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1 in 6 people globally affected by infertility: WHO

4 April 2023 News release Geneva, Switzerland Reading time: 2 min (617 words) العربية 中文 Français Русский Español Large numbers of people are affected by infertility in their lifetime, according to a new report published today by WHO. Around 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in 6 worldwide – experience infertility, showing the urgent need to increase access to affordable, high-quality fertility care for those in need. The new estimates show limited variation in the prevalence of infertility between regions. The rates are comparable for high-, middle- and low-income countries, indicating that this is a major health challenge globally. Lifetime prevalence was 17.8% in high-income countries and 16.5% in low- and middle-income countries. “The report reveals an important truth: infertility does not discriminate,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO. “The sheer proportion of people affected show the need to widen access to fertility care and ensure this issue is no longer sidelined in health research and policy, so that safe, effective, and affordable ways to attain parenthood are available for those who seek it.” Infertility is a disease of the male or female reproductive system, defined by the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It can cause significant distress, stigma, and financial hardship, affecting people’s mental and psychosocial well-being. Despite the magnitude of the issue, solutions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infertility – including assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) – remain underfunded and inaccessible to many due to high costs, social stigma and limited availability. At present, in most countries, fertility treatments are largely funded out of pocket – often resulting in devastating financial costs. People in the poorest countries spend a greater proportion of their income on fertility care compared to people in wealthier countries. High costs frequently prevent people from accessing infertility treatments or alternatively, can catapult them into poverty as a consequence of seeking care. "Millions of people face catastrophic healthcare costs after seeking treatment for infertility, making this a major equity issue and all too often, a medical poverty trap for those affected,” said Dr Pascale Allotey, Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at WHO, including the United Nations’ Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). “Better policies and public financing can significantly improve access to treatment and protect poorer households from falling into poverty as a result.” While the new report shows convincing evidence of the high global prevalence of infertility, it highlights a persistent lack of data in many countries and some regions. It calls for greater availability of national data on infertility disaggregated by age and by cause to help with quantifying infertility, as well as knowing who needs fertility care and how risks can be reduced. Notes to editors About the report This report provides insight into global and regional infertility prevalence by analyzing all relevant studies from 1990 to 2021, taking into account different estimation approaches used.... Lees meer

VSA nooi outoritêre verregse regimes na 'Summit for Democracy'

https://youtu.be/OK9F27WIcec Die Joe Biden-administrasie het talle outoritêre verregse leiers na die Amerikaanse staatsdepartement se sogenaamde "Beraad vir Demokrasie" genooi, waaronder Israel se Benjamin Netanyahu, Pole se Andrzej Duda, Indië se Narendra Modi, Italië se Giorgia Meloni en Pakistan se staatsgreepregime. Bronne en meer inligting hier: https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2023/... Mexiko se AMLO roep Amerikaanse 'oligargie' uit tydens Biden se 'demokrasie'-beraad: https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2023/ ... ONDERWERPE : 0:00 Amerikaanse beraad vir skynheiligheid 9:51 Sjina 13:53 Israel 18:14 Pole 22:42 Italië 26:07 Oekraïne 33:48 Taiwan separatiste 36:43 Pakistan 38:28 Indië 54:04 Gevolgtrekking Geopolitieke ekonomieverslag, oorweeg dit asseblief om ons by https://GeopoliticalEconomy.com/Support te ondersteun Patreon: https://Patreon.com/GeopoliticalEconomy Podcast: https://Soundcloud.com/GeopoliticalEc... Nuusbrief: https://GeopoliticalEconomy.Substack.com

Renovations and urgent phase-out of fossil fuels needed to decarbonise heating in Europe — European Environment Agency

