Sunday, 29 April 2018
Did you know that traditions around food and the way we prepare it are part of Europe's intangible Cultural Heritage?
Anti-malaria netting developed by the EU-funded project MCD has received US$10.2 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for field tests of the invention in Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania. Around 6 000 houses in 20 rural villages in Côte d’Ivoire are targeted for the trial of the netting inserts, which fit into ventilation PVC tubes put into walls below a house’s eaves to protect those inside. Mosquitoes tend to enter these ‘eave tubes’ when trying to enter the house, but end up on the netting, and make contact with the insecticide. “The aim is to provide scientific evidence that the invention works to reduce malaria and could be broadly deployed,” says MCD project coordinator Bart Knols of In2Care in the Netherlands. “These data are needed to move through the WHO approval process and receive endorsement for the approach.”
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Pregnant women are more prone to becoming infected with malaria than other adults. In their case, the parasite tends to hide in the placenta, unnoticed but damaging to the host and her unborn child. An EU-funded project has set out to improve the antenatal care as well as the malaria diagnosis and treatment available to expectant mothers in endemic areas.The Cosmic project aims to advance the fight against pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM). Clinics in endemic areas do offer the recommended antenatal care, says project coordinator Henk Schallig of the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands, but expectant mothers don’t necessarily seek it out — for example, because they live too far away.
Social Media are effective channels to spread news but they are particularly vulnerable to disinformation
"Smart Regions" goes to Nicosia, Cyprus to learn about Theleprometeus, a project aimed to enrich the working environment for healthcare professionals, and ease hospital stays of patients and their families. Once ready, the platform was rolled out with training provided to all staff members at Nicosia General Hospital and Heraklion General Hospital.
Hundreds of millions of people each year are infected with Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria worldwide. An EU-funded project is tackling the mosquito-borne parasite, leading cutting-edge research efforts to accelerate the development of effective vaccines. The MULTIVIVAX project, coordinated by the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford in the UK, is addressing critical research bottlenecks that have hindered the discovery and development of potential vaccines for Plasmodium vivax. The parasite accounts for up to 400 million clinical cases of malaria each year among the 2.5 billion people living in at risk areas of Latin America, Oceania and Asia. Though less virulent and deadly than Plasmodium falciparum, infections of Plasmodium vivax can cause high fever, organ dysfunction and death as they spread through the body in the blood after reproducing in the liver.
Friday, 27 April 2018
El Camino Primitivo, la ruta para los peregrinos desde el siglo IX. El FEDER ha cofinanciado el Camino Primitivo, una de las diez rutas históricas del Camino de Santiago, para mejorar su accesibilidad y la señalización de las diferentes rutas del Camino con túmulos, conchas de cerámica, flechas amarillas y la provisión de servicios al peregrino.
The Primitive Way, the path for pilgrims since 9th century. ERDF funds helps renovating and promoting this Jacobean route, its infrastructure and its heritage. The Primitive Way was the path most commonly followed by the people of Asturias and Galicia during the 9th century and a good part of the 10th from other parts of northern Spain and Europe.
La Regione Emilia-Romagna lancia il concorso video “Io investo QUI”. Nell’ambito della campagna EUinMyRegion, la Regione Emilia-Romagna organizza un’iniziativa unica per diffondere la conoscenza sul ruolo dell’Unione europea e dei Fondi strutturali e di investimento europei, rivolta alle aziende, ai professionisti, ai centri di ricerca e agli enti locali che hanno ricevuto finanziamenti dal Por Fesr 2014-2020.
EU in my Region campaign kicks off: thousands of EU projects will open their doors to citizens in May. Visit a sugar factory in Machico, Portugal, find out about a research centre for chemistry in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, discover and discuss energy projects in Falun, Sweden, or take a guided tour in Vienna to spot and visit EU-funded projects in the city. Photo and blogging contests and a quiz on European regions are also organised so that citizens can share their experience.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Sunday, 22 April 2018
The European Union and Mexico reached a new agreement on trade, part of a broader, modernised EU-Mexico Global Agreement. Practically all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico will now be duty-free, including in the agricultural sector. Simpler customs procedures will further benefit the EU’s industry, including in sectors like pharmaceuticals, machinery and transport equipment. The agreement also lays down progressive rules on sustainable development. Among other things, the EU and Mexico have committed to effectively implementing their obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will also be the first EU trade agreement to tackle corruption in the private and public sectors.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Trade can and should be a win-win process and today's agreement shows just that. Mexico and the EU worked together and reached a mutually beneficial outcome. We did it as partners who are willing to discuss, to defend their interests while at the same time being willing to compromise to meet each other's expectations. With this agreement, Mexico joins Canada, Japan and Singapore in the growing list of partners willing to work with the EU in defending open, fair and rules-based trade."
