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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

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DEWA Is the First Organisation outside Europe to Win EFQM Global Excellence Award in the Platinum Category

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 novembre 2017

Global Excellence AwardDubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won the Global Excellence Award from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), becoming the first organisation outside Europe to receive this prestigious award, and the first in the Award’s history to win it from first application. DEWA achieved between 750-800 points, ranking in the Platinum category, which includes leading companies and institutions that promote sustainable excellence.
“At DEWA, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has identified the basic features and proactive approach for future governments. This is based on achieving the best accomplishments in various sectors of government, to reflect positively on the services provided to citizens and society member. The excellence process with the Dubai Government Excellence Program has contributed to promoting a culture of institutional excellence, consolidating the foundations of sustainable excellence. DEWA provides a positive work environment that contributes individual and organisational efficiency and institutionalising a culture of excellence, according to the highest standards of total quality management and sustainable excellence. At DEWA, excellence is a daily work programme implemented according to specific and well-thought-out strategies and plans carried out by all staff, to achieve the happiness of customers and society as a whole,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
A team of 7 assessors from EFQM visited DEWA to review its procedures and practices in innovation, excellence, continuous development, and policies to maintain its achievements. The team commended DEWA’s efforts which contribute to realising its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, and applauded its achievements over the past years.The UAE, represented by DEWA, ranked first in the world in getting electricity, as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report. The extensive report uses multiple criteria to measure the ease of doing business in 190 countries around the world. (photo: Global Excellence Award)

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Une Commission politique grâce à une nouvelle organisation. “Cette fois, c’est différent”. Vraiment?/A Political European Commission through a new organisation “This Time it’s Different”. Really?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 febbraio 2017

commission-europeenneEn 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, président de la Commission européenne, a déclaré qu’il souhaitait faire de la Commission une institution « plus politique ». En créant des équipes de projet dirigées par des vice-présidents, le président Juncker a mis en place une nouvelle structure organisationnelle instituant une nouvelle hiérarchie politique et tendant vers un processus décisionnel interne plus politique. Cette expérience répond-elle à l’ambition première du président Juncker? Doit-elle être maintenue dans les futures Commissions ?Dans ce Policy Paper, Marine Borchardt, diplômée du Collège d’Europe et lauréate du Prix Jacques Delors 2016, examine la nouvelle hiérarchie politique mise en place, les évolutions du processus décisionnel interne et la coopération entre vice-présidents et commissaires au sein de ces équipes de projet. Le Policy Paper conclue que la nouvelle organisation répond à l’ambition de rendre la Commission plus politique, tout en soulignant les problèmes devant encore être résolus, notamment concernant la mise en œuvre de la structure en pratique.
In 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said he wanted to make the Commission ‘more political’. He created project teams led by Vice-Presidents, and so implemented a new organisational structure that has instituted a new political hierarchy and a more political internal decision-making process. Does this new organisation deliver on President Juncker’s ambition? Will it continue to exist in future Commissions?
In this Policy Paper, Marine Borchardt, alumna of the College of Europe, winner of the Jacques Delors Prize 2016, reviews the new political hierarchy in the Commission, the evolutions of the internal decision-making process and the cooperation between Vice-Presidents and Commissioners within the project teams. The Policy Paper concludes that the new organisation delivers on President Juncker’s ambition to make the Commission more political. However, there are some misgivings that have to be solved, particularly concerning the implementation of the structure in practice. (photo: Commission européenne)

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Kyla Shawyer appointed permanent CEO to lead the Resource Alliance with a renewed mandate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 ottobre 2015

