Progresses regarding public transportation in Alba Iulia / News / 100% Res Communities

Important progresses have been achieved in Alba Iulia regarding public transportation. The local operator has introduced energy-efficient vehicles, with reduced emissions....Read more

Plans unveiled for Iron Curtain bike trail

Plans for a 6,800 km cycle path along the former Iron Curtain – the line which divided Europe into East and West for almost half a century - were presented at the House of the European Union in Vienna on Monday....Read more

EIB continues to finance projects of SMEs, midcaps and municipalities through BCR Leasing in Romania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 30 million to BCR Leasing to support the undertakings of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), midcap companies and public entities in the sectors of industry, services and infrastructure in Romania. This is the second tranche of a loan of EUR 75 million approved by the EIB following the successful disbursement of the first part of the loan of EUR 15 million signed earlier this year. The financing of projects implemented by SMEs and midcap companies is a key policy objective of the EIB in Romania, as the SME and midcap sector represents the engine of growth, innovation and creation of new employment. In its cooperation with BCR Leasing, a well-established partner financing institution, the EIB ensures that the benefits of its involvement, i.Read more

Rebecca Harms on recapturing the European dream

Europe's first 'Intern Day' highlights unfair work conditions

Internships replacing jobs are an "increasing problem" in Europe, civil society organisations protested on the first-ever European Interns Day on Friday (18 July), explaining that up to 60% of interns in Europe are still unpaid.An estimated 4. 5 million young Europeans are on an internship. conducted last year shows that 59% of interns questioned in the survey are unpaid for their work.Read more

EU aids Peru in drugs fighting, agricultural export

LIMA, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is to help Peru in its campaign against drugs and in boosting its agricultural export, an EU official said here on Monday. The EU has planned to grant more than 66 million euros (89.2 million U.S. dollars) from 2014 to 2017 to Peru. An initial allocation of 8 million euros would be applied to reducing production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs, and promote crop substitution programs, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs was quoted by Peru's state news service Andina as saying...Read more

New Fund to Raise Money for Culture in Bulgaria's Sofia -

announced Monday....Read more

(Anti)social media

Conducted by researchers at Plymouth University’s Peninsula Medical School, the study found that the rise in use of social media in recent years, specifically Facebook and Twitter, combined with negative portrayals of the NHS in the media, is propelling complaints. In fact, between 2007 and 2012, social media has contributed to a colossal 100 per cent increase in complaints against doctors, doubling from 5,168 to 10,347. Social media undoubtedly enables information to be more easily accessed and shared. Moreover, the researchers believe these channels encourage patients to discuss their experiences and grant them confidence to complain.Read more

Poland to challenge EU ban on menthol cigarettes

Reuters) - Poland will appeal to Europe's top court over a European Union ban on flavored tobacco products, saying it will be unfairly affected as one of the region's biggest consumers and producers of menthol cigarettes. The ban is a part of EU-wide anti-smoking legislation, due to be implemented in 2016, which also includes tougher rules on packaging and marketing. Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Janusz Piechocinski has said that menthol-flavored cigarettes should be considered a traditional product - not unlike the Swedish "snus", powdered tobacco placed under the lip – and therefore exempt from the directive. According to the World Lung Foundation, Poland remains one of the EU's heavy-smoking nations, with annual consumption of 1,586 cigarettes per capita - twice as large as Britain's....Read more

Food labelling: saving lives and improving habits