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New National Agricultural and Forestry...

13-02-2020 HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, presided, on Thursday in the province of Chtouka Ait Baha, over the launch ceremony of the new development strategy for the agricultural sector dubbed...

HM the King Launches Construction Works of...

07 February 2020 Agadir – His Majesty King Mohammed VI on Friday launched in Agadir the construction works of the city’s psychiatric hospital, a project that is part of the implementation of the urban development program of the city...

A Code of Conduct for Professionals

Financial advisers play a key role in helping citizens meet their goals and make informed investment decisions, with particular regard to the value of financial planning and the enhancement of financial education. Recognising this important...

5 Things to Expect from the Oil and Gas...

With 2020 well under way, big business is ready to change with the new industry trends. Oil and gas companies have had a rough 2019 across the globe and in the US especially, but 2020 might just bring some much-needed stability to the sector...

Essaouira

Hydraulic, Hydro-agricultural and Drinking Water Projects Enshrining Royal Vision of Sustainable and Integrated Development of Rural World 16-01-2020 The Royal Vision of a sustainable and integrated development of the rural world has, once...

Becoming a Management Consultant

Everything you need to know about this lucrative career path. Have you ever considered a career as a management consultant? Many creative, business-minded individuals aspire to without understanding what this demanding role requires. This...

10 New Year Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

No matter how big and successful your company is, running it is never easy. There are lots of things you have to take into consideration and even more things you need to control. Dealing with these things on a daily level can be quite hard...

Nord Stream 2: An economic venture or a...

As part of discussions on approving the annual US defense budget, it was decided last week to impose sanctions on the foreign companies involved in the “Nord Stream 2” project, which is essentially doubling Russia’s natural...

The EU and its transformative power in...

(From Lege Specie towards the Universal Jurisdiction) While our troposphere is dangerously polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace. Information is a...

5 Leadership Ideas To Help Women In The...

It’s pretty common knowledge that women in the workplace have a noticeably larger challenge ahead of them than their male counterpart. With everything from alarming sexual harrassment statistics to pay inequality, there’s a lot at stake and a...

Main Representative of IFIMES to the...

Main Representative of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in New York Irena Mernik Knee attended the marking of the anniversary of the...

“We want the euro” say Czech...

During yesterday’s meeting of the Czech Association of Industry and Transport at the Prague Castle, the Vice President of the Association Radek Špicar, confirmed their support of the country converting to the euro as its official currency. The...

Czexpats in Science

The society Czexpats in Science unites Czech scientists who live(d) and work(ed) abroad. We aim to: create a network of Czech scientist abroad and connect them to scientists and research institutions in the Czech Republic, help scientists...

Medicine prices in the Czech Republic are...

A new index compares the price of common prescription drugs across 50 countries A British medical startup, Medbelle, has compiled a comparison of drug prices across 50 countries. The highest prices are to be found in the United States and...

Gold-plating continues to undermine the...

Is Germany on its way to becoming a planned economy by introducing a commission ceiling in the insurance industry? German governments like to see themselves in the position of flagship Europeans. Also, the current coalition of Christian...

Canadian Embassy hands over donation to...

Today, the Embassy of Canada to the Czech Republic presented three Czech NGOs: ROSA – Center for Women, z. s.; DOM – Dům otevřených možností, o.p.s; and InBáze, z.s. with vouchers valued at 53.490 CZK to support their activities in the Czech...

30 years after 9/11: How many Germanies...

2019 sees the 30th anniversary of the European 9/11 – the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dislike the 9/11 that came 12 years later, which many now associate with the demise of the Anglo-American dominant capitalism, for the most – this European 9/11...

Simona Kijonková a Milan Formánek newly run...

Two exceptionally interesting personalities have recently expanded the European Leadership and Academic Institute (ELAI) series of lecturers. Simona Kijonková, one of the most fascinating and successful entrepreneurs, and Milan Formánek, a...