sony-worldThe Board of Trustees of The Resource Alliance has unanimously appointed Kyla Shawyer to the position of permanent chief executive. She has been interim chief since June 2014.Kyla has led a year-long visioning process that involved information gathering and collaboration with leaders and organisations in the social impact sector around the world. The resulting Manifesto points to a redoubling of the organisation’s commitment to play the role of convener and curator, as they help the sector take advantage of unprecedented new opportunities born through social media and new technology. Vicky Annis, chair of the Resource Alliance, said: “The Resource Alliance has always been dedicated to helping fundraisers develop the skills and knowledge needed to secure critical financial resources for their organisations. Over the past year we have been expanding our commitment to include the intellectual and human resources necessary to take advantage of this new era. Kyla’s unique team-building skills and collaborative style make her perfectly suited to lead the Resource Alliance forward. Kyla noted: “The once stark line between sectors is beginning to blur and traditional models of ‘giving’ are being disrupted by new kinds of social investment—from crowd sourcing to direct personal loans, from social enterprises to cross-sector partnerships. With everything in a state of change, it will be more important than ever to build new kinds of teams and new kinds of collaborations – bringing the best ideas to the table, regardless of where they might originate, and turning them into models our sector can use to thrive.” “I could not be more humbled nor excited to be a part of this outstanding team at this time in its history. It is a true honor, and I look forward to many new partnerships with people and organisations committed to building a better world.”

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Finding hope in the midst of Greece’s financial crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 luglio 2015

As the atmosphere of political and economic uncertainty intensifies in Greece, the consequences of the financial crisis are evident in the public. Haggard figures find a home in the pavements begging for change, literally and metaphorically. Citizens, fired with indignation, are taking the streets to protest the unfair policies. More recently, people afraid of what the future will bring for Greece’s economy, had been queuing in front of ATMs trying to take hold of their life savings until the Prime Minister of Greece, Tsipras, announced today that all banks have been closed and the maximum amount of money that can be withdrawn in a day from an ATM is 6o euros.Like the majority of the Greek population, I was feeling weary and hopeless while thinking about what the future holds for this country. Yet something happened which gave me the strength to look at the future from the lens of optimism once again.Yesterday I visited the YouSmile studio in Marousi, which is the youth branch of the well known Greek NGO “Smile of the Child” (Το Χαμόγελο του Παιδιού). This organisation was established after a 10 year old boy called Andreas, who was suffering from cancer, wrote in his diary that we must unite and help all children who are suffering in Greece despite their ethnic background or social class. This could happen, he wrote, by the creation of an organisation called “The Smile of the Child” because “every child deserves a smile”. Unfortunately he passed away soon after writing this in his diary but his father made “The Smile of the Child” the purpose of his life. 20 years later and this organisation has helped nearly a million children and their families all over Greece.I had the privilege to be part of a large gathering of young people ranging from the age of 13 to 20, where we got the chance to share our aspirations as volunteers and our concerns about our society. We played an ice-breaker game, where we had to pass a ball around and talk about the reasons we decided to volunteer in this organisation. I cannot describe to you how heart-warming this meeting was from me. I was struck by the selflessness and purity of everybody’s words and the genuine interest we all had for helping our society. As I heard my fellow volunteers voice their thoughts, the words of the ancient Greek philosopher Menander came to my mind.Our beloved country is facing great hardships at the moment yet it is in such times when humanity really shines. It is in such times that we must remain hopeful and strong. We must carry each other now. We must help each other in anyway possible. We must not give up! Mr. Giannopoulos, who founded “Smile of the Child” said to us yesterday “Children are not the future like we usually say. They are the present so we can have a future.” It is up to us, especially the youth, to bring a change in our society.After meeting up with all these lovely people yesterday, I was reminded of the power of the human soul, where no matter the difficult circumstances people are in, they are still able to dream and fight for a better future. After witnessing the dedication and the willingness to help by my fellow volunteers, I feel empowered and ready to face anything because I know we will make it! I know we will survive! I feel blessed to be a citizen of this beautiful country because beyond the dirty games of corrupted politicians who have paralyzed Greece’s economy, I see a future of young Greeks who are determined to resuscitate Greece and I am proud to be one of them. This is how I know that, like Sam Cooke famously proclaimed in his song, “A change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will!”

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Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly has closed with member organisations adopting a vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation”.

