Sustainable development in the European Union

Sustainable development aims to achieve a continuous improvement in citizens’ quality of life and well-being. This involves the pursuit of economic progress, while safeguarding the natural environment and promoting social justice. For these reasons, sustainable development is a fundamental and overarching objective of the European Union and the progress towards the goals agreed at UN Read more about Sustainable development in the European Union[…]

EU funding programmes tackled low absorption but had insufficient focus on results

The European Commission and Member States should make more effective use of Cohesion funding, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Delays in finalising the legal framework and slow progress with spending plans put national administrations under pressure to use the money quickly, sometimes at the expense of performance, warn the Read more about EU funding programmes tackled low absorption but had insufficient focus on results[…]

EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member Read more about EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia[…]

How much entrepreneurial activity takes place is your region?

Is life expectancy in your region higher than in other regions of the European Union (EU)? What is the quality of life in your region? How much entrepreneurial activity takes place is your region? How much money is invested in research and innovation? Is your region richer than others? Which region has the highest internet Read more about How much entrepreneurial activity takes place is your region?[…]

Kidney stones undergo a dynamic process of growing and dissolving

A geologist, a microscopist and a doctor walk into a lab and, with their colleagues from across the nation, make a discovery that overturns centuries of thought about the nature and composition of kidney stones. The team’s key insight, reported in the journal Scientific Reports, is that kidney stones are built up in calcium-rich layers that Read more about Kidney stones undergo a dynamic process of growing and dissolving[…]

How well Member States focus on results in selecting projects for the Cohesion policy funds

Project selection procedures in Cohesion policy still emphasise outputs and spending rather than results, despite a longstanding intention to improve matters, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Moreover, say the auditors, shortcomings in monitoring make it difficult to assess the extent to which EU funding has contributed to EU and Read more about How well Member States focus on results in selecting projects for the Cohesion policy funds[…]

New research helps to understand how illnesses and bodily states in general influence our subjective well-being.

A Finnish research group from the University of Turku, University of Tampere and Aalto University has mapped the organisation of human conscious feelings and found them to cluster into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses. Humans constantly experience an ever-changing stream of subjective feelings that is only interrupted Read more about New research helps to understand how illnesses and bodily states in general influence our subjective well-being.[…]

Drought in Europe: Commission presents additional measures to support farmers

In light of the difficulties faced by European farmers affected by drought this summer, the European Commission continues acting to provide practical support to the sector. Additional flexibility will be granted to help farmers provide sufficient feed to their animals. The European Commission presented today an additional package of actions aimed at increasing the availability Read more about Drought in Europe: Commission presents additional measures to support farmers[…]

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Transitioning to automated flight systems generate new flight paths over populated areas

Health costs associated with noise from changing flight patterns over populated urban landscapes far outweigh the benefits of reduced flight times, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University‘s Mailman School of Public Health and Queens Quiet Skies. The researchers used flights from LaGuardia airport that have historically flown over Flushing Meadows and the Read more about Transitioning to automated flight systems generate new flight paths over populated areas[…]

Top Trends Changing The Medical Laboratory Industry In Europe

The way healthcare is delivered around the globe is changing. Patients are now at the centre of how medical care is delivered and recent advances in medical technology have allowed medical laboratory testing to move in parallel with this course. Keeping up-to-date with latest industry trends emerging from within the medical laboratory industry is critical Read more about Top Trends Changing The Medical Laboratory Industry In Europe[…]

How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?

EU mostly on track. Research & development and poverty alleviation lagging behind. The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, is the European Union’s agenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in Read more about How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?[…]

Commission helps Europe’s regions become more innovative

Commission is renewing the initiative ‘Stairway to Excellence’, to continue to provide tailored support and expertise to regions lagging behind in terms of innovation. The initiative will help regions develop, update and refine their smart specialisation strategies – that is, their regional innovation strategies based on niche areas of competitive strengths – ahead of the start of Read more about Commission helps Europe’s regions become more innovative[…]