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The people versus the parking lot

by Sarah Tighe

How a group of neighbours fought back and salvaged a corner of paradise in urban Lisbon It was Joni Mitchell, in the ballard Big Yellow Taxi, who first sang of paradise lost to a sprawling carpark. And while the eyesore in question was apparently in Hawaii, the environmental message of nature sacri ...

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The Anyksciai Treetop Walking Path

by Ele Pranaityte

This blog post is an entry to "Europe in My Region Blog Contest" as an acknowledgement for the European Union funding to Lithuania. This treetop walking path is the only such path in the Baltic countries and even in the Eastern Europe. The path is situated in Anyksciai forest near the Puntukas stone ...

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5 Day Road Trip in the South and the North of Estonia

by Alīna Andrušaite, Jēkabs Andrušaitis

What to see in Estonia, where to enjoy its stunning nature and what are the places and cities not to miss? Bright green forests, calm lakes and unusual museums are just some of the reasons why you must visit South and North of Estonia! Listen to the silence of the bog, walk at the seaside, surround ...

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EU funding for Commonwealth Park

by Chloe C.D.

Inspired by green areas in walled cities, the Gibraltar Government decided that Gibraltar finally needed some greenery in 2011.  Dr. John Cortes, now Minister for the Environment had this idea long before he even came into office.  As Director of the Botanical Gardens, Dr. Cortes had many ...

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“LIFE EUROTURTLES” Loggerhead Sea Turtle

by Nada Marić

A programme (lasting from September 2016 to September 2021), with a EUR 5.1 million budget, co-funded by the EU, 75% of which comes through LIFE (EUR 3.8 million). There are six participating countries: Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, and Slovenia. Of the LIFE funding, Croatia ...

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CO2 capture in the European cement industry: CEMCAP framework – public and ready for use

by Kristin Jordal

During the TCCS9 conference in Trondheim, Mari Voldsund from SINTEF Energy Research presented the CEMCAP framework for CO2 capture from cement plants that was recently published on the CEMCAP website. The framework has been developed in CEMCAP with participation from VDZ, SINTEF Energy Research, Pol ...

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EU Parliament hearing: A good day for Carbon Capture and Storage in Europe

by Elisabeth Tanami Vågenes

Thursday 12 November was an important and encouraging day for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe. In the morning there was a high-level hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Towards a global CCS breakthrough: Lessons from abroad & a plan for the EU”, where around 120 a ...

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ECOlabel: More energy-efficient and eco-friendly supermarkets are coming to Europe

by Camilla Claussen & Anne Karin Hemmingsen

All supermarkets in Europe will soon be more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. The eco-labelling of supermarkets is just one of the incentives being used to persuade food stores to opt for smart technologies. A new EU research project called “SuperSmart”, headed by SINTEF Energy, will b ...

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Memoirs of a (nearly) ex-UK Young Ambassador

by Joe

 National working group with UKYA – Hard at work! All good things come to an end. The classic proverb. All fixed term positions come to an end. The slightly less classic proverb, but just as true nonetheless. I am sad to say that as of July I will no longer represent the young ...

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When saving ecological diversity meets business

by Cvi

Bees are some of the most important insects in the ecological system. Their role in pollinating one third of all of what people eat is a significant factor in preserving the integrity of the flora and fauna. Their interaction with all elements of the ecosystem makes them essential, not only for hum ...

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Latsketch – from the desire to become entrepreneurs to curvilinear wood flooring production

by Inga Jefrēmova

I would like to share my experience of how, within a few years, I became an entrepreneur. Perhaps my experience will motivate and encourage someone not to be afraid, to seize opportunities, take up the challenge and become an entrepreneur. I should begin with the fact that I'm not alone in this busi ...

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NObullyingFlashMob – why?

by Sharing Europe

I was a victim of cyber bullying, even though when I went through it, there were no smartphones, Facebook, YouTube or WhatsApp. But while I was at middle school, there were telephone answering machines. It initially feels like a nostalgic look back to a previous time and almost makes me smile, but t ...

