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EU: new rules for insurance products

The Commission has laid down rules for an Insurance Product Information Document (IPID), which will have to accompany all non-life insurance policies from 2018. These new rules will allow consumers to have all information necessary to make an informed decision when buying insurance products, such as car, travel or house insurance.

This type of key information document already exists for life insurance policy and other investment products under the Regulation on Key Information Documents for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs). The implementing rules adopted today, in the form of an implementing technical standard (ITS), stem from the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) which must be applied in the EU Member States in February 2018.The IDD aims to create a level playing field between insurance distributors across the European Union. It will guarantee that customers get the same standards of choice and service when buying insurance, regardless of the Member State in which the insurance was bought. The Directive will ensure appropriate standards of transparency by setting out the necessary information to be provided to consumers before they sign up to an insurance contract. Further implementing rules for the IDD will be adopted in the coming weeks. These will coverproduct oversight and governance (for all insurance products) and various conduct of business rules(for life insurance products).

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A2 “Highway of the Mediterranean”

A renovated highway to rediscover the south Italian territories crossed by the highway: Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. The first infrastructure to promote the cultural, spiritual and artistic proposition as well as food and wine.

“In between Campania, Basilicata and Calabria there is a road where every trip is a discover: it is the Autostrada del Mediteraneo (Highway of the Mediterranean). Have a good journey”. This is the slogan of the institutional communication campaign for the new A2 Mediterranean Highway. It is an invitation to reconsider the idea of highway and infrastructure. ANAS wants to promote a different and a new vision of the A2 highway: not only a place where people pass trough but a space that allows us to access, appreciate and rediscover the south Italian territories crossed by this highway as well. It will be the first highway to have a development plan for tourism in all its aspects: spiritual, cultural, artistic and food and wine.

The campaign has been presented by Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructures, Dario Franceschini, Minister of Beni e delle Attività Culturali, and by Gianni Vittorio Armani ,President of ANAS; main actors of this projects. To represent the regions, attending the conference Marcello Pittella , President of the region Basilicata and Roberto Musmanno assessor for infrastructures of Calabria region.

The projects is the evolution of a work started two years ago that has led to the renaming of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway on the 22nd November 2016. The name Highway of the Mediterranean highlights the importance of this infrastructure as natural continuation of the itinerary that begin with the A1 highway in Milan and connects Italy North to South. The new layout (432 km long), begins in Fisciano, location of the University of Salerno and ends in Villa San Giovanni, entrance door to Sicily and the Mediterranean sea. The new A2 has allowed to reduce time travel, from Fisciano to Villa San Giovanni the trip is one hour and half shorter than before.

The aim of the company is to offer a new, dynamic and modern development model pulled by the synergy of all the concerned local realities: Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. Implement concrete development , knowledge and accessibility to the territories initiatives able to define the strength and value of the South. A project that will transform an immense patrimony of artisan, culture, landscapes, traditions, wine and food into a modern and global economy.

Giancarlo Giannini is the prestigious testimonial chosen by ANAS to support this campaign. Trough his narrative power, the campaign send to everybody the message that when travelling on the A2 highway you can always discover and rediscover Italian places filled of beauty, nature, breathtaking landscapes, spirituality, culture and art. Without forgetting the typical foods and wines that has made the South of Italy famous all over the word.

ANAS is convinced that the Highway of the Mediterranean is an essential infrastructure for the mobility of the country. At the same time, they think that it could be more than a huge construction made of steel, cement and asphalt. A goal that ANAS wants to achieve by involving in this project local authorities and attractions as well as local entrepreneur since the beginning.

To let people know about some of the wonderful potentialities of the A2 highway, institutions and local authorities have chosen ten“Vie”(Routes) that are connected to the Highway of the Mediterranean trough 52 junctions. Those routes cross lands full of history, memory and beauty. Posters of those paths will be placed alongside the highway so as to invite the travellers to deviate from their plan and allow themselves to discover myth, art, perfume and tastes of the Southern Italy. The “routes” will be also promoted by specific totems placed in the service area along the A2.

