Parents armed with IT security skills can better fight online security risk to kids

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EU children still exposed to Internet risks

Sir, Regarding ‘EU children still exposed to Internet risks‘, a worrying statistic highlights that almost half of children who use social networks have no idea how to change their privacy settings or how to adjust their profiles. It is a sad fact that parents may inadvertently cause their children to be exposed to the innumerable [...]

A worrying message: Buried in EU’s 2012 budget increase is a remarkable €70m cut in development aid

Posted by Nicolas Mombrial, EU Policy Advisor, Oxfam International on May 2nd, 2011
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Brussels defends 5% budget increase for 2012

Sir, Regarding ‘Brussels defends 5% budget increase for 2012′: Oxfam is shocked that the proposed increase in the 2012 EU budget announced by European Commissioner Lewandowski remarkably seems to include a €70 million reduction in the budget for overseas aid. We are astonished that development aid is seen as the easiest way to “reflect austerity” [...]

We should all be concerned about China’s global economic blueprint

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Sir, Although my Swiss S&T Foundation has been warning of the developing economic might of the East and its social and economic effects on the West for two decades now, western economies are now forewarned that China has now entered the fourth phase of its economic blueprint and the head of their central bank has [...]

We are living in yesterday’s world with our economic thinking

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Sir, In a mere twenty years’ time to 2031, the UK and the EU will be reaching the limits of despair when trying to capture any major future foothold in the global economic stakes. This will not be due to its people, but their governments with regard to their current and medium-term policies. These policies [...]

Our laws shouldn’t preserve business models

Posted by Tom Merritt, Blogger on April 20th, 2011
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EU to help music companies keep Elvis, Beatles royalties

Sir, Regarding ‘EU to help music companies keep Elvis, Beatles royalties‘: I have often argued that attempts by the media industry to deal with digital media, especially on the Internet, are examples of people who used to game the system and now can’t, so they resort to the law to make it illegal for them [...]

The UK’s continued economic death: Is this an inherent symptomatic threat and warning for all EU nations?

Posted by Dr David Hill, World Innovation Foundation on April 18th, 2011
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Sir, Is the United Kingdom symptomatic of the wider issues and problems that the EU faces in the long-term? For Britain in economic terms is bleeding to death and no-one seems to care. Over the last three decades the UK has lost 23 global businesses with the loss of millions of jobs to overseas predators [...]

PNR and the internal market

Posted by Mike Parr, PWR on April 18th, 2011
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Countries rally behind UK on EU flight data collection

Sir, Regarding ‘Countries rally behind UK on EU flight data collection‘: With respect to the headline ‘Countries rally behind UK on EU flight data collection’ and the UK’s unending desire to collect data on every aspect of its (and other EU) citizens’ lives, the example was given of a drug smuggler that files into Lisbon [...]

Questioning figures on 30% emissions cuts

Posted by Abby Semple, ICLEI on April 18th, 2011
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show

Sir, Regarding ‘Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show‘: This article does not acknowledge that the 20% target for savings in primary energy consumption set out in the Energy Efficinecy Plan is measured against a projected consumption of 1842 Mtoe in 2020. It is not measured against current consumption, much less the baseline [...]

No inconsistency in Commission’s climate modelling

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Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show

Sir, Regarding ‘Europe can make 30% emissions cuts, EU figures show‘: The Low-carbon Economy Roadmap establishes that a cost-effective pathway would reach 25% emission reductions by 2020. There is no inconsistency in modelling itself. For the Energy Efficiency Plan, no specific modelling work was carried out on reaching the 20% efficiency target. A simple calculation [...]

2050 aviation targets appear clear to us

Posted by Haldane Dodd, Air Transport Action Group on April 15th, 2011
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

EU's airline emission goals under scrutiny

Sir, Last week’s piece ‘EU’s airline emission goals under scrutiny‘ suggested there was confusion in the media after the European Commission launched the 2050 vision for transport in Europe. I can’t account for why the media seemed confused, but it seems to us that the Commission’s vision regarding aviation seems to be realistic, pragmatic and [...]

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