Renovations and urgent phase-out of fossil fuels needed to decarbonise heating in Europe — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2023-02-23 11:00:59 , News [ad_1] Decarbonising heating represents one of the major challenges for Europe on the way to meeting climate targets for 2030 and 2050 and ensuring greater energy security. The EEA briefing ‘Decarbonising heating and cooling — a climate imperative’ looks at sectoral trends and calls for stronger policy efforts to reduce energy needs and switch to sustainable heating and cooling in all sectors. Together with the recent EEA briefing on sustainable cooling, the assessment highlights key opportunities and challenges in the race to make the EU carbon-neutral by 2050.   Energy renovation and conservation measures, including public information campaigns, have proven their efficiency in curbing overall heating and cooling needs, especially in buildings — the largest energy-consuming end-use sector across the EU. However, the EEA briefing reminds that energy efficiency measures alone are insufficient to decarbonise heating and cooling when fossil fuels are being used as the main energy source. In 2020, almost 80% of all household energy use regarded space and water heating, with over half of this energy being supplied by burning fossil fuels, notably gas. Investments in renewable and waste energy sources for heating and cooling are needed to reduce gas consumption, climate impacts and air pollution. Local needs and opportunities Data from Eurostat show that renewable energy accounted for less than a quarter of final energy used for heating and cooling in the EU in 2020. The northern EU countries, where buildings need more heating during winter months, had already reached more than 50% shares of renewable energy for heating and cooling in 2020 using large shares of biomass. But as heating and cooling systems last longer than a decade, replacing fossil fuels with biomass across all countries may have unwanted implications for this feedstock, climate and the environment. With the availability of sustainable energy resources and the demand for heating and cooling varying significantly across Europe, there is a need to prioritise the most sustainable local energy sources that correspond to local needs and opportunities, according to the EEA briefing. The EEA briefing also notes that renewables for heating and cooling in Europe mostly still consist of solid biomass, such as wood, whereas other renewable options for heating and cooling are growing at much faster pace, including modern heat pumps and solar thermal collectors. Where available, modern, renewables-based district heating systems provide important opportunities for further decarbonisation, by acting as a platform for integrating a variety of clean energy solutions. The European Commission has recently published a roadmap for policy support for heating and cooling decarbonisation in Europe.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Hernieuwbare energie: België bereikt doelstelling in 2021

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-02-24 11:17:20 , [ad_1] België haalde in 2021 zijn Europese doelstellingen voor het aandeel van hernieuwbare energiebronnen in het eindverbruik van energie. Maar het aandeel van aardolieproducten blijft overheersen, ook al daalt het wel.  Meer informatie op de website van de FOD Economie.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Campagne ‘Wederzijds Respect’ | Belgium.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-02-24 11:50:32 , [ad_1] Het vertrouwen tussen de burger en de veiligheidsberoepen verhogen door te focussen op verbinding, dat is het idee achter de campagne Wederzijds Respect. Een versterkt vertrouwen zorgt immers voor meer respect. En een meer respectvolle relatie draagt bij tot een vermindering van agressie en geweld tussen burger en veiligheidsberoepen. Bekijk de video's op Youtube. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Scaling up good practices can boost sustainability of plastics — European Environment Agency

Scaling up good practices can boost sustainability of plastics — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2023-02-20 13:00:34 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Pathways towards circular plastics in Europe — good practice examples from countries, business and citizens’ is intended to inspire businesses, policymakers and citizens to make the production and consumption of plastics more circular and sustainable. The briefing is based on an underpinning technical report by the EEA’s European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use. According to the EEA briefing, three main pathways can make the production and consumption of plastics more sustainable: smarter use of plastics, increased circularity, and more renewable materials. Using plastics in a smarter way include reducing unnecessary packaging and single-use products, as well as more circular design that makes products last longer and easier to reuse and repair. Other examples to use plastics in a smarter way also already exist across Europe in the form of gear rentals, car and tool sharing and, for example, reusing crates and pallets in the food sector, the EEA briefing notes. Increasing circularity requires longer use and reuse of products and better collection, sorting and recycling of plastics. Good practice examples include stores that offer to take back their own products at the end of product life-cycle, which can improve the quality of recycled materials or enable some type of reuse. The role of consumers is also critical in choosing what to buy and ensuring proper recycling. Overall, many European markets of recycled raw materials, including for mixed plastics, are not functioning well, according to a recent EEA analysis. Increasing the use of renewable materials involves, for example, using more recyclable, biobased plastics, instead of relying solely on fossil fuels and their imports. According to the EEA briefing, increasing the use of renewable materials should focus on the second- and third-generation feedstocks that do not compete with food and feed production. Businesses, policymakers and citizens can all contribute to more sustainable and circular plastics production and consumption, the EEA briefing concludes. There is vast potential in scaling up circular business models, strengthening policies, increasing demand for sustainable products, reducing unnecessary consumption and improving recycling. A complementary report, ‘The fate of EU plastic waste’, by the EEA’s European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use, investigates the dynamics of plastic waste trade within the EU and exports from the EU. The report demonstrates that EU plastic waste exports continue to decline and are concentrated in few receiving countries. Raising environmental concerns, case study results also indicate that plastic waste leaving the EU is of much lower quality than that traded within the EU, and that receiving countries often lack proper waste management infrastructure.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Onbetaalde verkeersboetes: vervolging nu eenvoudiger

