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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Archive for 12 luglio 2013

Civil Liberties MEPs clear the way for data protection votes

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The data protection reform (both regulation and directive) should be voted at the latest in October, said Parliament’s rapporteur for the general regulation, Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE) in a Civil Liberties Committee debate on Tuesday. MEPs agreed on the need to move forward swiftly on the two draft laws and stressed the importance to ensure the same high data protection standards all across Europe.The data protection reform package consists of two draft laws: a general regulation covering the bulk of personal data processing in the EU and a directive on processing data to prevent, investigate, detect or prosecute criminal offences or enforce criminal penalties.Parliament’s political groups are negotiating both files ahead of a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee, which will give Parliament’s negotiators a mandate to start talks with the Council of Ministers. Some 4,000 amendments have been tabled to the draft regulation and almost 800 to the draft directive. Negotiations among political groups aim at reducing the number of amendments and simplify the committee.”We will continue the discussions and hopefully have a -Civil Liberties Committee- vote at the latest in October”, said Mr Albrecht. “We only hope that the Council can also have a general approach in October to start negotiations as soon as possible”, he added. He also explained that “we need to ensure quality and that takes some more time”.”We deal with the regulation and the directive as a package”, said Dimitrios Droutsas (S&D, EL), MEP responsible for the directive. He stressed that the work with the directive is moving forward faster. “I expect to close the negotiations on the directive in September”, he concluded.Regarding the NSA/Prism revelations, he said that “we are in a new momentum; Prism has been a wake-up call for everybody. As parliamentarians, we are obliged to take this new sensitiveness into account”.

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Youth in Europe: What are we waiting for?

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The 14th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches has taken notice of the grave social consequences of the current economic crisis in Europe and the radical increase in the number of people in despair, some even taking their own lives. The economic crisis in Europe and beyond is now going on for more than five years. In 2012 we have even experienced another recession phase which means that unemployment is continually rising. This situation has immense repercussions on people’s welfare and especially on young people. Because of youth unemployment youth in Europe, in particular migrant and ethnic minority youth, are at risk of becoming a lost generation. Being unemployed effects a young person’s sense of identity, strips them of their dignity in society and removes their hope of future prospects. The CEC Assembly appreciates the recent initiative of the EU Commission as outlined in the communication “Working together for Europe’s young people – A call to action on youth unemployment (2013)” underpinned by a specific fund for regions with severe unemployment rates.CEC encourages all churches to offer opportunities and support to young people seeking employment. Churches can give young people hope when they do not see a way forward, and we wish to urge churches to resource efforts to give young people a renewed sense of hope. By investing in the young generation we ensure long term growth in the future. Churches should identify their role in overcoming the increasing youth poverty and promote social justice and solidarity.

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A Peek Inside Harvey Nash — Six Recruitment Consultants Share Their Experiences in New Recruitment Video

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LONDON, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvey Nash, the global professional recruitment and IT outsourcing Group, today releases its latest video, giving an insight into life in a modern recruitment business from the perspective of some of its employees.The video captures the experiences of six consultants, each at different stages in their career, as they describe their progression and what has helped them on their Harvey Nash journey so far.The video, produced through the collaboration of the Group’s consultants and its in-house Talent and Digital team, has been launched as Harvey Nash continues to expand in the UK and supports a wider recruitment campaign targeting ambitious and talented professionals in the UK.Albert Ellis, Harvey Nash Group CEO, says: “We are delighted to share the success stories of some of our employees, who make this a unique place to work. Harvey Nash is a great place to begin and continue an exciting and rewarding recruitment career.”Lisa Jobson, Director of Talent for Harvey Nash, continues: “Harvey Nash is an amazing place to work. Not because of our systems, or processes or methodologies – but because of our people and culture. The aim of this video is to give people a sample of what we are and what we stand for, and encourage talented and ambitious professionals to get in touch.”
To view the video, visit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvN68latV8
Established in 1988, Harvey Nash has supported many of the world’s leading organisations to recruit, source and manage the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and technology driven world.With more than 4,000 professionals in 40 offices across the USA, Europe and Asia the Group has the reach and resources of a global organisation, whilst fostering a culture of innovation and agility that empowers its people to respond to constantly changing client needs. We work with clients, both large and small, to deliver a portfolio of services: executive search, professional recruitment and outsourcing.

