The EPN Consulting Newsletter - 079 - March 2017
A few days ago
I went to Warsaw to attend a business mission and, due to a late flight landing, I missed my scheduled bus so I arrived late to the city centre (Palace of Culture in Warsaw) where I quickly needed a taxi to reach my final destination, the British Embassy.
I was told that the journey cost from that location to the Embassy should have been about PLN 15-PLN 20 (£3-£4).
I spotted some regular taxis parked in the square in front to the Palace of Culture and I approached the 1
st taxi driver who, lying down on his seat, told me to ask the 2
nd taxi in the queue.
I went to the 2
taxi driver who asked me PLN 100, 5-6 times more than I expected, to take me to the Embassy. I argued there was just a 15-min driving to the Embassy but he confusedly mentioned the parking ticket cost (??) and that he didn't understand English very well.
OK, I had to accept this excessive price as I needed to leave immediately.
When I commented this event with the Embassy representatives, they confirmed the driver cheated on me, as I suspected.
The following day I had to go from the Embassy to that square where buses to Warsaw Modlin airport depart and I decided to user Uber. I booked the trip on my smartphone app, the guy arrived in 5 mins, he spoke English and charged me PLN 11.5 (£2.3) as the online receipt stated a few minutes later in my mailbox.
Now, I don't want to generalise, I was certainly unlucky to find that taxi driver the day before, but my user experience of an official taxi service against Uber in a foreign country is definitely in favour of the latter.
There have been many protests of taxi drivers in many cities in Europe against Uber; probably some more regulations should be designed and enforced. But, the taxi drivers associations should control and be much stricter with their members ensuring honesty and good quality service, otherwise customers having had an experience such as mine will never use them again, anywhere.
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Horizon 2020 & other calls close to deadline
UK Government sets out new powers to shape e-vehicle charging infrastructure.
13 Feb 2017 -
The government has set out its plans for the future of UK electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK, including powers to standardise new publicly accessible charge points; requirements for smart technologies to allow charge points to help balance the grid; and minimum provision of charging infrastructure at motorway services.
The proposals was unveiled as part of the government's plans for a Modern Transport Bill, which will be introduced to Parliament at the earliest opportunity. Within the response to a consultation on proposed Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) carried out at the end of 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) outlined a series of new powers to increase deployment of charging infrastructure.
Winter 2017 Economic Forecast
14 Feb 2017 -
Having proven resilient to global challenges last year, the European economic recovery is expected to continue this year and next: for the first time in almost a decade, the economies of all EU Member States are expected to grow throughout the entire forecasting period (2016, 2017 and 2018).
However, the outlook is surrounded by higher-than-usual uncertainty. Real GDP in the Euro area has grown for 15 consecutive quarters, employment is growing at a robust pace and unemployment continues to fall, although it remains above pre-crisis levels. Private consumption is still the engine of the recovery. Investment growth continues but remains subdued.
Fostering Competitiveness in the New Urban Revolution
15 Feb 2017 -
Throughout the history of humankind the whole context of competitiveness in society has been developed as a consequence of a dynamic set of variables.
The 20th century has seen the explosion of megalopolises around the globe. Cities have attracted and concentrated a massive number of people, generating new problems of management and creating huge challenges not only for the public sector - in managing limited resources - but also for the private sector by pushing companies to promote continuous adaptation in business to answer the new consumption demands.
By 2030 over 70% of the world's population is likely to be concentrated in cities, having a dramatic impact in our lifestyle. Some countries that are still in the process of urbanisation will face mass migration of their population in the coming years. How to promote inclusive and sustainable competitiveness is one of our greatest challenges.
Singapore plans Southern Asia's First Carbon Tax from 2019
20 Feb 2017 -
The proposal would charge between S$10 ($7.1, £5.7, €6.6) and S$20 a ton on emissions of carbon dioxide and five other GreenHouse Gases, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in a speech outlining the government's 2017 budget.
The tax is equivalent to a $3.50-to-$7-a-barrel increase in the cost of oil for combustion. It would raise electricity costs by 2% to 4%, according to a government report released after Heng's speech.
The revenue from the tax would help fund industry measures to reduce emissions, Heng said. The government has been consulting with industry leaders and plans to begin public meetings on the tax in March before deciding on a final tax and implementation schedule. The government also hopes the move will spur job creation in clean energy.
Singapore would be the first Southeast Asian nation to put a price on carbon. Japan has a national carbon tax along with some regional emissions trading markets, and South Korea and New Zealand have national emissions trading. China has several regional trading markets and is planning to launch the world's largest national carbon market this year.
The EC presented White Paper on the Future of Europe: avenues for unity for the EU at 27
01 Mar 2017 -
As we prepare to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU, we look back on a peace spanning seven decades and on an enlarged Union of 500 million citizens living in freedom in one of the world's most prosperous economies.
At the same time, the EU has to look forward at how it will carve a vision for its own future at 27. The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade. It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond:
- Scenario 1: Carrying on
- Scenario 2: Nothing but the Single Market
- Scenario 3: Those who want more Do more
- Scenario 4: Doing less more efficiently
- Scenario 5: Doing much more together
EPN Consulting News
is one of the partners
Sustainable Transport Education for Environment and Tourism
), co-funded by the
S.T.R.E.E.T. aims at defining a new professional profile, Expert for Sustainable Mobility and Tourism focused on two main fields: Alternative Mobility and Sustainable Tourism, which are opportunities of economic growth, local development and employment, also according to the new EU policies.
On 01 March 2017 the project
opened registrations to take part in the online training sessions of the Basic Course addressed to 20 y.o. to 35 y.o. that, after and evaluation session, will integrate the remote learning activities with study visits in the project countries.
Each project partner is in charge of publicising this great opportunity in their own country, thus EPN Consulting is happy to invite UK-based young students, freshly employed or unemployed to register their profile
until 25 April 2017.
Stefano Mainero, EPN Consulting
CEO, was invited to participate as Expert in the
CEN TC 278 WG3 SG10 "OpRa"
(Operating Raw Data and Statistics Exchange) group regarding Public Transport. The Group Chairman is Dr Fabrizio Arneodo from
who organised the 2nd meeting in Turin (Italy) last 01 March 2017.
participated in an interesting
Mission to Poland
organised by the UK
Department for International Trade
on 09-10 March 2017 in Warsaw where great speeches and interesting meetings made the event definitely worth attending.
participated in the Smart IoT London on the 15 March 2017 event where there were engaging workshops and captivating exhibition booths.
The Website of the Month:
CEN/TC 278 - Intelligent Transport Systems
CEN/TC 278 is responsible for managing the preparation of standards in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Europe. It serves as a platform for European stakeholder to exchange knowledge, information, best practices and experiences in ITS.
After more than two decades of development, ITS are playing an ever greater role in increasing the efficiency of public and private transport, improving the driving experience and, most importantly, making a major contribution to road safety and reduction of energy consumption and pollution. ITS already control traffic flow, collect road tolls, provide timely traffic and guidance information, safety advisory information, crash notifications, emergency vehicle prioritisation, and 'infotainment'. Main features:
- Established in 1992
- Well connected to European R&D
- Cooperation between market players: industries, service providers, governments
- 33 national members, with over 300 participating experts
- 49 active projects, 152 adopted standards (January 2016)
- over 300 nominated experts
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