Recently, H.E. the Ambassador of Lebanon to the Kingdom of Belgium S. MORTADA received his compatriots and the friends of his country for a reception at the country’s residence.
In European Forest Week, Copa‐Cogeca underlined that the EU forest sector is a key driver for growth and employment in EU rural areas. And EU rural development policy will play a crucial role in ensuring that the new EU forestry strategy is a success, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed.
Speaking at a press conference organised by Copa-Cogeca and chaired by COPA-COGECA press officer Amanda Cheesley, Pekka Pesonen welcomed the new EU forestry strategy, stressing it will provide coherent framework to ensure that we have a consistent approach across all policy areas and take into account the new challenges for forests and the forestry sector like climate change, renewable energy, biodiversity, resource efficiency and the green economy.
The new EU Rural Development Policy will play a crucial role in successfully implementing the forest strategy and in helping the sector to face these new challenges and to benefit from the opportunities. Forests cover 40% of the EU area and are a key driver for growth and employment un EU rural areas at the same time as protecting ecosytems. The strategy recognises the vital contribution the forest sector makes to the Europe 2020 Strategy and promotes opportunities to further develop the bio-economy.
Outlining details of the strategy, Mr Pesonen said that one of the strategic orientations clearly states that Member States should make use of rural development funds to improve competitiveness, promote diversification of economic activity and quality of life as well as deliver specific environmental public goods. Competitiveness is a key objective for the forest sector in order to provide growth and ensure employment in rural areas. The measure concerning investments in new forestry technologies and in the processing and marketing of forest products could meanwhile contribute to improving the production of wood, increase mobilisation and foster the efficiency of the activities in the forestry sector.
The ’’Setting up of producers groups’’ - a new measure for the forest sector that was introduced in the RDP – needs also to be promoted and included in the national/regional programmes. This measure could increase the market orientation, support forest holders to work together on harvesting and availability of their products and also enhance the development of business and marketing skills and facilitation of innovation process.
He went on to present measures that could help forest holders to adapt to and mitigate climate change and to better use the resources and support biodiversity. “As we all know, 30% of rural development funds should be dedicated to the environment and climate related measures.Forestry measures are also included under this provision. Support to investments to improve the resilience and environmental value of forest ecosystems, to promote afforestation and the creation of woodland are essential measures to support the ecological role of forests.. The forest sector is a vital source of biomass. These will impact positively on soil, water, air and biodiversity. “It is therefore crucial to boost the forest area”, he said.
On Monday 9 December 2013, CEJA, the European Council of Young Farmers, appointed Kleopatra Sidiropoulou as the new Secretary General of the organisation.
With five years experience as policy officer in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and over a year as policy advisor to MEP George Lyon, member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Parliament, Ms.
Sidiropoulou is well-placed to continue the important work CEJA has already done for generational renewal in the European Union (EU)’s agricultural sector. Now managing an office of four in Brussels, Ms. Sidiropoulou will build on the policy achievements recently made in the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) alongside the recently-appointed new Presidency, elected earlier this year.
President Matteo Bartolini said of the appointment: “Considering Kleopatra’s extensive experience and network in the Brussels agricultural policy arena, I am convinced that together we will be able to continue to raise the profile of young farmers across Europe and shape the EU policy framework to support young people to enter the sector. I am delighted to have Kleopatra leading our team in Brussels and I very much looking forward to working closely with her on important issues, such as the implementation of the new CAP across EU Member States and the upcoming International Year of Family Farming 2014.”
EURELECTRIC has sent a letter to European energy ministers outlining the electricity industry’s views on the current energy price debate that has recently gained traction in several EU member states.
‘EURELECTRIC, representing the European electricity industry, strongly believes that the debate on EU energy prices needs to be based on facts rather than speculation. Industry, politicians, regulators and consumer groups have a joint responsibility to spell out why electricity bills are rising to further customers’ awareness so that they can make well informed choices,’the letter reads.
Energy ministers are meeting on 12 December to prepare talks on energy prices and their impact on EU households and businesses, due to be discussed by European leaders in February next year.
The letter stresses that:
‘We stand firm in our conviction that well-functioning competitive markets are better equipped than top-down regulation to deliver cost-reflective and fair prices. We welcome the fact that the Lithuanian Presidency is tackling the issue. European leaders now have the opportunity to reconsider the pledges made by the European Commission, the European regulators and the European electricity industry to encourage the completion of competitive and innovative retail markets, also by phasing out price regulation,’the letter concludes.
Thanks to the recent snowfalls and the incredible work by the ‘service des pistes’, les Menuires will be opening a large majority of the ski area on Saturday 7th December. Spanning from the top of Mont de la Chambre down to the centre of resort, there will be over 20 slopes open from this weekend. Skiers can also venture over to the biggest ski area in the world; the 3 Valley links will be open from Saturday with a great offer on ski passes(adult 3 Valley pass: €36.40/day).
This winter, Les Menuires has a brand new toboggan run on rails: the“Speed Mountain” is something a bit different, providing a real buzz from start to finish. Alongside skiing there are a number of other activities on offer: the 4,500 m2 Sports Centre includes an Aqua spa (pool, saunas, hammam, jacuzzis); there are some more unusual activities such asmountain biking on snow; and each week is punctuated with a variety of entertainment (concerts, shows for children, snowshoeing….).
At the occasion of the celebration of the 42nd National Day of United Arab Emirates, The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority & Etihad Airways hosted a fashion show.
Some Emiratis women designers let us make discover their talents in the art of clothing and fashion: by revisiting with their look on the Abaya and their own dresses collection.
Amal Murad is already well known and has great admirers from the classic couture world. Her fashion had taken the catwalk of the last Dubai fashion week. Her design of a different fabrication gives not just a style, but also a story behind the garment. She dares to experiment new ways by bringing new concepts in the fashion world. A designer by excellence.
Moza Al Suwaidi won an innovation Award, creates a chic design and she is trying to attract a traditional essence with a Western touch and sensibility.
Feryal Al Bastaki is making “Haute Couture” dresses by creating, innovating and experimenting traditional and modern designs. She is well decided to show us her talents as a designer, both to the local market and to the women from around the world. For her, fashion is only a media in wich she can express her love, admiration and gratitude to the colourful world we belong to. She is motivated by the satisfaction and the compliments of her clients.
Reem Beljafla and her sister are behind one of the most prolific fashion label from the Emirates: the “DAS collection” a creative and unique collection busy with the updating of traditional dresses from heritage and conservatism to modernism. The creative and ambitious sisters are wel knowned from the Emirates catwalk to the London fashion week, and now in Brussels.
Abeer Al Suwaidi, an avant-gardist designer in the punk-rock style who like to launch new concepts driven by creativity and originality. By tranforming the traditional garment into a contemporary work of art. She is working in the fashion world since almost 10 years and won regular applauses from the Dubai fashion week to Singapour and the United States of America.
So we can learn that there are no end to fashion in this world, and you can nevertheless discover these young designers not only at the fashion show in Brussels, but also in every big fashion cities from all over the world.
Spirits Europe held recently its general assembly in Residence Palace in Brussels.
It was the occasion for Brusselsdiplomatic.com to interview the new chairman of Spirits Europe, the Dutchman J. STASSEN
Mr. STASSEN described us the situation of the spirits industry in Europe nowadays.
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