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New rules to prevent chemicals being diverted by drug traffickers

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New EU-wide rules to ensure that chemicals used in industrial processes, such as manufacturing plastics, textiles, perfumes or aspirin, are not diverted to the illegal production of heroin and other drugs were endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, after a deal stuck with member states. Heroin still accounts for the greatest share of morbidity and mortality-related drug use in the EU.Drug precursors are chemicals which are widely used for different industrial processes, but which can also be misused for illegal drug production. Criminals often try to divert these substances from the licit trade, either by theft or via purchase.
Civil Liberties MEPs backed a proposal to require companies using acetic anhydride (AA), a chemical precursor used in industry to manufacture products including plastics, aspirin, perfumes, dyes and textiles, to register with the authorities.Currently, only companies producing or trading AA have to register but not those using it in their products. Drug traffickers were using this loophole in the EU legislation to obtain AA by pretending to be legitimate end-users who were not subject to controls and registration by national authorities.
AA is illegally used mainly for the production of heroin, but also of other drugs, like amphetamine, methaqualone, coca paste and cocaine. In 2008, 75% of the global seizures of AA suspected for illicit drug production occurred in the EU.The updated rules also introduce harmonised requirements for registration and licensing across the EU in order to prevent criminals from targeting the “weakest link” within the EU internal market.The committee also backed a new European database on drug precursors to be set up so that licensed and registered businesses in the EU can be listed and data on seizures and intercepted shipments of the substance can be collated more efficiently.To meet data protection concerns, MEPs introduced provisions to clarify the use and processing of data and to ensure that the rights of data subjects are protected. “Personal data obtained or processed pursuant to this regulation shall solely be used for the purpose of preventing the diversion of scheduled substances”, stresses the text.
The amended regulation will be voted by the full House after the summer break and should be formally adopted by the Council shortly after.
The text endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee deals with the intra-EU trade component of the problem whereas a separate proposal, to be voted by the International Trade Committee, addresses the extra-EU trade aspects.

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The situation in Egypt

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2013

The 14th CEC Assembly took note of the recent developments that took place in Egypt. After the largest demonstrations in which millions of Egyptians participated, the military took over power. Violence has erupted in which human lives have been lost. The important political, religious and civil society actors in Egypt seek to reach consensus on the steps to be taken next and that new democratic elections shall be organized soon. The CEC Assembly express its sympathy and solidarity with the Egyptian citizens who are struggling to find ways to bring their country to a stable and functional democracy and fairer economic conditions.We deplore the escalation of violence in Egypt, and we call all actors to refrain from violence.We encourage all actors in the Egyptian society to join their efforts in their journey towards a stable and functional democracy. We particularly encourage peaceful reconciliation between the different parties in society and invite churches in Europe to support such efforts.We call on the CEC member Churches to pray for peace, stability justice, and harmony in Egypt. As Christian Churches, we feel bound to the Coptic Orthodox Church and other Christian churches, our Christian brothers and sisters living in Egypt, and commit ourselves to stay in close contact and communication with them.

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Collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights

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The Committee of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) has declared admissible a case on the situation of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands, presented by the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Upon request of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PCN), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has submitted on 17 January 2013 a “collective complaint” to the European Committee of Social Rights (called below “the Committee”) of the Council of Europe (CoE), which seat is in Strasbourg.
CEC is one of the organisations authorized to lodge a collective complaint under the Revised Social Charter.”If a country really lacks resources, the international community must step in. The Netherlands is however a rich country. Expensive medical assistance is in principle available, whilst food and shelter is denied. Rejection of the destitute has nothing to do with the public recourses of the Netherlands. The State refuses to meet international standards to which it has voluntarily decided to bind itself, complying not even with the minimum core obligations.” told Rev. Richard Fischer from the Church and Society Commission of CEC

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Interventional Oncology – Combinational Technologies Play a Crucial Role for the European Outlook

