Via Baltica - Rospuda Valley finally saved from destruction! BirdLife International welcomes today’s announcement by Polish Prime Minister

Brussels 24 March 2009 – BirdLife International [1] and its Partner OTOP (BirdLife in Poland) applaud today’s decision of the Polish government to save the famous Rospuda valley [2] in North-Eastern Poland from destruction by road development.


URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme (*) promoting sustainable urban development.  

We enable CITIES to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes. 

We help cites to develop pragmatic SOLUTIONS that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions. 

Multilingualism: an asset for an open European society

During the plenary session in Strasbourg today, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on multilingualism which recognises its importance and highlights it as an asset for the EU. Certain paragraphs of the initial draft report, supported by the EPP, which formulated rather explicit criticisms against the linguistic teaching policy practised in several areas within EU member states were removed thanks to a compromise supported by ALDE, PES and the Greens.

Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent and barbaric practice

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the practice of female circumcision and genital mutilation to be made illegal in all Member States in the form of laws and administrative provisions, prevention systems, and education and social measures, and in particular, wide dissemination of information regarding the existing protection mechanisms available.

EEB - European Environmental Bureau

Created in 1974, the EEB is now the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe.

Tuberculosis and Health Inequalities

As the second most cause of death from an infectious agent, Tuberculosis (TB) remains a serious public health problem. New challenges are also posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), which are virtually untreatable.

Disparities in TB incidence between Western and Eastern Europe, developed and developing countries persist. Of the 100.000 reported TB cases in the European Union in 2005, 35% came from Bulgaria and Romania.

Practical rules on passenger rights needed

On the eve of a crucial debate and vote in the European Parliament, the European collective passenger transport and travel industries call for practical and adapted passenger rights in EU bus and coach transport services, based on a sound impact assessment.


Brussels, March 23rd 2009.

A Group of Nobel Prize Laureates, leading human rights activists and Members of Parliament from several countries joined an appeal promoted by the Nonviolent Radical Party calling on China to resume dialogue with the Envoys of the Dalai Lama.

Supporters of the appeal include Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Máiread Corrigan-Maguire, former EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gijs de Vries, former EU Commissioner Emma Bonino and leading parliamentarians from Italy, France, Hungary, Sweden, Estonia, Cambodia and Kosovo.

EUREAU is happy to launch the “Water : Yes, We Care!” campaign and would like to thanks the numerous MEPs from all over Europe and representing all political groups that have signed it (Adamos ADAMOU, Georgs ANDREJEVS, Liam AYLWARD, Pilar AYUSO, Maria BERGER, Johannes BLOKLAND, Hiltrud BREYER, Elmar BROK, Paulo CASACA, Daniel COHN-BENDIT, Chris DAVIES, Esther de LANGE, Gérard DEPREZ, Avril DOYLE, Edite ESTRELA, Elisabetta GARDINI, Bogdan GOLIK, Françoise GROSSETÊTE, Cristina GUTTIEREZ-CORTINEZ, Caroline JACKSON, Lily JACOBS, Dan JORGENSEN, Christa KLAAS, Raymond LANGENDRIES, Anne LAPPERROUZE,

Royal Mail, CENEX, PostEurop and FuelCellEurope Join Forces To Accelerate Development Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Postal Vans

Brussels, 23 March 2009
Royal Mail, the postal operating authority for the United Kingdom is working with CENEX, PostEurop, the association of European public postal operators, and FuelCellEurope, the European association of fuel cell developers to develop a universal design specification for hydrogen fuel cell postal vans. Once a draft design specification has been developed Royal Mail intends to share the design brief


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