OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS

The Open Society Foundations form a global network of entities and programs committed to local knowledge and national expertise. The network includes national and regional foundations, as well as programs with regional or global reach, active in more than 120 countries, including hubs in Europe and the United States.

HUB OFFICES

THE OPEN SOCIETY UNIVERSITY NETWORK (OSUN)

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new global network that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access of underserved communities to higher education.

Mission

EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL BUREAU (EEB)

Members

Austria

  • ÖAL-Österreischischer Arbeitsring Für Lärmbekampfung- Austrian League for Noise Abatement (Associate)
  • ÖKO-BÜRO- Alliance of the Environmental Movement
  • Umweltdachverband

Belgium

  • BBL-Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen
  • IEB-Inter-Environnement Bruxelles
  • IEW- Inter-Environnement Wallonie
  • stRaten-Generaal

Bulgaria

TRANSPORT & ENVIRONMENT (T&E)

Transport & Environment’s (T&E) vision is a zero-emission mobility system that is affordable and has minimal impacts on our health, climate and environment.

Since its creation 30 years ago, T&E has shaped some of Europe’s most important environmental laws. It got the EU to set the world’s most ambitious CO2 standards for cars and trucks, but also helped uncover the dieselgate scandal, campaigned successfully to end palm oil diesel, secured a global ban on dirt shipping fuels and the creation of the world’s biggest carbon market for aviation.

PUTIN PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

  1. Limit the presidency to two terms, regardless of whether they were served back-to-back.
  2. Tighten restrictions on presidential candidates, including banning them from holding second citizenship or permanent residency abroad and requiring them to have lived in Russia for 25 years.
  3. Prioritize the Russian Constitution over international treaties and other acts.
  4. Make the State Council an official governing body to set the direction of foreign, domestic and economic policy. The State Council would become something like a collective presidency

THE REAL VALUE OF DAVOS

  1. It’s a good time to catch up with friends. Most of the attendees have full schedules. They’re at the top of their game, whether in the corporate, non-profit, or government worlds. Most of their close friends tend to share the same high-intensity, obsessive personality traits, partly because like attracts like and partly because these traits are prerequisites to climbing up the power ladder and thus moving in the same social circles. So, trying to coordinate schedules to spend personal time with friends is difficult, if not impossible. Davos is the coordinating point.

DAVOS 2020 EU POLITICAL PARTICIPANTS

  1. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany
  2. Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy
  3. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  4. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament
  5. Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  6. Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of Croatia
  7. Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania
  8. Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain

FIRST PHASE OF U.S. CHINA TRADE DEAL

Source: Financial Times

Intellectual property

ENERGY TRANSITION

The EU plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 % by 2030 and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This will require a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. In particular, it will mean phasing out coal, with impacts on jobs and regional economies. In order to support this energy transition, the von der Leyen Commission has proposed a Just Transition Mechanism as part of the European Green Deal.

A PARIS AGREEMENT FOR BIODIVERSITY ?

In October 2020, the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will meet in China to review the achievement and delivery of the strategic plan. At the conference (COP15), they are expected to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, with conservation goals for the next decade. The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed the ambition that the EU 'lead the world' at this COP, as it did at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

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