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The German Berenberg Bank and the Brussels "think-tank" The Lisbon Council have released the 2014 edition of their study on the global health and adjustment of economies of 17 countries in the euro zone, plus Sweden, Poland and UK. This study analyses and ranks the Member States of the euro zone on the basis of two main composite indices: On the one hand, based on the current health of the Fundamental Health Indicator (FHI) economy - through indicators related to budgetary situation, foreign trade, unit labour costs and structural reforms; on the other hand, according to the capacity adjustment API (adjustment progress indicator - by monitoring indicators related to international trade, financial sustainability, competitiveness and structural reforms over a period of time. The countries are then classified by sub-category and indicator on a scale of 0 (poor performance) to 10 (best performance). Overall, according to the authors of the study, most countries with scores above average in regard to the composite index of global health FHI make fewer efforts to improve their situation and thus receive lower scores for API adjustment. However, the authors also state that a lower score for the adjustment indicator API may also simply mean that the country does not want to implement adjustments, or it is not necessary for the good health of its economy. According to this 2014 study, Luxembourg is classified much better regarding the current health of the economy (score 7.6/ranked 1st) for his adjustment to cope with the crisis and challenges (score of 2.8/16th). Germany ranks third for FHI and 18th for API, Belgium is 14th/20th, France 17th/15th and The Netherlands 5th/14th.   Download the full report on Euro Plus Monitor 2014 webpage.
The institutional and regulatory framework within which economic activity takes place affects the way resources are allocated, investment decisions are guided and creativity and innovation are stimulated. Corruption weakens a country and undermines the stability and security for the decisions taken by economic agents. It is in this context that Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation at the forefront of the fight against corruption, has published the 20th edition of its annual composite index of perception of corruption: the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI composite index measures, by country, the perception of corruption in the public sector. It is calculated using information from surveys undertaken by experts and business decision-makers at various international institutions including the World Bank, the Asian and African Development Banks and the World Economic Forum. It focuses on corruption with respect to political parties, the police, the judicial system and public services. The results are then used to classify areas according to the degree of perceived corruption in the national public sector. The CPI ranges between 100 (quite honourable) and 0 (highly corrupt) across the 175 countries analysed. In this 2014 edition, Denmark (92), New Zealand (91) and Finland (89) lead the world ranking. Luxembourg, with a score of 82 has moved up two positions and ranks now 9th globally. The Netherlands is ranked 8th (83), Germany 12th (79), Belgium 15th (76) and France 26th (69). For further details and to view the full report, please visit Transparency International.
APATEQ has won the Red Herring’s 2014 Top 100 Global award, a prestigious recognition honouring the most innovative technologies and business models originating from over 1,000 companies from across the globe. Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs, representing past Red Herring Asia, Europe and North America award winners. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.  “Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe APATEQ embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. APATEQ should be proud of its accomplishment.” “We are honoured and proud for having won such a prestigious award,” said APATEQ CEO Bogdan Serban. “The competition was very strong, with visionary entrepreneurs who marked a difference in their field and who brought significant breakthroughs that made recent developments obsolete faster than ever before. Therefore, for us, the Red Herring’s Top 100 Global Award is more than an award, it is a milestone in our company’s short history.” Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of start-ups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world. The Top 100 winners have been announced at a special awards ceremony on 20th November 2014 at the Red Herring Top 100 Global event in Pasadena, California. Press release by Apateq

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