A new trip through the southern Italy available also on the website (www.autostradadelmediterraneo.it) and an App where you can find the history, the layout and junctions of the A2, information and news about the traffic. You can also find suggestions about the places of the ten “routes” reachable thanks to the new highway.

ANAS is progressively installing the new indication posters on the highway in order to increase the awareness of the users about the ongoing changes. Therefore new signage will be installed as well as the signage relating with the touristic locations. The drivers will be able to chose their way at every junction among the several propositions deciding to deviate on purpose from their plan to allow themselves a moment of discover in this area of Italy that guard enormous riches.

The Highway of the Mediterranean hides others changes that will improve the drivers experience. The A2 will be the first Italian smart road thanks to the implementation of the ever-new technologies applied to the security and the mobility of the travellers. The highway will be entirely equipped of Wi-Fi Hotspots every 300 meters in order to give and receive information and create an only connexion. The drivers will be able to have information about traffic conditions, the weather and the SOS On Board system. The company will count on a continuous flow of data which will allow a smart management of the highway accesses and the observation of the traffic flows.

The use of the Internet of things will implement the condition control of the entire infrastructure which will be provided of green islands every 30 meters: The highway islands will provide renewable energy and will be equipped of monitoring and rescue drones. To conclude, thanks to the use of integrated dialogue systems between cars and infrastructures, the Highway of the Mediterranean will be the first highway able to accept autonomous cars.

ANAS invites everybody to discover the new A2, a renovated highway that look toward the future of mobility. A highway you can travel on but also visit, discover and taste. Have a good journey!

EU launches new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre

“The Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre builds on the Joint Research Centre’s expertise in knowledge management, offering policy makers relevant information in a timely manner and a format that is easy to use. It is the fourth Knowledge Centre launched by the Commission in the last two years, after the ones on migration and demography, territorial policies and disaster risk management, and another important step in further strengthening the sound evidence base we need to tackle the societal challenges facing the EU.” Said Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre.

On 20 July, the European Commission will launch a new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre to better support EU and national policy makers and stakeholders with science-based evidence in this field. This online platform will not primarily generate knowledge, but will collect, structure and make accessible knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources on the bioeconomy, the sustainable production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into valuable products. The Knowledge Centre is being created by the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, in cooperation with Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, added: “The launch of the Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre marks an important step in bringing the different policy areas of the bioeconomy closer together. In order to face global and geopolitical challenges, a coherent strategy needs an excellent knowledge hub, in particular to address questions cutting across the policy areas of the bioeconomy family.

The bioeconomy represents a significant part of the EU economy, with potential for growth through innovation in agriculture, forestry, bioenergy and biomass but also in chemicals, materials, waste management and others. The Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre will support the European Commission in the review of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy, taking into account new political and policy developments, such as the COP21 Paris agreement, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Circular Economy Package.

Egmont Group and Europol a new strong cooperation

During the 24th Egmont Group Plenary Meetings that took place in Macau, the European Commissionand Europol were awarded Observer Status of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units(FIUs).

The decision will lead to increased cooperation not only between , but other competent authorities tasked with combating money laundering, terrorist financing and organised crime, facilitated by Europol’s role as an European hub in support of Member States on ongoing operations.

The Egmont Group is a united body of over 150 FIUs that provides a platform for the secure exchange of expertise and financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. At the meeting, Ms Hennie Verbeek-Kusters (FIU Netherlands) was appointed as Chair of the Egmont Group for the coming two years.

The European Commission and Europol strongly support the objectives of the Egmont Group by encouraging cooperation between FIUs at an EU level.

Together with EU FIUs, the European Commission and Europol are actively involved in ensuring the integrity of European markets through work with the EU FIU PlatformFIU.net, the recently implemented Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the implementation of the EU Action Plan against terrorist financing.

New EU rules that strengthen the role of and cooperation between FIUs came into force across Europe on 26 June.