European Community – EGS Schuetzen http://egs-schuetzen.com/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 00:15:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://egs-schuetzen.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4.png European Community – EGS Schuetzen http://egs-schuetzen.com/ 32 32 Pope Francis laments that for migrants “little has changed” https://egs-schuetzen.com/pope-francis-laments-that-for-migrants-little-has-changed/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 00:15:15 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/pope-francis-laments-that-for-migrants-little-has-changed/ LESBOS, Greece – Pope Francis returned on Sunday to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, the site of one of his papacy’s defining moments, seeking to uplift the plight of migrants – what he called a “shipwreck of civilization” – for the highest level of global concern, with the pandemic and climate […]]]>

LESBOS, Greece – Pope Francis returned on Sunday to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, the site of one of his papacy’s defining moments, seeking to uplift the plight of migrants – what he called a “shipwreck of civilization” – for the highest level of global concern, with the pandemic and climate change.

“Five years have passed since I visited this place,” Francis said in a tent overlooking the camp, where he walked through white United Nations containers serving as homes for asylum seekers. In 2016, he took 12 refugees with him to Rome. This time, he offered solace and solidarity to the families who had been stuck there for years. “After all this time,” he added, “we see that not much has changed on the issue of migration.”

Francis’ remarks came during one of the concluding events, and in many ways culminating in a five-day trip to Cyprus and Greece intended to refocus attention on migration, an issue on which he never wavered, even though the world’s attention waned. And when the world paid attention, it was usually the opposite of what they had hoped for.

Migrant flows fueled nationalist and populist surges in predominantly Catholic countries like Italy and Poland. Hungary has claimed that its anti-migrant policies and border towers protect Christian culture. And while the populist season in Europe has subsided somewhat, a politically favorable hard line against asylum seekers has crept into the status quo.

The crackdown on migrants has become an electoral issue in recent weeks in France, a country with a lower migrant percentage than many of its neighbors, even as desperate people have died trying to cross the Channel. Britain, their destination, took steps to keep them out.

Belarus used the migrants as pawns to destabilize the European Union at its eastern border, where Poland, far from welcoming them, pushed them back with water cannons in freezing cold. Barbed wire fences mark the borders, and the bloc, in an effort to keep politically destabilizing waves of migrants at bay, has outsourced its surveillance and detention of migrants to often brutal camps off the mainland.

Beyond that, concerns about the coronavirus and the new Omicron variant have led to travel limits and more apprehension about strangers at the door.

Through it all, Francois has remained consistent, even though his calls to welcome strangers have grown increasingly jarring.

On Sunday, he argued that the intractable reality of the problem revealed both the failure of interim measures and the need for a coordinated global response. He denounced a “indifference which kills” in Europe, which according to him showed a “cynical contempt which nonchalantly condemns the marginalized to death”.

He described as “explosive” the European proposals to pool funds for measures to keep migrants at bay. The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of so many civilizations, now looks like a mirror of death.

All around him at Mavrovouni camp, Greek policemen and soldiers stood guard over white gravel corridors lined with prefabricated buildings with black spray-painted addresses.

In front of the doors, asylum seekers left sandals and strollers, stacks of water bottles and bicycles. They held their children and ignored the stray dogs, looking up to the white tent where the Pope was speaking, slightly above the camp by the sea.

Before Francis arrived, Camille Mobaki, 31, who said he had escaped persecution in the Republic of Congo, lined up to enter the tent. “I am waiting to see if the Pope can take some of us to Italy,” said Mobaki, who has been in Lesvos for two years and who said his asylum requests were twice rejected.

Inside the tent, 11-year-old Voldi Lang Lubaki sat with his parents and sister. She said she didn’t know if the Pope’s presence meant they could leave.

“Maybe it’s yes, maybe it’s no – I hope so,” she said. When asked where she wanted to go, she replied: “Wherever the Pope tells me”.

Neither the Pope nor the Vatican announced further transfers from Lesvos, although days earlier, while Francis was in Cyprus, the Vatican said 12 migrants held there would be relocated to Italy in the coming weeks. . Cypriot officials have said 50 people will eventually leave the island under the deal.

In the years since the Pope’s first visit to Moria – the horrific Lesvos camp that sullied the name of the island, once famous for its ancient lyric poets – it has grown to 20,000 people. Moria has become notorious for the abuse, violence, sexual assault, overall degraded living conditions, and then the restrictions brought about by the pandemic.

