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  • 12 Jan 2022 13:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISE 2022 rescheduled for 10-13 May 2022

    BARCELONA 11 JANUARY 2022: After consultation with the ISE exhibitor and visitor community and in the light of the increasing impact of the Omicron variant in Spain, Integrated Systems Events announces that ISE 2022, scheduled for 1-4 February, has been postponed and will now take place on 10-13 May 2022 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía.

    Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, said today: “We’ve been closely monitoring the conditions in Europe and have been working hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and in-person interaction.  It’s been a challenging time for so many over the past two years, and whilst we cannot wait to meet up with everyone at ISE 2022, listening to our exhibitors, owners and stakeholders, we have agreed the best course of action is to postpone the show edition for three months.

    “By moving the event to the spring, it provides time for our community to re-balance and for confidence in international travel and meetings to resume. We will be working closely with all our exhibitors and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to the new dates. We look forward to hosting the global AV community at ISE 2022 in May in our new home in Barcelona.”

    In February 2020, ISE completed its 15-year stay at RAI Amsterdam. The special ¡Hola Barcelona! event held on the final day brought down the curtain on ISE’s residence at Amsterdam’s leading exhibition centre. Politicians and executives saluted the RAI venue and the City of Amsterdam while looking ahead to the future with the show’s move to the Fira de Barcelona.

    Integrated Systems Europe, ISE 2022, will take place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía on 10-13 May 2022.
    The ISE Conference programme runs from Monday 9 May through to Friday 13 May 2022.
    For more information, please visit www.iseurope.org

  • 11 Jan 2022 15:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday 10th January 2022, Mark Rutte’s fourth cabinet was formally sworn in. This was almost 10 months after the general election and a year since the previous cabinet stepped down over the childcare benefit scandal.

    The new cabinet consists of 29 ministers and junior ministers and includes several new posts in order to tackle urgent issues currently facing the Netherlands. Healthcare, climate and environment, housing, and jobs dominate the key tasks of the new cabinet.

    For more information, click here.

  • 18 Dec 2021 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toronto’s CN Tower held the title of the world’s tallest free‑standing structure for more than 30 years. While its height has been surpassed by other buildings and towers in recent years, Canadians can take pride in knowing that several of Canada’s innovative companies in a number of fields have made significant contributions to the development of the current record holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

    Dubai's BurjKhalifa is lit up with the Canadian flag
    The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is lit up with the Canadian flag in honour of Canada Day in 2019.

    Wind engineering: Wind tunnel testing and engineering is an essential step to ensure the structural integrity of any tower or skyscraper — especially one as tall and slender as the Burj Khalifa. A Canadian firm based in Guelph, Ontario, RWDI

    , was brought in to find solutions in the early stages of the project. The result: a Y‑shaped tower designed to “confuse the wind.”

    Read more about Canadian involvement in architecture, construction, design, lighting and visitor experience here.

  • 10 Dec 2021 10:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From 1 January 2022, full customs controls will apply to all goods moving between the EU and Great Britain. If you move goods between the EU and Great Britain, you must register for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) now. The GVMS system has been designed to enable fast and efficient movement of goods and will be used by many UK ports. A list of ports can be found here. From 1 January, if you are not registered and attempt to move goods through a GVMS port, you will not be able to board the ferry or shuttle, cross the EU/UK border or clear your goods through customs. More information on GVMS and registration can be found here and here.

    Border Operating Model Phase 2

    Border Operating Model (BOM). From January 1,2022, the second phase of BOM will start with, among other things, new customs formalities at the British-European border. Agricultural products such as cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables must have a phytosanitary certificate for export to the UK. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) can issue these phytosanitary certificates based on UK prescriptions. When shipping, the products with the phytosanitary certificate, your trading partner, the UK importer, must pre-notify the shipment in the UK IT system known as the import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS). 
    Read more on the Border Operating Model 