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-02-09 15:55:31 , [ad_1] Een nieuwe geautomatiseerde uitwisseling tussen de FOD Justitie en de FOD Financiën zal de invordering van verkeersboetes vereenvoudigen. Verkeersboetes (zelfs oude) zullen door de autoriteiten sneller ingevorderd kunnen worden . In geval van een onbetaalde boete stuurt de Procureur des Konings de overtreder per aangetekende brief een nieuw betalingsbevel. Deze nieuwe aanmaning zal dwingender zijn met : een verhoging van 35% van het oorspronkelijk verschuldigde bedrag, een administratieve toeslag, een bijdrage aan het "Fonds tot hulp aan de slachtoffers van opzettelijke gewelddaden en aan de occasionele redders". Als de boete dan nog steeds niet wordt betaald, hoeft de Procureur des Konings de overtreders niet langer te dagvaarden voor de politierechter. In plaats daarvan kan hij rechtstreeks een beroep doen op de FOD Financiën om de schuld in te vorderen. Daartoe zal deze alle nodige middelen aanwenden: beslag op loon, werkloosheidsuitkering, bankrekeningen, belastingteruggaven, beslag op meubilair, … Met deze gedigitaliseerde en geautomatiseerde procedure voor de snelle overdracht van dossiers tussen de twee instellingen versterkt de FOD Financiën zijn rol als eerste invorderaar van het land. De financiën van de staat worden dan op een rechtvaardigere manier en in volledige onpartijdigheid beheerd. De invorderingsprocedures zijn namelijk objectiever en minder duur voor de burger. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Mogelijkheid om boetes enkel digitaal te ontvangen via e-Box Enterprise

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-02-08 10:14:23 , [ad_1] Sinds het begin van zomer 2022 ontvangen ondernemingen juridische documenten, zoals hun onmiddellijke inningen voor verkeersovertredingen, digitaal via de e-Box Enterprise. Tot en met eind januari 2023 ontving elke ondernemingen elke boete tweemaal, zowel op papier als in digitale vorm. Vanaf nu ontvangen de ondernemingen die de optie “enkel in digitaal formaat” activeerden, hun boetes enkel nog digitaal. Opgelet: eenmaal deze optie geactiveerd is, is deze onomkeerbaar. Meer weten over de e-Box Enterprise? Surf snel naar https://www.eboxenterprise.be/nl/index.html [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Hervorming van het kunstenaarsstatuut | Belgium.be

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-02-03 11:17:10 , [ad_1] Een nieuwe wet werd aangenomen die instaat voor een betere sociale bescherming van kunstwerkers. De wet voert de volgende maatregelen door: Invoering kunstwerkattest Aan de hand van het kunstwerkattest zullen werknemers in de professionele kunsten toegang krijgen tot diverse voordelen. Het attest kan aangevraagd worden door kunstwerkers die artistieke, artistiek-technische of ondersteunende artistieke activiteiten uitoefenen. Oprichting Kunstwerkcommissie Er wordt een Kunstwerkcommissie opgericht voor de toekenning van de kunstwerkattesten. Daarnaast wordt ook het nieuwe digitaal platform 'Working in the Arts' ingevoerd, waar kunstwerkers hun aanvraag zullen kunnen indienen. Amateurkunstenvergoeding Tot slot voorziet de wet in een amateurkunstenvergoeding die de huidige regeling voor kleine vergoedingen vervangt. De wet treedt uiterlijk op 1 januari 2024 in werking. Meer informatie op de website van de FOD Sociale Zekerheid. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

23rd NRN Meeting: Highlights report and synthesis of session on CAP networks & innovation available!

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2023-01-27 13: 30: 01 , ENRD News [ad_1] The meeting report of the 23rd National Rural Networks Meeting (20 - 21 September 2022) is now available on the event page in English. On the same page you can find a synthesis of the session on CAP networks & innovation, as well as a summary of the field trips, presentations, videos and pictures of the day. The ENRD Contact Point, jointly with the Dutch Rural Network, organised the 23rd National Rural Networks meeting in the Netherlands as part of the International Conference: It’s time to fly. The aims of the meeting were to identify and discuss the role of the CAP networks in supporting green architecture of the CAP. It provided an opportunity to explore different approaches how can NSUs strengthen innovation support working with advisors, researchers, and practitioners on preparing innovative projects and to provide an update on rural networking activities carried out by the EU networks’ Support Units. A working session on specific networking activities, including the Rural Inspiration Awards Cluster vote took place too. Read the highlights report to find out more about this event. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Markets for many commonly recycled materials struggle in the EU — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2023-01-26 11: 00: 44 , News [ad_1] The EEA report ’Investigating Europe′s secondary raw material markets’ presents a set of criteria to analyse the functioning of markets for secondary, recycled raw materials. Improving markets for recycled raw materials is key to delivering a circular economy in the EU, reducing the need to extract natural resources and avoiding the associated environmental impacts. Applying the assessment criteria on eight common secondary material markets, the EEA report concludes that only three of those — aluminium, paper and glass — are functioning well. These markets provide credible and continuous information to market stakeholders, they are international and open, and the recycled materials have a significant market share, compared with primary materials, the EEA report notes. The five secondary raw material markets that are not functioning well include wood, plastics, biowaste, aggregates from construction and demolition waste, and textiles. According to the EEA analysis, the main problems in these markets are their small size compared with primary materials, weak demand, and lack of common specifications, which reduces the quality of materials for industrial use. In addition, some materials face specific challenges, such as competing demand for energy use in the case of wood. Besides acknowledging the need for more information to enable a proper monitoring and assessment of the markets’ development, the EEA report presents several options to overcome market barriers for recycled raw materials. These include incentives to design products that are easier to recycle, strengthening recycling targets, increasing recycled content in new products, establishing technical standards for recycled materials and using taxes to level price competition with primary raw materials. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Beschermd gebied de Vlakte van de Raan: uw mening telt!