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Mag 2015

Manila_ChinatownOver 400 people from over 160 national Caritas organisations gathered in Rome also elected a new president, treasurer and ratified the nomination of the secretary general this week.Newly-elected president, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, said, “Pope Francis gave us inspirational words on seeking to expand our work at the beginning of our General Assembly. With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and the UN climate meeting in Paris this year, Caritas will work towards putting the human family and human dignity at the heart of development.”Regarding the SDGs, the final message adopted by the General Assembly states that “no target should be considered as met unless achieved for all income and social groups; this fundamental, person-centred strategy must be central”.The message urges governments to look beyond their own borders and to recognise the moral imperative that is inherent in care for creation.Caritas delegates also called attention to the plight of Christians who suffer from religious persecution in Syria and Iraq and of migrants and refugees all over the world: “We urge governments to build safe havens and humanitarian corridors, rather than fences, walls or programmes of interdiction at sea.”Michel Roy was reconfirmed as secretary general of the Caritas confederation and a new board was appointed. Alexander Bodmann of Austria was elected as new treasurer. South Sudan became the 165th national member organisation of the Caritas confederation. Oscar Romero, murdered for standing with the poor in El Salvador, was adopted as a patron of Caritas Internationalis.

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Patients and doctors urge to put EU air quality policy back on the agenda

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 dicembre 2014

BruxellesBrussels.The European Commission presented yesterday at the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, its 2015 working plan. The new plan withdraws the proposal for the revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive, a key EU legislative file aimed at regulating air quality by setting maximum emission levels for six main pollutants – PM, SO2, NOx, VOCs, ammonia and methane- that directly affect our health and the environment we live in.European Commission Vice-President Mr. Frans Timmermans announced that the Commission “will bring forward a modified proposal”, but he did not specify its exact timing.Timmermans announcement has dismayed and confused institutions and civil society representatives. Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland, EPP) reacted: “EU is lagging badly behind from the World Health Organisation recommendations (2) for good air quality. Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths still occur in Europe due to fine particles in the air. It is by no means smart regulation to delay new legislation to improve air quality.”
EFA President Breda Flood declared: “We are shocked at the death sentence imposed by the Commission on EU air quality policies. Air pollution has no boundaries and needs to be regulated at EU level. At this very moment, 9 out of 10 Europeans living in cities are breathing air that is harmful to their health. The majority of EU citizens consider air quality a major concern and expect political action to improve the air we breathe. (3) (4) The Clean Air Package is a paramount piece of legislation to improve this reality, a political tool that could save thousands of lives and protect people living with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In November, we urged to keep this legislation on the table (4) as we consider that improving current clean air policy now is imperative to ensure that our health will not be compromised in the future. Sustainable economic growth should protect people’s health. Therefore, we encourage the Members of the European Parliament to use their influence to put back on the political agenda air quality legislation for the next year”.EAACI President Nikos Papadopoulos declared: “The decision of the Commission to drop the revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive is of profound concern, certainly to the medical community, but also to all Europeans. Almost 150 million EU citizens suffer from chronic allergic diseases, of which 70 million of asthma. The Commission move to stop further discussions on this key legislative proposal, equals denying the many allergy and asthma sufferers the perspective of an improved health future.
This approach disregards the huge societal benefits that sound environmental and public health policies are able to deliver to the European citizens. Health is a wealth, and the Commission cannot put short-term economic growth at the expense of people’s health. Only sustainable politics that take health, the major human need, into account, can guarantee a sustainable Europe”.

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The right question for Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 novembre 2011

