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Simone Mori : “Promuovere la diffusione dei per la qualità dell’aria delle città” External link

zazoom Monday, December 18, 2017 1:23:00 PM CET

Jean Claude Juncker said: "Europe can't be on the side-lines when our Member States suffer from natural disasters and need help. No country in Europe is immune to natural disasters which have sadly become the new normal. When a disaster strikes, I want the European Union to offer more than condolences. Europe is a continent of solidarity and we must be better prepared than before, and faster in helping our Member States on the frontline" External link

EC Monday, December 18, 2017 12:42:00 PM CET

Maria Buchmayr betont: „Das ist nur eine Auswahl an Retro-Speisen aus der schwarz-blauen Verhandlungsküche, die nun dem Land vorgesetzt wird, eine Koalitionsbrühe, die vor allem die Schwächeren der Gesellschaft auszulöffeln haben“ External link

ots Monday, December 18, 2017 12:38:00 PM CET

Maria Buchmayr betont: „Dieser Pakt ist Politik gegen die Schwächeren der Gesellschaft. Eine Entlastung für oben, eine Belastung für unten – das hat Schwarz-Blau beschlossen und ist stolz darauf“ External link

ots Monday, December 18, 2017 12:38:00 PM CET

Xuan Nha said: “Vietnam has always appreciated the importance of human resources development and is making efforts to adopt high requirements in the quality of human resources at the moment and in the years to come,” “Learning from developed countries, especially South Korea, which has many similarities with Vietnam, Vietnam has identified human resources development as a breakthrough solution for the development of the economy and improving the quality of growth” External link

vietnamnet-en Monday, December 18, 2017 3:59:00 AM CET

Marc Fontaine said: “Skywise, ‘the beating heart of aviation’, is a strategic initiative at the core of Airbus’s digital transformation and a game changer for the entire industry,” External link

vietnamnet-en Monday, December 18, 2017 3:59:00 AM CET

Nina Skorupska added: “Meeting our 2020 targets is a no-regrets policy. It is therefore critical that renewables and decarbonisation are at the heart of the Government’s future Industrial Strategy” External link

renews Monday, December 18, 2017 3:00:00 AM CET

Quoc Phong said: “We design long-term activities for young volunteer intellectuals. We promote their learning efforts and their involvement in social activities. We diversify volunteer activities to fulfill social needs,” External link

vietnamnet-en Sunday, December 17, 2017 7:22:00 PM CET

Devinder Mahajan said: "Energy and environmental protection firms in the U.S. have seen market opportunities in China, and are willing to invest in China," External link

ecns Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:08:00 AM CET

Bill Ford said: "China is taking the lead in the electric vehicle market as there is a real government push to clear the air," External link

ecns Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:08:00 AM CET

Erik Solheim said: "China's program to electrify road transport has set an example for the world in green development approaches," External link

ecns Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:08:00 AM CET

Erik Solheim said: "It proves that environmental challenges are not problems, but opportunities. This work is an inspiration to China and the world," External link

ecns Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:08:00 AM CET

Xi Jinping declared: “This is an issue of national health and needs to be addressed with the utmost urgency,” External link

dailynewsegypt Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:41:00 PM CET

Minh Anh said: “The use of invasive species like red-eared sliders or common water hyacinth for ornamental purposes in hotels, for instance, will earn the hotels a fine from VND1billion to VND5billion and a short-term operational halt,” External link

vietnamnet-en Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:06:00 AM CET

Minh Anh said: “The environment creates the basis for tourism as many travelers seek out unique features of nature. And environmental disasters have negative impacts on the development of tourism,” External link

vietnamnet-en Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:06:00 AM CET

Hironobu Kitagawa said: “Japanese consumers attach great importance to the quality of goods. If you can meet Japanese people’s standards, you are as good as set for any other market,” External link

