Opening of European Capital of Culture 2015 attracts 100,000 people in Mons - Xinhua

People take part in the celebration of the opening ceremony of 2015 European Capital of Culture, in Mons, Belgium, Jan. 24, 2015....Read more

Speech Yves Mersch: Advancing Monetary Union

Euro banknotes and coins are not just a means of payment. The bridges and arches on our banknotes are a symbol of European integration. They stand for the fact that there is a lot which connects us within the Monetary Union, and that our once so divided continent has succeeded in overcoming these deep divisions, as the crisis has recently shown. Our common currency also therefore stands for shared values....Read more

City break: Valletta is a hip destination in its own right away from Malta's beaches

With its stunning 16th Century architecture and 400-year legacy as a strategic Mediterranean outpost, Valletta has long been a must see for history buffs.

Mons prepares to dazzle as Capital of Culture | Culture | DW.DE

Culture is a fluid thing - something the organizers of Mons 2015 realized when the iconic sculpture by Arne Quinze, called "The Passenger" (pictured above), partially collapsed on Christmas Eve. Installed at a cost of around 400,000 euros ($460,000) as a key attraction for the city's status as a 2015 European Culture Capital, the 85-by-16-meter (279-by-52-foot) structure has now been dismantled, reported dpa....Read more

Ian Borg meets Secretary General of Council ...

The visit of the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds Ian Borg in Brussels resumed today with further meetings.

ANSAmed - Weekly diary from January 25 to February 1

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Purchase of transport services using buses or minibuses (Framework contract in cascade)

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) intends to conclude a framework contract in cascade with the aim of purchasing transportation services using minibuses and buses mainly in European countries but around the world as well for the Conference and Internal Services Unit. Economic operators who have expressed their interest in this contract will be invited to submit a tender.Read more

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: EESC urges continuance of the precautionary principle through regulation and advisory work

At its January plenary session, the EESC adopted an opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) which recognises the distress being suffered by people in Europe who believe they are affected. Although the EESC opinion says that radiofrequency exposure is not causally linked to EHS symptoms, it urges continuance of the precautionary principle through regulation and advisory work, particularly as further research is still needed to accumulate evidence concerning any potential health impact from long-term exposure. The EESC opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome points out that further substantial research is ongoing to understand the problem and its causes. It also notes that the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has performed an extensive analysis of this issue and will shortly be completing its latest opinion which draws on a broad public consultation.Read more

EESC Plenary: Latvian presidency unveils its priorities

Parliamentary Secretary at the Latvian Foreign Ministry, presented the working programme of Latvia's presidency of the EU. Its priorities include growth, the digital era, globalisation, climate change and a special emphasis on EU-Central Asia relations. To achieve these goals, the EU must move forward with all Europeans. This is part of a strong and much needed democratic process that will enable European action to meet citizens' expectations on the ground.Read more

Nearly half of all food gets wasted in the EU each year. This statistic is even more shocking when one considers that 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and some 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions. In 2011, in the wake of the economic and financial crisis, 24. 2% of Europeans – 119.Read more