How NOT to work with the World Bank and other international financial organizations

World Bank - Photo credit: Shiny ThingsA company can have several objectives beyond the simplistic but correct aim of profit maximization: these can extend to growth into new or foreign markets, the development of a social responsibility program, an increase in market share in its sector, networking for future opportunities, internationalization  etc. or even the necessary fight for survival in these post great recession times.

Business opportunities for medical devices with the World Bank and other IFIs

Business opportunities for medical devices with the World Bank and other IFIs

Medical devicesThe World Bank Group, in order to tackle the medical crisis, will be providing up to $ 160 billion over the next 15 months in financing for delivering record levels of support in order to help countries protect the poor and vulnerable, reinforcing health systems, maintaining the private sector, and bolstering economic recovery.

MFF and Recovery Fund: Brussels should be ambitious

MFF and Recovery Fund: Brussels should be ambitious

EU vs COVID-19 The increasingly asymmetrical crisis compels Brussels to safeguard the single market, thus avoiding losing businesses and jobs. The Commission is called to present the most ambitious proposal, avoiding mediations.

Saving the economy and human lives will never be priced

ESPON - seminar on territorial cohesion

Simin Davoudi - photo credit ESPONPlaces in decline, are not left behind, they are kept behind, by decades of neglect, under-development, lack of investment and misguided policies said Professor Simin Davoudi, from the University of Newcastle, keynote speaker in the ESPON seminar about “the role of functional areas in territorial cohesion”.

Mongolia - consulting services for sustainable urban transformation

SDGs - in June the Sustainable Energy for All Charrettes

SeforAllIn 2019 Sustainable Energy for All will convene a series of intensive planning and mapping meetings focused on how to increase the speed and scale of progress along the critical path to SDG7, which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.

Launch of the Global Green Bond Partnership

Launch of the Global Green Bond Partnership

Green BondThe Global Green Bond Partnership (GGBP) was launched in San Francisco, at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). This new partnership will support efforts of sub-national entities such as cities, states, and regions, corporations and private companies, and financial institutions to accelerate the issuance of green bonds.

Circular economy - EP propose ways to boost plastics recycling

Single digital gateway - a time saver for citizens and companies

Single Digital GatewayEuropean Parliament adopts a legislative report to set up a single digital gateway that will help citizens and firms to access information and administrative procedures online, e.g. to apply for study loans or register a car.

Intellectual property: how to support business investments in EU

Circular economy - EP propose ways to boost plastics recycling

Circular EconomyBan micro-plastics in cosmetics and oxo-degradable plastic, incentives to collect marine litter at sea and EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability: are among the proposals set out in the non-binding draft resolution, adopted by European Parliament.

EU tender: assistance mechanism for investment in the blue economy

EP: better protection against non-cash payment fraud

Credit cardNew EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft, skimming or phishing, were approved in Civil Liberties Committee on Monday.

> EP - work on corporate tax for digital companies kicks off

Intellectual property: how to support business investments in EU

Economic Forum 2018In Europe it's necessary to help companies to invest in the protection of their ideas, with adequate tools and resources. Read the strategies proposed at the Economic Forum 2018 in Krynica (Poland) during the panel on EU funds post 2020, innovation, creativity and intellectual property.

EU funding post 2020 for Innovation, Creativity and Intellectual Property 

COSME - call for fashion and lifestyle industries

Cosme fashionThe WORTH Partnership Project, supported by COSME, launched a call for proposals for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and start-ups working in the fashion or lifestyle industry. Applications are open until 24 October 2018.

Intellectual property - counterfeiting costs EUR 60 billion every year