Some migrants burned down the camp in September last year, destroying it and leaving the 12,000 people, mostly Afghans, who lived there homeless.

Today, only around 2,000 migrants live in Lesvos, which Greek government officials have called a vast improvement and indicating that Greece is meeting the needs of migrants.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who spoke to François on Sunday, described her visit as “a strong message of hope and responsibility which is being transmitted from Lesbos to the international community”.

But the camp is temporary until a de facto detention center, paid for by the European Union, is built. Such centers operate on three other Greek islands, Leros, Kos and Samos, across a strait from Turkey.

Last year, while the Samos detention center was under construction in the center of the island, Jalila Sarhan, 57, from Syria, sat on a hill overlooking overcrowded settlements known as the Jungle, who rivaled Moria for Europe’s darkest migrant. camp.

“It’s too cold and we’re getting sick,” she said, as men all around her were chopping firewood or making stoves out of earth. The women, many of whom were pregnant, kept their eyes on the thousands of children wandering up and down the hill.

This camp was evacuated this year. But moving people to different detention centers and islands, the Greek government acknowledged, is not a solution.

“It’s a problem that’s here to stay, not just for Greece, but for Europe,” Giorgos Koumoutsakos, a Greek lawmaker, said in an interview in Athens last year, as he was Deputy Minister of Migration. He blamed his predecessors in the left-wing Syriza government, who he said ignored the security dimension of what they saw as a purely humanitarian issue.

The current government has clamped down instead, erecting a wall along part of the country’s land border with Turkey and intercepting boats carrying migrants from Turkish waters.

Human rights groups accused Greek border officials of brutalizing migrants and forcing them back to Turkey. Last week, a legal resident of the European Union working as an interpreter for the bloc’s border agency, Frontex, accused Greek border guards of mistaking him for an asylum seeker, assaulting him and then to force him to enter Turkey alongside dozens of migrants.

In Lesbos, the government spent days cleaning up the camp before François arrived.

“Why is the Pope going to this part of the camp? Asked Ramat Ababsi, 25, who watched in bewilderment the activity around the tent on the hill. An Afghan asylum seeker who said he had been in Lesvos for three years, Mr Ababsi said several of the prefabricated containers police were keeping were unused, and indeed several were empty, filled only with bunk bed frames . “The bad situation is on the other side,” he said, pointing to a section behind him. “The Pope should go there. “

But everywhere Francois went, he implored a reluctant world to open their eyes to the reality facing asylum seekers.

“It is an illusion to think that it is enough to protect yourself, to defend yourself against those who need it most who knock on our door,” François said, adding: “Let me repeat: history teaches this lesson, but we haven’t learned this. “


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Gay ambassador to EU takes photo of transgender Virgin Mary https://egs-schuetzen.com/gay-ambassador-to-eu-takes-photo-of-transgender-virgin-mary/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 01:17:59 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/gay-ambassador-to-eu-takes-photo-of-transgender-virgin-mary/ What do you think of this article ? Riccardo Simonetti, LGBT Ambassador to the European Parliament, at an event in Berlin, Germany, in September 2019. An anti-Christian photo article was criticized on the media| Photo: EFE / EPA / FELIPE TRUEBA LGBTI activist Riccardo Simonetti, special ambassador for the cause to the European Parliament, took […]]]>

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Riccardo Simonetti, LGBT Ambassador to the European Parliament, at an event in Berlin, Germany, in September 2019. An anti-Christian photo article was criticized on the media| Photo: EFE / EPA / FELIPE TRUEBA

LGBTI activist Riccardo Simonetti, special ambassador for the cause to the European Parliament, took a photo for a German magazine in which he appeared dressed as a transgender Virgin Mary.

job Cover photo for the December issue of Siegessäule (We haven’t included the photo in this article to leave room for this kind of disrespect for religion), the bearded Simonetti wears a blue hijab and jacket girl holding a baby representing the baby Jesus. Another photo shows a version of the Holy Family with a gay couple, where Simonetti, still dressed as a Virgo, appears to be kissed by another man.

The activist posted the photos on his social media sites on Wednesday. The caption of the messages read: “If we ignore the fact that Jesus was not white, we can believe that the Virgin Mary had a beard, why not?

The disrespectful training of Catholicism by a European Parliament official has sparked criticism on social media and demands for Simonetti’s resignation.

The head of the Spanish delegation of the right-wing “Vox” party in the European Parliament, Jorge Buxadet, demanded the “immediate dismissal” of the activist, after having “offended millions of Catholics in Europe”.