    New CE-Mark

    1. UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark is the new product mark to be used to demonstrate that certain goods comply with new UK regulations. For most goods, you can continue to meet European requirements and use the CE mark until January 1, 2023. You can affix the UKCA mark to most new incoming goods until 1 January 2024 by means of a label on the product or accompanying documents. The UKCA Mark cannot be used for goods marketed in Northern Ireland. For more information on the UKCA mark and which products require it, please click here

    2. UKNI Mark is a new label of conformity for products marketed in Northern Ireland (NI) which have undergone a mandatory conformity assessment by a third party body based in Great Britain. The UKNI ecolabel will not be used if you can certify yourself that your products comply under the relevant
    European legislation applied in NI or if you hire an EU Notified Body for a mandatory conformity assessment/test. For more information on the UKNI mark and which products require it, please click here.

    For more information, please visit our colleagues at the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).

  • 09 Nov 2021 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply to pitch your solution for our Challenges now!

    The Call for Applications for the Third Challenge Pitch Event of the Low Carbon and Circular Economy Business Action (LCBA) in Canada is now open.

    If you are an EU Innovator operating in the Low Carbon and Circular Economy ecosystem, looking to expand your business to Canada, we invite you to view our 20 new challenges across 5 Sectors.

    The LCBA Canada project is the right place to showcase your innovative technologies to one or more of our Canadian Buyers.

    You can learn more about the Challenges on our website, and if your technology fits our Canadian Buyer needs, we invite you to submit an application.

    The Call for Application will run until 17 December 2021. If you have questions about the Challenge Process, contact us at todd.allmendinger@lcbacanada.com or info@lcbacanada.com. Please also review the eligibility criteria and see our FAQs.

    The LCBA Canada team also invites you to register on our Platform to receive more information and notifications, and to interact with our stakeholder community.

    This LCBA Canada project is a European Union (EU) - funded initiative, which aims to support the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase the adoption of economic circularity, using a business opportunity-driven approach. 

    Apply to a Challenge Here


  • 16 Sep 2021 14:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to varying degrees of travel restrictions in various countries during the epidemic, the "home economy" has emerged and online shopping has become the first choice for more and more people. Holland International Distribution Council is the logistics organisation in the Netherlands that can help you to take advantage of this new e-commerce revolution.

    Don’t want to miss out? Need to know more? Contact our valued partner organisation in logistics - HIDC. They can help you set up an efficient European fulfillment model from manufacturer to delivery with short lead times, high quality performance and on-time delivery. It's the key to growth in your e-commerce business!

    Learn more about Cross-border E-commerce

    If you want to know more about Cross-border E-commerce you are at the right place. Many webinars on cross-border e-commerce are available to watch online or download.

    E-commerce Proposition Summary

    Download this free PDF full of information about setting up your E-commerce Download here >

    HIDC Roadmap

    Our free, tailor-made advice and matchmaking services to foreign companies in 4 easy steps.

    * All advisory services are free of charge and without any obligation.
  • 14 Sep 2021 16:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Border Controls Statement made on 14 September 2021
    Written by Penny Mordaunt, Paymaster General 

    The Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Lord Frost CMG, has today made the following written statement:

    On 31 December 2020, the UK left the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. The Government put in place the staffing, infrastructure, and IT to ensure a smooth transition. Thanks to the hard work of traders and hauliers, we did not see disruption at our ports; and, despite dips in trade value with the EU in the early months, the monthly value of exports to the EU has recovered strongly.

    Now the UK is an independent trading country, our intention is to introduce the same controls on incoming goods from the EU as on goods from the rest of the world.

    The Government initially announced a timetable for the introduction of the final stages of those controls on 11 March. The Government’s own preparations, in terms of systems, infrastructure and resourcing, remain on track to meet that timetable.

    However, the pandemic has had longer-lasting impacts on businesses, both in the UK and in the European Union, than many observers expected in March. There are also pressures on global supply chains, caused by a wide range of factors including the pandemic and the increased costs of global freight transport. These pressures are being especially felt in the agri-food sector.