‘Rabenmutter!’ How German business culture...

Despite Merkel, the cards are stacked against female managers finding success. Frederike Probert’s job probably only exists because of the lowly place of women in German business. The former tech entrepreneur organises networking for female...

Western Balkans and decades ‘eaten’ by the...

International Institute IFIMES prepared the analysis of actual political situation in the Western Balkans prior to the European Council meeting to be held in Brussels on 17th and 18th October 2019, where the date for the start of negotiations...

Yet another regulatory myth explained

Nobody in the financial industry could have missed how notable the attention has been in all recent regulations paid to the conflict of interest and its mitigation. All those MiFIDs, IDDs, MCDs and other Directives, have substantial parts...

Sudan 2019: A difficult path to Sudanese...

After several months of mass protests, which started in December 2018 due to bread and fuel shortages, the Sudanese finally achieved the ouster of their long-term dictator Omar Al-Bashir who has been overthrown by the army. Since 1989 his...

Czech Republic has a higher Quality of Life...

The Czech Republic’s quality of life has been rated 24th out of a total of 149 countries in the 2019 Quality of Life Index, representatives from the Deloitte company revealed to local press this morning. The country jumps two positions over...

The future rests on education

Financial literacy and education are key elements of the path to economic growth and social inclusion in the European Union. At the same time, it is important to remember the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted on 25 September 2015...

How can AI and virtual reality improve...

Technology can give advisers ‘opportunities that can revolutionise’ the sector Advice has overtaken investment performance as the most valued aspect of an IFA or wealth manager’s offering and this means consumers need to have the best...

France: Chaos or a New Social Compact?

At the end of the parade, a few dozen people release yellow balloons into the sky and distribute leaflets saying “The yellow vests are not dead.” The police disperse them, quickly and firmly. Moments later, hundreds of...

A new EU or same old, same old?

Will this summer see a new Europe or the return to the “good old continent”? What are the challenges for our profession and our clients? It will not have been easy but finally, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as head of the Commission...

2nd Women Entrepreneurial Mission from the...

FRI, November 8th – THU, November 14th, 2019 Following our successful 1st Mission last year, discover a unique ecosystem of Israeli start-up nation, from start-ups to incubators, universities, multinationals, VCs as well as advisory...

Why everyone needs retirement advice

Recent research in the UK has shown that 20% of people – more than 10 million people! – say they’ll work until they’re physically unable to do so, while around 6% – another three million people – say they expect to work until they die! The...

Czech Republic dedicates World Environment...

Embassy of India in Prague in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and the Government of the Czech Republic, observed the World Environment Day on 5 June, 2019, dedicated to 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

CFO Leadership MasterClass in Budapest

A CFO’s mastery of the financial skill is a given; however, such a skill alone is not enough to become a successful corporate leader. The finance function is a core component of the operational structure. It serves as a guardian of the...

Decoding the Perfect Job Interview Outfit

You are about to have an interview for a job you want so bad, and you are not sure what to wear? With so many possibilities nowadays, the options can seem endless, and you want to look perfect, just like you want to make a good impression on...

6 Helpful Tips: Work-Life Balance for People...

In today’s fast-paced world, it can seem impossible to balance work and life without sacrificing bits from either. People are more career-driven than ever before and they want to achieve their dreams at any cost. However, some things just...

5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy Despite a...

Our modern lives could not be more hectic with the long work hours, not enough family time, and time lost commuting. As if all these obstacles weren’t enough, we are also faced with the imperative to stay fit or not get sick at least. This is...

Trust – the cornerstone of financial advice

There’s a quote that says, “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair”. This is nowhere truer than in the financial world, where a person’s quality of life relies on decisions made by the experts in whom they place...

Happy Birthday FECIF! And here’s to real...

On the 30th June this year, FECIF will celebrate its 20th anniversary! The Fédération Européenne des Conseils et Intermédiaires Financiers Aisbl (FECIF) was created on 30th June 1999 by a Royal Decree of the Belgian Ministry of Justice at the...