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I love Malta

by Sharing Europe

To anybody who works within an international information network (in my case Europe Direct), the acronym AGM will sound familiar. AGM stands for Annual General Meeting, and in my case it means all the network representatives will meet in yet another European city for three days to discuss new projec ...

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A European Union that revives children’s schools

by Michele Simone

This is the story of Aurora and Marco, two young Italians who live in Molinella, a small town of more than 15 000 about 40 km from Bologna, which is the regional capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna in the north of Italy.Aurora and Marco married in the spring of 2012 but shortly afterwards s ...

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An Eramus+ experience lasts more than just a few months

by Ricky

Six young people are sitting in a beer garden in this multicultural German city. The working day has ended and, with the sun still shining above, they are enjoying their (deserved) rest by having a drink and enjoying each other’s company. Of these six young people, only two are natives of the ...

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Innovathens sounds like enhance-me

by Gianna Vardalahaki

It has now been 17 days since I was paid and during this period I have had time to go through all the stages of 'job depression'. Spoiler alert: the writer's message is optimistic (...and is called Innovathens). Job depression In the beginning I took it as a bit of a joke. When my account balance wa ...

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Beyond the word’s barriers

by Francesca Maltagliati

A project aimed to develop and test new training and education methodologies based on non-verbal communication, in adult education with social inclusion purposes. “I’m Giulia. Nice to meet you! I’m 19. I live in Buggiano. I go to school at the Sismondi Senior High. I’m going ...

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Ireland's Cliffs of Moher: Wild and Beautiful.

by Ger Leddin

If you had Theia's —the Titan goddess of sight — eyesight on a good clear day, you could stand at the edge of the Cliffs and see Newfoundland. For you are truly standing at the very edge of Europe. The Cliffs of Moher mark the boundary of a continent; the next landmass is the New World. ...

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Feeling ENLIGHT-TENED

by Marisa Stebegg

The Babraham Institute is proud to have received three European Innovative Training Network (ITN) awards in recent years.  The networks, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a ne ...

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Why Erasmus should be mandatory for all students

by Lara

After seeing European Commission blog contest- Europe in my Region, about EU- funded projects, I knew immediately I have to write my (our) Erasmus story. March 2012. I was the 4th year Faculty of Law student. Not the best student, to be fair. Somewhere between the endless Administration Law article ...

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Saving Malta’s seabirds

by Jessica Irwin (Birdlife Malta)

If you have ever visited the small yet significant Mediterranean island of Malta, the likelihood is you will have never seen a Yelkouan Shearwater. Maybe you have been lucky enough to hear its calls but to see one live and kicking and its natural habitat is certainly not common. Active at night and ...

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The girl with kaleidoscope eyes

by Chiara Curia

My first Erasmus +: Finding N.E.M.O. (Natural & EnvironMental Orientation) It is easy to think that a person can get on the Erasmus train only once in their life, that once you have taken it (or not taken it) after a long journey, it lets you off at more or less the same station you started fro ...

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The invisible poor in a rich Athens suburb

by Giorgos Laoutaris

Nobody can imagine what sort of people pass through the door of the ground level building that houses the Social Services Department of the Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni Municipality in one of the green central parks located in Voula. The newly-built apartment blocks with a view of the 'infinite blue' of ...

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Empowering healthcare users by listening to their opinions

by Alice Biggane

Doctors know about the illness, but patients know about the impact Healthcare is a multi-faceted area. It does not exist for any one individual group, it exists for us all, as a collective. Sooner or later most of us will depend on it. Many of us are dedicated to its continued improvement and progre ...

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Connecting people: new mobility in the city of the Volcano

by Filippo Accordino

La stazione Borgo della Metropolitana di Catania [foto propria] “It’s a shame that it wasn’t here when I was 20, kids today are lucky, I am hoping to see it reach all the way to the airport one day” Rosario made this comment a few months ago on a Facebook post which announce ...