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-01-24 17: 23: 21 , [ad_1] Van 9 februari 2023 tot en met 9 april 2023 organiseert de dienst Marien Milieu van de FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu een openbare raadpleging over het ontwerp van de instandhoudingsdoelstellingen en de beheerplannen voor de Vlakte van de Raan.  Het marien ruimtelijk plan 2020-2026 voorziet in de aanduiding van een nieuw habitatrichtlijngebied in onze Noordzee, de Vlakte van de Raan. Om tot een goed beheer te komen, voorziet het koninklijk besluit van 27 oktober 2016 betreffende de procedure tot aanduiding en beheer van de mariene beschermde gebieden dat er instandhoudingsdoelstellingen en beheerplannen vastgesteld worden. Deze instandhoudingsdoelstellingen en beheerplannen geven aan wat er binnen de Vlakte van de Raan nagestreefd en ondernomen wordt om de ‘gunstige staat van instandhouding’ voor de beschermde habitats en soorten te herstellen of te behouden.   In het ontwerp ‘Instandhoudingsdoelstellingen voor Natura 2000 in het Belgische deel van de Noordzee – aanvulling Vlakte van de Raan’ zijn voor de te beschermen habitats en soorten overkoepelende doelen beschreven die, waar mogelijk, verdere invulling krijgen door concrete, operationele instandhoudingsdoelstellingen. Het ontwerp ‘Beheerplannen voor Natura 2000 in het Belgische deel van de Noordzee (2022-2027) – aanvulling Vlakte van de Raan’ geeft een overzicht van de verschillende maatregelen die reeds genomen zijn en van de acties die in de komende jaren uitgevoerd moeten worden.  Deze openbare raadpleging komt voort uit het Verdrag van Aarhus, dat u het recht geeft op inspraak bij beslissingen over het milieu.   Meer informatie vindt u vanaf 9 februari 2023 op www.consult-leefmilieu.be  Voor meer informatie, zie Natuurbescherming en -herstel  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

More efforts needed to address land sources of marine litter — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2023-01-19 11:00:40 , News [ad_1] Land-based sources account for a massive 80% of marine litter in Europe, and approximately 85% of it is plastic, according to the EEA web report ‘From source to sea — The untold story of marine litter‘. Packaging and small plastic items make up nearly 80% of this plastic waste. The new EEA report is the first Europe-wide study of its kind taking a holistic look at how this litter is created and ends up in our European seas via our rivers. The report offers ten recommendations to boost knowledge to complement already stepped-up action by the European Union through the EU’s Zero Pollution action plan, the Circular Economy action plan (including the Plastics Strategy), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Single-Use Plastic Directive. Plastic waste still growing Despite these measures, data shows that plastic waste generation is growing faster than economic growth. Continuous increase in plastic waste generation is still exerting too much pressure on European coasts and seas. And that the European Union is currently not on track to meet its policy goals of significantly reducing waste in its shift to a circular economy, which aims to massively reduce the amount of plastics and packaging that are currently thrown out. Between 2011 and 2020, plastic waste generated in the EU’s 27 Member States per person increased by 22%, as did the amount of mismanaged plastic waste. Most used and discarded plastic items are either recycled, incinerated, or stored in waste facilities, but due to limits in waste management capacity, a portion still makes its way into our seas and oceans, making it the primary source of marine litter. This uncollected waste is taken to our coasts via Europe’s many rivers. The outcome is that 75% of assessed marine areas are polluted. This is a huge problem because of plastic’s impact on marine life and on human health via the food chain. In some cases, the persistent nature of plastic means that it can last up to 500 years in the environment. What we need to know to act To achieve Europe’s green goals, and specifically, waste prevention, reduction and management goals, a full understanding of marine litter is needed — from source to sea. We also need to decouple waste generation from economic growth. Efforts in Europe to improve waste collection and management have made some headway in reducing the share of mismanaged small non-packaging plastic items (PPSI) waste. To find solutions, EU legislation is moving to a more integrated approach based on monitoring which could be supported by improved data gathering and analysis on land and rivers. Most marine litter is generated on land, and the reliability of waste management data are limited and plastic litter transported via rivers remains understudied. The recommendations focus on better use of existing and emerging data sources to better monitor problem areas, which can help develop targeted measures. Old-fashioned clean-ups and physical monitoring by volunteer citizen scientists are also invaluable. Technology also plays an increasingly important... Lees meer