Evaluation library: the impact of regional policy investments now fully accessible. It contains a selection of completed evaluations since 2007, which can be browsed by country, by fund, by evaluation type/method and by thematic objective. The findings of a number of evaluations are summarised and presented in an abstract, along with the full final report. The library will be regularly updated and you can contribute to it.
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Friday, 20 April 2018
The European Youth Event takes place on 1 and 2 June 2018 in the European Parliament's seat in Strasbourg.
July 2018: a report featuring the most concrete ideas discussed during the event will be distributed to all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs),
In 2017, the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the European Union (EU) stood at 72.2%, up compared with 2016 (71.1%). The Europe 2020 strategy target is to reach a total employment rate for people aged 20 to 64 of at least 75% in the EU by 2020. This objective has been translated into different national targets in order to reflect the situation and possibilities of each Member State to contribute to the common goal.
Better, safer roads in Western Greece and new economic opportunities. €293 million from Cohesion Policy is invested in a new motorway between Patras and the town of Pyrgos in Western Greece. Located on the Trans-European Transport network (TEN-T), the new motorway will ensure faster and safer travel.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
One of the world's most environmentally friendly passenger ships is harnessing the wind for propulsion, cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, thanks to the installation of an innovative rotor sail developed by an EU-funded project.
The cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace, operated by Åland-based shipping company Viking Line, made its first voyage equipped with the rotor sail in April 2018, travelling between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden – a route on which the wind-propulsion system is set to slash the ferry’s carbon emissions by up to 900 metric tonnes per year.
The new ambitious recycling and landfilling targets will boost the re-use of valuable material in waste and improve the way municipal and packaging waste is managed thus making the circular economy a reality.It further strengthens the "waste hierarchy" by placing prevention, re-use and recycling clearly above landfilling and incineration.
Public consultation: VAT fraud in the e-commerce. How can VAT fraud online be addressed at the EU level?
The e-commerce business has been growing exponentially. The share of e-commerce in the total turnover of EU businesses rose by over 50 per cent between 2007 and 2015. E-commerce sales in Europe have experienced a steady turnover growth over recent years at an annual growth rate of around 15 per cent and are likely to pass the €600 billion threshold in 2017. Cross-border e-Commerce accounts for about 18% of this figure, or EUR 108 billion. 68 % of internet users in the EU shopped online in 2017. 33% out of them shopped from sellers in other EU countries while 23% shopped from sellers outside EU. The European customers buy on-line with an average of 57 times a year.
Καλύτεροι και ασφαλέστεροι δρόμοι στη Δυτική Ελλάδα και νέες οικονομικές ευκαιρίες χάρη στην πολιτική συνοχής. Το Ταμείο Συνοχής επένδυσε 293 εκατ. ευρώ στον νέο αυτοκινητόδρομο Πάτρας - Πύργου στη Δυτική Ελλάδα. Ο νέος αυτοκινητόδρομος, ο οποίος εντάσσεται στο διευρωπαϊκό δίκτύο μεταφορών (TEN-T), θα προσφέρει μεγαλύτερη ταχύτητα και ασφάλεια.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Recueillir les attentes des citoyens européens afin de les intégrer dans le projet de refondation de l'Union
Monday, 16 April 2018
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Public consultation on major transport projects. You are invited to express your views on the implementation and performance of major projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) in the area of transport (road, railway and urban transport such as metro or tramways) between 2000 and 2013.
Friday, 13 April 2018
La politique de Cohésion célèbre son 30e anniversaire en 2018. Pour marquer cette étape, la DG pour la Politique Régionale, en partenariat avec Euronews, lance une nouvelle série présentant quelques projets co-financés emblématiques. La série de six vidéos fera le tour de l'Europe, visitant les villes et les campagnes où les projets de la politique de cohésion ont eu un impact réel sur la vie des gens. Cette première vidéo montre comment un projet d'alimentation en eau de mer à Marseille a profité aux citoyens et aux entreprises.
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Good news for scientists who want to return to research after a break for whatever reason or would like to come back to Europe after working elsewhere in the world: proposals submitted under the Career Restart Panel or the Reintegration Panel will now have a higher chance of success, compared to those submitted under the standard scientific panels, as the budget for both panels has increased. Moreover, career restarters can benefit from one additional year of MSCA funding, amounting to 36 months in total.