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Open data and open roads – how data can show the value of road improvements around Galway

by Una Sinnott

  Ask anyone what they find most frustrating about Galway and you’re likely to get one of two answers — the weather and the traffic are the twin piques of just about everyone who lives here, particularly those who have to navigate their way through the city’s packed thoroughfa ...

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But Where Do The Diapers Go?

by Kojishi Dae

We use the dumpsters a block from our house, just before Lidl. I take out a small bag of trash with me whenever I am shopping and toss it in the dumpsters on the way to the store. But one morning something was different. I noticed it from a distance— two bright yellow dumpsters replaced our be ...

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Wifi4EU: The new digital revolution in the European Union.

by Federico Licandro

There is a notable accusation that the European Union is out of touch with its citizens, but take a look at the European programme, Wifi4EU, and I will prove it wrong. What is WiFi4EU?  Wifi4EU is a programme backed by 120 million euros of European commission money, enabling free Wi-Fi zones t ...

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BRING ART BACK

by Mara Magni

“The wrath sing, goddess, of Peleus' son, Achilles, that destructive wrath which brought countless woes upon the Achaeans[1].” The ancient words resonate in Giulia’s sleep-addled mind, a chorus lulling her into times long gone while she rides the 7am bus to school. It’s late ...

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A sky dense with kolibřík

by We Eat Responsibly project

I  am a teacher working in a small school in Sliema, Malta.  Seven years ago I returned to my country of birth, having lived in London and Scotland for 21 years. Much as I loved teaching in both London and Scotland, it is good to  be in a Maltese school once again.  There are re ...

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How the European Programmes changed my Life

by Helena Gandra

Being currently in Croatia as part of an Erasmus + programme of my organisation and being one of the first members of the European Solidarity Corps made me reflect gave me inspiration to write about how the European Programmes really changed my life. It is a fact that many people say that Erasm ...

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Thessalonikiʼs new seafront: A jewel for the nymph of the Thermaic

by Maria Tsitoura

The Inauguration of a New Era On the 1st of December 2013, Thessaloniki welcomes its new Seafront and a new era for the city and its residents is initiated. The Regeneration of Thessaloniki’s Seafront constitutes one of the greatest investments of the last decade in the area of Northern Greec ...

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The EU in My Region: Sarajevo

by Amela

In my country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, war ceased after the signing of the Dayton Agreement in November 1995. During the devastation of the four-year war, many buildings, homes and houses were destroyed. Some houses were only damaged while others were completely destroyed. This meant that numerous f ...

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Interreg Annual Meeting 2017 – Cypfire project successful in the Maltese Islands

by Andrew Borg Carbott

In the year 2006 Malta along with other European member states were involved in the CYPFIRE project which is a project that its purpose was to result with a natural barrier that suppresses forest fires. After several studies were commenced, the cypress trees were fit the best to reduce detrimental ...

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Strengthen citizen participation through the exchange of good practices

by Hélène Paumier

For the last two years, the city council of Billère and its partners (five towns and two European associations) have been exchanging their practices to improve the inclusive participation of their citizens.  A project funded by the Erasmus+ programme has been the spur for this initi ...

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An unwanted legacy

by Anna Georgescu

I arrived at their door after travelling for nearly an hour along a route that snaked its way between hills. The journey left a smell of freshness and cleanliness in my car. My intention was to not cause too much bother; I was more interested in the story behind the project which had just ended aft ...

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The future's heritage

by Ivana Turudic

After the heat lessened, we finally made up our minds and sat in the car. I asked my father if we could go to Kapela Dvor to visit an old manor that was once in ruins. My hometown is Virovitica, situated on the Croatian border, near Hungary. I watched through the window and there it was, a familiar ...

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Introducing 5 Individual Stories about Solidarity in the South Baltic Sea Region!

by Jasmin Kanditt

Follow the link, come with me... I will take you on a narrative tour introducing to you 5 individual characters you can identify with and showing you how in each case their life can be improved by innovative EU co-financed projects of the Interreg South Baltic cooperation programme. Focus on Marina ...

