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News Article | May 9, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2017 / Traders News Source, a leading independent equity research and corporate access firm focused on small and micro-cap public companies is issuing a comprehensive report with no obligation on Angie's List, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGI), a consumer review platform and marketplace for home services professionals. On May 1, 2017, the company announced that it had reached an agreement to merge with HomeAdvisor, a division of IAC/InterActiveCorp. Angie's and HomeAdvisor will form a new publicly traded company, ANGI Homeservices Inc. The combined business will maintain both the Angie's List and HomeAdvisor brands. According to the terms of the transaction, shareholders of Angie's may elect to receive either one share of ANGI Homeservices Class A common stock or $8.50 in cash. The cap on cash payments is $130 million and will be prorated based on ownership. Post-transaction, shareholders of Angie's will own between 10 and 13 percent of the new company's equity, depending on the number of cash elections. The merger's synergy valuation and a financial review: READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/angis-list/. It is estimated that 90% of consumer decisions about home service professionals are made without online searches, creating a significant potential for growth in the combined companies. Evidence suggests that both homeowners and service providers are migrating to online platforms, and improvements in technology are improving the experience for both sides. The primary business case for the combination is to leverage Angie's brand, traffic, and audience to accelerate the growth of the HomeAdvisor service platform. IAC believes that it could begin to monetize Angie's traffic almost immediately by integrating new search functions to the existing site. Our full report has details of the merger and the impact of a combined company: READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/angis-list/. Traders News Source LLC (TNS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering small and micro-cap equity markets. TNS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles and reports covering equities listed on NYSE, NASDAQ and OTC exchanges. The other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. TNS has not been compensated, directly or indirectly, for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third-party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a chartered financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email [email protected]. Ivan Neilson, a CFA® charter holder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written, and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author per the procedures outlined by TNS. TNS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents, or reports. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake, or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither TNS nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit http://www.tradersnewssource.com. For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer be featured on our coverage list, contact us via email at: [email protected] CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 10, 2017 / Traders News Source, a leading independent equity research and corporate access firm focused on small and mid-cap public companies, is issuing a comprehensive report with no obligation on Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd (NYSE MKT: NAK). The company owns 100% of the Pebble Project in southwest Alaska, USA, an advanced-stage initiative to develop mineral resources containing over 100 million ounces of gold and some 82 billion pounds of copper and 514 million ounces of silver amongst others. Over the last few years, Northern Dynasty has been trying to begin the permitting process for its "Pebble" project after being stopped by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") veto in 2014. The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") exercised its veto in 2014, to impose restrictions on Pebble, blocking it from applying for a permit, citing "potentially destructive impacts" to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery. The company recently announced that Pebble and the EPA have filed a Joint Motion in federal court to extend a stay of proceedings in the parties' longstanding legal dispute over the federal agency's pre-emptive regulatory action under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, to May 11, 2017. Read our report for EPA case details, financial review, and potential outcomes for NAK: READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/northern-dynasty/. NAK shares have gotten substantial attention over the past few months, in anticipation of positive impact on Pebble due to the Trump Presidency and expectations of successful permission of the project. In fact, NAK's successful capital raise and Trump's inauguration have significantly supported company's profile. As per management, a great deal of common ground has already been established between the parties, including the importance of upholding the rule of law when it comes to administering statutorily mandated processes under the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal statutes. On that basis, the company anticipates achieving a resolution to these matters this week. Read a full report on NAK and where current events could take them: READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/northern-dynasty/. Traders News Source LLC (TNS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering small and micro-cap equity markets. TNS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles, and reports covering equities listed on NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTC exchanges. The other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles, and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. TNS has not been compensated, directly or indirectly, for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third-party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a chartered financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email editor@tradersnewssource.com. Vikas Agrawal, a CFA® charter holder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written, and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author per the procedures outlined by TNS. TNS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents, or reports. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake, or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither TNS nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit http://www.tradersnewssource.com. For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer be featured on our coverage list, contact us via email at: editor@tradersnewssource.com. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute. NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 10, 2017 / Traders News Source, a leading independent equity research and corporate access firm focused on small and mid-cap public companies, is issuing a comprehensive report with no obligation on Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd (NYSE MKT: NAK). The company owns 100% of the Pebble Project in southwest Alaska, USA, an advanced-stage initiative to develop mineral resources containing over 100 million ounces of gold and some 82 billion pounds of copper and 514 million ounces of silver amongst others. Over the last few years, Northern Dynasty has been trying to begin the permitting process for its "Pebble" project after being stopped by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") veto in 2014. The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") exercised its veto in 2014, to impose restrictions on Pebble, blocking it from applying for a permit, citing "potentially destructive impacts" to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery. The company recently announced that Pebble and the EPA have filed a Joint Motion in federal court to extend a stay of proceedings in the parties' longstanding legal dispute over the federal agency's pre-emptive regulatory action under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, to May 11, 2017. Read our report for EPA case details, financial review, and potential outcomes for NAK: READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/northern-dynasty/. NAK shares have gotten substantial attention over the past few months, in anticipation of positive impact on Pebble due to the Trump Presidency and expectations of successful permission of the project. In fact, NAK's successful capital raise and Trump's inauguration have significantly supported company's profile. As per management, a great deal of common ground has already been established between the parties, including the importance of upholding the rule of law when it comes to administering statutorily mandated processes under the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal statutes. On that basis, the company anticipates achieving a resolution to these matters this week. Read a full report on NAK and where current events could take them: READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/northern-dynasty/. Traders News Source LLC (TNS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering small and micro-cap equity markets. TNS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles, and reports covering equities listed on NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTC exchanges. The other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles, and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. TNS has not been compensated, directly or indirectly, for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third-party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a chartered financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email editor@tradersnewssource.com. Vikas Agrawal, a CFA® charter holder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written, and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author per the procedures outlined by TNS. TNS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents, or reports. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake, or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither TNS nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit http://www.tradersnewssource.com. For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer be featured on our coverage list, contact us via email at: editor@tradersnewssource.com. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.accesswire.com