The Spanish party criticized the fact that a “new insult to Christianity by European institutions” occurred shortly after the cancellation of the “world language” guide which recommended replacing the message “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays So as not to offend non-Christians. .

Simonetti, a German citizen, became special envoy for LGBT issues in the Parliament of the European Union in 2021, according to his website.

A number of Christians and political commentators reacted negatively to the images posted on social media.

“Awesome. Very transgressive. Very courageous. Now do this to Muhammad. I challenge you.” he wrote Pascal Emmanuel Joubry, Center for Ethics and Public Policy (USA), on Twitter.

“How else does a remarkably tolerant and respectful rainbow community celebrate the coming if not by causing senseless blasphemy?” question Conservative Hungarian columnist Petr Hiltay has defended Simonetti’s expulsion.



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Latest updates: Kellogg reaches tentative deal with union to end two-month strike https://egs-schuetzen.com/latest-updates-kellogg-reaches-tentative-deal-with-union-to-end-two-month-strike/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 19:20:18 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/latest-updates-kellogg-reaches-tentative-deal-with-union-to-end-two-month-strike/ The level of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States rose in November, ending a string of two-month declines after the country’s summer surge. The increase in hospitalizations has been accompanied by a daily rise in new coronavirus infections and a high number of deaths, raising concerns about a fifth wave of the pandemic in […]]]>

The level of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States rose in November, ending a string of two-month declines after the country’s summer surge.

The increase in hospitalizations has been accompanied by a daily rise in new coronavirus infections and a high number of deaths, raising concerns about a fifth wave of the pandemic in the United States as it approaches. Winter.

There were 58,067 patients in US hospitals with Covid-19 on November 30, according to a Financial Times analysis of data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This marked a 20% increase from late October, which was the lowest level since late July, but comfortably below summer highs of over 103,000 in late August.

In about three-fifths of U.S. states, the average seven-day hospitalizations are higher than they were in late October, according to an FT analysis of HHS data. Michigan and the northeastern states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – where temperatures have cooled – reported their highest average patient levels in November.

The United States recorded an average of around 82,500 new cases of Covid-19 per day during the week ended November 30, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 16% increase since the end of October.

Covid-related deaths averaged 816, up from nearly 1,200 a day at the end of October, but the latest figures could be lower due to reporting delays after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

More than 70% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 59.4% are fully vaccinated, CDC data showed on Wednesday. Nearly 42 million Americans have received their booster shots.

During a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci reaffirmed that around 80 million Americans had not been vaccinated against Covid-19. He begged them to sign up for their injections as he and other senior health officials revealed that the first US case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had been identified in California.


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EU requests ‘verifiable proof’ Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is safe https://egs-schuetzen.com/eu-requests-verifiable-proof-chinese-tennis-player-peng-shuai-is-safe/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:28:00 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/eu-requests-verifiable-proof-chinese-tennis-player-peng-shuai-is-safe/ BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union said on Tuesday it wanted China to release “verifiable evidence” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a full and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former leading doubles player, has disappeared from the public eye after accusing a […]]]>

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union said on Tuesday it wanted China to release “verifiable evidence” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a full and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.

Peng, a three-time Olympian and former leading doubles player, has disappeared from the public eye after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault.

Peng has had only a few direct contacts with officials outside of China since she disappeared from public view earlier this month. She told Olympic officials on a Nov. 21 video call from Beijing that she was safe and healthy.

“His recent public reappearance does not allay concerns about his security and freedom,” an EU spokesperson said.

Peng made the online sexual assault allegation against former ruling Communist Party Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli. The tennis player’s post was deleted within minutes and she ceased to appear in public.

See: Women’s tennis chief questions legitimacy of Chinese state media statement attributed to Peng Shuai

Also: Tennis players take on the Chinese Communist Party

“The EU joins growing international demands, including from sports professionals, for assurance that it is free and not threatened,” the EU said in a statement. “With this in mind, the EU calls on the Chinese government to provide verifiable proof of the safety, well-being and whereabouts of Peng Shuai. The EU urges the Chinese authorities to conduct a full, fair and transparent investigation into his allegations of sexual assault.

Peng joins a growing number of Chinese businessmen, activists and ordinary people who have disappeared from public view in recent years after criticizing party figures or as part of the crackdown on the corruption or campaigns for democracy and labor rights.