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LONDON A decade ago, there was little interest in interventional cancer therapies. Five years ago, newly diagnosed cases of different types of cancer stood at about 12.7 million with 7.6 million related deaths registered. According to the WHO GLOBOCAN database, the top three diagnosed cancer forms in 2008 included lung – 1.61 million, breast – 1.38 million, and colorectal – 1.23 million, while the most common types of cancer with leading death rate were lung – 1.38 million, stomach – 0.74 million, and liver – 0.69 million. These alarming statistics have made interventional oncology a rapidly evolving speciality. Traditional surgical techniques are now increasingly being replaced by minimally invasive imaging-guided procedures. Primary interventional techniques include thermal ablation, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), and embolization. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation are already considered sound treatment options, while transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is probably the worldwide standard for treatment of unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, with drug-eluting beads being the first major technology advancement in TACE. Microwave ablation (MWA), irreversible electroporation, and HIFU are evolving interventional technologies.
“The popularity of interventional technology is increasing; looking into the future, the medical fraternity is considering it as a major treatment possibility,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Senior Analyst Akanksha Joshi. “Cost effectiveness and improvement in quality of life are the main merits achieved with interventional oncology.” Although surgery remains the standard treatment method for most forms of cancer, there is ample space for new technologies to be implemented. MWA has introduced advantages over RFA and is steadily growing in sales. Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) and HIFU too are gaining ground due to clear benefits like targeted therapy and non-invasiveness, respectively. “Presented as the most accurate and patient-friendly procedures that are applicable to a wide patient base, TACE, HIFU and SIRT are in the growth phases and likely to gain a much larger market share in the future,” noted Joshi. “Unfortunately, treatment methods using ablation technologies and SIRT have little or no reimbursement in Europe despite the clear demand for minimally invasive and non-invasive methods that increase patient comfort, reduce patient hospital stay, and hence decrease treatment costs for both hospitals and patients. Surgery continues to be the trusted and globally reimbursed mode of treatment for cancer.” Further, full clinical evidence for the effective use of new technologies is still lacking. Most studies are vendor sponsored which means parameters to evaluate the device vary and results may thus not be unbiased. Increasing investment in research will improve existing devices and technologies’ output. For instance, tissue overheating during MWA may be avoided by implementing power control algorithms, and advanced ergonomic devices are being designed with instinctive controls and features. Manufacturers will greatly benefit from the fact that many interventional oncology technologies can be used as combinational technology. Numerous possibilities have been researched, such as heat activated liposomal doxorubicin with RFA. Similarly, both HIFU and RFA help in the deposition of doxorubicin. Studies also indicate that the combination of technologies such as RFA with TACE, or percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) with RFA or TACE provides better-quality treatment. Clinical trials are currently being performed to prove the efficacy of such combined technologies. “Availability of reimbursement for interventional oncology technologies would make them more popular as combinational technologies,” stressed Joshi. “This trend would favour the use of different techniques as per necessity and benefit of patients.” Going forward, image-guided multimodality routing, computerisation and visualisation, along with electromagnetic radiation, drug delivery and immunotherapy, are expected to play a pivotal role in curing cancerous tissues. Methods gaining popularity in this treatment space include image-guided stereotactic radiotherapy with modern methods of respiratory synchronization. For now, combinational technology will offer medical oncologists a choice of additional treatment, although there still remains a need to search for a technology that can substitute surgery. Collaboration between the science and medical communities, and manufacturers will pave the way for an effective treatment solution.

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CEC President and General Secretary show satisfaction with the journey

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Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, outgoing president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), has said the 14th Assembly in Budapest has been “a long but fruitful journey on the Danube”.At the end of the meeting, he said, CEC finds itself “sailing again with really favourable winds that will bring us to peaceful ports.”Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, speaking together with Metropolitan Emmanuel on Monday 8 July at the final press conference of the CEC Assembly, praised the skill of three moderators who chaired Assembly sessions on the central issue of adopting a new constitution.Initially, Liagre explained, strict parliamentary procedure threatened to make it “difficult to find a way out, amid the many amendments that were presented.”“But we were led by three moderators who were so flexible that they could find a modus vivendi acceptable to all the delegates,” said Liagre, crediting this leadership for the Assembly’s “positive results.”The moderator and co-moderators of the constitutional deliberations were Archbishop Dr Michael Jackson (Church of Ireland), the Very Rev. Dr Sheilagh Kesting (Church of Scotland) and the Rev. Dr John Chryssavgis (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).At the press conference, the CEC president addressed feelings of “bitterness for some people” experienced in the Assembly over changing constitutional approaches to the relationship between the Conference and other associations, especially groups representative of women and youth.Provisions in the new CEC legal document, observed Metropolitan Emmanuel, are not perfect: “There is a lot still to be done. There is also room for improvement.” He cautioned that in attempting to heal relationships, “we look for light, not fire.” Discussion must not dissolve into emotionalism.Liagre added, “Youth organisations represent youth, but churches also represent youth.” Young people and other particular groups of believers, he suggested, are not to be treated as separate from the churches but as constituent members of the Body of Christ.</p>

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Rail Networks Globally

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The global rail market is expected to develop rapidly as the need for mobility drives demand for passenger rail and freight applications around the world. The rail networks in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, in particular, are expected to double in size by 2022.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.transportation.frost.com), Rail Outlook Study 2013–2022, provides a strategic overview of the global rail industry’s growth over the next decade, detailing key Mega Trends influencing the market, market drivers and opportunities, market size for infrastructure projects across regions, and major technology trends. The research covers various segments including rolling stock, infrastructure, services, rail control, and integrated projects.Frost & Sullivan’s analysis finds that Africa will witness the highest growth in the rail supply market as a relatively stable political environment attracts international investors. Light and commuter rail will be the fastest growing markets in North America, and metro rail will be the largest replacement market. China will have a track length of 120,000 kilometres by 2020. In Europe, 10,298 locomotives and 1,860 railcars are likely to be replaced between 2015 and 2022.While global mainline freight and passenger levels have recovered from the economic downturn, investments in European rail are constrained due to the ongoing debt environment. As a result, governments are forced to be prudent in the release of funds for public projects. High-speed rail (HSR) projects in Poland and Portugal have already been cancelled.“Despite these challenges, governments are trying to revive the economy by creating direct and indirect jobs through infrastructure and public transport development, either by funding or by establishing regulations that create higher demand,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Analyst Shyam Raman.Railway systems in China will continue to obtain substantial funding till 2015. China has also received significant technology transfers from companies such as General Electric, Alstom, Bombardier and Hitachi. General Electric has invested over €114.0 million in technology transfers to build 50 power-haul locomotives in Turkey. In fact, Turkey is set to become a global hub for rail manufacturing as its strategic location allows for participation in bids from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Electrification and track upgrades will be the largest infrastructure projects in Turkey.“Efficiency requirements will spur the global adoption of advanced asset and fleet management tools such as remote diagnostics, passenger information and asset planning,” observed Raman. “With train operators using Internet protocol architecture for onboard Internet access as well as operation and safety services, opportunities will open up for next-generation multimedia applications. The U.K. and U.S. already have the highest number of rolling stock with Wi-Fi services in their respective regions.”As demand for intercity and international services grows, high-speed rail is expected to become the favoured mode of travel. When the European economy stabilises, the region along with Asia will have the strongest investments in HSR as it aims for overnight links from Europe to Asia through Istanbul by 2030.If you are interested in more information on Frost & Sullivan’s Rail Outlook Study 2013–2022, please send an e-mail to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com, with your full contact details.Rail Outlook Study 2013–2022 (M957-13) is part of the Transportation & Logistics Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Growth Opportunities in Urban Rail Rolling Stock Systems in Europe, Strategic Analysis of the Global Market for Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRT) (NA5E-18), Strategic Analysis of the European and North American Rail Infotainment Market (M663-18) and Strategic Insight on Global Rail Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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What price recovery?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2013

In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country — Latvia — to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD’s composite leading indicator for the eurozone has now been at, or above, the long-term average trend line for the last three months and GDP projections even for the current year are being revised upwards.Yet there are few signs that companies from outside the EU are lining up with investment projects to take advantage of the long-awaited recovery, and one factor that is discouraging investment is the uncertainty in domestic markets. Although high unemployment rates should indicate that there is a good pool of available labour and that employers are in a buyers market when it comes to wage rates, unemployed people do not make good consumers and poor productivity still haunts the European Union, particularly in its most recent member states.Certainly many former barriers to improved productivity have fallen during the recession. Governments have relaxed working time limits to allow flexible working practices and collective agreements have abandoned many former restrictive practices. Even so, huge national differences remain in working time. Workers in Romania, for instance, work the longest hours in Europe — a total of over one month more per year than workers in Finland. Similarly, workers in Germany enjoy a statutory holiday entitlement of two weeks more than workers in Estonia.Long working hours should logically correlate with a greater opportunity for wealth generation — yet this is not apparent. Both Finland and Germany have per capita GDPs well above the EU average, whilst Romania and Estonia are amongst the least productive countries.Speaking at a breakfast briefing by the Federation of European Employers (FedEE) today the FedEE Secretary-General, Robin Chater, underlined that a further issue for potential investors is the way that governments give with one hand and take away with the other.“Although corporation tax is slowly falling across much of Europe there has been much political over-reaction to press reports about corporate tax evasion. Immigration rules are also being tightened and greater penalties imposed even on employers that have been the victim of forged visas and work permits. Added costs have also arisen from employment law amendments such as those just introduced in Hungary and the new facility for part-time educational leave in Austria. Even in the lower cost countries of eastern Europe social security contributions remain generally very high and widespread corruption continues to make the conduct of business transactions particularly problematic”Mr Chater went on to underline the need for a concerted strategy for EU recovery which he believes is “profoundly lacking at any level”.“I look with despair at countries such as France where the male-female wage gap is one of the worst in the world, yet all the government can do is continue to tinker with maternity leave in order to pressure men to share it with their wives and partners … or in the UK where attacks on bankers — the lifeblood of the economy — continue and every development that can encourage employability — such as the zero hours contract — is automatically suspect and under review by government.”