vietnamnet-en Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:11:00 AM CET

Nguyen Chi Dung confirmed: "Vietnam is facing rapid urbanisation, posing challenges for city officials and planners to provide basic infrastructure in transportation, energy, healthcare, water, and e-government services to make their communities more attractive and liveable,” said Consul General Mary Tarnowka. “US firms have innovative products and services in the smart cities area that can support Vietnamese cities”. On the same note, US Embassy Commercial Counsellor Stuart Schaag commented, “I am confident that this week’s events will help US delegates learn more about each city’s smart city objectives and unique needs, and showcase to city officials and local businesses not only some of the best US technology and services in the smart city area, but US firms’ desire to develop relationships in Vietnam that can create win-win-win solutions for the city, industry, and most importantly, its citizens”. During the trip, the delegation will meet with government officials from Danang, Khanh Hoa and Thua Thien-Hue provinces for a series of meetings. Presentations from city leaders and heads of relevant departments, such as information and communications, transportation, health and planning, will expose US firms to the unique challenges that each city faces in dealing with rapid urbanisation and efficiently managing services offered to citizens and visitors. US delegates will then present their smart city solutions, as well as share best practices from the US and around the world. Ride-hailing firm Grab expands service. Ride-hailing firm Grab is expanding its GrabTaxi service in Vietnam to boost its coverage on one hand and promote cooperation with taxi drivers following the strong opposition from taxi operators towards its GrabCar service in Hanoi City and HCMC. The company on December 11 offered its GrabTaxi service to customers in Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai provinces. The service is already available in Hanoi City, Quang Ninh Province, Danang City, Khanh Hoa Province and HCMC. Unlike GrabCar service allowing car owners to join the ride-hailing service, the GrabTaxi service targets drivers of traditional taxi operators, encouraging them to use the platform provided by Grab to attract more passengers. The company has recently expanded its GrabBike and GrabTaxi services to other parts of the country before a pilot scheme for ride-hailing service included in the Transport Ministry’s Decision 24/QD-BGTVT is set to come to an end next month. The company may have to suspend its GrabCar service if the Transport Ministry does not extend the pilot scheme. As such, by introducing GrabTaxi to more localities, the company may become a provider of the ride-hailing platform to other taxi operators across the country. Apart from GrabTaxi, the ride-hailing firm intends to extend its GrabBike service to six other provinces and cities, namely Haiphong, Bac Ninh, Danang, Nha Trang, Vung Tau and Can Tho. The service may become a key product of Grab, and may lure a host of local drivers. Local taxi operator Mai Linh has introduced its new service M.Bike at competitive fares as those offered by GrabBike and UberMoto. Meanwhile, Anh Duong Vietnam JSC, the owner and operator of Vinasun Taxi, plans to launch a similar service called V.Bike. Two new trains put into service. Saigon Railway Transport JSC put two new trains into service on Sunday replacing the deteriorating Thong Nhat trains that ply the north-south route. The new trains are more convenient and spacious than the old ones, with cars made of high-strength steel and interiors of composite. Seats in 56-seater cars can be converted into beds. There are electrical outlets at every seat for passengers to charge their mobile devices. Each car has eight TVs for entertainment, induction doors, and reading lights above the seat rows. The toilets are larger, with automatic faucets, windows, ventilators, and advanced waste treatment systems. Data of the Vietnam Railways Corporation shows that the country’s railway system has nearly 6,000 cars, including 1,000 for passenger transport and nearly 5,000 for cargo transport. About 2,000 cars have been used for 30-40 years and 1,500 others for 40 years or more. Some of the deteriorating trains have been upgraded but they cannot meet the standard speed of 100 kilometers per hour for freight trains and 120 kilometers per hour for passenger trains. In 2016, Saigon Railway Transport JSC spent VND80 billion (US$3.5 million) upgrading 37 cars. Dao Anh Tuan, general director of the company, said almost all deteriorating trains will be replaced in the next two years. To compete with other modes of transport, the company has ordered 30 new cars to replace old ones. MasterCard deploys QR code payment in Vietnam Financial services firm MasterCard on December 11 introduced electronic payment service Masterpass QR in Vietnam, enabling MasterCard holders to pay by scanning QR codes at thousands of points of sale across Vietnam. Users can make payments via QR codes at more than 7,000 points of sale set up by MPOS Vietnam Technology Joint Stock Company. MasterCard will later on cooperate with other companies to expand the network of places accepting Masterpass QR in Vietnam. Masterpass QR, a new electronic payment option of MasterCard, has been deployed in over 20 countries. In Vietnam, users only need to register MPOS QR in order to make Masterpass QR payments via all banking applications with the QR scanning function. QR payment, an option to promote non-cash payment, is suitable in countries with a large number of smart phone users and developed 3G/4G networks. Nguyen Huu Tuat, general director of MPOS Vietnam, said QR payment holds high growth potential in Vietnam as all banks have offered Internet banking to their clients. The cooperation with international financial services company like MasterCard makes QR payment as easy as card swipe at mPOS/POS machines, he added. From now until the year-end, clients making QR payment for the first time via MPOS will get refunds worth 10% of their bills each, with a maximum refund of no more than VND500,000. Before MasterCard, MPOS has also cooperated with Visa to provide QR payment. Power punch. When the Ministry of Industry and Trade convened an ad-hoc press conference last Thursday to explain the power price hike, not only journalists attending the event but also the public were stunned. It is not the increase - the average power tariff rising 6.08% to VND1,720.65 per kWh exclusive of tax – but rather the abrupt price change being announced on such short notice that wildly frustrates electricity users. The ministry last Wednesday announced the power price hike that took effect on the following day. State utility Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) had mulled ways before launching the power punch, sending an unprepared public to the corner as electricity users have no other options than to take the hit. As covered by local media, few have decried the price hike but have shown disappointment at the way the power price change has been deliberated by EVN as well as the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In explanations at the press conference, the ministry said the change has been considered by all relevant agencies so as not to create any strong adverse impacts on the people’s livelihood and business. Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam under the ministry, stated that the price hike would spur December’s consumer price index by 0.08% and next year’s CPI by 0.1%, which is trivial as inflation this year has been tamed at less than 4% as endorsed by the National Assembly, according to Thoi Bao Tai Chinh newspaper. For most households, the higher power tariffs will also leave little impact. Tuan is quoted as saying in Tien Phong newspaper that “those households using up to 100kWh a month will pay an additional VND6,600… while those using 400kWh a month will pay an additional VND34,800”. Similarly, enterprises will see their input costs rising by only 0.07% due to the power price hike, according to Thoi Bao Ngan Hang. Tuan of the ministry said that the power price hike is inevitable as input costs at EVN have increased, which have been inspected by multiple agencies including the National Assembly Economic Committee, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and even the Vietnam Standards and Consumer Protection Association. The power price hike, however, is understandable, as EVN has kept the prices unchanged for nearly three years despite rising input costs, according to experts. Le Dang Doanh, an economist, says in Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper that the power sector has managed to contain the power price for over two years, exerting great pressure on its investment activities. Therefore, raising the power tariffs is unavoidable. Similarly, Nguyen Minh Duc of VCCI comments that the power price hikes have lagged behind the inflation in the past few years. But, as stated early on, many experts have likened the price hike as an ambush on consumers. Nguyen Manh Hung, general secretary of the Vietnam Standard and Consumer Protection Association, said his agency was only invited to inspect input costs at EVN, but not consulted when it comes to the power price hike. “This is the seller-buyer relationship. The buyer should have the right to negotiate with the seller over the price, rather than the price being imposed upon them by the seller,” Hung is quoted in Thoi Bao Tai Chinh. Nguyen Minh Duc of VCCI, who also joined the input cost inspection at EVN, says in Thanh Nien newspaper that the power price hike plan has remained confidential despite prevailing regulations on power price transparency. The price increase all rests with the seller’s decision, without the buyer’s opinion, says Duc. Nguyen Duc Thanh, director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), bluntly says in Nguoi Lao Dong that “we are taken hostage by EVN. They ask for a price hike, and we have to accept it”. Thanh opines that the power price hike is based on calculations by the monopoly without any transparency. Similarly, Nguyen Minh Phong, an economist, also decries the absence of transparency in the power pricing scheme. He says in the news site VOV.vn that the power sector needs to provide all relevant information so that the public could understand the rationale behind the price hike. More importantly, both EVN and the Ministry of Industry and Trade made the decision abruptly, making life tough for electricity users, especially enterprises. Tuoi Tre Online, citing experts, says that there should be a roadmap for power pricing so that enterprises can actively conduct business. “The power price hike should have followed a specific roadmap, instead of ‘announcing the hike today with effect tomorrow’ that causes difficulties for enterprises, since they have to make business plans on a quarterly or annual basis,” the online paper quotes Nguyen Minh Due of the Vietnam Energy Association. Nguyen Van Tuan, chair of the Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Association, echoes the point, saying enterprises will suffer damage due to the sudden price hike. “The price hike of 6.08%, in my opinion, is acceptable. However, enterprises can cope with the problem only if they are informed of the price hike long beforehand,” he is quoted in the paper. In the news site zing.vn, Le Dang Doanh says that mechanisms regarding the power sector need to be reformed so that buyers can have their opinions upon any plan of price hike. The power market needs to be restructured so that all stakeholders can supervise each other, he asserts. In a market economy, the genuine seller-buyer relationship must be safeguarded to ensure benefits for all sides, and to prevent a power punch from a monopolistic player. HCMC’s tax and fee hikes may cut both ways. A plan by the HCMC government to raise a number of taxes and fees is expected to boost the city’s budget revenues but it might put negative impacts on enterprises and citizens. The city government on December 11 held a meeting with representatives of departments and experts to discuss the implementation of a special mechanism for the city that was approved by the National Assembly and will go into force on January 15, 2018. Under the special mechanism, the city has plans to raise some taxes, such as special consumption and environment taxes, and impose new fees from mid-2018. At the conference, many experts said the municipal government should carefully weigh impacts, both positive and negative, of fee and tax hikes on socio-economic development. They said a tax increase will result in higher production and living costs, which would badly affect enterprises’ operations and people’s lives. Tran Ngoc Tam, director of the HCMC Tax Department, said it would be easy to assess impacts of raising taxes on alcohol and tobacco. However, the city should carefully assess impacts of raising environmental protection tax on petrol and plastic bags because these are not only essential goods but also large revenue sources. Huynh The Du of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program said the city had better improve the investment environment to lure investors and use tax revenues effectively. “Enterprises may choose other localities rather than HCMC if the city raises taxes and fees. This will not boost but reduce the city’s budget revenues,” Du said. According to Tran Hoang Ngan, director of the HCMC Cadre Academy, the city’s budget plans, including tax plans, should focus on addressing traffic congestion, flooding, environmental pollution, and overloaded infrastructure. According to Resolution 54 on the special mechanism for the development of HCMC, the National Assembly allows the city government to raise special consumption tax and environmental protection tax, with increases not exceeding the current levels by more than 25%. Garment, textile obtain highest trade surplus value in export items. After the US withdrew from the talks on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Vietnam’s garment and textile export met with difficulties in the first two quarters this year. However the industry has posted the record high trade surplus value taking the lead in export items. Chairman of Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) Vu Duc Giang yesterday said that garment and textile export this year posted the highest value in all export items of Vietnam, reaching US$15.51 billion increasing 7.15 percent over 2016. That was partly thanks to the hike in the export ratio of garment items under original design manufacturer (ODM) method. The number of original design manufacturers accounted for 3 percent last year, increasing to 7 percent this year and expected to reach 11 percent next year. According to Mr. Giang, Vietnam’s garment and textile industry met with difficulties after the US withdrew from TPP. Some importers transferred their orders to other markets such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh in the first and second quarter to take advantage of 0 percent tax rate. However, orders have returned to Vietnam since the third quarter. Besides good quality and on time delivery, businesses have improved their competitive ability, invested in new technologies and sought new markets besides traditional ones such as the US, EU, Japan and South Korea. In 2017, Vietnam has started exporting garment items, fiber and cloth to China with the total turnover of $1.04 billion. In addition, the industry has lot of opportunities from bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements which will be signed in the next 1 and 2 years such as EVFTA and ASEAN + 6 (China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, India). Vitas said that many businesses have already had orders to produce until the second quarter next year, forecasting that garment and textile export turnover will approximate $33.5-34 billion. Customs industry cooperates with eleven banks to implement e-tax collection. The General Department of Vietnam Customs yesterday signed a cooperation agreement on 24/7 e-tax collection project with six banks from December 15. Previously the customs industry had signed the agreement with five banks to implement the project, which is the major one of the general department in 2017. The project enables enterprises to pay tax directly in customs website anytime and anywhere with Internet access. Implementation of the project is considered as a breakthrough in tax collection and payment, creating advantageous conditions for tax payers. HCMC to pilot cargo supervision projects in four seaports, airport. HCMC will start pilot implementation of cargo management and supervision at Lotus, SPCT, ICD Phuoc Long seaports and SCSC warehouse in Tan Son Nhat Airport from January 1, 2018, said Mr. Dinh Ngoc Thang, deputy head of HCMC Customs Department yesterday afternoon. The project aims at simplifying customs procedures for businesses, reducing time and cost to do custom clearance and preventing trade frauds and smuggling, he said. In addition, it will contribute in improving the automation of information technology system in cargo inspection. According to HCMC Customs Department, cargo supervision at seaports and airport in the city now accounts for 50 percent of the industry’s work volume. The work volume this year is 15-20 higher than previous year but human resource has been unable to meet demand. American firms receive investment certificates in Saigon Hi-Tech Park. Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan this morning visited US businesses in San Francisco and witnessed a ceremony of granting investment certificates to American technology firms into Saigon Hi-Tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City. The first project is a life sciences research and development center invested by Quantus Corporation under Allied Telesis Group and Cao Sinh Biomed Company with the total capital of US$500 million. Implementation comprises two phases. The first phase from 2018-2020 will include the center’s investment and human resource training. The second phase from 2019-2022 will build a high technology hospital and buy modern equipment. The second project is Greenvity Silicon by Greenvity Communication Inc, an overseas Vietnamese business in San Jose with the total capital of $35 million. Its goal is to design and manufacture integrated electronic circuits, GV-LORA chips and GV- power line communications (PLC) chips applied in internet of things (IoT) such as motion, temperature and light censors. The third one is Aipac Vietnam by Aipac Inc, an overseas Vietnamese company in San Jose, with the total funds of VND20 million. It will apply IoT technology in making products such as smart home connection system, environmental supervision devices, motion censors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Previously, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan and the delegation worked with leaders of the world’s leading chipmaker Intel Group and Zoom Video Communications Company. Meantime, standing deputy chairman of HCMC People’s Committee had a meeting with Marvell Group. At the meeting, Mr. Liem affirmed that HCMC committed to creating advantageous conditions for technology groups and companies to operate efficiently and achieve more successes in the city. So far, Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHPT) has been the investment destination of many large groups in the world such as American Intel and Microsoft, South Korea’s Samsung, Japanese Nidec and Nipro, French Sanofi and Schneider. Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan has been leading a high level delegation of HCMC to visit the US states and cities. Truong Thanh Furniture to work with SAM Holdings. One of Vietnam’s largest wooden furniture manufacturers, Truong Thanh Furniture (TTF), has signed a cooperation agreement with materials supplier SAM Holdings (Stock code SAM) on supplying materials and services. TTF and SAM are related businesses, as Mr. Hoang The Quang is a Board Member of the former and Deputy CEO of the latter. SAM is engaged in the manufacture and trading of cables, telecommunications materials, and wooden materials, construction, real estate, golf courses, accommodation, and tourism. In the first nine months of this year its revenue reached VND1.52 trillion ($66.8 million), an increase of VND210 billion ($9.24 million) over the same period last year. After-tax profit was nearly VND49 billion ($2.15 million). Total assets as at September 30 stood at nearly VND4 trillion ($176 million). TFF is engaged in the manufacture and sale of wooden furniture and floorings in Vietnam and also exports products to the UK, France, Belgium, the US, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, and Japan. Revenue in the first nine months of this year was VND756 billion ($33.2 million) and after-tax profit more than VND4 billion ($176,000). As at the end of the third quarter, remarkably, TFF also recorded nearly VND1.4 trillion ($61.6 million) in accumulated losses. The company’s consolidated financial statement for 2016’s fourth quarter shows a total loss of VND145 billion ($6.4 million), bringing its full year losses to VND1.63 trillion ($72 million), of which its cumulative losses amounted to VND1.768 trillion ($7.8 million). Moreover, the company had negative owner’s equity of more than VND195 billion ($8.6 million) as at December 31, 2016. Foreign investors suggest improvements to Vietnamese taxation policy. In the framework of Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) 2017, representatives of foreign investors complained that they still face difficulties in investing and manufacturing in Vietnam due to the lackluster taxation policies. According to Natasha Ansell, chairwoman of American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Amcham), importing products into Vietnam remains more costly and complicated given Vietnam’s $32-billion trade surplus towards the US last year, thus, it is particularly important for Vietnam to be seen as seriously addressing the numerous non-tariff technical barriers and the so-called behind-the-border barriers which restrict the activities of companies and hamper the flow of US exports into Vietnam. Regarding the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s proposal to apply a special consumption taxation (SCT) of 10 or 20 per cent on soft drinks, the representative of Amcham expressed concerns about its impact on enterprises’ revenue and profit. “If MoIT’s proposal comes true, the selling price of soft drinks will increase by 12 per cent due to the increased manufacturing expenditure, leading decreasing sales. In this case, small- and medium-sized enterprises will see the largest impact because of their weaker financial potential. They may even face bankruptcy,” Ansell stated. Based on comments from European enterprises, vice chairman of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Eurocham) Tomaso Andreatta expressed that the responses from tax authorities (both local and central tax offices) to written requests for clarification have been very general and do not provide specific guidance to enterprises. As a result, after receiving the responses from the tax authorities, the enterprises are still be confused and unsure about applying the regulations. Enterprises are growing