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Sir, Regarding ‘Romania seeks IMF loan as Eastern crisis worsens‘: wiiw recently published its forecasts for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Kazakhstan and China, in a report entitled ‘Differentiated Impact of the Global Crisis’. It analyses recent economic developments and short- and medium-term development prospects, covering the countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Strauss: Europe ‘wasting billions’ by duplicating research‘: The EU only funds only a small proportion of research in Europe. It would be bad for fundamental research in Europe if it were possible to carry out a single type of research in a single laboratory, instead of using several independent groups, because the most… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU climate negotiator signals end of ‘free lunches’‘: In the run-up to the Copenhagen COP and further to your interview with the European Commission’s Runge-Metzger, PWR would like to raise the question: ‘Is what is being negotiated by all parties in fact simply ‘business as usual’?’ (BAU). To be effective, non-BAU scenarios normally… » read more

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Sir, Your LinksDossier on the PSD (‘Payment Services Directive: The end of cash era‘) states: “The Payment Services Directive does not cover Internet payments. Online purchases are regulated by the eMoney Directive adopted in 2000. The Commission is currently waiting for the PSD to enter into force before coming out with new proposals to amend… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU expert group calls for tightened financial supervision‘: A new report from Corporate Europe Observatory, entitled ‘Would you bank on them?’, tried to highlight the problems of privileged access and policy capture by vested interests that can result in flawed policies and regulations. In the report, we examined whether the group’s members represent… » read more

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SMEs: Think small first!

Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: Use procurement process to ‘leverage innovation’‘: On behalf of small business innovators across Europe, I would like to congratulate MEP Malcolm Harbour for his success in getting through his report on pre-commercial procurement. This is a fine example of the ‘think small first’ principle put into action. Traditionally, SMEs have shied away… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP goes on defensive over light bulb ban‘: CFL-type energy-saving lamps are hated by the 1-3% of the population who suffer from exposure to electromagnetic fields, like those emitted by CFLs. They cause electrically hypersensitive people to become ill. We investigated which EMFs cause these effects, and found that the CFLs consume electricity… » read more

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Sir, Ich beobachte die Aktivitäten der EU-Kommission schon seit einigen Jahren mit einiger Genugtuung. In letzter Zeit fällt mir aber auf, dass die Kommission im wesentlichen an Symptomen herumdoktert, statt sich der Wurzel zu nähern. Die liegt, meiner Ansicht nach, in der teilweise geradezu axiomatischen Bündelung von PC und Windows bei fast allen Anbietern. HP… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: EU needs new mindset to end deforestation‘: While I applaud public measures to tackle deforestation and biodiversity loss in the EU, I think it is also important to consider the role that the private sector can play. Last December, Epson launched a new biodiversity initiative in the Gardunha mountains in central Portugal,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Single EU lobbyists’ register faces further delays‘ The discussion about an EU register for lobbyists in Brussels seems to be currently shifting to rather technical issues, forgetting the big picture. But lobbyists and institutions in Brussels should not lose sight of the broader perspective and learn from Washington’s experiences: both the good and… » read more

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