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Stability Pact: France facing heavy fines

France's deadline to present measures to reduce its budget deficit to within the 3% of GDP limit has passed. France recently stated that it would not change its budgetary plans for 2004. The country's stubbornness to comply with EU rules is likely to be heavily fined by the Commission.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2003
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Oxfam: confronting value retailers head-on

Oxfam has opened an upmarket gentleman's boutique in Mayfair, central London. The shop took GBP3,000 on its opening day, and Oxfam is hoping that the concept can be rolled out across the country to stop the devastating effect that discount clothes retailers are having on charity retail.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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UK nuclear energy: adrift on the commodity cycle

British Energy is only likely to produce 55TWh of power in the 2005/06 financial year, some 10TWh lower than what it has managed in the past, as reported reactor cracks have kept stations offline. Despite this, the company has announced that its EBITDA has more than doubled in the first half of 2006. So will a new generation of nuclear plants prove to be a financial winner for investors?

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006
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European Commission: challenging emissions caps to boost carbon trading

All but one of the 10 National Allocation Plans put before the European Commission have been sent back with downward revisions to the CO2 limits proposed. The reductions in allowances in the second phase will probably lead to a more efficiently traded market in carbon, but the stringent cuts may encounter stern resistance from the business lobby.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2006
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Government IT: US public safety technology spending to grow 7% over next five years

Despite the high priority placed on public safety by governments at all levels, first responders continue to struggle to communicate with peers in other agencies or jurisdictions as part of coordinated emergency response efforts. State and local governments must address both the technology and organizational issues that prohibit interoperability among public safety communications systems.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2007
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National data sharing - an ambitious aim unlikely to be achieved

Recent reports have suggested that the UK government is planning to create a super database to hold citizens' details. Meanwhile, UK prime minister Tony Blair has denied the super database idea, but is planning to share data at a national level anyway. However, national data sharing will be very challenging, not least due to the many data quality and integrity issues, and is unlikely to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2007
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One card to rule them all

The UK's Museums, Libraries and Archives Council recently published the results of a feasibility study for a single membership card for all of London's public libraries. The card is likely to be a smartcard and the possibility of linkage with transport card Oyster is being considered. The launch of such a card would represent an interesting development, especially if the smartcard format is used.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2007
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Identity theft: UK faces further threat due to DWP blunder

The UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a blunder in notifying pensioners of their new pension amounts and confirming the bank details the pensions were to be sent to. When sending out notification letters to some pensioners, the DWP managed to attach a further letter not intended for the actual recipient. This raises the threat of identity theft, which is already a growing problem.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2007
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Gazprom: Ukrainian law shuts the door on Russia gas giant

The Ukrainian prime minister and Russian president favor new deals to give Gazprom access to Ukraine's oil and gas infrastructure. Yet the country's parliament has passed a new law that will stymie Gazprom's grand strategy because it prohibits Ukraine's gas transmission network from being privatized. The result will be a frustrating thorn in the side of Gazprom's strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007
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Higher education for software specialists

When you buy application software, services, or other technology from a vendor, or when you need to recruit skilled staff for senior roles, you may wonder what education is the relevant background for such positions. With skilled staff in seemingly perpetual short supply, what type of educational background is likely to inculcate the relevant skills? A new course may have some of the answers.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2007

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