disappointed about the transparency of the tax authorities’ implementation of the regulation. Thus, it is important to improve the quality of responses from the tax authorities, especially the ones addressing concerns over tax policies. European distributors quitting Vietnam. Vietnam last year saw the exit of European investors from large-scale distribution. This was announced by Tomaso Andreatta, vice chairman of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham), at the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) 2017 co-chaired by Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, IFC senior country manager for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Kyle F. Kelhofer, chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and VBF co-chairman Vu Tien Loc, and VBF co-chairman Hirohide Sagara. The forum took place this morning at Lotte Hotel in Hanoi. Andreatta said that European companies bring with them a way to do business that wed respect for the environment, employees, and for the society where they operate, with high value-added goods. They do not come to Vietnam only to make shirts and shoes or to assemble electronics, but to develop the entire supply chain and all the sophisticated services that support it. To bring these to Vietnam, European companies need qualified employees who speak foreign languages and they need reassurance that intellectual property rights are effectively protected. Along with the concerns about employees, European investors saw three main challenges to address, including corruption, protectionism, and a lack of legislative co-ordination. Therefore, EuroCham issued three proposals to deal with the above challenges. As to the first, EuroCham warmly welcomes and appreciates the work of the government in reducing opportunities for corruption and upholding the law. At lower levels, the main levers are adequate salaries, pride of belonging to the administration and moving people around, while at higher levels they are the lack of transparency, the excess reliance on permissions and certifications, and the high degree of arbitrariness by those in charge. As the consequence of protectionism, local companies and the local administration must pay more, otherwise they are unable to access higher quality and safer, more reliable goods. The government should reduce overlapping and conflicting procedures in public administration, which not only create the waste in fees and taxes, but also the time and human resources. In addition, the government needs to reconsider the corporate income tax, fully implement the national single window policy, and extend online payments in foreign currency. JCCI tables reform proposal for transparency. At Vietnam Business Forum 2017, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) posted a number of proposals to make administrative procedures simpler and faster, strengthening openness, transparency, and the efficient use of official development assistance loans. In recent years, the Vietnamese government has been ramping up loan control measures as the state budget is in chronic deficit and government debt is nearing the 65 per cent of the GDP upper threshold set by the National Assembly. However, if long-term, low-interest ODA loans continue to be used inefficiently, infrastructure—the foundation for economic development—will remain undeveloped, which in turn may have negative impacts on economic growth in the medium and long run. Thereby, JCCI agreed with the IMF’s proposals to push core reforms, both from the perspectives of budget revenue and spending and the ability to guarantee financial sufficiency at the earliest possible. On the revenue side, a policy review is required to move towards expansion and diversification based on tax categories, such as: higher environmental protection taxes, imposing property taxes, increasing excise tax rates, levying and transaction taxes to finance infrastructure projects, and revisiting tax incentives. On the expenditure side, there is a need to revisit budgetary spending cuts through widening cost recovery or inviting the participation of the private sector in education and healthcare, reviewing the social security coverage in a society entering the ageing phase, promoting administrative reforms, and downsizing in the public sector. Despite the Vietnamese government’s proactivity in reforming its administrative system, many foreign enterprises, including JCCI members, have been facing legal difficulties in Vietnam. Due to ambiguities in the language of ordinances and the arising multitude of interpretations, enterprises are often confused or are unsure of whether they have dispensed with their legal obligations. Besides, enterprises are forced to wait for a long time for an interpretation from the relevant ministries, according to JCCI. It said that a public administration with such a glaring lack of transparency and certainty may seriously undermine Vietnam’s attractiveness as an investment destination. At the mid-term Vietnam Business Forum 2017 (in June 2017), JCCI put forward two proposals related to administrative procedures. The first one is to establish a new inter-ministerial organisation with a vested power to deal with interpretation issues. They also proposed developing a regulatory framework and practical procedures through references to the grievance redress system for domestic and foreign businesses established by the Japanese side. The second recommendation is to enhance procedures for prior confirmation relating to regulations and ordinances in order to prevent emerging issues related to law enforcement. Procedures need to be flawless to allow private sector practitioners to obtain prior confirmation of the relevance of the transactions that they will be engaging in with the ministries in relation to applicable regulations and ordinances, so that they can get answer from these ministries. JCCI welcomes the strong and passionate efforts of the Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform (ACAPR) to reform administrative procedures, particularly the dialogue between the prime minister and the head of the government office with ACAPR members in next August. Thereby, JCCI proposes to establish a new organisation under ACAPR called “Professional team,” which would consist of private sector and foreign enterprises. Each chamber of Commerce and Industry would forward their highest priority requests to the “Professional team” which would then come up with concrete plans within a few months. ACAPR would submit these plans to the prime minister, who would discusses it with ministers and make decisions, after fully considering these plans. Leveraging productivity is key for sustainable growth. Vietnam Development Forum (VDF) 2017 with the theme of “Leveraging Productivity Growth for Sustainable Development” took place this morning, offering an opportunity to find solutions for sustainable economic growth. 2017 was a successful year for the Vietnamese economy. All 13 socioeconomic development targets set forth by the National Assembly have been reached or even exceeded. The economy has been growing well at an estimated 6.7 per cent. On the other hand, the quality of growth is becoming an issue as the country has been dependent on investment capital, low-cost labour and natural resources mining. That growth model is no longer appropriate in the current context, as the global and domestic situation has changed. Especially, Industry 4.0 has come and opened up many opportunities and challenges for the economy. “Against this background, the economy cannot develop quickly and sustainably to improve living standards and narrow the development gap with other countries. Leveraging productivity is the key of sustainable growth, this is one of the core issues for the Vietnamese economy today," External link

