aims to highlight and rebut some of the most ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Regulation and compliance

Source: Publishers Association (UK)


UK: Children and Young People’s Inpatient and Day Case Survey 2014

July 1, 2015 19:46

Source: Care Quality Commission (UK)

From Press Release:

Overall, children and their parents or carers reported good experiences of care. The majority of children and young people said they were happy with the care they received, felt safe while on wards, thought staff did everything possible to control their pain and they understood the information given to them by staff.

However:

41% of parents and carers felt ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Consumer issues - Europe - Health and healthcare - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Care Quality Commission (UK)


UK: Airports Commission: Final Report

July 1, 2015 19:42

Source: Airports Commission (UK) via GOV.UK

From the Foreword:

The London airport capacity problem has perplexed governments for over fifty years, for reasons that are not hard to find. The considerable benefits of aviation accrue to the many, while the environmental costs are borne by the (relatively) few. For those who live near them airports are noisy neighbours and are greedy for space. In a congested corner of a crowded ... <snip>

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Posted in: Air travel - Business and economics - Documents in the news - Environment - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Industries - Infrastructure - International - Investments - Science - Social and cultural issues - Transportation and travel - United Kingdom

Source: Airports Commission (UK)


Tech Nation: Powering the Digital Economy in 2015

June 26, 2015 17:18

Source: Tech City UK

From the Introduction:

Digital technology companies are pivotal to the UK economy. The diverse digital industries that make up our nationwide technological DNA have grown over the past five years despite a challenging economic climate. They are disrupting traditional industries, forging new innovative sectors and creating new ways of doing business. These developments are now inextricably bound to our ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Globalization - Industries - Internet - Investments - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Tech City UK


UK: Annual Mid-year Population Estimates, 2014

June 26, 2015 17:15

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

From Main Points:

The population of the UK at 30 June 2014 is estimated to be 64,596,800.

Over the year to mid-2014 the number of people resident in the UK increased by 491,100 (up 0.77%), which is above the average annual increase (0.75%) seen over the last decade.

The population increase in the year to mid-2014 included natural growth of 226,200 people (777,400 births ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Children and families - Documents in the news - Europe - Immigration - International - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


UK: Information Security Breaches Survey 2015

June 24, 2015 16:59

Source: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via GOV.UK

From Executive Summary:

There has been an increase in the number of both large and small organisations experiencing breaches, reversing the slight decrease found in last year’s report. 90% of large organisations reported that they had suffered a security breach, up from 81% in 2014.

Small organisations recorded a similar picture, with nearly ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Crime - Europe - Industries - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (UK)


Europe: Surveillance and Censorship: The Impact of Technologies on Human Rights

June 24, 2015 16:55

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU) via Statewatch

From Abstract:

As human lives transition online, so do human rights. The main challenge for the European Union and other actors is to transition all human rights to the digital sphere. This report argues that the human rights-based approach can be helpful in focusing discussions about security on individuals rather than states. It provides an overview of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - International Relations - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)


Future-proofing eGovernment for a Digital Single Market [Benchmark Insight Report]

June 24, 2015 16:52

Source: European Commission

From Press Release:

A new study on eGovernment services shows that the users are still asked to fill forms with information already available to the administration in more than half of the cases. Only 57% of the public services are available to cross-border businesses and only 41% to other EU citizens across the border. 73% of the public services websites do not have a mobile-friendly version.

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Internet - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Postsecondary - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: European Commission


UK: Report on the Remote Ebook Lending Pilots

June 23, 2015 13:25

Source: Publishers Association (UK)

From Press Statement:

The remote e-lending pilot study, jointly commissioned by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, funded via the British Library Trust and Arts Council England (ACE) and developed and delivered by MTM London, has been instrumental in helping stakeholders - publishers, agents, authors, booksellers and libraries - better understand the impact of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - Internet - Investments - Media and entertainment - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Publishers Association (UK)


Greece is Solvent but Illiquid: What Should the ECB Do?

June 23, 2015 13:23

Source: Centre for European Policy Studies

Paul De Grauwe argues that the Greek government is solvent but is trapped in a liquidity dilemma in which cannot find liquidity because markets believe it cannot find liquidity. He then explores the role of the European Central Bank in this self-fulfilling problem and ask specifically whether its outright monetary transactions (OMT) programme, introduced in September 2012, should be used to ease ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Source: Centre for European Policy Studies


A Truly Digital Single Market?

