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The European Commission has backed calls for the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to no longer be funded from the European Union’s budget, increasing the likelihood of an industry levy.The European executive recommended the changes as it endorsed reviews of both the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) for banking, securities markets and the pension and insurance industry.The review noted concerns that the current approach to ESA funding – whereby a budget is provided by the EU and through grants from the national regulators – could prove unsustainable as the supervisors looked to increase staffing levels.“Given EU and national budget constraints, the Commission considers that a revision of the existing funding model should therefore be envisaged,” the review said. It went on to note that the new model would “ideally” abolish the current funding model and that the Commission would start preparatory work to “improve the funding arrangements of the ESAs so they could fulfil their mandate”.“Further analysis could be carried out to assess the possibility of different funding models for the ESAs, including by increasing the level of funding by raising fees and levies,” it added.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of EIOPA, last year called for greater funding to attract further staff, a call backed by the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON).The Commission said that, in light of the proposed Banking Union, it would also consider either relocating the ESAs and ESRB to have a single seat.EIOPA is currently based in Frankfurt, the European Securities and Markets Authority in Paris and the European Banking Authority in London.The Commission said it would also consider whether a “Twin Peaks” approach to regulation should be implemented, with a single prudential regulator and a second to police the industry.The review further suggested changes to the way ESA stakeholder groups are composed, increasing transparency and suggesting that those appointed should be chosen in a more “balanced” way – potentially by increasing the number of consumer and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) representatives.The 30-strong occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG) currently consists of 10 representatives from the pension industry, employers, employees, professional bodies, academics and a sole representative for SMEs.The OPSG last year appointed Benne van Popta as its chairman.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to review of European Supervisory Authorities
StumbleUpon Submit ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July.Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their future schedules – a decision that has wreaked havoc on a sector employing 14,000 staff.This weekend, the BGC published a statement by Matt Rudd, the General Manager of the Grosvenor Casino in Broad Street, Birmingham, in which he described the real-life consequences facing venue management and effected staff.“I’m the General Manager of our Grosvenor Broad Street casino in Birmingham and have worked here for the past six years. I’ve seen a lot of change in that time, but the past few months have been the most challenging of the lot. On top of that, the past few days and weeks have been among the most perplexing as I’ve watched other venues reopen their doors.” Rudd’s statement read.Having placed 74 Broad Street staff on furlough, Rudd addressed the dire choices being made by casino venues managers across the land, seeking to mitigate the financial damages of the coronavirus pandemic.Despite facing hardships, Rudd highlighted the community work undertaken by Grosvenor venues in supporting NHS frontline staff, emergency services and further vulnerable groups, providing and delivering hot meals through Rank Group’s arrangement with the Blue Light Card scheme.“My casino is very much part of the local community; lockdown didn’t change that – it simply gave us a new way of showcasing our community values” Rudd stated. .Working through unprecedented times, Rudd detailed overseeing a near four months of diligent work ensuring that his casino would be the safest venue for the general public on Broad Street.During lockdown, Rudd and part-time colleagues would implement comprehensive changes to the casino layout and safety provisions, fitting social distancing measurements and signage, and the installation of Perspex dividers on gaming tables, slots and electronic roulette terminals.Additional precautions saw Rudd install hand sanitisers across the venue, whilst training colleagues on further customer care procedures and cleaning standards to ensure his casino was ‘covid-secure’.“I’ve taken the opportunity to look around what else is happening here in Birmingham and am delighted that we appear to have gone the extra distance to ensure that customers will receive the safest possible welcome and experience when we’re finally allowed to unlock our doors.”“We love working here on Broad Street and we’re straining at the leash to get back to giving our customers a safe and enjoyable experience. I can’t escape the fact that by virtue of remaining closed, we’re delivering no tax receipts to the Government. We’re reliant on the furlough scheme and we’re not really contributing to the vibrancy of the local entertainment scene in this part of the city. That’s what we’re about and it is what we miss most.”Rudd’s statement follows, the BGC publishing its open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, stating that the Treasury could not afford to maintain a sector that contributed weekly tax revenues of £5.8 million in the sidelines, as the government plans its economic recovery.
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2014 Commonwealth Games: the value will be the sameI, Afi, may be described as a prophet of doom or an unpatriotic citizen of Ghana in my quest to be frank and sincere with my motherland. I dare say the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, at which Ghana will definitely participate, will be no different from previous ones when it comes to performance and winning of medals. Infact – the value will be the same! Infact, we may not win more than five medals or nothing at all because we have over the years, not made any frantic efforts at winning any medal when it comes to preparation of athletes for the competition. For countries which have won medals, it has not been just a matter of days, but years of preparation and I don’t know whether mother Ghana has embarked on any such preparations to merit a medal at the Games. Why am I saying so? For the whole of 2013, not a single pesewa had gone to any of the Associations to organize local competitions or participate in international events, whilst other countries prepare their athletes for a period of four years. All the associations that have organized local competitions and participated in international events have done so at the benevolence of their chairmen or presidents or other philanthropists or corporate organizations, whilst those who have not been able to organize anything are the unfortunate orphans. With this, how does government or the nation expect any medal from any of the athletes going for the Commonwealth Games? For those, who may care to know, it is not possible to win medals at international games with just one or two competitions as preparations. Athletes who have won medals at international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games have before the games, competed in several competitions to improve their timing, fitness level and competitiveness. What about the case of Ghana? we have limited competitions for almost every event, and yet, we want to win medals at the Commonwealth Games as hoped by the Minister of Youth and Sports during the inauguration of a 25-member committee to plan Ghana’s participation. A little research conducted by advanced countries show that, athletes who win medals at the Olympic Games and other international events are prepared over a period of four years with special attention given to training schedules, dieting, personal management and all. It is based on this that I find no justification in the expectation of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) that we win more medals at the games. I know deep down the hearts of the GOC and NSA that, they are aware we may be coming home either empty-handed or with very minimal number of medals. So if the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) think Ghana can make any significant impact at the games, then it is definitely a mirage. Ghana is not in a position to make a major breakthrough at the Games because we did not, and have not prepared for the event. I have taken great pain to study the medal trend of Ghana at the Commonwealth Games and it is obvious we may be heading for the worse competition ever.From the records, Ghana’s best performance at the games had been 1962, 1966 and 1974 where we ended the competition with a total of nine medals each, then 1970, where we had seven medals. These modest successes could be attributed to the fact that, they were the golden moments in Ghana Sports, but on the contrary, we have seen a constant decline since 1978, with five medals as the best so far. In our last participation, which was Delhi 2010, we only managed four medals, with the disabled team contributing two out of the four. What is even more disheartening is that, our disabled athletes have since the Paralympic Games in London, become training horses without competition, and so how would they be in a competitive state to deliver? Our mainstream athletes have been engaging in some competitions but for obvious reasons,may not be enough to put them in the right frame for medals. I am not ruling Ghana out of the competition but I strongly believe our impact will be insignificant. Yes we may win some few medals in Athletics, Weightlifting and Disability Sports, but it will be the same story of; “what happened?” “What did we do wrong?” After which we shall go to bed for another four years. I urge Ghanaians to manage their expectations. We have to accept the fact that, we are going as a commonwealth nation and next, for political reasons, other than participating to win medals. I rest my case! Afi Xorlali will be back next week!