“The EU strongly opposes the use of the practice of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention … and calls on China to comply with its human rights obligations under national and international law” , said the EU.


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EHT expands Enertec products in Europe; signs a strategic partnership with the Dutch solar energy manufacturer, Energyra https://egs-schuetzen.com/eht-expands-enertec-products-in-europe-signs-a-strategic-partnership-with-the-dutch-solar-energy-manufacturer-energyra/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/eht-expands-enertec-products-in-europe-signs-a-strategic-partnership-with-the-dutch-solar-energy-manufacturer-energyra/ NIAGARA FALLS, ON / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2021 / EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (TSXV: EHT) (“EHT” or the “Company”), a global leader in solar and wind renewable energy technologies, is pleased to announce the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Energyra Europe BV (” Energyra “), a manufacturing and R&D company pioneering the […]]]>

NIAGARA FALLS, ON / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2021 / EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (TSXV: EHT) (“EHT” or the “Company”), a global leader in solar and wind renewable energy technologies, is pleased to announce the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Energyra Europe BV (” Energyra “), a manufacturing and R&D company pioneering the development of highly sustainable photovoltaic solar modules in the Netherlands.

Energyra owns and operates a 100 MW solar power manufacturing plant in Amsterdam where it produces solar modules based on metallic enveloping cell (“MWT”) and inter-digital rear contact (“IBC”) technology, designed to meet challenges related to microcracks and degradation / failure modes typically seen with conventional welded PV modules.

Figure 1: Energyra’s solar power plant in Amsterdam

As part of this partnership, Energyra will become the preferred manufacturer and distributor of EHT’s solar panels, shelters and utility sheds in Europe and the rest of the world for the renewable energy and telecommunications sectors. The value of the strategic partnership is expected to exceed 100 million euros (C $ 144 million) in revenue over the next five years through the Enertec product line as well as jointly developed EHT and Energyra products, due to the ‘Increased manufacturing plant scale and distribution which will benefit from increased government incentives on solar products manufactured within the European Union (“EU”).

Energy efficiency is one of the pillars of the EU, with investments in renewable energies expected to total at least 650 billion euros by 2030 to supply 20% of European electricity demand through electricity. solar energy, according to management consulting firm Kearney and SolarPower Europe, a group of more than 200 organizations led by members from 38 countries. SolarPower Europe further noted after the COP26 conference this year that the EU needs to increase its target and production of renewable energy to meet the Paris Agreement target. Solar and wind power are essential to put the continent on the path to climate neutrality by 2050.

To help achieve the 2050 target and the 4 million additional jobs expected across the continent, the European Commission has set an ambitious interim target for the EU of increasing the share of renewables to 40% by 2030 , compared to around 20% in 2019.

The industry’s first photovoltaic solar modules

In addition, EHT and Energyra are co-developing the industry’s first photovoltaic solar modules that utilize EHT’s semi-flexible and lightweight front solar panels with Energyra’s rear contact cells based on MWT and IBC technologies. When combined, EHT and Energyra will offer the only lightweight solar panel with back contact durability. EHT and Energyra will actively collaborate on the creation of new products to serve the renewable energy community and jointly improve the market for these products.

Figure 2: Energyra’s solar power plant in Amsterdam

Unique photovoltaic solar modules, which are lead-free, solder-free and free of fluorine and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), unlike traditional solar panels, will meet the growing demand of the European manufacturing and supply industry, thus reducing dependence on Asian imports which increased dramatically throughout the COVID crisis.

Figure 3: CEO of EHT, John Gamble and CEO of Energyra, Daniël Kuijk

“We are delighted to partner with the Energyra team,” said John Gamble, CEO of EHT. “The partnership will not only provide new sales and distribution channels for our Enertec product line, but will also provide the opportunity to co-develop enhanced photovoltaic solar modules with our technologies, which is an integral part of our strategy. global expansion. The EU’s focus on clean energy technologies built in Europe meant that we had to find the right partner on the continent to remain competitive and sell directly to the EU. Energyra is the right partner to position EHT as a leader in net-zero technology in the EU.