The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win...

Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence...

Huawei case: The HiFi Geostrategic Gambit

In a general, comprehensive, strategic outline of the global scenario we can see that China is being harassed on several fronts by the US: commercial pressures, diplomatic maneuvers to block the progress of infrastructure projects (OBOR/New...

Director of IFIMES with Secretary General of...

Director of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović, accompanied by IFIMES Main Representative at ECOSOC/UN Irena Mernik Knee, met UN Secretary-General António Guterres at UN...

Zarif’s sudden resignation: The beginning of...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his resignation, a quiet diplomat and a seasoned politician, one of the soft faces of Iran’s foreign policy, for what is known as a political wisdom who can able to bring Iran an...

2018’s biggest data breach fines: infographic

Data is now big business and the price for organisations who fail to protect it from criminals has never been more costly, as our new infographic shows. Click here to skip to the infographic 2018 has seen the biggest ever fines issued by the...

Geopolitics of Europe and the Iron Law of...

(Europe after the Brexit, NATO 70 summit and Turkish geopolitical vertigo) A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are...

May 2019 elections in Bulgaria: A litmus...

The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses events in the Middle East and the Balkans. Macedonian historian, journalist and publicist Dejan Azeski has analysed recent events...

2019 – the year of the robo?

Happy New Year! And what a year it may well turn out to be. Despite the deluge of Regulations and Directives in 2018, I believe that it will be the next 12 months when we will see and feel the true effects of these. In addition, will 2019 see...

Looking Ahead to 2019

INHERITANCE OF THE 2018 TRANSFORMATIVE TRENDS AFFECTING 2019 The main transformative trends in 2018 that will affect next year will concern at least the following three different global and interconnected sectors: Economic & Financial Area;...

Twinning Europe and Asia in Cyberspace

(the EU Legislation and its transformative power) While our troposphere is dangerously polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace. Additionally, our...

Release of the second Moroccan satellite...

A year after the release of its first MOHAMMED VI-A satellite, Morocco launched a second satellite from the Guyana Space Center on 20/20 November 2018. This will make Morocco one of the few countries in Africa to have a set of satellites for...

Ambassador King Presents Centennial Awards...

The U.S. Embassy announced the winners of its Centennial Awards during a special Centennial celebration held in the Ambassador’s residence. The three Centennial Awards honor Czech citizens who have made significant contributions to the U.S...

Innovation: It all begins with intention

In mid-October 2018, I was part of an informal delegation of Czech female entrepreneurs, managers and investors to Israel. Our mission was simple – peep inside the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship of a country that has been...

The real threat to financial advisers

The demise of financial advisers has been predicted so many times that we have become accustomed to people crying wolf. That said, it is important to remember that eventually there was a wolf and there is a danger ignoring these warnings...

South-South cooperation has no alternative

The United Nations has declared Sept. 12 the International Day for South-South Cooperation. This year’s celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for technical cooperation among developing...

“Special consultative status UN” granted to...

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) received a “special consultative status UN” within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN), the third most important body within the UN system...

Future Port Prague 2018

This year's Future Port Prague will open the question of ethics in the field of artificial intelligence, among other topics, and ask how to define the relationships between humans and machines.

Directors of  IFIMES received international...

Directors of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović and Bakhatyar Aljaf received a prestigious international award “Mostar peace connection 2018” at the event organized by the...

Crisis in Europe?

Europe is going through a very serious crisis and so is the EU financial services industry. To focus on some basic indicators, the world today is made up of a homogenous block of four dominant countries (the US, Russia, India and China)...

The Dutch role model of change

How true leadership in regards of climate change may give outstanding impact to the Asian world The Netherlands and Indonesia share a special relationship as they were connected for centuries in times of colonialism, separated after the...

Latest EU Business News

Did you know that? New Energy Union governance deal reached Representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union at the end of June. Member...