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SOLIDARITY in Europe: "We’re all sitting in the same boat!"

by Jasmin Kanditt

The icy wind stirred up the Baltic seabed near the coast of Helsinki by whipping up soft white waves in the bluish-green water… It was a fresh summer in Finland when new and fresh ideas on regional innovation strategies were presented at the SMART REGIONS 2.0 CONFERENCE. THE H ...

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#EUinmyRegion: Multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism: for travelling abroad … and understanding

by Davide Orlandini - IFOA

Hosted by the Università Cattolica Portoghese di Viseu, from 7th to 13th May 2017, the partners of INTERMOVE met for the project’s first training session for trainers. At a time when Europe is undergoing a decisive phase in its own project and in the future of the member states, INTERM ...

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This App is (still) a Secret Tip: Why DIVERCITIES MUST Get Started Throughout Europe

by Leitmotiv-Europe

 One crisis after another – and the EU is far-removed from the people. Ever thought that too? No problem! Today, I present to you a very cool EU project, which is happening right on your doorstep and on digital receiving devices: The Future DiverCities project, with its DIVERCITIES app. # ...

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Training for small and micro business operators in Latvia for the development of innovation and digital technology

by NoveltyKnowledgeBrainwave

 Too often, businesses and technology solutions in Latvia function separately Today’s modern world is in a constant state of development; that which just ten years ago was impossible is today considered a self-evident and integral part of life. The application of information and communica ...

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Understanding What Makes Us Human in the Islands of Tromsøya and Cyprus

by Evelina Leivada, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

What makes us human? English philosopher and Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell would have replied “language”, for once he said that “no matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest”. The role of language in defining the human es ...

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#EUinmyregion: The workshop that gets kids reading their hearts out

by Mamans d'Europe

  Hello, hallo, buon giorno fellow parents in Europe, A few weeks ago, baby Lou, my husband and I attended our first edition of the " Croq’ les mots, marmot " ("Read your hearts out, kids") workshop in Mayenne. This workshop, aimed at small infants, is one of a kind. Public read ...

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Why every single stakeholder matters – The MARINA Project

by Viktoria Brunner

MARINA morning session © Visuality Norma NARDY   On the 11th of May 2017, 17 people gathered in a seminar room at a French aquarium, committed to working in an international workshop for nine hours on a subject that each of them had a unique and incomparable relationship with. These perso ...

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The Lithos Project-Interreg 2017

by Liam Carter

Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004, but 2017 was a certainly a defining year for Malta’s membership as it hosted the Presidency of Council of the European Union. In addition to that on the 27th of April 2017 , Malta hosted the annual Interreg conference an event hosted by ...

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The best value for money: SmartReFlex Project Case

by Laura Sisó Miró

Picture property of Mireia Salvia (http://mireiasalvia.blogspot.com.es/ ). After three years of collaborative work between fifteen organizations (companies, associations, public bodies and research centres) SmartReFlex is over. However, considering that is a publicly co-funded project by Eur ...

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Organic farming through winegrowers’ eyes

by Laura Siepmann

One aim of organic farming under European legislation is to “combine best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, [and] the preservation of natural resources". Moreover, a recent study showed that organic farming beats conventional farming in social benefits, profitability ...

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The Grey to Green secret – a subtle EU project

by albawhitewolf

The first time I encountered the Grey to Green Scheme in Sheffield City Centre, I was cycling to a temporary art exhibition being displayed in a converted warehouse in Kelham Island, part of the old industrial area. I remarked upon the considered aesthetic design and vibrant planting with a pleasan ...

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“CONSUMEHealth”: using consumer science to improve healthy eating habits

by Giovanni Sogari

Even if in today’s world everyone talks about food and seems expert, many people are wondering who are the most competent sources to listen to? At the same time, in Academia more and more researchers, besides investigating the critical issues surrounding our food system, are also trying t ...

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From Tar to Turbines: My Personal Energy Transition

by Francesca Klein and Dennis Nill

Elizabeth shares her insights from working in both the fossil fuel and renewable energy sectors and reveals how economic uncertainty can inhibit the transition to a more sustainable future. The aim of her current work as a researcher in the Baltic InteGrid project  is to ensure a transition tha ...