vietnamnet-en Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:11:00 AM CET

Ousmane Dione noted: “Improvements in efficiency must take place both within individual sectors as well as across the whole economy, which requires effective market institutions and government support,” External link

vietnamnet-en Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:11:00 AM CET

Tom Carper said (about Michael Dourson): “I sincerely believe he is the wrong person to hold this important position, and it’s become clear that, even with a Republican majority in the Senate, he could not be confirmed,” “Dourson, an individual who has spent most of his career promoting less protective chemical safety standards, had no business overseeing our nation’s chemical safety laws” External link

wivb Friday, December 15, 2017 11:11:00 PM CET

Donald Tusk said: "I'm sure he had some very, very important reasons not to take part in the discussions," External link

euobserver Friday, December 15, 2017 6:47:00 PM CET

Xi Jinping declared: "This is an issue of national health and needs to be addressed with the utmost urgency," External link

deutschewelle-en Friday, December 15, 2017 6:08:00 PM CET

Matt Shardlow said: “We are devastated to discover that many British rivers have been heavily damaged by neonicotinoid insecticides,” External link

euractiv-en Friday, December 15, 2017 11:06:00 AM CET

Alessandro Bratti dichiara: “Sono particolarmente soddisfatto di questo incarico; la tutela dell’ambiente è sempre stato un tema che, nei diversi incarichi da me ricoperti in ambito istituzionale, ha rappresentato un punto fermo e un obiettivo cui ho sempre mirato con costanza e caparbietà - (\*) - Ringrazio il Cda e il presidente per aver scelto la mia figura per realizzare un programma ambizioso. Cercherò di svolgere al meglio il mandato che mi verrà assegnato” External link

adnkronos Friday, December 15, 2017 10:56:00 AM CET

Bruno Cautres said: “French people ultimately want to see lasting results and real change,” “Unemployment is and remains the key” External link

msn-uk Friday, December 15, 2017 7:32:00 AM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

dg-comm-en Friday, December 15, 2017 5:02:00 AM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

dg-comm-en Friday, December 15, 2017 5:02:00 AM CET

Federica Mogherini said: "For the European Union, the Kimberley process is part of our work for sustainable development. It is part of our work for sustainable peace to prevent new conflicts and cut the revenues of criminal and terrorist groups. It is part of our work for human rights to make sure that diamonds produce wealth, not modern slavery. It has spread the idea that natural resources belong to communities, not militias. The main strength of the Kimberley process has always been that it looks beyond governments, to civil society and to private sector. This is our main asset as we chart the way ahead. We look forward to working closely with all stakeholders in this coming year" External link

dg-comm-en Friday, December 15, 2017 5:02:00 AM CET

Julian Evans Pritchard said: “I think there already has been an impact from the campaign on growth,” External link

reuters-uk Friday, December 15, 2017 4:32:00 AM CET

Zhang Xu said: “My older son is always asking me why it is so cold in the house, and all I can do is put them in sweaters,” External link

reuters-uk Friday, December 15, 2017 4:32:00 AM CET

Houlin Zhao said: “Environmental protection is one of the three pillars of sustainable development [] E-waste management is an urgent issue in today’s digitally dependent world , where use of electronic devices is ever increasing,” External link

eco-business Friday, December 15, 2017 4:10:00 AM CET

Houlin Zhao said: “The Global E-waste Monitor serves as a valuable resource for governments developing their necessary management strategies, standards and policies to reduce the adverse health and environmental effects of e-waste,” External link

eco-business Friday, December 15, 2017 4:10:00 AM CET

Bruno Cautres said: “French people ultimately want to see lasting results and real change,” “Unemployment is and remains the key” External link

bloomberg Friday, December 15, 2017 2:03:00 AM CET

Xavier Becerra said: “It is a mirage more than a miracle,” External link

nytimes Thursday, December 14, 2017 9:31:00 PM CET

Thomas Hale says: “the Chinese are still working out what this means,” External link

economist Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:13:00 PM CET

Justin Ram said: “This programme will support the government of St. Kitts and Nevis in maximising its development potential,” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:05:00 PM CET

Todd Smith said: “We regret that these incidents occurred and we have rectified the situation to ensure they do not happen again,” External link

thespec Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:36:00 PM CET

Nathan Serota noted: “The timing period is so far out, and the potential impact for the solar industry is so intangible, that it is not possible to incorporate CPP into business planning if you are a solar developer today,” External link

pv-magazine-usa Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM CET

Colin Smith told: “The upside potential on a whole on the national level was really high,” External link

pv-magazine-usa Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

europa-pressReleases Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:13:00 PM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

europa-pressReleases Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:13:00 PM CET

