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Climate change has a range of adverse effects on the natural and material environment, including Europe’s cultural heritage and landscapes. Wide-ranging actions required to reduce damaging greenhouse gas emissions will have significant implications on cultural heritage and landscapes. Strategies, plans and projects relating to risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation must therefore be developed for heritage… » read more

L’Europe devrait agir activement en faveur d’un respect accru de ses merveilles naturelles. Notre environnement naturel est un élément clé de notre bien être commun ete de notre développement, au même titre que notre patrimoine culturel bâti. Or actuellement des paysages fantastiques sont trop souvent défigurés par des constructions en tout genre (éoliennes, voies routières… » read more

Since the large majority of Europe’s heritage assets are privately owned and public funding for their upkeep is insufficient, the EU Institutions and all Member States need to adopt incentives for private investments in repairing, restoring and maintaining historical buildings and cultural heritage, such as a reduced rate of VAT. In 1999 the European Council… » read more

The EU has come a long way since the initial six members founded the Coal and Steel Community in 1951. Since then, the EU has grown, not only in terms of members, but also in terms of substance. Membership or rather the prospect of membership, coupled with the very substance of EU cooperation, e.g. Justice… » read more

EU must take action and show global leadership concerning the increasing problem of illegal immigration. The amount of people trying to cross the common EU-border, many of them refugees, is growing dramatically. Thousands of immigrants die each year in their attempt to make a new and better life in Europe. Those who manage to cross… » read more

No country likes to see its territory distributed among its neighbours. Still, this happened to Hungary a number of times. The most drastic reduction took place in 1920, when the infamous Trianon Treaty was signed. The treaty allocated more than 70% of the territory to neighbouring countries and cut the size of the population of… » read more

Since October last year the Party of European Socialists (PES) has been running its own consultation– the PES is taking the writing of its manifesto for the 2009 European elections into an open debate and asking people what the priorities of Europe’s socialists and social democrats should be. Last year we launched an interactive website,… » read more

One of the reasons for the current European malaise is a total absence of a truly federative structure capable to federate young Europeans in a common goal. Personally, I am developing in France the EUROCLIPPERS project which intends to develop navigation in crew for youngsters on board tall ships, along Europe’s coasts, ocean voyages, and… » read more

The EP has just adopted a resolution calling for European wide action to end rough sleeping by 2015 and to establish a system of winter shelters in every country. Rough sleeping is an ongoing reality in all EU member states. No one should be sleeping rough in Europe in the 21st century. The […] Original… » read more

Article published in EDRi-gram 6.7 EDRi-member Chaos Computer Club (CCC) – Germany has published in the latest issue of their magazine Die Datenschleuder the fingerprint of one of the best known proponents of digital fingerprints in passports – Mr. Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Minister of Internal Affairs. The fingerprint has been printed on a […]… » read more

We are now so used to talk about climate change in terms of policy, of technicalities, such as GHG-concentration in PPMs and of technologies/fuels that we tend to loose the sight of the object itself – the physical impact in the everyday life. The latest IPCC-report is however of great help for the understanding. What… » read more

Levi Nietvelt, Economic Officer with consumer orgnisation BEUC, calls for more power for European energy regulators and for a cap on energy prices. “We are in favour of ownership ubundling. At the same time, our position is that this on itself will not be enough. There is also the problem of very concentrated markets both… » read more

L’association des Villes et Régions de la grande Europe pour la Culture (Les Rencontres) a son siège à Paris mais elle est active dans tous les pays d’Europe, tant à l’Est qu’à l’Ouest. Lors de sa Rencontre de Liverpool en mars 2008, le thème de la gratuité des Musées et Monuments dans les Villes européennes… » read more

2009 will mark 30 years since the first elections for the European Parliament and new elections for this institution, 20 years since the fall of communism and the beginning of the reintegration process of the long-neglected eastern part of our continent in the European project, and, hopefully, the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty,… » read more

Des visas européens pour les rencontres internationales. au-delà des politiques de migration, l’Europe doit pouvoir donner des visas pour des réunions internationales, des rencontres et regroupements de jeunes comme le sommet Europe Afrique de Lisbonne. Les rencontres de courte durée participent de la création d’une réelle citoyenneté européenne ouverte au monde. This post was submitted… » read more

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