    In these circumstances, the Government has decided to delay further some elements of the new controls, especially those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods. Accordingly:

    • The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports will be introduced on 1 January 2022 as opposed to 1 October 2021.
    • The new requirements for Export Health Certificates, which were due to be introduced on 1 October 2021, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on SPS goods at Border Control Posts, due to be introduced on 1 January 2022, will now be introduced on 1 July 2022.
    • The requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports will be introduced as of 1 July 2022 as opposed to 1 January 2022.

    The timetable for the removal of the current easements in relation to full customs controls and the introduction of customs checks remains unchanged from the planned 1 January 2022.

    The Government will work closely with the Devolved Administrations on the implementation of this new timetable, given their devolved responsibilities for agri-food controls.

    Full guidance to stakeholders will be provided on GOV.UK shortly.

  • 22 Jun 2021 14:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

    To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

  • 14 Jan 2021 09:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is clean technology?

    Clean technology is broadly defined as any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts: through environmental protection activities, through the sustainable use of natural resources, or through the use of goods that have been specifically modified or adapted to be significantly less energy -or resource- intensive than the industry standard.
    Clean technology and the energy sector overlap with certain technologies, including renewable / non-emitting energy technologies like solar, wind, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal, biofuels, biomass, nuclear, carbon capture and storage, transmission technologies like smart grids and energy storage, and energy efficiency technologies like green buildings and co-generation.
    The most common applications are found in manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, transportation, power generation, water, agriculture, recycling and other energy efficiency activities.
    A company that invents, builds, assembles or services a technology – be it hardware/equipment, software/information technology (IT) or a consulting service – that protects the environment, efficiently uses natural resources, or saves energy or natural resources is considered part of the clean technology sector.

    Canada’s Cleantech and Innovation Strategy and what it means for EU companies in the context of CETA

    Canada is one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy and clean technologies. According to Canada’s Department of Environment and Climate Change, Canada’s clean energy sector has 20 times as much wind energy capacity and 125 times as much solar electricity capacity as it did a decade ago.
    Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan includes investments of nearly €923.78 million ($1.4 billion) in new financing on a cash basis. Funding is being allocated through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada. Under CETA, EU exporters of cleantech products and services can take advantage of opportunities created from the agreement over competitors based in countries that do not yet have a preferential trade agreement in force with Canada. The agreement eliminates all Canadian tariffs on EU cleantech products and gives EU firms access to regional and municipal procurement.

    A Practical Guide to the Canadian Clean Technology Market for European Union Companies is available below. It was commissioned by the EU Delegation to Canada in the context of the CETA Market Access for EU business project, funded by the Partnership Instrument of the EU.

    Cleantech Guide for EU Companies.pdf

  • 05 Nov 2020 17:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, held a Leaders' Virtual Meeting on 29 October 2020.

    The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement. They shared the commitment to take effective measures to protect health, ensure a robust economic recovery, and build more innovative, sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. In this way the EU and Canada will emerge from this crisis stronger than before and in a better position to address challenges of the future.

    Stressing that solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are essential to defeat the virus and accelerate the recovery, the leaders committed to continuing to work closely together in international fora including the G7, the G20, and the United Nations system. Since the start of the pandemic, the EU and Canada have been cooperating closely, including to ensure universal, equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. In this regard, the EU and Canada, alongside other donors, co-hosted a pledging event for the ACT-Accelerator and continue to collaborate to build support for the global initiative, in particular its COVAX Facility, through high-level engagement. The leaders agreed that the EU and Canada will deepen their cooperation and exchange of information on COVID-19 vaccines including research, access, procurement and distribution. They also agreed to further advance their discussions on health matters.

    Both sides will continue to provide joint leadership in strengthening the WHO, and the global pandemic preparedness and response capacity more generally. The leaders stressed the importance of an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international health response to COVID-19 as outlined in the World Health Assembly resolution of May 2020. 

