The climate: biggest loser of the new Commission? | EurActiv

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This is an interesting read from EurActiv. Check it out!

via The climate: biggest loser of the new Commission? | EurActiv.

It looks like the green bureaucrats are right to be worried by choice of the next commissioner at the European Commission.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I believe the Energy Directorate at the European Commission is weak on policy and strategy, and overweight on green issues and compliance.

This blog maintains that an effective energy strategy is essential for Europe’s economic, social and political future. This includes developing alternative supplies of energy to counter Russia’s threats.

This blog wishes  Miguel Arias Cañete every success in his new role as Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. Merging the two directorates should give the new commissioner the opportunity to remove some dead wood. Well done Jean-Claude Juncker!

As an expert in delivery strategy, the priorities for the new European Commission are clear to me:

  • Carefully crafted policy and strategy,
  • Dismantling the bloated bureaucracy, and
  • Outsourcing non-strategic activities


UK Local Authorities and Shared Services: Cost-Cutting – Myth or Reality?

Looking back over some of my most popular blogs, I think this is worth a read

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With personal experience of delivering around a dozen ERP and Shared Services implementations, this week I am going to look at the risks of Local Authorities implementing Shared Services programmes in these extremely challenging times. Shared Services is being justified on the basis of Cost-Cutting but are the risks likely to outweigh the savings?

UK Local Authorities have been very much in the media limelight these last few weeks. Most authorities are in process of approving their budgets for 2011/12. Depending upon the political colour of the Local Authority, attitudes to cost-cutting and service reduction have varied. For the reader not familiar with funding the UK Local Authorities, Central Government has cut subsidies to Local Authorities by circa 25%. To be fair, poorer and socially deprived Local Authorities have been more dependent on Central Government funding and are arguing that they have to fund bigger cuts.

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