Articles taggés avec ‘Organizations’

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.

 
  Source:
Press Room - European Commission
 
  More information:
Sustenergy

Eu funding : Erasmus programme awarded “Prize for Excellence in integrating young people into the workforce”

Mercredi 21 mai 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for students and teachers mobility projects, for networks and partnerships in the field of higher education

The EU’s Erasmus programme for student and staff exchanges in higher education has received the “Prize for Excellence in integrating young people into the workforce” awarded by the NoviaSalcedo Foundation of Bilbao, Spain

he Erasmus programme was the winner of the “public bodies” category for its exemplary action in promoting excellence in the professional integration of young people.

The Prince of Asturias handed out the “Prize for Excellence in integrating young people into the workforce” to the Community programme Erasmus at a ceremony in Bilbao’s Arriaga Theatre on 20 May 2008.

The Erasmus programme is a sub-programme of the EU’s flagship programme in the area of education and training, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). Erasmus has an overall budget of approximately € 3.1 billion for the period 2007-2013, and aims at enhancing the quality and reinforcing the European dimension of higher education as well as at increasing student and staff mobility.

Currently, more than 3 100 higher education institutions in 31 countries in Europe participate in the Erasmus programme, which has so far supported 1.7 million students. Given the high degree of satisfaction with the programme, as confirmed in many evaluation studies over the years, Erasmus will have made “Europe” more tangible for hundreds of thousands of families for whom it would otherwise have remained a vague and distant concept. 80 % of Erasmus students so far were the first members of their families to study abroad.

The NoviaSalcedo Foundation is a private non-profit cultural Foundation established in 1980, which aims at helping young people through their integration into both the social and professional world. The Erasmus programme has received the prize in the category of public bodies for its exemplary action in promoting excellence in the professional integration of young people, Europe-wide and internationally, both in the labour market and at a personal level.

 
  Source:
Press room - European Commission
 
  More information:
NoviaSalcedo Prize for Excellence website

Eu funding : The 37 partner countries participating in the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night – May 22

Mardi 20 mai 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support to projects bringing people and organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean closer to each other and to help bridging the gap between them

Groups and individuals in 37 countries (EU member states and Mediterranean Partner Countries), will unite in a unique, common event for the promotion of dialogue and coexistence on Thursday May 22nd

The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night is developed by the Anna Lindh Foundation, its Network and partners including Ministries of Culture, the European Commission and COPPEM network of regional and local authorities. The event will take place exactly one week before the first Euro-Mediterranean Ministers of Culture meeting, to be held in Greece, where its results will be presented.

Activities planned include public debates, music concerts, theatre performances with local artists and food festivals where different communities come together. The main objective is to offer the public a cultural and pleasant experience to understand their neighbour better and develop a sense of curiosity towards the other.

Dialogue Night is one of the key events organized in the framework of the ‘1001 Actions’ campaign initiated by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and its network of over one thousand civil society organizations. The campaign aims at the mobilization of people and actions dedicated to the promotion of mutual knowledge and respect in the region, and runs throughout 2008, which has been designated Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

The Anna Lindh Foundation, for the dialogue between cultures, is resourced by and reporting to the governments of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and acting as a network of civil society organizations working for dialogue in the region.

 
  Source:
EuroMed Info Centre
 
  More information:
Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night website

Eu funding : Agriculture Ministers Discuss Pesticides Regulation and High Food Prices

Mardi 20 mai 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for research projects about climate change, pressure from growing human activity and prevention of risks on environment and health
 Grants for research projects concerning sustainable management, production and use of biological resources, through life sciences and biotechnology

At the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, chaired by Slovenian Agriculture Minister Iztok Jarc, EU Ministers discussed the proposal for a Regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market

Mr Jarc gave a report on the progress achieved by the Slovenian Presidency on this dossier, and returned the dossier to the working level. The Ministers also discussed high agricultural product and food prices and the possibility of adopting additional measures to stabilise agricultural markets.

