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Youth unemployment is a generalized problem in the EU and a main theme with all EU institutions and leaders. At a pan EU-28 level of 22.9 % in February 2014 and an overall cost of €153 billion per year in benefits and foregone earnings and taxes, it is clearly evident that unless tackled this issue… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Let’s talk development [3]

Sustainable development. The holy grail of all things development. The new approach. There are many definitions to sustainable development. I guess the one I like the most is the one from the United Nations World Commission On Environment and Development, as outlined in their Our Common Future report released in 1987 – Sustainable development is… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I finished my last post with the idea that we must change the way we perceive development. And that may be a harder nut to crack that expected. I will restrict my argumentation on Romania because I know the realities here better, but I’m confident that the idea can be exported. This idea to perceive… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I have recently read an article concerning the concept of ‚Eastern Europe’ and it’s validity today. I might not agree with all the points the author makes, but some of the conclusions are worthy to be retained and transferred in different debates, as they have an inherent value. The article can be found here, and… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Development or no development? Yesterday I had an interesting conversation regarding Romania’s current development status, centered around it’s highway system. There has been a lot of debate regarding this system in the country in the past 10 years, and for all intents and purposes it will continue, will all the debacle regarding routes, costs, builders,… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

After reading Dimitris Rapidis post on Why there are no investments in Greece I started thinking that what he exposes on Greece in his article can be extended, with various degrees of accuracy to other Member States. Due to the nature of my profession, I often come across this issue – implanting investments in certain… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

No, Mr. Hollande..

..it’s not economic credibility or political credibility that we would loose if we fail to agree on the budget. It’s the advantage of a upper hand in all negotiations with any third party. I’ll be really short. Mr. Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic made a series of statement in his address to the… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Why is innovation important? The obvious reason is that innovation is the catalyst of development and economic growth. Job creation, positive outlook for the populous – these are also consequences of well managed innovation. Over the past 2 weeks myself, Alex Ghita and Euronomist have been developing an idea on funding innovation at a pan-EU… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

ideas mingled, twisted and influenced by Alex Ghita, Horia Bejan and Euronomist – click to enlarge created with Piktochart UPDATE – scheme has been detalied: 1. A Detailed Scheme for Funding Innovation in the EU by Euronomist Blog 2. Funding Innovation in the EU – A governance perspective by Alex Ghita 3. Detailed Scheme for… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

No less than 23 years ago there were 2 ”Europes”. One in the West, one in the East. A wave of democratic movements across the continent coupled with the inherent failure of the socialist model solved that problem. One problem however remained unattended: the people. And I will stick to the Romanian experience, because I… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu