40% of treated municipal waste was recycled or composted in 2011

According to Eurostat, 503 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2011, while 486 kg of municipal waste was treated per person. Denmark, with 718 kg per person, had the highest amount of waste generated in 2011, while values of below 400 kg per person were recorded in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia.

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The healthy life years in 2011 were 62 years in the EU, for both women and men

According to Eurostat, the figures for 2011 show that both women and men could expect at birth to live 62 years in a healthy condition and nine additional years at the age of 65 in the EU. In Sweden and Malta could expect to live more than 70 years in good health.

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€30 million more from EU fund to Lebanon to deal with refugee crisis

The European Commission announced that it will provide an additional €30 million to Lebanon to alleviate the impact of the high influx of refugees from Syria. The Commission highlighted that the objective of this special measure is to reinforce the national capacity to deal with the unprecedented number of refugees and provide financial support for the Government’s plan to mitigate the consequences this has for the country.

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Commission created a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900,000 job vacancies expected to exist in ICT

The European Commission launched a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. For this reason, the Commission called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join the Coalition.

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Eurogroup welcomes the reforms achieved on Greece and the disbursement by the EFSF of €2.8 billion

The Eurogroup welcomed in a statement the achievement of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) milestone for February, agreed between Greece and the Troika. The Eurogroup also welcomed the disbursement by the EFSF of €2.8 billion under the second economic adjustment programme. With regard to Cyprus, with the new government now in place in Cyprus, the Eurogroup is confident that a swift conclusion of the negotiations towards a Memorandum of Understanding can be reached.

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