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2017 / Traders News Source, a leading independent equity research and corporate access firm focused on small and micro-cap public companies, is issuing a comprehensive report with no obligation on Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), a provider of communications services in the United States. On May 2, 2017, Frontier declared a cash dividend of $0.04 per share of common stock, payable on June 30, 2017. This represents a 62 percent reduction from the previous quarterly payout of $0.105 per common share, in effect since the first quarter of 2015. The same day, Frontier also announced that its board of directors had approved a 1-for-15 reverse stock split. Last year, the company acquired certain assets from Verizon. Their two distinct segments now consist of Frontier's Legacy business and wireline operations acquired from Verizon Communications Inc. in April 2016. The Verizon assets are primarily located in California, Texas, and Florida (CTF). Analysts target price, financial overview and the Verizon deal, all discussed here: READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/frontier/. Since the closing of the Verizon transaction last year, Frontier's bottom-line has been impacted by non-paying accounts in the CTF territory. Management has indicated that this cleanup process is now complete, and that it has taken steps to improve customer acquisition and retention to stabilize revenue. Despite these issues, the company is generating positive cash flow, and the recent dividend cut should provide the company greater flexibility to address its significant long-term debt. The past few quarters have been disappointing for Frontier's shareholders. However, management has indicated that many of the negative subscriber and revenue trends should improve throughout the year. Management has also demonstrated discipline on the expense side, and many synergies from the Verizon transaction have already been realized. How will the reverse stock split and lowered dividend impact Frontier shares? - READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/frontier/. Traders News Source LLC (TNS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering small and micro-cap equity markets. TNS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles, and reports covering equities listed on NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTC exchanges. The other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles, and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. TNS has not been compensated, directly or indirectly, for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third-party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a chartered financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email [email protected]. Ivan Neilson, a CFA® charter holder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written, and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author per the procedures outlined by TNS. TNS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents, or reports. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake, or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, TNS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither TNS nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit http://www.tradersnewssource.com. For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer be featured on our coverage list, contact us via email at: [email protected]. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


News Article | June 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

The TNS Group (http://www.thetnsgroup.com) jumps 34 spots in the MSPmentor 2017 edition of MSP 501, ranking amongst the elite top 200 providers globally. The MSP 501 is the Information Technology (IT) industry’s largest and most prominent ranking of leading Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The list is comprised of the most progressive and innovative providers worldwide and was released by Penton Technology. “With the integral role of technology in the business world, companies are finding that partnering with a Managed Service Provider, that also delivers cloud solutions and strategic guidance, makes them more ambitious in the marketplace,” said Ami Soifer, CEO and Co-Founder of The TNS Group. “TNS’ strong commitment to our clients and our efforts to work collaboratively with them to drive their profitability and revenue growth through technology is reflected in our improved ranking on MSPmentor 501.” To qualify for a ranking, candidates were required to submit a confidential application that included revenue verification from a certified financial professional. The 2017 MSP 501 leverages an innovative algorithm that evaluates revenue contributions against business activities. In doing so, a benchmark by which all MSP organizations can be compared on an annual basis, is established. This competitive process also ranks MSPs based on criteria including, company growth, devices managed and solutions, to name a few. The companies on the 2017 MSP 501 list reported a combined total of $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier. About The TNS Group The TNS Group is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with a second office located in Manhattan, and serves as a valued resource for businesses and nonprofit organizations by delivering the highest standard in IT services. We believe that technology is a viable asset that allows businesses to drive better results. Our clients experience increased data security and profitability through our customized Total Care offering (managed services), private cloud solution, managed IT security and strategic guidance. Our team of dedicated, highly trained engineers and well-rounded business professionals each possess an ongoing commitment to our clients and work tirelessly to deliver superior, personalized support. Our depth of expert managed IT support services is exemplified through our ongoing achievements to maintain the highest levels of certification from our industry-leading partners. We make IT understandable, easy, and reliable. Our clients include national businesses, companies, and nonprofit organizations headquartered in the New York City Metro Area, including Long Island, as well as Westchester and Rockland Counties, and throughout Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. About Penton Technology Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow. Headquartered in New York, Penton is privately owned by MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co., LP. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit http://www.penton.com or follow us on Twitter @PentonNow.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: REV-INEQUAL-07-2016 | Award Amount: 5.00M | Year: 2017

