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News Article | May 1, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 1, 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 Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) a provider of mobile satellite services. The company's share price touched $1.96 and has been trading at almost 10 month highs after surging more than 100% since our initial coverage in December 2016. But its valuation still lags that of its peers. It could catch up, though, if the company ends up being bought out as the communications market consolidates. Globalstar's peer Straightpath has already been giving high-end returns, with the news of being bought out by AT&T in a $1.6 billion deal. Since ultra-high band spectrum is a critical part of both AT&T and Verizon's 5G plans, Globalstar could also close their valuation gap. Over the past two decades, the global Mobile Satellite Services market has experienced significant growth. Growth in mobile satellite data services is driven by the rollout of new applications requiring higher bandwidth, as well as low cost data collection and asset tracking devices, and technological improvements permitting integration of mobile satellite services over smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Globalstar could be a target for takeover in the future READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/globalstar/. While the stock has run up in the recent past from $0.80 levels in December 2016 (i.e. from our initial coverage) to currently at around $2, valuations are still reasonable considering the possibility of GSAT being acquired and the fact that satellite space as an investment theme has gathered substantial pace. GSAT's prominent technology is called Terrestrial Low Power Service ("TLPS"), which is the main driver of the stock in the recent past. TLPS purports to multiply current capacity in areas presuming it receives regulatory approval from the Federal Communication Commission. TLPS relies on transmission from GSAT's low altitude satellites. The technology promises to allow smart devices to access meaningful speed outside of areas covered by traditional wireless. 2016 was also a pivotal year for the company's core MSS business, as it completed the multi-year process of upgrading gateways with second-generation infrastructure together with its partners at Hughes and Ericsson. With these enhancements, the company will be able to support products with faster data speeds, improved performance and expanded applications. Read Globalstar full comprehensive analyst report with no obligation READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/globalstar/. 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]. 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: [email protected] CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


News Article | April 25, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 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 Aphria Inc. (OTCQB: APHQF), a Canadian company that produces, supplies, and sells medical cannabis. On April 20, 2017, the company announced that it had raised C$100 million in financing. The net proceeds will be allocated equally between Part IV of the company's expansion plan and working capital needs. Aphria is in the midst of a multi-phase expansion program. Upon completion of Part II, the company expects that annual production capacity will reach 5,500 kilograms of dried cannabis and 9,000 litres of cannabis oil. The Canadian government recently introduced Bill C-45 to fully legalize cannabis. Although the exact timeline is uncertain, many expect legalization to occur within the first half of 2018. Medical sales by licensed producers are already legal, but it remains unclear exactly how recreational sales will be regulated. Find out how Aphria plans to spend the new C$100 million in financing in our analyst report READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/aphria-inc/ The proposed legislation does state that licensed producers under the ACMPR will become licensed producers under the new Cannabis Act. Therefore, existing producers with established operations and access to financing, such as Aphria, Organigram, and Canopy Growth, would be well-positioned to capitalize on new market opportunities. On April 19, 2017, Aphria announced a joint deal with Tetra Bio-Pharma for the distribution of dried medical cannabis in Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Based on the success of the arrangement, Tetra and Aphria may expand into other provinces. Commercial operations are expected to begin in the summer of 2017, with revenue being recognized shortly thereafter. According to data from Arcview Market Research, North American consumers spent $6.7 billion on legal cannabis products in 2016, a 34 percent increase from the prior year. By 2020, this figure could grow to $18 billion. Find out how the newly proposed Canadian legislation could impact Aphria READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/aphria-inc/ 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 | April 25, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 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 Invictus MD Strategies Corp. (OTC PINK: IVITF). Canada is on the global stage for cannabis legalization and moves closer to making history by being the first G-7 nation to legalize and regulate access to cannabis. Therefore, the business risk profile of companies like Invictus are expected to derive significant strength due to the expected demand that will come with cannabis legalization for the recreational market. Invictus MD targets small and mid-size companies with proven brands, strong customer focus, and significant growth potential for acquisition. Invictus directs the strategy towards profitability and growth for each of their portfolio companies. They assist the companies with business process integration and by structuring and deploying proper capital to support sustained growth. Invictus business model and market potential are discussed in the full analyst report: READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/invictus/. On April 20th, 2017, Invictus announced that it has engaged Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Eventus Capital Corp. as co-lead underwriters and joint-bookrunners, pursuant to which Underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal private placement basis, $40 million aggregate principal amount of convertible debentures at a price of $1,000 per Convertible Debenture. Invictus also granted the Underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional $10 million aggregate principal amount of convertible debentures on the same terms as the Convertible Debentures. Can Invictus continue to finance its appetite for acquisition? READ MORE. Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/invictus/. 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]. 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 view 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 in 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 1, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 1, 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 Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), a leading developer of the world's most popular social games that are played by more than 100 million monthly consumers. Recent acquisitions are expected to strengthen the business and financial profile of the company, and could drive the stock price as well. Additionally, Zynga has ample downside protection with a relatively reasonable market cap of $2.4 billion and substantial cash and valuable real estate on its books. During 2016, ZNGA launched several new games on mobile and the Web, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Slots, Wizard of Oz: Magic Match, CSR Racing 2, FarmVille: Tropic Escape and Dawn of Titans. The company continues to strengthen its product profile by adding new features and content introduction as well as through acquisitions. Zynga made recent acquisitions to bolster their game line-up, the impact of these and a price target consensus are discussed here READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/zynga/ To-date, more than 1 billion people have played Zynga's games across the Web and mobile. During 2016, Zynga focused on its strategy of growing existing portfolio of games. i.e. the ones which already have a strong brand recall and have the potential to engage players for years as enduring entertainment brands. The company operates in a rapidly changing, fast paced industry. It must continue to launch, innovate and enhance successful games that players like and attract and retain a significant number of players to grow revenue and sustain its competitive position. Fortunately for Zynga, some of the company's longstanding winners continued to ride on a rapid growth path. Particularly, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker increased bookings by 32% and 20%, respectively. In Q4 Zynga Poker mobile bookings were up 44% Y/Y and ongoing franchises like these, lead to lesser R&D and higher yields over the medium to longer term. Zynga is scheduled to discuss First Quarter 2017 Financial Results on May 4, 2017. Our full analyst review discusses earnings expectations and price targets READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/zynga/ 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]. 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: [email protected] CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


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: 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.


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.

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