The compromise proposal for a Regulation prepared by the Presidency includes a number of provisions protecting the health of humans, animals and the environment. The Regulation encourages the replacement of the most hazardous plant protection products by safer alternatives; in the event of specific national environmental protection or agro-technological circumstances, Member States will be able to reject the registration of certain products or restrict their use; professional users and producers of plant protection products will be required to keep records of the use of these products; the Regulation will also prevent the duplication of tests on vertebrates.

Mr Jarc also stressed the importance of defining the criteria for the approval of active substances, in which their impact on the long-term food supply in the European Union should be considered.

Due to the fact that the Regulation has been discussed in the Council and in the European Parliament almost two years it is necessary to ensure an early implementation of the reform in the pesticide field. The Presidency will return the dossier for discussion at the Council working level, so that appropriate solutions to unresolved issues may be found.

Debate on high food prices

On the basis of the Presidency report, the Agriculture Ministers discussed the high prices of agricultural products and food. In its discussion paper, the Presidency points to the reasons for the high food prices, such as climatic change, with frequent extreme weather phenomena, the increasing demand for food in developing countries, the growing world population, the production of biofuels and rising energy product prices.

Last year, under the common agricultural policy (CAP), the EU adopted specific short-term measures to reduce prices in the EU, such as increasing the volume of arable land by abolishing mandatory set-aside, increasing milk production quotas for 2008, reducing buffer stocks and export refunds and suspending import duties on almost all cereals.

In the current ‘health check’ of the common agricultural policy, the options being considered are: permanently abolishing the set-aside requirement, gradually abolishing milk quotas by 2015, adjusting market price aid in the cereal sector, and making the transition from support for energy plants to more effective solutions to bolster the bio-energy sector – without, however, adversely impacting on the production of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs – including the production of second-generation biofuels.

Climate change research

At their working lunch, the ministers discussed the contribution of research towards adapting the agricultural sector to climate change. The meeting was also attended by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, and the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik. The Presidency has drawn up a discussion paper, pointing up questions relating to the need for this kind of research and additional funding, exchanges of experience between Member States and transfers of knowledge to farmers, as well as the suitability of proposed solutions in the context of the review of the common agricultural policy.

 
  Source:
EU Slovenian Presidency

EU funding : The 37 partner countries participating in the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night – May 22

Mardi 20 mai 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Support to projects bringing people and organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean closer to each other and to help bridging the gap between them

Groups and individuals in 37 countries (EU member states and Mediterranean Partner Countries), will unite in a unique, common event for the promotion of dialogue and coexistence on Thursday May 22nd

The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night is developed by the Anna Lindh Foundation, its Network and partners including Ministries of Culture, the European Commission and COPPEM network of regional and local authorities. The event will take place exactly one week before the first Euro-Mediterranean Ministers of Culture meeting, to be held in Greece, where its results will be presented.

Activities planned include public debates, music concerts, theatre performances with local artists and food festivals where different communities come together. The main objective is to offer the public a cultural and pleasant experience to understand their neighbour better and develop a sense of curiosity towards the other.

Dialogue Night is one of the key events organized in the framework of the ‘1001 Actions’ campaign initiated by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and its network of over one thousand civil society organizations. The campaign aims at the mobilization of people and actions dedicated to the promotion of mutual knowledge and respect in the region, and runs throughout 2008, which has been designated Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

The Anna Lindh Foundation, for the dialogue between cultures, is resourced by and reporting to the governments of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and acting as a network of civil society organizations working for dialogue in the region.

 
  Source:
EuroMed Info Centre
 
  More information:
Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Night website

EU funding : Young People and Tobacco – Show and Share Your Idea!

Lundi 19 mai 2008
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants awarded via the programme of Community action of public health

This competition was launched by the European Commission’s Health & Consumer Protection Directorate (DG SANCO) in partnership with the European Youth Forum (YFJ) to involve young Europeans (aged 15 to 35) on matters affecting their health and well-being

Create a video, photo or comic strip to reduce smoking across Europe and to encourage a life without tobacco. The materials produced will support the positive aspect of a life without tobacco. Young people´s empowerment and involvement in issues affecting their health and well-being should be underlined. There are four categories: best video, best “candid camera”, best photo, best comic strip.

Deadline: 30 June 2008.

 
  Source:
European Youth Portal
 
  More information:
‘Young People and Tobacco’ contest website