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Progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa, based on progress reports from WHO and other international agencies, is far off target in many areas. Yet, it is precisely in these areas that improving the quality and safety of health care can have the biggest impact, namely in MDGs 4 and 5 focused on mothers and children. Sub-Saharan Africa in particular still accounts for half of the 8.8 million deaths in children under five worldwide (1). For mothers in sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of dying is still very much higher than elsewhere in the world, 1 in 22 compared with 1 in 8 000 in industrialized countries and there has been little progress on improving this in all the run up to 2015. (2) Why is it, though, that when the crisis of maternal, neonatal and child mortality in Africa is raised by global experts and policy wonks, the issue of safe health care is not discussed?
When WHO started the Patient Safety programme in 2004, health systems around the world were only just beginning to focus on issues surrounding the quality of health care delivery and the importance of measuring and assuring quality of care as a basic system goal. Since 2004, much work has been done around the globe to establish the systems of quality measurement and assurance. In OECD countries, initial efforts at cross-country measurement of quality and safety included only a handful of countries. Now, the Health Care Quality Indicators Project provides regular data to the OECD’s Health-at-a-Glance. Ministers gathered in Paris this year to focus on the issues raised by these in terms of differences across countries in quality and safety.Although these investments have not been completely matched outside the OECD, there have been investments in quality and safety systems in all WHO regions in the last five years. All regions, that is, with the exception of the African Region, where in most countries there is not even a quality unit in the Ministry of Health, much less national expertise on safety . The question, rather than asking why safety and quality has not “caught on” in Africa, should be how can we ourselves be more effective at addressing the basic issues of maternal, neonatal and child mortality?
In Africa, the task of improving health care is daunting for many reasons, some of which are discussed in the excellent editorial in this issue by Dr Sam Zaramba of Uganda, my former colleague on the WHO Executive Board for many years. In fact, in the early years of successful implementation of our First Global Patient Safety Challenge, Clean Care is Safer Care, where we “challenged” ministers of the world to sign up to improve their country’s record on health care-associated infection, we had massive uptake in all regions of the world. All except Africa.
So, we at WHO set out to show how patient safety and quality methods could be adapted to lower resource settings. We worked with our colleagues in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and countries in the region to build capacity in assessing adverse event rates in East and North Africa. We worked with ministries to develop the capacity for local production of alcohol-based handrub to combat health care-associated infection in West Africa. We established pilot sites for our Surgical Safety Checklist work in East Africa. And, we worked with local organizations to expand our Patients for Patient Safety Network right across Africa.These efforts have yielded progress, not just because they were based on sound evidence and the experience of knowledgeable partners, but also because they were adapted to the local situation. In our hand hygiene work, we looked to provide guidance for alcohol-based hand rub use in Muslim majority countries. In our safe surgery work, we encouraged and facilitated local adaptations of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. In our research work, we recently completed a Methodological Guide for Data-Poor Settings. Finally, just this year, we held the first local Patients for Patient Safety workshop in Africa and have used patients themselves from Africa to help us develop a new mobile phone-based tool for mothers to use in the high-risk seven days following delivery of their baby.These efforts to build improvement on local adaptation and knowledge have continued in the creation of the African Partnerships for Patient Safety. This project, discussed elsewhere in this edition, is based on a grant from the UK Government and focuses on 12 “action areas” of safety and quality identified by the ministers of health at the 2008 African Regional Committee meeting. The project works to create centres of safety and quality excellence in Africa, supported by partners in the UK and across Europe. While the experience is still in its infancy, the lessons from the first wave of six countries have shown that partnerships can be the foundation on which local improvements and national policy shifts in quality and safety can happen.
We have learned a lot about how to advance the safety and quality agenda in Africa in the past five years. However, it is clear that we do not have the formula exactly right for addressing safety and quality in Africa. Future work needs to focus on both the “technical” solutions as well as the “adaptive” solutions that help change behaviour over the long term. We at WHO need to work more closely with other partners in Africa to ensure synergies in our agendas. Finally, our greatest task is to show more explicitly, with hard data, how applying safety and quality improvement tools can improve maternal, neonatal and child mortality in Africa. When we as a global quality and safety community have done this, we will be able to stop questioning ourselves and allow ourselves to start demanding that the global development community step forward with us to support improved safety and quality in Africa. (from Sir Liam Donaldso world health organisation)

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Global businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 ottobre 2009