June 19, 2015 11:31

Source: European Digital Rights

From the Introduction:

It is undoubtedly a positive development that the Commission has launched the Digital Single Market Communication. For far too long, we have found ourselves in the ridiculous situation where “progress” has been translated into the inability to do things with new technologies which were previously unproblematic, such as selling or lending books. For far too long ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Security - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: European Digital Rights (EDRi)


TTIP and Digital Rights

June 19, 2015 11:28

Source: European Digital Rights

From the Introduction:

This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the negotiations, respect for the rule of law and democracy, data protection, privacy, “intellectual property”, net neutrality, and ISDS [Investor-to -state dispute settlement], which would give rights to foreign companies to claim compensation ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Intellectual property - International - International Relations - Internet - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - North America

Source: European Digital Rights (EDRi)


2011 Census Analysis: Ethnicity and Religion of the Non-UK Born Population in England and Wales

June 19, 2015 11:25

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

From Introduction:

The 2011 Census has shown that England and Wales has become more ethnically diverse, with minority ethnic groups continuing to rise since 1991. The proportion identifying with a White ethnic group has decreased from 94% in 1991 to 86% in 2011.

In 2011, 87% of the population (48.6 million people) was born in the UK and 13% of the population (7.5 million people) ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Ethnic - Europe - Immigration - International - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Who Has Your Back 2015: Which Companies Help Protect Your Data from the Government?

June 18, 2015 22:25

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

From Executive Summary:

(W)e increasingly look to technology companies themselves to have the strongest possible policies when it comes to protecting user rights. Which companies will stand by users, insisting on transparency and strong legal standards around government access to user data? And which companies make those policies public, letting the world—and their own ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Lists & Rankings - Media and entertainment - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation


UK: Generation Inactive

June 18, 2015 22:19

Source: UK Active

From The least active generation in history:

The millennium cohort study, the first UK-wide study of children’s objectively measured physical activity found that only half of 7 year olds are meeting the CMO physical activity guidelines, with girls being significantly less likely to meet the daily guidelines (38 per cent) than boys (63 per cent). The study revealed that half of all UK ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Diseases and conditions - Education - Europe - Health and healthcare - K-12 - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: UK Active


Government Collection of Private Information: Background and Issues Related to the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization in Brief

June 16, 2015 13:53

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

Introduction:

Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress enacted the USA PATRIOT Act, in part, to “provid[e] enhanced investigative tools” to “assist in the prevention of future terrorist activities and the preliminary acts and crimes which further such activities.” To that end, the act eased restrictions on the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Consumer issues - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Terrorism - North America

Source: Congressional Research Service


Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: Analysis of Member States Plans to Implement Article 5

June 16, 2015 13:48

Source: Coalition for Energy Savings

From Press Release:

New analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings of national reports on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) reveals that central governments have not shown leadership in ending the waste of energy in their own buildings.

The report analyses the plans and inventories that Member States notified to the European Commission in order to comply ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - Legal and law enforcement - Science - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Source: Coalition for Energy Savings


UK: A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

June 16, 2015 13:43

Source: Westminster Faith Debates (UK)

From the Introduction:

Religion is an inescapably important aspect of our modern world. Even those who hoped that social and scientific progress would lead to the decline of any form of religious belief have to concede the continuing significance of religion. The most cursory examination of political and economic affairs today demonstrates the visibility and importance of religion and belief ... <snip>

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Posted in: Education - Europe - K-12 - Postsecondary - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Westminster Faith Debates (UK)


UK: A Question of Trust: Report of the Investigatory Powers Review

June 11, 2015 20:08

Source: Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (UK)

From Introduction: Genesis of the Review:

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 [DRIPA 2014] completed its parliamentary passage in just four days, receiving Royal Assent on 17 July 2014. Emergency legislation was said to be needed in order to ensure that UK law enforcement and security and intelligence agencies could maintain their ability ... <snip>

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Posted in: Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Military and defense - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - Terrorism - United Kingdom

Source: Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (UK)



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