Federica Mogherini said: "For the European Union, the Kimberley process is part of our work for sustainable development. It is part of our work for sustainable peace to prevent new conflicts and cut the revenues of criminal and terrorist groups. It is part of our work for human rights to make sure that diamonds produce wealth, not modern slavery. It has spread the idea that natural resources belong to communities, not militias. The main strength of the Kimberley process has always been that it looks beyond governments, to civil society and to private sector. This is our main asset as we chart the way ahead. We look forward to working closely with all stakeholders in this coming year" External link

europa-pressReleases Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:13:00 PM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

europa-pressReleases Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:44:00 PM CET

Miguel Arias Canete added: "After long and complex negotiations, we have found an agreement to include emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forests in our collective efforts towards the 2030 objectives and in line with our commitment under the Paris Agreement. This is yet another example of Europe's determination to turn the Paris Agreement into a reality, through concrete policies and measures" External link

europa-pressReleases Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:44:00 PM CET

Klaus Schneeberger befindet: „Die ÖVP ist, war und wird weiter die treibende Kraft sein.“ External link

noen Wednesday, December 13, 2017 3:24:00 PM CET

Vytenis Andriukaitis said (about Anca Paduraru): "I am very pleased that we have started the process of implementing the new Plant Health regulation. The introduction of a harmonised plant passport is only the first step in modernising the rules to protect EU plants, economy and agriculture.'' Starting from 14 December 2019, plant passports will be required to accompany all consignments of plants traded between professionals within the European Union territory. These labels will guarantee that the plants were grown under official supervision, in the absence of regulated pests and will ensure their traceability. The common format of plant passports will make them easier to recognise throughout the EU, while the changes will increase the transparency of the EU Plant Health Regime and significantly enhance stakeholders' awareness. More information on the is available online. ( new Plant Health Law and the EU Plant Health Regime For more information: Anca Paduraru Tel.: +32 229 91269; Aikaterini Apostola Tel.: +32 229 87624) Endocrine disruptors: Member States endorse Commission's proposal to identify criteria for plant protection products. Today, at the meeting of the Standing Committee for Plant, Animals, Food and Feed, Member States endorsed the criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors in the context of the plant protection products legislation. The criteria take into account the views of the European Parliament expressed, on 4 October, on an earlier draft Regulation endorsed by Member States in July. The criteria endorsed today therefore do not include a specific provision for the so-called " External link

europa-pressReleases Wednesday, December 13, 2017 1:10:00 PM CET

Nick Austin said: “We recognise that adaptation has been a vastly under-invested opportunity . [There is] an upside in economic opportunities for resilience to climate change. Agriculture will benefit, but there is still a long way to go” External link

observer Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:40:00 PM CET

Frans Timmermans told: “I hope I will be able to count on you,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM CET

Matt Shardlow said: “We are devastated to discover that many British rivers have been heavily damaged by neonicotinoid insecticides,” External link

guardian Wednesday, December 13, 2017 8:40:00 AM CET

Neven Mimica said: “We therefore need to support increased research and innovation to confront this challenge and to improve better farming and crop production systems. We need to mobilise both public and private funds to finance this research and I am delighted at the prospect of working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on this urgent challenge” External link

euractiv-en Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:33:00 AM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: “We’re not moving quick enough. We all need to act,” External link

mia-mk Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:47:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: “We’re not moving quickly enough. We all need to act,” External link

firstpost Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:32:00 PM CET

Valdis Dombrovskis said: “This could be done at first stage by lowering capital requirements for certain climate-friendly investments, such as energy-efficient mortgages or electric cars,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:19:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "we're having a good time here... but we're losing the battle" External link

sanluisobispo Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:28:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron says: "the agreement is fragile ... we're not moving fast enough" External link

sanluisobispo Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:28:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "it's time to act and move faster and win this battle" External link

sanluisobispo Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:28:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

sanluisobispo Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:28:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

sanluisobispo Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:28:00 PM CET

Jerry Brown said: "the rest of the world is very serious about climate change. So are the scientists" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "we're having a good time here... but we're losing the battle" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron says: "the agreement is fragile ... we're not moving fast enough" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "it's time to act and move faster and win this battle" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:24:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:03:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:03:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "we're having a good time here... but we're losing the battle" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:53:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron says: "the agreement is fragile ... we're not moving fast enough" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:53:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "it's time to act and move faster and win this battle" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:53:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:53:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

wral Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:53:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: “We’re not moving quickly enough. We all need to act,” External link

cyprus-mail Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:58:00 PM CET

Mohammed Adow said: “The missing piece of the jigsaw is the funding to help the world’s poorer countries access clean energy so they don’t follow the fossil fuel-powered path of the rich world,” External link

cyprus-mail Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:58:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "We're not moving quickly enough. We all need to act," External link

trust Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:53:00 PM CET

Mohammed Adow said: "The missing piece of the jigsaw is the funding to help the world's poorer countries access clean energy so they don't follow the fossil fuel-powered path of the rich world," External link

trust Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:53:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron says: "the agreement is fragile ... we're not moving fast enough" External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:03:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: "it's time to act and move faster and win this battle" External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:03:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:03:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