“There is a strong and growing demand for premium quality solar panels made in the EU,” noted Daniël Kuijk, CEO of Energyra. “Energyra not only offers a suitable solution for this, but with our jointly applied technology, we can exceed the requirements of the most demanding applications in terms of power density and durability. We can compete effectively here with Asia by working with cutting edge partnerships, applying the most innovative solar cell technology under the highest degree of robotization. The most innovative design, use of materials and architecture of Unique product used to connect cells have resulted in high demand for our products. This partnership underscores EHT and Energyra’s desire to enter new markets and unleash the potential of the most promising photovoltaic technologies to come. “

Figure 4: Select photos of the Energyra installation

About Energyra Europe BV
Energyra produces top quality, high efficiency solar panels and is located near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Energyra uses innovative EU-based technology and collaborates worldwide with leading R&D partners and suppliers such as ISC Konstanz, DSM-Endurans, TNO and SPP. The products set themselves apart from traditional suppliers – besides material selection – by offering the highest power density (Wp / m2), custom light weight (Wp / kg) and meeting industrial demand. The company is managed by Daniël Kuijk and Menno Veldboer.

About EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies

EHT (TSXV: EHT) provides exclusive turnkey energy solutions that are smart, bankable and sustainable. Most energy products and solutions can be implemented immediately where they are needed. EHT sets itself apart from its competitors by combining a full line of solar photovoltaic, wind and battery storage solutions, which can provide power around the clock, both on a small and large scale. In addition to traditional support to established power grids, EHT excels where there is no power grid. The organization provides advanced solutions for various industries in combination with energy saving and power generation solutions. EHT’s expertise includes the development of module structures with full integration of smart energy solutions. These are transformed through EHT’s production technologies into attractive applications: modular homes, cold storage facilities, schools, residential and commercial outbuildings and emergency / temporary shelters. Windular Research and Technologies Inc. (WRT) provides cutting-edge wind technology to the global telecommunications market whereby the WRT system can be implemented directly on any existing or new tower configuration. WRT provides a source of renewable energy in remote and rural areas where the primary source of energy is diesel. WRT’s innovative system offers customers a lower overall cost of ownership as well as a reduced carbon footprint.

For more information, please contact:

John gamble
Chief Executive Officer
EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp.
Phone. : 289-488-1699
Email: info@ehthybrid.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information relating to the sales of products (the “Opportunities”) involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects, for the Opportunities to differ materially from those expressed. or implied by this forward-looking information. information search. Although EHT believes that the assumptions used in preparing forward-looking information about the opportunities described in this press release are reasonable, one should not place undue reliance on such information, which only applies as of the date of this press release. press release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur within the disclosed time frame or not at all. EHT disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

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EU will not recognize Taliban regime, says European Commission President Ursula https://egs-schuetzen.com/eu-will-not-recognize-taliban-regime-says-european-commission-president-ursula/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 17:03:35 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/eu-will-not-recognize-taliban-regime-says-european-commission-president-ursula/ The European Union will not recognize the Taliban regime, imposed by violence, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said on Saturday. The EU President, in a statement, said: “The European Union does not recognize the new regime, imposed by violence, but we must prevent the impending economic and social collapse facing the country. We […]]]>

The European Union will not recognize the Taliban regime, imposed by violence, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said on Saturday. The EU President, in a statement, said: “The European Union does not recognize the new regime, imposed by violence, but we must prevent the impending economic and social collapse facing the country. We must support the Afghan people. “

She also highlighted the humanitarian assistance provided to Afghanistan. “That is why, last month, we announced a package of € 1 billion, including € 300 million in humanitarian aid. The European Union will continue to engage with countries in the region.” , indicates the press release. Meanwhile, Russia, the United States, Japan, Canada, France and the United Kingdom have said they do not consider recognizing the government formed by the Taliban.

The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, prompting the resignation of the US-backed government. Later in September, the party announced the composition of Afghanistan’s new interim government. The country is currently hit by the worsening economic, humanitarian and security crisis following the Taliban takeover. The international community, from governments to non-governmental organizations, has provided various assistance to the Afghan people. (ANI)

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Antibiotic use plummeted in pandemic’s first year https://egs-schuetzen.com/antibiotic-use-plummeted-in-pandemics-first-year/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:20:00 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/antibiotic-use-plummeted-in-pandemics-first-year/ There has been a significant drop in the use of antibiotics in Malta in the first year of the pandemic, according to a new analysis. Figures from the European Union show an almost 20% drop in overall antibiotic consumption in Malta in 2020, compared to the previous year. This is a larger drop than the […]]]>

There has been a significant drop in the use of antibiotics in Malta in the first year of the pandemic, according to a new analysis.

Figures from the European Union show an almost 20% drop in overall antibiotic consumption in Malta in 2020, compared to the previous year.

