EESC urges measures to boost employment of disabled people

Ms Brenda King, president of the European Economic and Social Committee Section for Employment and Social Affairs on the 18th June 2008, addressed the Polish Parliament Sejm and called for action to tap a potentially large labour pool by integrating people with disabilities into the labour market.

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EESC and EU stakeholders discuss how to make urban transport R&D more effective

At the conference "MOVING TOGETHER TOWARDS A NEW CULTURE FOR URBAN MOBILITY: Citizens' views on EU research for sustainable urban transport" held on the 16th June 2008 at the European Economic and Social Committee, citizens from the 27 EU member states dialogued with EESC members, experienced stakeholders and decision-makers in the urban transport sector. The Citizens, representing the different cultures and urban settings of Europe, emphasised the need to stop the excessive use of cars and to boost walking, cycling, public transport use and information services to obtain more liveable cities. They also called for stronger involvement of citizens in EU transport research to make it more applicable and bring it closer to the needs of all transport users.

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Launch of "MOVE TOGETHER" project

On 16th June 2008 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host in Brussels the launching conference of the research project “MOVE TOGETHER", financed under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme for RTD.  “MOVE TOGETHER" aims to provide civil-society inputs to the European Commission Green Paper “Towards a new culture for urban mobility” and the action plan in preparation.

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Commission joins the celebrations of the World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour will this year be marked by thousands of events in scores of countries around the world on 12 June with a focus on the need to improve access of children to education as the right response to child labour.

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EDA Holds Symposium On Biological Detection, Identification And Monitoring

Experts in Biological Detection Identification and Monitoring have held a unique gathering to underline the European Union’s commitment to protecting forces deployed on ESDP operations from biological attack, with the aim of addressing this key capability requirement through European collaboration.

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EC finance encourage public participation in ICT with 4.7 million euros

The European Commission finance with 4.7 million euros, projects to encourage and increase public participation in Information and Communications Technologies. eParticipation is a Preparatory Action which aims at harnessing the benefits of the use of Information and Communications Technologies for better legislative and decision-making processes and enhanced public participation in such processes, at all levels of governmental decision making.

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3rd World Forum on Human Rights

The 3rd World Forum on Human Rights took place at the International Convention Center of Nantes Métropole between the 30th of June and the 3rd of July 2008. It was organised by the permanent international Secretariat Human Rights and Local Governments, association by French Law (Law 1901).

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Protect editorial independence and media pluralism, says Culture Committee

There is a "considerable risk" that the private media's pursuit of profit could compromise its ability to act as a watchdog for democracy, warns a report adopted by the Culture and Education Committee on Tuesday. MEPs advocate "editorial charters" to prevent owners, shareholders or governments from interfering with editorial content, and ombudsmen to protect media freedom. They also want status of weblogs clarified, and suggest introducing fees for commercial use of user-generated content.

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New Call for proposals — Preparatory action on an EU rapid response capability

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, Civil Protection Unit, is launching a Call for Proposals with the aim of identifying projects on an EU civil protection rapid response capability which might be eligible for financial support. This financial support will take the form of grants.

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4th Plenary Meeting of the European Security Research and Innovation Forum

The European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF), a public-private partnership on security research and innovation, is holding its 4th plenary meeting from 19 to 21 May 2008 at the JRC in Ispra.

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EU listens to people experiencing poverty to help improve their lives

Around 200 Europeans on the front line of the battle against social exclusion are meeting with EU and national policy makers in Brussels for a direct dialogue on the 19th Mat 2008. They will discuss issues ranging from minimum income to housing, social services and services of general interest. The annual event aims to include marginal groups in the process of seeking solutions and building policies to improve their lives.

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Brussels debate focused on inter-religious dialogue

The role of active citizenship in bringing together people of different faiths was discussed on Wednesday 14th of May 2008, as part of the third 'Brussels Debate' organised under the banner of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The debate "New horizons: active citizenship to bridge inter-religious divides" was prepared by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent, non-profit, Brussels based think-tank.

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