Monitoring soil threats in Europe — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2023-01-18 11: 00: 00 , News [ad_1] European soils are under increasing pressure due to soil sealing, pollution, intensive agriculture and climate change. At the same time, there are management options to improve soil functions and health, including to sequester carbon, increase biodiversity and prevent erosion. The EEA's ‘Soil monitoring report’ presents a comprehensive set of common indicators to assess soil health as well as risk-based thresholds to inform protection and restauration needs and soil-related policies in Europe. The selected indicators address soil organic carbon, nutrients, acidification, pollution, biodiversity, erosion, compaction and sealing. For each indicator, the EEA report identifies thresholds beyond which soil functioning, for example for water purification or food production, is negatively affected. These thresholds can be regarded as critical tipping points for soil health and action points to safeguard soils. The EEA assessment supports the EU soil strategy for 2030, which is an integral element of the European Green Deal with the overall aim of ensuring healthy soil ecosystems and sustainable use of EU soils. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

In 2023 mogen studenten 600 uur werken in plaats van 475 uur!

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-01-10 15: 25: 12 , [ad_1] Sinds 1 januari 2023 mogen studenten 600 uur per jaar werken aan beperkte sociale bijdragen. Deze overgang van 475 naar 600 uur kan gevolgen hebben voor het statuut van een student die ten laste van zijn ouders valt, maar ook voor het recht op kinderbijslag. Het statuut hangt af van het maximumsalaris om nog ten laste van de ouders te blijven. Daarnaast is het recht op kinderbijslag afhankelijk van het aantal uren dat een student per jaar mag werken om dat recht te behouden.  Meer informatie vind je op de website Student@work.     [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

11e editie van de Barometer van de Informatiemaatschappij

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-01-10 15: 28: 24 , [ad_1] België verliest 4 plaatsen op de Europese ranglijst van kernprestaties van de digitale economie en samenleving. Dat blijkt uit de Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). Ons land scoort wel goed op de integratie en het gebruik van digitale technologieën in bedrijven. Dat concludeert de 11e editie van de Barometer van de Informatiemaatschappij van de FOD Economie. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Infocampagne over rugproblemen van start

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2023-01-10 12:19:22 , [ad_1] De FOD Volksgezondheid lanceert vandaag samen met het RIZIV een vervolgcampagne over het gebruik van medische beeldvorming bij lage rugpijn. De FOD Volksgezondheid lanceert de campagne met de slogan “Praat met je arts over een bewegingsplan, eerder dan te gaan voor een scan”. Oefeningen zijn namelijk essentieel om rugpijn sneller te doen verdwijnen en het terugkeren ervan te voorkomen. Artsen kunnen hun patiënten hierbij gerichte adviezen geven om hun toestand zoveel mogelijk te verbeteren en hen zo nodig doorverwijzen naar een kinesitherapeut. Op de campagnewebsite www.geenscanzonderplan.be getuigen een arts, kinesist en patiënt over lage rugpijn, het belang van bewegen en het omgaan met medische beeldvorming. De nieuwe campagne zal gebruik maken van verschillende campagnebeelden in het straatbeeld die de aandacht vestigen op het belang van blijven bewegen in verschillende situaties. Bij elk beeld zal een specifieke slagzin worden gebruikt die inspeelt op de betreffende situatie. Op verschillende Nederlandstalige en Franstalige radiozenders draaien vanaf 11 januari spotjes om de campagne in de verf te zetten. De campagne wordt ook uitgebreid gepromoot op sociale media. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Vakantiegeld 2020 nog niet gekregen?