This is a larger drop than the EU average of over 15%.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control noted that the decrease “had a more noticeable effect in countries where overuse and inappropriate use was common before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He said the decline in use was mainly in the community sector. Malta was one of seven countries that reported a decrease in prescriptions in the community – that is, by family physicians – alongside an increase in the hospital sector.

The EU has worked to reduce the number of unnecessary prescriptions in order to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

When last-line antibiotics are no longer effective, there are only limited treatment options left and these may not work in all situations, sometimes leading to fatal outcomes.

The “sharp” decline in antibiotic consumption in the European Union has been attributed to a drop in the number of primary care visits, either because of a reluctance to seek treatment for mild and self-limiting infections, or difficulty in getting an appointment for a consultation. , the EU agency said.

Anthony Azzopardi, president of the Association of Private Family Physicians, said his own prescriptions for antibiotics were “few and far between” due to a reduction in respiratory and pulmonary infections.

He echoed some of the reasons listed by the ECDC, as well as a willingness to stop taking antibiotics unnecessarily.

Along with COVID-19 measures, including less person-to-person transmission, he also mentioned the fact that children were out of school last year, which means the biggest disease transmitter has been wiped out.

Azzopardi said the decrease was also evidenced by the fact that pharmacies were not selling the antibiotics they had in stock.

In 2020, the average total consumption of antibacterials for systemic use (community and hospital sectors combined) in the EU was 16.4 DDD (defined daily dose) per 1,000 inhabitants per day, compared to 19.9 DDD in the year former.

In Malta, the decrease fell from 20.7 DDD to 16.6 DDD.

The drop was also attributed to the reported low incidence of non-COVID-19 respiratory tract infections in the community in EU countries in 2020, a likely consequence of the many non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as remoteness physical, blockages, respiratory etiquette. , use of face masks and promotion of hand hygiene, all measures put in place in response to the pandemic.

Among the 27 member countries, penicillins were the most frequently used antibacterials, according to the data.

Despite the pandemic-induced decline, however, ECDC noted that levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remained high for several important combinations of bacterial species and antimicrobial groups, with the highest percentages generally reported by countries. from southern and eastern Europe. .

“Although a decrease in antibiotic consumption has been observed in these countries, preliminary results from the eastern part of the European Region of the World Health Organization and Central Asia indicate that over time time, the use of antibiotics has increased, ”said Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director. for Europe, says.

“We know that access to antibiotics is a big concern, over-the-counter sales still occur in parts of the European region and the available antibiotics are often associated with the highest risk of developing resistance.”

An increase in the public health response is essential and actions are stepped up to make the fight against AMR a priority, said Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

“Antimicrobial resistance remains a serious challenge globally,” Kyriakides said, describing it as “a silent pandemic happening here and now”.

Resistance to these also compromises the effectiveness of life-saving medical interventions such as organ transplantation.

ECDC estimates that each year more than 670,000 infections occur in the European Union due to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and that around 33,000 people die as a direct result, with the health burden comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS. combined.

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Israel to separate West Bank from Jerusalem, EU envoy warns https://egs-schuetzen.com/israel-to-separate-west-bank-from-jerusalem-eu-envoy-warns/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 17:29:00 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/israel-to-separate-west-bank-from-jerusalem-eu-envoy-warns/ Israel has reached the final stage of separating the West Bank from Jerusalem, the European Union’s representative to the Palestinian Authority, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, warned on Sunday. “We’re at 11:15 or 11:45 am to reach midnight right now,” Burgsdorff said Jerusalem post, as he stood with representatives from over 20 like-minded European countries at […]]]>
Israel has reached the final stage of separating the West Bank from Jerusalem, the European Union’s representative to the Palestinian Authority, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, warned on Sunday.

“We’re at 11:15 or 11:45 am to reach midnight right now,” Burgsdorff said Jerusalem post, as he stood with representatives from over 20 like-minded European countries at the site of the former Kalandia airport.

He expressed concern about two Israeli projects which they fear will destroy any prospect of a future Palestinian state.

European Union representative to the Palestinian Authority Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff speaking at the old Kalandia airport on November 22, 2021 (Tovah Lazaroff)

This first is the construction of nearly 3,500 housing units in an undeveloped area of ​​the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, known as E1.

The project has largely been on hold for decades, but former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed the project forward in the last election and allowed his construction plans to be filed with the Judea and Samaria Higher Planning Council.