Brussels. Announced at the annual EFQM Forum business leaders event, the Excellence Model has recently been reviewed and revised to align the framework with current business needs and trends.  High performing organisations have management frameworks which define what they do and explain why they do it.  The EFQM Excellence Model is the most widely used organisational framework in Europe and extends to global markets, reaching more than 30,000 organisations world-wide.  Used as a tool for assessment, it delivers a picture of how well the organisation compares to similar or very different kinds of organisation.  Used as a management model, it can be used to define aspirations for the organisation’s capability and performance. In the revised Model, the emerging trends and topics that have more emphasis are ‘Creativity and Innovation’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Corporate Governance’, ‘Organisational Agility’, ‘Risk Management’, ‘Promoting products & services’, and ‘Supplier Management’.  Sustainability is now firmly on the agenda of management boards around the world.  EFQM supports organisations in defining what sustainability means, providing approaches for its implementation and ensuring consistency between apparently conflicting responsibilities toward shareholders, employees and society.   Starting from the strengths of the existing EFQM Model: the eight fundamental concepts, its widely recognised nine-box structure, and the acclaimed RADAR scoring matrix, the review team was given the brief to make updates that would incorporate these trends while increasing its action orientation and accessibility to all managers from a broad selection of organisations, both public and private.  Wording has been simplified and made more relevant to the emerging challenges of today.Beginning with the ‘Fundamental Concepts’, which are a core set of principles adopted by EFQM member organisations, levels of performance have been defined against which organisations can chart their aspirations.

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Europe: On health and safety

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 luglio 2009

In the current economic downturn, European organisations cannot afford to forget workplace safety: that is the warning issued by the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).  EU-OSHA’s mission is to make Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work, by collecting and disseminating information on OSH, and examples of good practice. Its activities are guided by the EU Community Strategy for Health and Safety at Work, 2007-2012, which aims to bring about substantial reductions in work-related accidents and illness across Europe. Key achievements in 2008, highlighted in the report include the Agency’s Healthy Workplaces campaign on risk assessment, which is the cornerstone of health and safety management. The campaign has so far involved more than 7,000 participants in seminars, training events and workshops, with some 2 million print publications being distributed. The campaign is a good example of how EU-OSHA works with its partners to reach workers in Europe. With the launch of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), EU-OSHA has begun to identify what is currently being done, both in private- and public sector workplaces, to deal with psychosocial and other risks. Another focus in 2008 were emerging chemical risks with a new report finalised, the last in a series of flagship reports which have also examined physical, psychosocial and biological risks. Together, they establish the state of knowledge in these fast-changing areas, and highlight particular subjects that need to be the focus of research or policy-making. Finally, the Agency’s Strategy for 2009-2013, which was agreed in 2008, sets out how EU-OSHA will work in the years ahead to reduce the high cost, both human and economic, of occupational accidents and work-related diseases. The Strategy sets out a clear role for EU-OSHA in co-ordinating the many different efforts that take place in OSH around Europe, helping to identify common problems, and sharing information and good practice.Further reading: Annual Report for 2008 (English)
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work was set up by the European Union to help meet the information needs in the field of occupational safety and health. Based in Bilbao, Spain, the Agency aims to improve the lives of people at work by stimulating the flow of technical, scientific and economic information between all those involved in occupational safety and health issues. http://osha.europa.eu

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Ouverture de la 13ème Assemblée de la KEK par la prière