The Commission presented a proposal to improve the transparency of the scientific studies in the food safety area and to reinforce the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).With this proposal the Commission is responding to the concerns expressed by citizens in a successful European Citizens' Initiative.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Journalism students invited to apply for Youth4Regions 2018 Media Programme. Applications are open for this year’s edition of the Youth4Regions Media Programme. If you are studying journalism send us your best words or images on a project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund or the Cohesion Fund. You will have the chance to join other 27 students, one from each EU Member State, in Brussels on 7 – 11 October.
The brain is the most complex organ of the human body and despite many efforts we still do not yet fully understand how it works. Many debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Parkinson Disease have no cure. Mental illnesses have wide-reaching effects on people’s education, employment, physical health and relationships. Furthermore, patients are often confronted to stigma.
Regiostars Awards deadline to apply is April 15! If your project deserves recognition in the following categories, don't miss this opportunity:
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Η Φλώρινα, στην ελληνική περιφέρεια της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, θα λάβει περισσότερα από 30 εκατ. ευρώ από το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης (ΕΤΠΑ) για την ολοκλήρωση της κατασκευής συστήματος θέρμανσης και παροχής ζεστού νερού που θα τροφοδοτείται με θερμική ενέργεια, αντί για την καύση πετρελαίου.
Monday, 9 April 2018
Sunday, 8 April 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Managing authorities and other relevant bodies responsible for public procurement are invited to apply for a pilot project aimed at promoting the strategic use of public buying in projects co-funded under the EU Cohesion Policy eater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts. Apply here by 20 April!
Friday, 6 April 2018
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Examples of the projects selected to receive EU funding include solar street lights, software that uses augmented reality to help industrial plants monitor their production chain, a diagnosis tool for sleep apnoea, an innovative mobile payment technology, a custom-made paint vending machine and a wrapping machine for sustainable packaging.
1. Take a photo capturing women´s active role in the sustainable energy sector or women developing productive uses of sustainable energy in the developing world. For instance: women using sustainable energy for their business, woman technicians, women benefiting from the use of renewable energy... 2. Post your photo here by 13 May with a short description
Deployed wisely, AI holds the promise of addressing some of the world’s most intractable challenges. But the significance of its positive impact is mirrored by its likely destabilising effects on some aspects of economic and social life. Our paper explores the opportunities and ethical challenges that come with AI and focuses on how Europe can sharpen its competitive edge vis-à-vis other leading economies, such as the United States and China.
It is important that EU taxpayers have a clear view of how EU money is spent and where it comes from. This tool has been designed to show this. It will help you to better understand the EU’s long-term budget, also known as the Multiannual Financial Framework, and how the situation in your country compares to the rest of the EU.
Cash card assistance programme in Greece to help all refugees and asylum seekers cover their basic needs
As part of the European Commission's flagship programme Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation, the UN Refugee Agency, is implementing a cash card assistance programme in Greece to help all refugees and asylum seekers cover their basic needs.Through this initiative, refugees and asylum seekers receive pre-defined monthly cash allocations through a dedicated debit card. This enables them to meet their basic needs with dignity and freedom of choice, while supporting the local economy.
To help people with disabilities travel more easily between EU countries, the EU is developing a system of mutual recognition based on an EU Disability Card
Currently, there is no mutual recognition of disability status between EU Member States: this makes things difficult for persons with disabilities travelling to other EU countries. For instance their national disability cards might not be recognised.
The EU Disability Card will ensure an equal access to certain specific benefits, mainly in the areas of culture, leisure, sport and transport.
That is a kind of question that we were all asked when we were young. Almost every kid of my age replied that they wanted to be a medical doctor. And even growing up, being doctor has always been thought as the ideal career anyone can join, and parents were so proud whenever we told them we wanted to become so. Besides that, being a female medical doctor was an even bigger achievement in a society that still underestimated women potential. Now what if I told you a story of a woman, who dropped her stethoscope and her successful medical career to become an an agro-processor in Ghana?
Les traités européens reconnaissent que les services publics d'intérêt économique général (SIEG) sont essentiels à « la cohésion sociale et territoriale de l'Union ». La Charte des droits fondamentaux de l'Union européenne, qui a la même valeur juridique que les traités européens, garantit, au titre du principe de solidarité, l'accès de tous les citoyens européens aux services d'intérêt économique général.
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Door waterbeheer te combineren met de productie van hernieuwbare energie door middel van water, heeft het project Energiedijken een alomvattend Nederlands exportconcept gecreëerd waarbij advies wordt gegeven over het organiseren, ontwerpen, bouwen en exploiteren van een project voor mariene energie.