What sort of summer for intermediaries and...

And now comes the time for holidays for most citizens in Europe, but also time for everyone in their offices to have a couple of quieter weeks, dedicating their work to more fundamental tasks like reviewing their processes or closing late files...

Who are the ‘Willing’ in Central Europe –...

The idea of an “axis of the willing against illegal migration” between Italy, Germany and Austria has been proposed by Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s right populist leader. He spoke about it with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian...

The spirits of Macedonia are spreading...

The Republic of Macedonia held parliamentary election on 11 December 2016. The new government was appointed on 31 May 2017. The parliamentary election was the result of the Pržino Agreement from June 2015 when following long and difficult...

Did we become hostages to ever-increasing...

According to most common sources, Stockholm syndrome is a type of psychological bond between hostage and their hijacker, when the former develops emotional ties to a person that beats, abuses or generally hurts him or her. Plainly sad, it is...

Planet Junk

Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? –Robert J. Burrowes Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain...

CHILL OUT SUMMER at Chateau Mcely

#ChooseLoveEveryDay Celebrate the cosmic energy of love, harmony, and summer relaxation! Afternoon lounging in the park with uplifting music Daily cocktail hour – “Thanks for Another Beautiful Day” DJ Lumiere Outdoor cinema Breathtaking sunsets...

Japanese inspiration for your event

Top Hotel Prague has an exceptional background for congresses and a very pleasant atmosphere. An interesting opportunity for corporate and private events is the Japanese Garden, which is attractive for tourists and evokes a sense of peace...

Global Female Leaders 2018 is coming!

Join this must-attend international networking event, be part and take the chance to look beyond your area of expertise for new inspirations, you will gain fresh perspectives and explore new opportunities for personal and collective growth.

The Secrets to Running – Not Just...

Browse the internets, and you’ll find a ton of advice on how to start your own consulting firm. Site after site will tell you how easy it is to go it alone, leave your job, and fulfill your dreams.

Arab Summit Unanimously Supports...

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita announced, Sunday, that the 29th Arab Summit, held in the Saudi city of Dhahran, Unanimously affirmed its support for Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup...

Building bridges for a united future Press...

The European Union is currently experiencing a critical phase, marked by new populism and growing divergences between Member States. The geopolitical situation, a slow economic recovery in some parts of Europe and a stalled process of...

How does “small talk” influence...

In many cultures “small talk” is perceived as the first step to establish a successful and long-lasting cooperation. “small talk”, “lo small talk”, “le small talk” or “светская беседа”...

Driving Tomorrow – Self-Driving Cars...

“The highly intriguing theory – supported by the extensive geological evidences including the bacteriological analysis of deep-laying hydrocarbons – about the abiotic nature of oil and its practically infinite recreation in...

5 Social Media Skills Every Entrepreneur...

Social media platforms are very important tools for any successful entrepreneurial effort. Given that there are 3 billion social media users around the world, it’s clear that these networks can help you promote your business, get in touch...

The value of advice – and the cost of...

There have been numerous studies over the years that have shown the value of good quality financial advice – not least, the fact that clients that receive it are, in general, significantly better off in retirement and much more...

The Best Places to Travel in April

Beat the summer heat (and the crowds) by vacationing during the pinnacle of spring. As temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to plan a trip that takes full advantage of the great outdoors. Right before peak summer crowds flood favorite...

How much do we pay for over-regulation?

Over-regulation of financial services in the European Union is a well-recognised fact, even among the bureaucracy in Brussels. The key feature of all those MiFIDs, IDDs or GDPRs, however, is not its devastating effect on the (small and medium...

20 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly...

Just because you’re not a member of the one percent, it doesn’t mean you can’t travel like it. Whether it’s booking a safari adventure or vacationing on a private island, there are many quality luxury trips that are also...