IMAJINE aims to formulate new integrative policy mechanisms to enable European, national and regional government agencies to more effectively address territorial inequalities within the European Union. It responds to evidence that spatial inequalities within the EU are increasing, contrary to the principle of territorial cohesion embedded as a third dimension of the European Social Model in the Treaty of Lisbon, and is particularly timely in examining the geographically differentiated impacts of the post-2008 economic crisis and the adoption of austerity policies. IMAJINE uniquely proposes to address the problem of territorial inequalities through an inter-disciplinary and multi-scalar approach that integrates perspectives from economics, human geography, political science and sociology and combines macro-scale econometric analysis and the generation and analysis of new quantitative survey data with regionally-focused qualitative empirical case study research in 11 EU member states; delivered by a multi-disciplinary and multi-national consortium. As such the research builds on the conceptual and methodological state of the art in several disciplines and advances conceptual understanding and the empirical knowledge base by producing new primary data, applying new analytical tests to secondary data and integrating the results along with insights from relational geographical theory and the concept of spatial justice. In particular, the centrality of spatial justice emphasizes the political as well as economic dimensions of territorial inequalities, and IMAJINE will move beyond existing knowledge by considering relationships between measured and perceived inequalities, models of multi-level policy-making and public service delivery, and support for territorial autonomy movements. IMAJINE will further translate these scientific insights into policy applications through participatory scenario building exercises with governance and civil society stakeholders.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: HCO-06-2015 | Award Amount: 2.71M | Year: 2016

Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Efforts to reduce the devastation of tobacco-related deaths and illness in the EU consist of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and the ongoing implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The main objective of EUREST-PLUS is to monitor and evaluate the impact of the TPD within the context of FCTC ratification at an EU level. Our 4 specific objectives hence are: 1) To evaluate the psychosocial and behavioral impact of TPD implementation and FCTC implementation, through the creation of a longitudinal cohort of adult smokers in 6 EU MS (Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain; total n=6000) in a pre- vs. post-TPD study design. 2) To assess support for TPD implementation through secondary dataset analyses of the Special Eurobarometer on Tobacco Surveys (SETS), cross-sectional surveys performed among 27,000 adults in all 28 EU MS, before the TPD is implemented and to monitor progress in FCTC implementation in the EU over the past years through trend analyses on the merged datasets of the 2009, 2012 and 2015 SETS datasets (n=80,000). 3) To document changes in e-cigarette product parameters (technical design, labelling/packaging and chemical composition) following implementation of Article 20 of the TPD. 4) To enhance innovative joint research collaborations, through the pooling and comparisons across both other EU countries of the ITC Project (UK, NL, FR), and other non-EU countries . Tackling tobacco use is quintessential to reducing the impact of chronic NCDs, a topic EUREST-PLUS will stride to lead.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2011.4.3-1 | Award Amount: 3.23M | Year: 2012

In an era of global flux, emerging powers and growing interconnectedness, transatlantic relations appear to have lost their bearings. As the international system fragments into different constellations of state and non-state powers across different policy domains, the US and the EU can no longer claim exclusive leadership in global governance. Not only the ability, but also the willingness of the US and the EU to exercise leadership together can no longer be taken for granted. Political, economic, and social elites on both shores of the Atlantic express different views on whether the US and the EU should be bound together, freelance, or seek alternative partnerships in a confusing multipolar world. Traditional paradigms to understand the transatlantic relationship are thus wanting. A new approach is needed to pinpoint the direction transatlantic relations are taking. TRANSWORLD provides such an approach. By combining an inter-disciplinary analysis of transatlantic relations, including desk research, in-depth interviews, an elite survey and a sophisticated Delphi exercise to elaborate solid policy proposals, TRANSWORLD would: a) ascertain, differentiating among four policy domains (economic, security, environment, and human rights/democracy), whether transatlantic relations are drifting apart, adapting along an ad hoc cooperation-based pattern, or evolving into a different but resilient special partnership; b) assess the role of a re-defined transatlantic relationship in the global governance architecture; c) provide tested policy recommendations on how the US and the EU could best cooperate to enhance the viability, effectiveness, and accountability of governance structures. In so doing, TRANSWORLD, which features a thirteen-partner transatlantic consortium of attested academic, policy, dissemination and management excellence, would contribute to an inter-disciplinary transatlantic research area, with in-built connections to policy-making.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EURO-4-2014 | Award Amount: 2.50M | Year: 2015