View of the desert near Ma’ale Adumim, West Bank, January 26, 2021 (credit: YANIV NADAV / FLASH90)

The Council is now hearing objections to the plans, with the next hearing date set for December 13. This is the last obstacle to the final approval of the E1 project.

The second project of concern to the EU is the ongoing construction of 9,000 housing units in the Atarot neighborhood of East Jerusalem on the site of what was once Kalandiya Airport, which opened in 1924. and closed in 2000. It is presumed that it is primarily intended for Jewish Israelis.

The Jerusalem District Planning Committee is due to hold a Dec. 6 hearing on the matter.

Burgsdorff and his delegation visited both sites, where they were briefed by left-wing NGO Ir Amim. They stopped to talk to reporters in Atarot. Behind the delegation was the construction site of a new bypass road with a tunnel that will pass under the projected houses.

To the left of the delegation stood the security fence that separated Atarot from the Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem by Kafr Akab.

“We are here at the very last stage of the complete cut-off of Jerusalem from the West Bank, which makes it impossible to discuss between the parties of a future independent, contiguous and viable Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital of the two, on the basis of negotiations on this issue, ”he said.

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He told reporters that the plans run counter to statements by the Israeli government regarding reducing the conflict and maintaining the status quo.

“The current Israeli government has made it clear that we don’t want to jeopardize the status quo, but the things we are seeing on the ground seem to suggest otherwise,” Burgsdorff said.

“The Israeli settlements are a flagrant violation of international law and constitute a major obstacle to a just and lasting[ing] and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians, ”he explained. The EU cannot “turn a blind eye” to such actions, he added.

The EU and much of the international community believe in a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the pre-1967 lines with East Jerusalem as the divided capital of states.

Israel has been adamant in its belief that Jerusalem must remain the united capital of the Jewish state and that projects such as Atarot and in the E1 area play an important role in protecting a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.

It has also been argued that such projects, which provide access roads that would improve the flow of traffic, do not cut off Palestinians from the West Bank.

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum said that “Jerusalem is a living, breathing and growing capital of the State of Israel.”

Thanks to the works already carried out in the Atarot zone, “the municipality had made Atarot a flourishing industrial zone with its very first [shopping] commercial center for the residents of East Jerusalem, with factories and workplaces providing hundreds of jobs.

“The housing project will provide thousands of much needed housing units. The European Union should stop speaking in the language of the past and join in the development of the future by caring for Jews and Arabs and offering opportunities and not empty rhetoric and false hopes, ”said Hassan -Nahoum.


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JM Varga says European Commission wants Hungary to let migrants in https://egs-schuetzen.com/jm-varga-says-european-commission-wants-hungary-to-let-migrants-in/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 18:06:36 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/jm-varga-says-european-commission-wants-hungary-to-let-migrants-in/ The decision of the European Court of Justice and the European Commission on the “Stop Soros” package of laws aims to get Hungary to let migrants in, but their efforts have failed because “the fortress of Hungary is still standing”, he said. Hungarian Minister of Justice told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Tuesday’s Court of Justice ruling […]]]>

The decision of the European Court of Justice and the European Commission on the “Stop Soros” package of laws aims to get Hungary to let migrants in, but their efforts have failed because “the fortress of Hungary is still standing”, he said. Hungarian Minister of Justice told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Tuesday’s Court of Justice ruling that Hungary’s criminalization of helping people seeking asylum violates EU law is “utterly baffling,” Judit Varga said in a statement. interview published in the Saturday issue of the newspaper.

“They are attacking the law which aims to protect Europe from illegal migration and illegal support for migration”, she said,

While the EU’s migration system is dysfunctional, Hungary had a ‘smoothly functioning legal framework’, involving transit zones open to safe third countries and closed to the Schengen area and ‘thus helping to curb migration. illegal migration to Europe as a whole, ”Varga said.

With transit zones to be closed, all rejected asylum seekers who could not be returned to their homes remained in Hungary, a situation which “goes against the principle of sovereignty set out in the Basic Law”, she declared.

“However, we don’t let migrants in; The fortress of Hungary is still standing ”, declared the Minister.

Referring to the situation along the Polish-Lithuanian border with Belarus, Varga welcomed statements by European politicians “who once opposed the idea of ​​fences but now support it”.

She called it “irrational and morally dubious” that Hungary is threatened with fines and infringement proceedings for what other countries are allowed to do.