5 Signs You Need to Change Your Job

Have you been at your job for longer than you ever imagined? Most people with long careers have changed several jobs, moving up the ladder and sideways, chasing their dream position, office or team. You spend a third or more of your day at your...

Make your presentation memorable –...

Last week we talked about adding an element of surprise to your presentation. A technique that is very effective because it helps your audience remember what you said and makes them more likely to act on your message or change their behaviour...

Why It’s Illegal to Take Photos of the...

So you’re in Paris, and of course you want to go check out the spectacular light show put on each and every night at the Eiffel Tower. As you sit under the world-famous building you think to yourself, “I should snap a photo and...

GLOBAL FEMALE LEADERS OUTLOOK (GFLO) WANTS...

Women in leadership is a rising topic. At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in January, the number of attending women was up to 21 percent and all seven Co-Chairs were female, as CNBC stated. GIVE VOICE TO GLOBAL FEMALE LEADERS However...

Make your presentation memorable –...

Sounds familiar? You’ve been waiting for this opportunity for ages and finally, it’s here! They invited you to address senior management and present the innovation project your team has been working on intensively for the past 8...

Best New Hotels in the World

Every year, Travel + Leisure editors look at thousands of hotel openings and renovations around the globe with one mission in mind: what properties will truly be game changers for our readers. A great location, thoughtful design, and intuitive...

How to Make Yourself Happier Every Day

The majority of people live really fast these days, having almost no time to stop and think if they’re really happy or not. If you’re one of those people, then you’re at the right place. Here are four useful tips on how to...

Artificial intelligence: fad or future?

By Adam Lewis Commercial applications for artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are on the rise, but is the sector offering very real investment potential or is it still the stuff of science fiction? The recent release of the long-awaited...

Future of the Banking Industry – Not...

By Oliver Aziator If you are reading this article it means you are directly involved in the world of internet, this wonderful innovation has made it possible to connect everyone around the world directly. Through this innovation, the most...

Easter Mcely Style

Thursday, March 29 – Monday, April 2 Come relax and enjoy a traditional Easter with your family at Chateau Mcely. You can look forward to Easter customs, animals that are an essential part of spring and Easter, and a great program for...

Your Body As An Expression of Who You Are

Within a TEDx talk, Alena Huberová talks about a topic that has been on her radar for at least 15 years. “You’ve heard about non-verbal communication, of course, everyone has! The question is, how much are you aware of your own non...

Climate Change: Unfit for the residual heat

By Élie Bellevrat and Kira West Industrial heat makes up two-thirds of industrial energy demand and almost one-fifth of global energy consumption. It also constitutes most of the direct industrial CO2 emitted each year, as the vast majority of...

100 Things to do in Germany

If you are looking for a country which has plenty to do, then Germany is the answer! You will find many fantastic tourist attractions, and unique things and places to visit. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has taken many years to...

Bureaucrats’ Crusade

The European Commission’s Strategy for the Western Balkans The European Commission set a target date of 2025 for some of the Balkan countries to join. However, Brussels sees only Serbia and Montenegro as actual candidates. The door...

77 Tips for Travelling with Children

Traveling with children can be a incredibly fun or incredibly stressful, depending on whether you have them under control. Tips for the Plane Don’t forget to pack wet wipes! The plane is crowded and it’s hard to keep getting up from...

How to Choose the Best Luggage, According to...

Luggage can make a big difference in your travels. The space in your luggage dictates what clothes and items you will have available during your trip. A broken handle or a bag that is too big to be a carry-on can cause inconveniences every time...

The Best Travel Destinations for Food Lovers

There’s nothing wrong with going on vacation to relax, see something new, and get away from a busy everyday life. However, there’s something special about wanting to not just see new places but also get a taste of their local...

50 Best Travel Tips from 10 Years of Travel

Are you ready for an adventure? There are so many different forms of travel: backpacking, cruises, long-term travel, etc. No two trips are the same, and each trip will provide you with unique memories and exciting adventures that you can share...