    The EU and Canada are implementing the G20 Action Plan agreed by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to support the global economic recovery and achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, which should continue to be reviewed and updated. Leaders emphasized their commitment to build back better by putting in place recovery plans incorporating green transition and digital transformation, while leaving nobody behind. This includes finding new ways to ensure our SMEs take full part in the COVID recovery, including facilitating their use of digital tools to expand commerce and partnerships.

    Leaders also stressed the need to make global supply chains more resilient and improve the global level playing field while maintaining open economies. They agreed to deepen their work towards a strategic partnership on critical raw materials to support the green and digital transition. Leaders also welcomed further G20 efforts to support the most affected low-income countries, including in Africa, including by the extension of the G20/Paris Club Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). Leaders also recognised that further debt treatment will be required on a case-by-case basis and called on G20 members to endorse the “Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the DSSI” agreed by the Paris Club.

    On environment, the leaders stressed the urgency to step up global action to tackle climate change. As investments are being made to rebuild economies hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, they called for a green recovery. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the swift, full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and to their shared objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The EU and Canada will demonstrate increased ambition on reducing GHG emissions when updating Nationally Determined Contributions ahead of COP26.  They also reaffirmed their commitment to support developing countries transition to sustainable, climate-resilient economies, including towards the collective goal to mobilize USD$100 billion per year by 2020 from a wide variety of sources. Leaders underlined their commitment to move towards the circular economy, including through advocacy at multilateral level, and called for an ambitious global agreement to protect and restore biodiversity at the next Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021 and for a strengthened global framework for sound management of chemicals and waste, at the International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2021.

    Leaders highlighted the close collaboration, underpinned by shared values, on ensuring a human-centric digital transformation. They noted ongoing planning for joint research in Quantum technologies. As founding members of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), the EU and Canada collaborate across multilateral fora to ensure AI and other digital technologies are advanced in a responsible manner that fosters public trust, including a focus this year on how AI can be leveraged to respond to, and recover from, COVID-19. 

    The leaders celebrated the third anniversary of the provisional application of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and welcomed its positive results, noting that bilateral trade between the EU and Canada had, by end of 2019, increased by more than 20% for goods and for services over pre-CETA levels. The leaders affirmed their determination to further facilitate and promote the implementation of CETA in all areas to the benefit of both Europeans and Canadians, and as an important tool in strengthening the post-COVID economic recovery on both sides. The leaders agreed to take new concrete measures to further CETA’s implementation in the areas of Trade and Gender, Trade and Climate Change, and Trade and SMEs, and welcomed Canada’s new membership in the  Enterprise Europe Network to promote SMEs taking advantage of CETA. Canada also will host a CETA Clean Tech Summit, when conditions allow, to foster partnerships and business opportunities for Canadian and EU cleantech in support of our respective green economic recoveries.

    The leaders agreed to continue working together, in the Ottawa Group and beyond, to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to protect and strengthen the multilateral rules-based trading system at a time of unprecedented crisis, and enable it to deal effectively with new global economic realities including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU and Canada will fully support the new WTO Director General. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reach a global and consensus-based solution on a fair, sustainable, and modern international tax system that addresses the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy.  Leaders urged the G20 Finance Ministers to reach an agreement on the remaining issues by mid-2021. 

    The leaders also discussed and agreed upon a range of foreign policy and security issues, including in relation to Belarus, Russia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Eastern Mediterranean, China, Sahel and Venezuela. On China, the EU and Canada expressed their deep concern about the continued arbitrary detention there of Canadians, EU and other foreign nationals. The leaders acknowledged the role of strong transatlantic relations in helping to better address current geopolitical challenges. Leaders also agreed to cooperate more closely in protecting their democracies against malicious cyber activities and disinformation, in tackling arbitrary detention, and in promoting the international rules based system as a whole.

    The leaders looked forward to holding the next EU-Canada Leaders’ Summit in the near future, when COVID conditions allow, in order to further advance cooperation between the EU and Canada in areas such as: foreign and security policy, international trade and the trading system, climate change and other environmental issues, clean energy, the Arctic, space, the digital transformation, research and innovation, public health, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals/development cooperation.

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