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-12-20 12: 36: 44 , [ad_1] Bent u arbeider of niet-zelfstandig kunstenaar? Ongeveer 16.500 arbeiders en niet-zelfstandige kunstenaars hebben nog altijd hun rekeningnummer niet meegedeeld om hun vakantiegeld 2020 (werkjaar 2019) te krijgen. En dat vakantiegeld komt vast van pas tijdens deze energiecrisis. Kijk dus snel na of u nog vakantiegeld tegoed hebt! Meer informatie op de website van de FOD Sociale zekerheid [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

EU Member States make progress in climate adaptation to boost resilience, EEA review finds — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-12-14 11:00:16 , News [ad_1] Levels of investment and the financing of putting in place adaptation plans still vary across EU Member States, the EEA report 'Advancing towards climate resilience' found. The assessment gives a snapshot of all EU Member States' national adaptation actions for 2021, based on national reporting submitted to the European Commission (under the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action Regulation). Where possible, the report also compares adaptation measures with earlier information to describe progress over recent years. The report also includes some data from Türkiye, which is not an EU Member State but is a member of the EEA. Progress on adaptation action  National adaptation actions and overall institutional arrangements taking adaptation into account have been further developed and strengthened in many EU Member States to better steer adaptation policies across different levels of government and sectors. Ensuring climate change adaptation priorities are considered in a broad range of policies has also progressed.  Many of the measures reported by EU Member States are about increasing capacity, specifically, activities that support awareness raising, capacity building and training, inclusion of climate change in education, and support adaptation at regional and local levels. Adaptation is being increasingly financed but several issues remain, including how to measure adaptation finance, as most of these measures also support other economic, social and environmental objectives and are not always initiated for adaptation only. A few Member States have dedicated national adaptation funds for financing the implementation of national adaptation plans, the review found.  Other key findings  Legal requirements or political commitments to institutionalise periodic updating of climate risk assessments are in place in several Member States. However, their systematic, comprehensive and regular renewal is the exception rather than the rule.  Most countries still rely on rather soft policies without legally-binding commitments, and on voluntary, informal, non‑hierarchical cooperation. More and more Member States are using national climate laws to have more stringent legal instruments available to enforce their adaptation objectives and strategies.  The social justice aspects of adaptation are not yet integrated in all countries. However, these increasingly important aspects aim to address the uneven distribution of climate risks, which affect vulnerable groups the most.  Effective, multi-level governance embodies a variety of networks and a set of collaborative mechanisms across subnational governments. Those networks and collaborations play an essential role in supporting local governments to develop and implement their local adaptation strategies and action plans. Monitoring, reporting and evaluation are mainly used for the following three objectives: to gain a better understanding of policy implementation, to identify climate risks, and to measure the effectiveness of policies in reducing climate change impacts, risks and vulnerabilities.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Aantal actieve kmo’s in België weer in de lift

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-12-13 15: 59: 30 , [ad_1] In 2021 waren er in België bijna 1,1 miljoen kleine en middelgrote ondernemingen actief. Dat is een groei van meer dan 4 % ten opzichte van het voorgaande jaar. Volgens gegevens van de FOD Economie behoort België daarmee tot de best presterende landen van de Europese Unie. Het aantal faillissementen zakte fors. Lees meer Ontdek meer informatie in de rubriek 'Kmo's en zelfstandigen in cijfers' op de website van de FOD Economie. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Justitie vereenvoudigt het legalisatieproces voor documenten van beëdigd vertalers en vertaler-tolken