Varga insisted that Hungary be reimbursed for the construction of a fence along its southern border, a project worth 1.6 billion euros. “Only 1% of this amount has been refunded to date,” she said.

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Justice Minister Varga said the European Court wanted Hungary to support human trafficking, but Orbán’s government “will stand up for Europe whether the Brussels bubble likes it or not”.

Infringement procedures, added the minister, should be suspended until the EU “has a viable solution to manage migration”.

The Hungarian principle that the decision to allow a person to enter the EU must be taken outside the borders of the community is now shared by other member states, she said.

In response to a question, Varga said EU law should only take precedence over national law in areas that fall under EU competence.

EU treaties have made it clear which areas fall within the EU’s remit and which are national, she said.

Photo illustrated by Márton Mónus / MTI


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Commission “decided to listen to concerns” about the “overprotected fertilizer market” https://egs-schuetzen.com/commission-decided-to-listen-to-concerns-about-the-overprotected-fertilizer-market/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 13:51:06 +0000 https://egs-schuetzen.com/commission-decided-to-listen-to-concerns-about-the-overprotected-fertilizer-market/ Copa-Cogeca welcomed the European Commission by opening “finally” an investigation into import duties on liquid fertilizers based on urea ammonium nitrate (UAN). For several months, Copa-Cogeca has been wondering about “the usefulness of the anti-dumping measures applied at European level on UAN fertilizers”. “With record prices this winter and an increasingly untenable situation at farm […]]]>

Copa-Cogeca welcomed the European Commission by opening “finally” an investigation into import duties on liquid fertilizers based on urea ammonium nitrate (UAN).

For several months, Copa-Cogeca has been wondering about “the usefulness of the anti-dumping measures applied at European level on UAN fertilizers”.

“With record prices this winter and an increasingly untenable situation at farm level, DG Trade has decided to open an investigation into the real impact on these anti-dumping duties.

“Copa and Cogeca welcome this first step which could lead to the elimination of anti-dumping taxes and ask the European Commission to act quickly.

Rising global demand for fertilizers

The European lobby group said that since the start of 2021, nitrogen fertilizer prices “have tripled”.

“They now represent 55% of input costs for farmers in Europe. In addition to this increase, the volumes offered in the off-season have been lower than normal and distributors are already not sure that they can meet all farmers’ demands by the spring use period in many Member States. .

“These conditions severely compromise the production capacities of farmers, who are exposed both to the volatility of the international crop market and to distortions of competition with other farmers around the world in an overly protected European fertilizer market.

“The price of fertilizers, especially nitrogen solutions, is linked to rising global demand for fertilizer and rising gas and sea freight prices, as well as insufficient competition in the EU’s internal market.

“What the public understands less often is that the nitrogen barriers and anti-dumping taxes on UANs in place at the EU level have become a major obstacle for farmers and expose them to excessive prices. and a real risk of a shortage of supply.

“Meanwhile, the European fertilizer industries, which experience both high production costs and high selling prices, continue to generate excessive margins. ”

Critical situation on farms

Reacting to the opening of the European Commission‘s investigation into import barriers protecting the fertilizer sector, Tim Cullinan, IFA President and Copa Vice President said:

“It’s a first step; the commission decided to listen to concerns expressed by the farming community about the overprotected fertilizer market.

“With UAN prices above 750 € / t, it is clearly necessary to act quickly as the situation remains tense in several Member States.

“We therefore hope that the investigation launched by the European Commission can be concluded within a period taking into account the critical situation on the farms.”

Copa-Cogeca, supported by the IFA, lodged a complaint with DG Trade at the end of April.

This resulted in the initiation of an investigation to see whether fertilizer manufacturers would suffer “threat of injury” if the anti-dumping measure on UANs was suspended.

The farmers “argue that the excessive profits made by the fertilizer manufacturers, represented by Fertilizers Europe, mean that such a threat is unfounded”.

Meanwhile, the annual cost to EU farmers of the UAN anti-dumping measure alone is estimated to range from € 545 million to € 1.1 billion.

“Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue rightly underscored the current fertilizer crisis and the need to address anti-dumping measures at Monday’s Agriculture Council meeting,” Cullinan continued.

“It is imperative that farmers make their voices heard by commission officials. Current fertilizer prices, which have more than doubled in the past 12 months, are unsustainable and now stand at a level that threatens European food production.

MEPs will have the opportunity to question the committee during an exchange of views on anti-dumping measures on fertilizers in the Agriculture Committee on 30 November.


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