The goal of the EUENGAGE Project is twofold: first, to inquire into the current tensions between supranational EU governance and popular mobilisation at the national level, critically questioning EU-driven policies and EU legitimacy; and second, to propose remedial actions based on sound empirical research on the relationship between public opinion, national and supranational political elites. The medium to long-term evolutionary trend of the EU system of supranational governance has already in the past given rise to a manifestation of problems. It has become clear that the pace of integration proposed from the top, and some side-effects of integrationausterity, transnational redistribution, economic insecurity, immigrationare difficult to accept for large parts of Europes citizens. This misalignment is obviously a crucial issue for any system of governance that aims - as the European Union has repeatedly affirmed - to be inspired by democratic principles. The EUENGAGE project takes seriously the present state of affairs and identifies in the conflicting messages emanating from the functioning of political representation a critical and urgent problem for the future of the EU. The EUENGAGE proposes to set up an interactive, dynamic, multilevel and replicable quasi-experimental research design. Using a variety of instruments and techniques, this design will allow us not only to study the process of representation in vivo, but also to test experimentally how innovative and efficient interactions between citizens and politicians can increase citizens awareness of the common problems of the Union, and the ability of the European leadership to respond innovatively to the discontent of public opinion.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.14M | Year: 2012

Active Demand (AD) has the potential to contribute to solving the challenges of electricity systems and offers significant benefits to consumers. There are only few real AD programmes being implemented in Europe and the results of AD pilots are rather fragmented. AD is considered one of the largest untapped energy resources. The main reason behind it is insufficient consumer awareness regarding their own energy consumption and the benefits of altering it in line with the network constraints. This is aligned with the lack of insights into the AD related behavioral barriers and unavailability of best practices for AD design. ADVANCED will develop actionable frameworks enabling residential, commercial/industrial consumers to participate in AD, thus contributing to AD mass deployment in Europe. Also, the benefits of AD for key stakeholders and the inherent impacts on the electricity systems considering its potential contribution to system stability and efficiency will be quantified according to different scenarios. This will be achieved by comparing different AD solutions based on data from 4 AD pilots with ca. 9,500 residential and some commercial/industrial consumers matched with a database consisting of 100 AD pilots, the experience of a DR aggregator and data on further AD initiatives. The data will be extended within professional surveys incl. a quantitative one in 8 EU MS. On this basis and developing a conceptual model of active consumer participation and appropriate KPIs, key success factors of AD and recommendations for its future design will be derived taking privacy and security into account. The consortium of key European DSOs, scientific institutions, an energy consultancy, a market research company and a DR aggregator led by Enel is an ideal starting point for the 24-months project both in terms of the expertise and the data access. It will be supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Board composed of the main AD target groups incl. consumer representations.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: REV-INEQUAL-04-2016 | Award Amount: 4.91M | Year: 2017

The overarching goal of the project is to understand the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement and public debates about it. It aims to help European policymakers develop policy responses that inspire public trust, ensure the fairness and sustainability of free movement, and maintain inclusive policies that reduce inequalities across the continent. First, the project will generate a deeper understanding of the nature and impacts of intra-EU mobility, focusing in particular on how countries institutional and policy environments shape the impacts of free movement on individuals, households, labour markets, public services and public finances. Second, it will assess how political and media narratives about intra-EU mobility are formed, focusing on the role of traditional and social media, political discourse, and influential participants in public debates. Third, it will assess the relationship between real and perceived impacts, examining the factors that drive realities and misperceptions about free movement and why these debates have unfolded in different ways across the EU. A consortium of researchers with deep understanding of policies and institutions across Europe will implement a multi-disciplinary research strategy. Cutting-edge research methods will range from content analysis based on machine-learning techniques to multi-wave panel and survey experiments to theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of institutions and norms in shaping free movement and public debates about it. The project combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, carefully integrating work packages to allow data and results to flow seamlessly between them. Policy specialists will develop concrete options for reforms. An experienced communications team will work with consortium members to develop accessible resources, ensuring wide reach to policymakers, media practitioners and influential stakeholders across Europe.

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