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be covered in PEN, with a variety of articles, including a city focus on how
London is blending innovation and cycle safety measures.
The maritime section of the publication touches upon how stakeholders
from across the industry and government are moving to ensure a green
future for the maritime sector.
And the energy section opens with a focus on green fuels, with
commentary provided by Jean-Marc Jossart, secretary general of the
European Biomass Association. The following renewable energy section
sees PEN report from the International Conference on Ocean Energy
(ICOE) held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in late February. After pieces on the
event, focus on the work of KIC InnoEnergy is provided by Antoni
Martínez, while James Watson gives an insight on the priorities of the
European solar industry. Energy storage is intrinsically linked to the
realisation of a low carbon, renewables-driven energy sector. Two pieces
detail work in this area, with an editorial contributed by the European
Association for Storage of Energy’s (EASE) Julia Ioannou, and an article
on developments around lithium-ion battery technology. With interest in
the potential of carbon capture and storage technology continuing, the
director of NGO Bellona Europe also provides a viewpoint.
Within the agriculture section, representations can be found on the
greening of the agriculture and food systems. Reporting from the Forum
for the Future of Agriculture 2016, PEN details the perspective of the
commissioner responsible for agriculture, Phil Hogan, along with an
interview with Professor Jeffery D Sachs on the Sustainable Development
Goals and European agriculture.
Finally the society section covers the issues of youth and education,
alongside change management practice. Rounding out this edition, there
is a special feature on drug use in professional sport, featuring
commentary from a number of key stakeholders.
As ever, I hope that you will find these pages as informative and
interesting a read as I have found in their creation, and I welcome any
comments you may have.
the tragic events on 22 March in Brussels displayed,
Europe continues to face threats that require complex
policy responses and clear action. Indeed, the scale of
the challenges facing the EU and Europe has perhaps never been larger.
This edition of PEN: Government opens with a special feature on human
rights; with perspectives from the Human Rights and Democracy
Network, and the Council of Europe.
The international policy section which follows includes a variety of articles
on key issues such as European defence, EU foreign policy performance,
the Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well
as the debate around the upcoming In/Out referendum in the UK, and
the wider implications this holds for the union.
The economics and business section features reflection on the
developments around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TTIP) as provided by AmCham EU, as well as discussion on an innovative
initiative for SMEs by the European Investment Fund, and the challenges
facing the European steel industry by EUROFER.
Under the ICT and cybersecurity heading, a focus on smart cities and
the internet of things can be found alongside pieces devoted to
developments around smart lighting; highlighting the benefits for the
public good that new technologies offer. Meanwhile, the Urban
Environment section brings together commentators from the European
Commission, alongside the V-Con Project and EUROCITIES, to discuss
key issues in the urban agenda. Following this, you will find a PEN city
focus on Warsaw, Poland. The first of more city focuses to come, this
section has pieces detailing efforts to make the Polish capital an attractive
place for innovation and investment.
The transport section provides an insight on the work of European
commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc, with PEN reporting from the
TRA2016 conference in Warsaw, while highlighting the developments
taking place across different modes of transport. Special attention is paid
to the greening of large vehicles. PEN reports on comments made by the
chairman of the European Technology Platform on Logistics, Ralph Keck,
and holds an interview with Arne Fellermann from BUND on the retrofitting
of buses to make them more environmentally friendly. A PEN article on
the funding of green utility vehicles also details present developments in
this critical sector. The ever important issue of road safety continues to
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