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2009

Les organisateurs de la 13ème Assemblée de la Conférence des Églises européennes (KEK) qui s’est ouverte  à Lyon ont choisi d’accueillir les délégués par un temps de prière à l’église Saint-Bonaventure plutôt que par les questions administratives nécessaires à la tenue d’une telle rencontre. Le lieu de cette célébration n’a pas été choisi par hasard par le comité local d’organisation qui en a fait la proposition. Saint Bonaventure, contemporain et ami de Saint Thomas d’Aquin, fut lui-même l’une des figures théologiques majeures du second Concile de Lyon, qui s’est tenu en 1274. Les objectifs de ce second concile étaient de parvenir à la réconciliation entre l’Orient et l’Occident chrétiens. Le Saint mourut le 15 juillet 1274 pendant la tenue du concile. L’ouverture, aujourd’hui, de cette Assemblée des Églises de toute l’Europe, de traditions protestante, anglicane, vieille catholique et orthodoxe en cette église, l’une des plus anciennes de la ville, constitue donc une forme d’anniversaire de la mort du Saint, et un rappel des objectifs du concile du 13ème siècle. Accueillis par le Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archevêque du Primat des Gaules, et par le Père Athanase Iskos, président du CREL (Comité des responsables d’Églises de Lyon), les membres de la 13ème Assemblée de la KEK ont reçu une introduction théologique solide au thème de leur semaine de travail. « Appelés à une seule espérance en Christ », tel est le thème de cette rencontre, tel était le thème de la prédication de l’Archevêque orthodoxe d’Albanie, Mgr Anastasios. Cette prédication rappelait, à l’aune des réflexions de l’apôtre Paul dans ses épîtres l’essence et les particularités de l’espérance, telle que portée par la foi chrétienne. Une espérance, fondée sur l’appel de Dieu à chacun, « qui reste la plus audacieuse et la plus admirable. [Le christianisme] insiste sur l’Incarnation de l’Être Suprême ». Mgr Anastasios a également attiré l’attention de l’assemblée sur le caractère communautaire, collectif, de cette espérance : « notre vocation en Christ n’est pas une affaire individuelle. Il n’existe pas de piété chrétienne individuelle, indépendante de l’Église du Christ, de la communion d’amour avec le Dieu trinitaire et les membres du corps de l’Église ». En tant qu’archevêque d’Albanie, il a aussi témoigné que cette espérance « rend opérant les don que Dieu nous accorde en vue d’une présence innovante dans les événements de l’histoire, en paroles et en actes. Il y a de l’espérance ! – dans notre combat pour la vérité et la justice. Il y a de l’espérance lorsque nous résistons à toutes les formes de violence et de racisme ». Mais, afin que l’Assemblée ne considère pas cette espérance comme une chose trop facilement acquise, il a rappelé que « nous ne pourrons pas, en tant que chrétiens, annoncer cette espérance de façon convaincante en restant divisés entre nous ; ou en ne conservant que des relations formelles, conventionnelles, distantes ». Ainsi le prédicateur rappelait aux délégués des Églises d’Europe le chemin qu’il leur reste à parcourir à la veille d’une semaine intense de travaux sur l’avenir de l’œcuménisme en Europe.

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New FRA report examines discrimination against Muslims

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 Mag 2009

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) today releases a report on discrimination against Muslims in the EU. The findings form part of the first ever EU-wide survey on immigrant and ethnic minority groups’ experiences of discrimination and racist crime (“EU MIDIS”). The results for Muslim respondents indicate similarly high levels of discrimination and victimisation as for other minority groups surveyed. Many racist incidents are not reported to the police or to any other organisation. Knowledge of anti-discrimination legislation is low, and there is a lack of trust in complaints mechanisms. Muslims surveyed do not consider religion to be the main reason for their discrimination. The findings also showed that wearing traditional or religious clothing did not increase the likelihood of discrimination. The FRA calls on EU governments to tackle the situation of discrimination by making people aware about how to make a complaint, improving the recording of discrimination and racist crime, better informing people of their rights, allocating more resources to integration measures, especially for youth, and strengthening the role and capacity of accessible mechanisms for reporting racist incidents. http://fra.europa.eu/eu-midis/

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To combat economic crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 aprile 2009

The European University Association (EUA) – an organisation representing more than 800 universities and 34 national university (Rectors’ conferences) associations – has today published a Declaration that contains a series of targeted messages to Europe’s politicians with proposals from universities to help combat the current economic and financial crisis. Based on the outcomes of the recent EUA meeting of Europe’s university leaders in Prague – the Declaration also sets out a long-term agenda for European universities in the next decade identifying ‘10 paths to success’.The Declaration – that will be presented to the 46 education ministers attending the Bologna process Ministerial Summit at the end of April – underlines universities’ role as a driving force for economic recovery in Europe. However, it stresses that for universities to play their full role in helping European economies out of recession, politicians must commit to major investment in higher education and research. “Europe cannot afford to run the risk of losing a generation of talented people or a serious decrease in research or innovation activity,” the Declaration underlines. EUA urges “decision makers at the national and European level to emulate the major investment in higher education and research that characterises the US economic stimulus package” and which supports both high end research and students and families struggling to pay for higher education. EUA is calling for renewed efforts from governments to reach the Barcelona target of 3% (of GDP) investment in research and the 2% (of GDP) target for investment in higher education proposed by the European Commission. The Declaration recommends that European stimulus packages are needed to: create real opportunities and incentives for young researchers; to tap unused potential through the implementation and financing of lifelong learning across Europe; and to upgrade universities’ facilities and campus infrastructure.

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