ABCnews Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:03:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: “we’re having a good time here… but we’re losing the battle” External link

wkbn Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron says: “the agreement is fragile … we’re not moving fast enough” External link

wkbn Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron said: “it’s time to act and move faster and win this battle” External link

wkbn Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: “I think that’s not a good sign,” External link

wkbn Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: “financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground” External link

wkbn Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

charlotteobserver Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:54:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

charlotteobserver Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:54:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

newschannel6now Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:47:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

newschannel6now Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:47:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: “I think that’s not a good sign,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:40:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: “financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:40:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

wbrc Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:30:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

wbrc Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:30:00 PM CET

Mohammed Adow said: "The missing piece of the jigsaw is the funding to help the world's poorer countries access clean energy so they don't follow the fossil fuel-powered path of the rich world," External link

trust Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:37:00 PM CET

Emmanuel Macron told: "If we decide not to move and not change our way to produce, to invest, to behave, we will be responsible for billions of victims," External link

trust Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:37:00 PM CET

Annalena Baerbock told: "I think that's not a good sign," External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:28:00 PM CET

Frank Bainimarama said: "financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined systems and make a difference on the ground" External link

seattlepi Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:28:00 PM CET

Al Suwaidi added: “These areas are public property and everyone should respect them, so all visitors can enjoy them. Those who defile or damage them are committing an unlawful act that brings about consequences. Therefore, our employees deal very seriously with this and issue tickets,” External link

gulfnews Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:14:00 PM CET

Maria Blanco explica: “Para ello combinamos el modelo WOFOST, que simula los cambios inducidos por el cambio climático en el rendimientos de los cultivos, con el modelo agroeconómico CAPRI. Con este último, estimamos los efectos en términos de superficies de cultivo, producciones, precios y comercio agrario” External link

iagua Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:03:00 AM CET

Maria Blanco asegura: “Los resultados biofísicos muestran que los cambios en los rendimientos están fuertemente influenciados por el clima y por el efecto de fertilización carbónica, produciéndose un aumento de la productividad de los cultivos debido a este último efecto. Además, la magnitud de los efectos varía entre las distintas regiones y cultivos, siendo el maíz uno de los afectados más negativamente en Europa” External link

iagua Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:03:00 AM CET

Giovanni Damiani ricorda: “per precauzione i laboratori del Gran Sasso” External link

247libero Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:01:00 AM CET

Giovanni Damiani ricorda: “sulla radioprotezione questo Paese non ha nulla da imparare da nessuno. Sapete quanto materiale radioattivo è detenuto dai reparti di radiologia medica negli ospedali? - ricorda - E quanto nelle fabbriche per il controllo degli strati sottili o della perfezione delle saldature? Aboliamo gli ospedali o quei reparti?". A suo dire, "se le cautele autorizzatorie e di controllo vigenti in campo delle radiazioni ionizzanti fossero applicate a tutti i settori dell'ambiente vivremmo in un mondo molto migliore. E lo dice chi ha lottato, mai pentito, per la chiusura delle centrali atomiche per la produzione di energia elettrica in Italia - rievoca - e che di queste cose ne sa qualcosa, essendo stato direttore dell'Anpa, a suo tempo Autorità nazionale per la sicurezza nucleare e la radioprotezione” External link

247libero Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:01:00 AM CET

Maria Blanco explica: “Para ello combinamos el modelo WOFOST , que simula los cambios inducidos por el cambio climático en el rendimientos de los cultivos, con el modelo agroeconómico CAPRI . Con este último, estimamos los efectos en términos de superficies de cultivo, producciones, precios y comercio agrario” External link

retema Monday, December 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM CET

Maria Blanco asegura: “Los resultados biofísicos muestran que los cambios en los rendimientos están fuertemente influenciados por el clima y por el efecto de fertilización carbónica , produciéndose un aumento de la productividad de los cultivos debido a este último efecto. Además, la magnitud de los efectos varía entre las distintas regiones y cultivos, siendo el maíz uno de los afectados más negativamente en Europa” External link

retema Monday, December 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM CET

Manfreda Webera dichiarato: “La prima fase dei negoziati ha dimostrato che il governo britannico si muove solo sotto forte pressione dell’economia. Questa pressione diminuira’ quando le aziende potranno aspettarsi un periodo transitorio di due anni in cui tutto per loro rimarra’ uguale. Ho quindi paura che Londra nei prossimi mesi fermi il processo” External link

key4biz Monday, December 11, 2017 11:45:00 AM CET

Amber Rudd detto: “Oggi stiamo lanciando una nuova offensiva contro la grande criminalita’ economica” External link

key4biz Monday, December 11, 2017 11:45:00 AM CET

Frode Jahren sier: - Dette er et veldig høyt tall. Det betyr at forurensning er et mye større helseproblem enn trafikkulykker blant annet. Det dør langt flere av forurensning enn trafikkulykker i året, External link

nettavisen Monday, October 23, 2017 1:44:00 PM CEST

Philip Landrigan sier: - Dette fortjener den fulle oppmerksomheten til verdensledere, det sivile samfunn, helseansatte og mennesker rundt i verden. Til tross for dets omfattende virkninger for helse, økonomien og miljøet, har forurensning blitt forsømt i internasjonal hjelp og globale helseagendaer, og noen kontrollstrategier har vært svært underfinansiert, External link

nettavisen Monday, October 23, 2017 1:44:00 PM CEST

Phil Wynn Owen siger: »EU er nødt til at mindske drivhusgasemissionerne og tilpasse sig klimaændringerne. De aktuelle prognoser viser, at det vil kræve yderligere fremskridt at nå 2030-målene og 2050-målsætningerne for mindskelse af drivhusgasemissionerne. Det vil også være en stor udfordring for EU og medlemsstaterne at forudse og planlægge tilpasningen korrekt, så de kan reducere behovet for på et sent tidspunkt at skulle reagere på hændelser, hvilket ville koste mere,« External link

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