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EU Funding: 24 new family homes for displaced Kosovo Roma

Mercredi 30 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support to participation of South-Eastern European countries in the stabilisation and association process (”Closed programme”)

A new social housing scheme comprising 24 family homes was handed over to the Municipality of Berane by representatives of the European Agency for Reconstruction, the European Commission, UNHCR and the German NGO HELP

The event was attended by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs, the Bureau for the Care of Refugees, CARITAS of Luxemburg and members of the Roma community in Berane.

Vuko Golubovic, the mayor of Berane municipality, announced that the local authorities will continue their support for refugees and displaced persons by creating employment opportunities for them in the municipality. He added that his intention is to ensure that the investment in the “New Riverside” Social Housing Scheme will become sustainable. According to Mr Golubovic, this will only be possible if the already significant integration of the Roma displaced persons in the local labour market will be further enhanced.

The “New Riverside Social Housing Scheme” is the first of its kind in Montenegro, established with assistance largely provided by the European Union’s CARDS Programme at the request of the Montenegrin Bureau for the Care of Refugees and the municipality of Berane.

It is part of a wider CARDS project, with a starting budget of € 2.5 million, designed to help the Montenegrin Government implement the integration component of its “National Strategy for Resolving the Issues of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons”. It comprises not only housing solutions but other social infrastructure such as a home for the elderly as well as income generating activities for displaced persons, refugees and socially vulnerable Montenegrins.

The programme is implemented by the German NGO HELP and co-funded by HELP and UNHCR. Other EU member state charities such as the Dutch Grabovac have added funds to individual programme components. The Berane component of the programme has, in addition, benefited from financial contributions from CARITAS Luxemburg and the Municipality of Berane. Thanks to the catalytic effect of CARDS and the dynamism of the civil society organization in charge, the total value of the program, and thus its benefits, have grown to near €4 million.

There are approximately 25,000 refugees and displaced persons in Montenegro, or 4% of the total population.

European Reconstruction Agency

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EU Funding: Inauguration of Euro-Mediterranean University with seat in Slovenia

Mercredi 4 juin 2008

After almost two years of efforts and activities on the part of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to establish a Euro-Mediterranean University based in Slovenia, the formal inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean University with a seat in Slovenia will be held at Portoroz on 9 June

The following have confirmed that they will participate in the event: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament, Janez Potocnik, Benita Ferrero Waldner, Joe Borg and Jan Figel, members of the European Commission, and representatives of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

A press conference will be held at 09.30 on Monday 9 June 2008 in the Bernardin Congress Centre (Daphnia Hall), Portoroz, at which Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Nada Trunk Sirca, Director of the University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies (EMUNI Center), will outline the importance and content of the event and discuss further steps towards establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University.

The International Academic Council (IAC) will convene at 10.30. At 13.30, there will be an international conference of university rectors on intercultural dialogue in higher education. The opening address will be delivered by Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

At 16.30, the ceremony establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University Foundation will be held in the Nautilus Hall of the Bernardin Congress Centre. The speakers at the ceremony will be: Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, Rodi Kratsa Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. As part of the event, the Letter of Intent on establishing the Foundation will be formally signed by the representatives of the enterprises that have expressed a willingness to cooperate in developing the university foundation.

Similarly, Letters of Intent on providing the new university with premises will be signed by the Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Minister for Public Administration, Gregor Virant, the Minister of Education and Sport, Milan Zver, and the Mayor of the Municipality of Piran, Tomaž Gantar.

The main event will be the formal inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean University at 18.00 on 9 June 2008 in the Europa Hall in the Bernardin Congress Centre. The speakers will include: Janez Janša, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, and Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament.

At 17.50 (the Europa Hall), the four statesmen will, in presence of all the signatories of the Charter and other eminent guests, sign the founding document establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University. This will also be a photo opportunity.

Slovenian Presidency of the EU

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Eu funding :The Commission launches a campaign to promote energy efficient driving

Mardi 27 mai 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the demonstration of innovative technologies to energy efficiency and their introduction to the market for mass deployment.

The European Commission, together with Europia, one of the partners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, have launched today a number of actions to promote energy efficient driving habits among European car users.

Over 45,000 petrol stations across 29 European countries will take part in the campaign led by Europia - ‘Save More Than Fuel’ campaign to distribute millions of leaflets on fuel efficiency and responsible driving behaviour. These leaflets will be available to consumers at filling stations, with additional information on the dedicated website. Coinciding with this campaign, the Commission has launched a short video clip, already available in EU-Tube, with some tips on how to drive efficiently and safely.

The Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008 Campaign is a European Commission initiative within the framework of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (2003-2006) programme, which aims to raise public awareness and promote sustainable energy production and use among individuals and organisations, private companies and public authorities, professional and energy agencies, industry associations and NGOs across Europe.

Press Room - European Commission
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