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Poland celebrates the European Day of Languages


The conference is addressed to experts responsible for shaping language policy, neurolinguists, representatives of education institutions, researchers, teachers, social partners. The conference will provide them with the possibility to discuss the following issues: Foreign language didactics in the field of brain studies Competence motivation in foreign language teaching Motivation to foreign language learning of new learner groups Motivation to learning less widely used languages Development of new methods and tools facilitating fo... Read More »

Eurozone recovering faster than expected


Finland and Germany recorded the highest growth of 0.7 percent. However, there was also good news for Portugal, which, despite recent social unrest and political turmoil over its bailout programme, saw its economy grow by 1.1 percent. Meanwhile, France recorded a 0.5 percent growth rate, which will dampen concerns that the country's economy will remain stagnant in 2013. The statistics indicate that the European economy is recovering faster than expected and could post an overall growth rate for 2013. In May, the EU executive forecast that... Read More »

Digital Agenda: Swiss, French & German scientists develop miniature artificial insect eyes which could help prevent accidentsMicro Air Vehicles


In the future, the artificial compound eye could be used in areas where panoramic motion detection is primordial. For instance, a flexible artificial compound eye could be attached around automobiles for efficient obstacle detection (e.g. during parking manoeuvres, for automated vehicle guidance, or for the detection of vehicles or pedestrians that are getting too close), or implemented in Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) for vision-based collision-free navigation (e.g. during landing or for obstacle avoidance, such as in rescue operations). Due to th... Read More »

Future of the EU – join the conversation


Over the past eight months, Commissioners have been taking part in open debates on the future of the EU. These discussions have been hosted by towns and cities big and small across Europe – from Warsaw in Poland to Cadiz in Spain. With at least 20 debates still to come, there is still time to put your questions directly to a European Commissioner – or to post questions and follow the discussions online. Now is your chance to speak directly to EU politicians about your rights, the kind of Europe you want to live in, and your expectations for ... Read More »

EU experts help Nigeria prepare for floods


Following Nigeria's request for assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the team of experts from the European Commission and four Member States (Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic) will conduct a 10-day mission to Abuja and the flood-prone areas. They will advise the Nigerian authorities on ways to improve flood preparedness of the population and the national disaster management system. Last year Nigeria suffered its worst floods in 40 years. More than 2 million people were displaced, homes and farml... Read More »

Europeans seek ever more mobile bandwidth, but they worry about cost


Mobile phones are now everywhere, but only half are "smart". Subscriptions for phones that include internet access range from 55% in Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France & the Netherlands to below 35% in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria & Portugal. This lower penetration of smart phones is a feature in many countries where mobile Internet access subscribers limit time spent online because they are concerned about the charges - Hungary (35%), Portugal (58%), Greece (53%), Cyprus (52%), Belgium, (47%) & Romania ... Read More »

EU ‘hopes’ new settler homes will not stop peace talks


A spokesman for the bloc's foreign service, Michael Mann, told EUobserver on Sunday (11 August): "We hope and expect that the 14 August talks will go ahead. We call on both sides to make every effort to make them a success." His statement comes after Israeli minister for construction, Uri Ariel, earlier the same morning invited private firms to tender for the construction of 1,200 new Jewish homes in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. He told press at a cornerstone-laying ceremony at one settlement that "this is only the beginning... Read More »

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the latest attacks in Iraq


"I strongly condemn the series of terrorist attacks that recently took place in Iraq and specifically targeted families celebrating the Eid-El-Fitr holidays. I am saddened that, once again, many innocent civilians, including children, have died as a result of such senseless violence. I express my condolences to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery to the many people injured. This violence is clearly intended to fuel sectarianism and undermine the stability of Iraq. I call on all political, religious and community leaders to ... Read More »

Evaluation of the European Capitals of Culture in 2012, Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia)


The evaluation report considers the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of both 2012 ECoC throughout their “life-cycle”; from the preparation of their application, through the designation and development phase and up to the completion of their cultural programmes at the end of the title year. Consideration is also given to their likely sustainability and legacy. The report, in English, with Executive Summary in French and German, notes a number of lessons learned and provides recommendations for the cities and for the Commission. ... Read More »

Eurojust assists in dismantling drug smuggling operation


As part of Operation INVIERNO, 36 gang members were arrested, and more than 1 500kg of hashish, one firearm, 13 vehicles, one boat, one motorcycle, more than two hundred mobile phones, numerous sets of scales and other tools used in the distribution of drugs and more than EUR 32 000 were seized. In addition, six international arrest warrants were filed. The gang’s method of transporting the hashish from Morocco used the system known as “GO FAST”, in which high-purity drugs are transported hidden in the false bottoms of vehicles. Upon arrival... Read More »

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