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-12-13 11: 33: 36 , [ad_1] Justitie digitaliseert verder, want vanaf heden kunnen vertalers en vertaler-tolken hun vertaalde documenten digitaal legaliseren via hun elektronische handtekening. Voornaamste doel hiervan is het legalisatieproces van vertaalde documenten voor gebruik in het binnen- en buitenland, te digitaliseren en vereenvoudigen.  Voordien werd gebruik gemaakt van een papieren validatieprocedure, waardoor de vertaler of burger het vertaalde document moest legaliseren aan de hand van een fysieke stempel. Daarnaast moesten documenten voor buitenlands gebruik op papier worden aangeboden aan de loketten van de FOD Justitie en FOD Buitenlandse Zaken. Beide procedures sinds 1 december 2022 vervangen door een volledig digitale procedure. Wenst u zeker te zijn of een vertaler of vertaler-tolk erkend is door de FOD Justitie? Via de openbare databank van het nationaal register, toegankelijk via Just-on-web, kunt u vertalers, tolken en vertalers-tolken opzoeken.  [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Most plastic consumption in Europe lacks direct policy targets and data — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-12-12 11:00:28 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Managing non-packaging plastics in European waste streams’ provides an overview of the consumption and management of those plastics that do not fall under the category of packaging. To date, these materials have not been prioritised for action through specific EU directives and policy. Non-packaging plastics include diverse materials in products ranging from buildings and vehicles to everyday items, such as electronics, sports equipment, diapers and toothbrushes. The EEA briefing notes that currently there are no direct recycling or re-use targets for these materials, which may account for up to 74% of the EU’s total plastic consumption, according to recent estimates. There is currently insufficient knowledge about the overall level of plastic consumption and plastic waste generation in Europe. Some data are available from Europe’s plastic industry but they do not include the plastics that are part of imported goods. According to the EEA briefing, there is a high value in developing a more standardised methodology for tracking non-packaging plastic flows in the EU. This would allow for effective monitoring of the total amount of plastic waste and provide improved evidence to inform policy and investment decisions.  Non-packaging plastics account for up to 74% of the EU's total plastic consumption. Key EU policy instruments in the area include the Circular Economy Action Plan and the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The recent Circular Economy II package proposed by the European Commission also includes initiatives on packaging and on bio-based, compostable and biodegradable plastics. In addition, there will be a need to also address plastic used in non-packaging applications through potential future measures such as introducing extended producer responsibility schemes, material-specific recycling targets and reporting obligations. Such aspects will need to be addressed if Europe is to better manage total plastic flows in the context of transformation to a circular economy, the EEA briefing concludes. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

2030 targets within reach but need stronger action — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-12-08 15: 00: 00 , News [ad_1] Progress towards 2030 targets but pollution levels still too high The progress towards the six ‘zero pollution’ targets is mixed. Pollution is decreasing from pesticides, antimicrobials and marine litter. Not much progress has been made for pollution from noise, nutrients and waste. On the other hand, the overall high rates of compliance with the EU drinking and bathing water pollution standards (>99% and >93% respectively) are encouraging. For 2030, we can achieve most of the targets if additional efforts are made. However, current pollution levels are still far too high: over 10% of premature deaths in the EU each year are still related to environmental pollution. This is mainly due to air pollution, but also to noise pollution and exposure to chemicals, which is likely to be underestimated. The pollution similarly damages biodiversity. There are significant differences between Member States, with premature deaths levels around 5-6% in the North and 12-14% in the South and East of Europe. The Commission has by now delivered or advanced on all 33 of the announced actions in the Zero Pollution Action Plan of 2021. In order for them to have an impact, the Commission report calls for the swift agreement and adoption of the legislative proposals to reduce harmful pollution, and the improved implementation of the existing ones at local, national and cross-border level. Notably, it finds that if the EU implements all relevant measures proposed by the Commission, the number of premature deaths due to air pollution would fall by up to 66% in 2030 compared to 2005, with benefits of clean air measures outweighing costs and leading to overall GDP gains. The report also points to the importance of promoting global initiatives and supporting third countries in their efforts towards reducing pollution. Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans said:  "Once again the evidence presented today shows us that the benefits of acting for clean air, water and soil are far greater than the investment. This is also what citizens want, as more than 80% are worried about the health and environmental problems caused by pollution". Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “Today we are presenting compelling evidence about the results of ambitious action to reduce pollution. The reports show that the EU’s zero pollution ambition is realistic and possible, but only if we speed up adoption of legislative proposals linked to pollution, and step up implementation of the existing EU pollution laws. I also hope that today’s reports will help convince our global partners to agree on equally ambitious targets in the context of the upcoming COP15 negotiations on biodiversity”. Executive Director of the European Environment Agency Hans Bruyninckx added: The EEA’s first zero pollution monitoring report shows that Europe is making progress in reducing and preventing pollution in key areas, such as air, bathing water and drinking water, and is using less hazardous pesticides. But, to deliver on our 2050 vision, we need progress in reducing excess nutrients in... Lees meer

Effective nature finance needs better data, analysis and tools — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-12-07 13: 00: 09 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Financing nature as a solution’ draws attention to the conditions of effective financing of nature-based solutions. The briefing contributes to bridging the gap between analysis on the state of nature in Europe and development of effective biodiversity finance. To support environmental policy, there is a clear need to considerably increase public and private investments in protecting and restoring nature. However, these investments are challenged by several barriers, such as lack of sufficient data and standardised impact metrics. According to the EEA briefing, key improvements would create more favourable conditions for effective nature finance. First, biodiversity data needs strengthening to allow for measuring impacts of investments. Moreover, nature and financial data need to be integrated spatially to allow for effective targeting of interventions, such as nature restoration. Also, there is a need for standardised models about the environmental impacts of different business activities. The EEA briefing notes that while some activities are clearly destructive at local scale, others can create a variety of lower pressures, and some can have mixed impacts or different impacts on different scales. Finally, protecting and restoring biodiversity requires different types of finance from different actors. Innovative and differentiated mechanisms and finance instruments are therefore needed to attract a broad range of partners, the EEA briefing says.   The findings of this EEA briefing ‘Financing nature as a solution’ will be discussed at a joint online event with the European Investment Bank at Biodiversity Conference of the Parties COP15 on 14 December 2022. More information is available on the event and registration page. Location field [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.eea.europa.eu