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What is the next optimum move in Healthcare? Connected Health

by CHESS

What is Connected Health? Connected Health is a proactive model that utilises technology to ensure the appropriate information is in the right place at the right time. The patient is at centre of the process and healthcare is delivered to the patient by the most suitable route by connecting all the ...

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Transcending consciousness through music

by marieffrance

Certain external elements help us to forge an identity and to change our awareness. In this particular case, the music from European Social Sound will be the element, and I have learned an enormous amount from it. I know that both this and future generations will see a growing interest in this art f ...

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Hydrogen buses: zero emissions, many benefits

by Green Projects Eko-scytujące!

More and more cities are looking to buy electric or hybrid buses, and quite rightly so, as they will help reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. But in the near future, we may also see zero-emission hydrogen buses on the streets. Will they be the future of public transport? Hydrogen + oxygen = electric ...

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Focus on cultural ecosystem services in cities: spatial patterns of perception, values and benefits

by Emily Rall and Dagmar Haase

Cultural services, such as recreation, experiencing and learning about nature, and opportunities for social encounters, belong to some of the most important ecosystem services in cities. These services are of great importance for the quality of life of urban residents – not only by way of comp ...

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Collaborative public decision-making processes and urban metabolism: the UrbanWINS project

by Micael Sousa

Leiria has joined the UrbanWINS [1] project, which aims to study the urban metabolism of the city. Systematic approaches comparing cities to living beings are not a new concept. Patrick Geddes [2] made this association as early as the start of the 20th Century, innovatively observing that cities evo ...

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Ecosystem services decanted: Wine regions as multi-functional areas

by Klara J. Winkler

The ecosystem service concept helps identify the many different services of different ecosystems and different types of land use. In science, the multi-functional nature of the countryside is also spoken about: that the countryside can have a variety of functions. Usually when we see fields or other ...

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The Sussex wine industry’s opportunity to become UK climate change pioneers

by Ellen Redford

There is opportunity for the emerging wine industry of Sussex to influence the very climate it relies on by increasing its use of climate-friendly production practices. To do so, the Sussex wine industry can learn from global climate-friendly wine pioneers who can share best practices and their b ...

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Surf, seagrass, and sustainable sands

by Kim Nicholas

The island of Mallorca sits 240km off the coast of Spain, a scenic eight-hour boat cruise from Barcelona, in the middle of the sparkling Mediterranean. Each year more than eight million tourists flock here, outnumbering the local residents more than ten to one, to enjoy the clean water and sandy bea ...

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Giving Bulgaria’s forgotten children a second chance

by Alfonso Lara Montero

Bulgaria launched the process of deinstitutionalisation in 2010, shamed into action by the media (as demonstrated by Kate Blewett’s ‘Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children’) over the horrific conditions endured by disabled children in isolated institutions. They were victims of a poli ...

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4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

by Petra Očkerl

Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of ...

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MamaPan, the bakery that employs mothers with many children or single mothers

by Irina Bartolomeu

Through their business, social enterprises solve social problems of the community, the main beneficiaries being the unemployed, people who live alone or people who need to provide for a large family, as well as disabled people. In 2015, PEC – The Partnership for Equality Centre opene ...

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Kozani: Another eight million euros for the remediation of the North Greece Asbestos Mine

by Theodore Karaoulanis

The Region of Western Macedonia is going to receive, as an initial step, another EUR 8 million to make further progress with the restoration works at the M.A.V.E. asbestos mine in Zidani near Kozani. As reported by Greenagenda, the YMEPERAA (Infrastructure, Transport, Environment and Sustainable Dev ...

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Walking Bus and Bike Train to Promote Sustainable Mobility

by Petra Očkerl

As the traffic lights change to green, a long line of children on their bikes accompanied by adults wearing reflective safety vests crosses the road. It is the bike train. A form of accompanied school travel that promotes sustainable mobility, daily exercise, and trains children to become independen ...

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