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Les États baltes dans l’UE: passé, présent et futur

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013 constitue une année marquante pour les États baltes dans leur rapport à l’intégration européenne. Le 1er juillet 2013, la Lituanie est devenue le premier État balte à assurer la présidence tournante du Conseil des ministres de l’UE. Elle sera attentivement observée par la Lettonie et l’Estonie qui assureront à leur tour la présidence tournante, en 2015 et 2018 respectivement. En outre, la Lettonie a été invitée cette année à rejoindre la zone euro, devenant ainsi le deuxième État balte, après l’Estonie, à partager la monnaie commune européenne. Cette Étude vise à démontrer que ces évolutions sont extrêmement importantes pour les jeunes et petits États baltes, qui aspirent à garantir leur place dans le « noyau » européen.La sortie de la crise des États baltes avec le statut de bons élèves de la dévaluation interne leur offre une fenêtre d’opportunités pour exprimer leurs principales préoccupations et avancer leurs priorités concernant l’avenir de l’intégration européenne. La présidence lituanienne met l’accent sur une amélioration de la croissance économique et de la crédibilité au sein de l’UE(M) et sur un renforcement de la sécurité énergétique, des défis qui ont intimidé les États baltes au cours des dernières années et même décennies.Afin de mieux comprendre les origines et l’importance de ces priorités, cette Étude est divisée en trois parties évoquant le contexte historique et politique des trois États baltes (Partie 1), les causes et conséquences de la récente crise économique (Partie 2) et les questions relatives à la politique énergétique dans cette région.

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Calcolosi renale e bibite gasate

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Non basta bere molto per ridurre i rischi di calcoli renali: se si eccede con le bibite gassate, in particolare, l’effetto complessivo è assai meno positivo di quanto si tendeva a credere. Lo rivela uno studio pubblicato sul Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology da un gruppo diretto da Pietro Manuel Ferraro, nefrologo dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Roma, e coordinato da Gary Curhan dell’Università di Harvard, che hanno studiato prospetticamente l’a ssociazione tra il consumo di diversi tipi di bevande (con l’uso di questionari validati) e l’incidenza di calcoli renali in oltre 194.000 partecipanti a tre ampi studi di coorte. I 4.462 casi incidenti registrati nel corso del follow-up mediano di oltre 8 anni hanno mostrato che tra il gruppo con il maggior consumo di cola zuccherata il rischio di calcoli renali è del 23% superiore rispetto al gruppo con i consumi più modesti. La differenza è ancor maggiore – arriva al 33% – quando si confrontano i consumi massimi e minimi di bibite gassate e zuccherate non a base di cola. Un’altra bevanda il cui consumo abbondante è associato a un aumento significativo (18%) è il punch. D’altra parte un lungo elenco di bevande si è dimostrato protettivo per quanto riguarda i calcoli renali. In testa alla classifica figura il consumo di birra (41%) vino (oltre 30% di riduzione) caffè (che comporta una riduzione del rischio del 26% se con caffeina, del 16% se decaffeinato) succo d’arancia (12% ) e tè (11%). «Sulla base dei risultati dello studio» conclude Ferraro «raccomandiamo a tutti un’assunzione limitata (non superiore a una lattina alla settimana) di bevande gassate zuccherate, in particolare a coloro che sono affetti da calcolosi o a rischio di sviluppare tale condizione».

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Ramadam 2013

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In occasione del mese di Ramadan la Comunità di Sant’Egidio desidera far giungere il suo saluto di amicizia e di vicinanza fraterna all’intera comunità musulmana.Il mese di Ramadan è un tempo benedetto nel quale la pratica del digiuno avvicina alla fede in Dio e alla solidarietà tra gli uomini. Questi due aspetti appaiono, soprattutto in questo tempo, fondamentali per l’edificazione di una società nella quale si possa pensare il proprio futuro insieme, nel rispetto reciproco e nella condivisione delle comuni responsabilità.La fede in Dio e il rispetto dell’uomo sono del resto i fondamenti su cui si basa il dialogo tra le religioni monoteiste. Negli ultimi anni questo cammino comune ha portato dei frutti insperati che si rivelano decisivi in un tempo di tensioni e di grandi cambiamenti. Il dialogo tra le fedi resta anche un modello per l’incontro tra le culture e tra i popoli. La Comunità di sant’Egidio resta impegnata in questo dialogo nello “Spirito di Assisi” e augura a tutti i musulmani di vivere il Ramadan nella pace e nella serenità.

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