Alle cijfers over België 2022

Bron: www.belgium.be België: 2022-12-07 11: 15: 28 , [ad_1] Ontdek de jaarlijkse brochure Kerncijfers, die wordt uitgegeven door Statistics Belgium, de Algemene Directie Statistiek van de FOD Economie. Deze brochure bevat basiscijfers over bevolking, samenleving, grondgebied, leefmilieu, economie, vastgoed, bouw, mobiliteit en vervoer in België.Duidelijke kaarten, tabellen en grafieken tonen niet alleen de Belgische trends maar plaatsen ze eveneens in Europees perspectief. Media, beleidsmakers, burgers, ondernemers, onderzoekers etc. gebruiken deze cijfers dagelijks.Raadpleeg de brochure Kerncijfers - Statistisch overzicht van België 2022.Voor meer details over statistieken in België kunt u de website van Statistics Belgium raadplegen. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.belgium.be

Workshop on Implementing the CAP Green Architecture: Meeting highlights

Bron: enrd.ec.europa.eu België: 2022-12-02 15: 20: 55 , ENRD News [ad_1] The highlights report of the Workshop on Implementing the CAP Green Architecture (20 September 2022) is now available. Participants met in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, to explore approaches and possible solutions for maximising environmental and climate ambition through the range of interventions Member States are planning to use within their CSPs. This workshop was part of the International Conference ‘It’s time to fly’, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van enrd.ec.europa.eu

Methane emissions on a downward trend, but accelerated cuts needed to meet EU climate targets — European Environment Agency

Bron: www.eea.europa.eu België: 2022-11-30 13:00:12 , News [ad_1] The EEA briefing ‘Methane emissions in the EU: the key to immediate action on climate change’ provides an updated review of the key sources of methane (CH4) in the EU and looks at projections, policies and measures implemented as well as relevant EU legislation. The briefing also includes a methane emissions visualisation tool where users can see country CH4 emissions as reported in their greenhouse gas inventories. A downward trend According to the latest available official data, emissions of CH4 is down by 36% in the EU in 2020 compared with 1990 levels, furthering a 30-year downward trend. The largest reductions in emissions occurred in energy supply, which includes energy industries and fugitive (leaked or uncaptured emissions) (-65%), waste (-37%) and agriculture (-21%). Overall, reductions in methane emissions have been significant and reflect: a decrease in agricultural livestock numbers and increased efficiency in the agricultural sector; lower levels of coal mining and post-mining activities; improved oil and gas pipeline networks; less waste disposal on land, and an increase in recycling, composting, landfill gas recovery, and waste incineration with energy recovery. The observed emission reductions have contributed not only to climate change mitigation but also to better air quality, because of synergies in the reduction of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. More to be done Still, despite the progress, methane concentrations are increasing rapidly and reductions need to be stepped up across all sectors. Methane is substantially stronger at trapping heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) and also has an average shorter lifetime than CO2.  Reducing CH4 emissions globally is a low hanging fruit for the current generation, using existing practices and technologies. Policies aimed at CH4 emission reductions will deliver faster benefits from the climate mitigation perspective in the short term. Reducing CH4 emissions will also lead to lower ozone formation and local air pollution, which would bring health-related benefits thanks to cleaner air. Continued reductions in other greenhouse gases (GHG) are also essential to achieving the long-term climate goals. The EEA briefing notes the EU has put in place overarching and sector-specific policies to reduce GHG emissions, including methane emissions representing 12% of total EU emissions in 2020 — half of which are from agriculture. As countries implement EU and national legislation, GHG emissions will decrease further. However, to help achieve the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate objectives, the EU needs to reduce emissions more rapidly, including via policies and measures aimed at reducing methane emissions. The EEA briefing also notes several policy options and technologies are available to reduce emissions and improve not only the climate and environment but also energy security. For example, landfill gas recovery from waste or biogas produced from agricultural manure can be used to produce electricity and heat in the energy sector. Preventing and addressing leaks from oil and natural gas systems remain a challenge and have become urgent especially in wake of the recent leaks due to explosions in the two Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. International frameworks and... Lees meer