Regulation and policy take centre stage at TCT 3D printing show

  • Posted on 2nd November 2015
Regulation and policy take centre stage at TCT 3D printing show

According to recent research by management consultancy A.T. Kearney, the global market for 3D printing is set to grow from $4.5 billion today to $17.2 billion by 2020. With this rapid growth will come added scrutiny from policy makers and regulators. To support its long term growth, and for the industry to fulfil its remarkable potential, a supportive regulatory and…

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The Road to Paris

  • Posted on 22nd October 2015
The Road to Paris

Politicians have shown they are serious – to achieve a positive outcome, the negotiators need to do the same.   For those not acquainted with the international negotiations on climate change – perhaps even more so for those who have that first-hand experience – they are at best an irritant, at worst a pointless relevance. Since the UNFCCC[1] process began…

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Capital Markets Union – What Does It Mean For The Fintech Industry?

  • Posted on 1st October 2015
Capital Markets Union – What Does It Mean For The Fintech Industry?

On a day when the entire financial services industry in the UK and in Continental Europe dissected the long-awaited – albeit leaked – European Commission Action Plan on Capital Markets Union, a few eyebrows were raised about some potential implications for the fintech community. Regulators at national and supranational level are still pondering over an optimal regulatory framework to promote…

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Online dating vs. Mobile dating – New opportunities and challenges

  • Posted on 18th September 2015
Online dating vs. Mobile dating – New opportunities and challenges

In our previous analysis piece on the topic of online dating we explored the importance of industry regulation, as market actors continue to innovate and find new ways of marketing and delivering their services to users. New technology, in the form of smartphones, tablets, or wearable tech devices, has provided online dating companies with new tools to deliver their services…

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

  • Posted on 7th August 2015
Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news – for once in a positive sense.   A major structural reform, aimed at tackling the huge surplus of allowances built up in the ETS…

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Paving the way for a ‘circular economy’ in Europe

  • Posted on 10th July 2015

In a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on Monday 6th July, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the Commission “remains strongly committed” to present a circular economy package towards the end of this year.  The reasons are quite simple: Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella, Commissioner Bienkowska, and others, essentially believe that the new circular economy…

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Capital Markets Union – a new framework for diversification

  • Posted on 26th June 2015
Capital Markets Union – a new framework for diversification

In February of this year, the European Commission unveiled its Green Paper for ‘Building a Capital Markets Union’. Over the coming five years it will be the flagship project for the Directorate General responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA). The Green Paper clearly states that the European Commission’s objective is to stimulate economic growth,…

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Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

  • Posted on 3rd June 2015
Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

The dominant media narrative on climate and energy policy under the Coalition Government had become something of a cliche. The Liberal Democrats were ‘the green heart’; the Tories were ‘arch-advocates of oil and gas’; the Lib Dems, led by Secretary of State Ed Davey, were the ‘champions of disruptive utilities companies’, taking on the power of the Big 6; and…

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UK General Election: Where the parties are appealing to young people (and where they are not!)

  • Posted on 30th April 2015
UK General Election: Where the parties are appealing to young people (and where they are not!)

Research released by the UK Electoral Commission in summer 2014 said that up to 7.5 million eligible people had not yet registered. Despite a major “use your vote” drive in recent weeks as the election campaign has swung into action, there will probably still be millions of voters who have effectively disenfranchised themselves from going to the ballot box on…

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