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Festival of Europe 9 May 2015, open doors day of the European institutions

Published on April 20, 2015 by in blog, slider

 

europa.eu/opendoors

#euopendoors

On Saturday 9 May 2015, the EU institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public to mark Europe Day, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

 
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Europe, Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century -course and study visit

Published on April 17, 2015 by in blog, slider

A project aimed at adults who want to learn more about Europe and the European Union and then
take what has been learnt back in to their communities. The course, and study visit to Brussels, is
designed to enable you to gain knowledge, new information and contacts as well as new skills.

For an application please email: yhsouthwest@wea.org.uk
Closing date for applications 6 May 2015.

http://yh.wea.org.uk/

 
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Vote for your favourite nature conservation project as part of the European Natura 2000 Award

Published on April 16, 2015 by in blog, slider

The 23 finalists for the second edition of the European Natura 2000 Award are announced. This Award aims to bring
the success of the Natura 2000 network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate the network’s importance for protecting
biodiversity across Europe.

Vote for your favourite nature conservation project as part of the European Natura 2000 Award: http://europa.eu/!TY93Fx

An expert team of evaluators selected the best initiatives among the 90 applications received from across the EU. The
finalists for the 2015 edition of the Award include the following Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The finalist will be now judged by a highlevel
Jury. The winner in each of the five categories Conservation;Socioeconomic
benefits; Communication; Reconciling interests/perceptions and Networking and crossborder
cooperation will be announced on 21 May, Natura 2000 Day.

This year, for the first time, the public will also have a say by voting online for their favourite candidate. The public vote, open until 6 May, will determine the winner of European Citizens’ Award.
Vote now to support your favourite project and spread the word amongst your network. http://europa.eu/!TY93Fx

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/awards/index_en.htm

 
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DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Published on April 13, 2015 by in blog

Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship: First report: Digital Transformation of European Industry and Enterprises; DG Growth Strategic Policy Forum 24/03/15

First report: Digital Transformation of European Industry and Enterprise

The first report from the Strategic Policy Forum was issued in March 2015. The report provides evidence of the new business opportunities offered by unprecedented business models that are empowered by advanced digital technologies. It also identifies the key challenges for Europe and proposes thirteen recommendations for political and business leaders to help deal with the need for jobs and growth. The timing of the report coincides with the Commission’s work on the scope and proposals linked to the Digital Single Market, internal market and industrial policy.

 
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Start your own business with the Leeds enterprise club, sessions starting 5th May 2015

Published on April 7, 2015 by in blog, Enterprise

Start your own business with the Leeds enterprise club, sessions starting 5th May 2015 available for booking now at Leeds central library http://www.bipcleeds.eventbrite.co.uk

 
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World Consumer Rights Day 15 March 2015 – EU Consumer Rights – Five rights you should know

Published on March 15, 2015 by in blog, slider

World Consumer Rights Day 15 March 2015

http://www.consumersinternational.org/our-work/wcrd/about-wcrd

In the EU, consumer protection legislation guarantees that everyone has  the right to be treated fairly when buying goods at the supermarket, paying

the bill with the energy supplier or downloading music.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European treaties and sectorspecific EU legislation all guarantee a high level of consumer protection in the EU. European legislation guarantees consumers fair treatment, products which meet acceptable standards and a right of redress if something goes wrong.

Discover more on youreurope.eu Contact your nearest ECC ec.europa.eu/consumers/ecc #EU4Consumers

Before you buy, know your rights!

As a consumer, when you pay for a product or service, be it online or in a shop, in your home country or elsewhere in the EU, you have rights. Many Europeans  are unaware of some of their most basic consumer rights. EU law guarantees you fair treatment, proper information and the possibility to claim your rights, if anything goes wrong.
> Know your rights.> Get all the information before buying.> Insist on your rights if there is a problem.

1. Have defective goods repaired or replaced for free

If any item you buy in the EU, either online or from a shop, is different from how it is advertised or doesn’t work properly, you have at least the right to a free repair or replacement. If repair or replacement is not possible or impractical, you can request a refund or a price reduction instead (in some countries you may have a free choice between rights). You have these rights for a minimum of two years from the date of purchase in a shop or delivery to you.

2. Find support in your home country for problems with traders abroad

European Consumer Centres (ECC) offer you free advice and support when you buy goods or services from a trader in another EU country and give tips to help you avoid potentially costly problems. They can also help you if you have a dispute with a trader and advise you on further steps
if you can’t reach an agreement.

The UK European Consumer Centre http://www.ukecc.net/

3. Send online purchases back within two weeks

You have 14 days to reconsider your purchasing decision and withdraw. So, if you felt pressured to buy, have come across a better deal in the
meantime or have simply changed your mind about anything you bought online, you may always return it within two weeks and get your money
back. Remember that a product must be returned in a resaleable state to receive a full refund, so you can only check the product, not use it. For instance if you bought shoes, you can try them on at home but not wear them outside.

4. Get the full story on whatever you buy

Any company advertising, selling products or supplying services in the EU must give you information which is accurate and detailed
enough to allow you to make an informed choice. This means information about product characteristics, price, payment and delivery
conditions, the seller’s identity and contact details, as well as the duration of a contract and how to withdraw from it. Contract terms used
by traders must be fair and written in plain and clear language. Any points that aren’t clear will be interpreted in your favour and unfair terms won’t be legally binding.

5. Get your money back through the European Small Claims Procedure

If you can’t settle a problem with a trader or with the help of a European Consumer Centre, then in some cases you can make use of the
Small Claims Procedure (in all EU Member States with the exception of Denmark). This is a speedy, cost-effective alternative to traditional court procedures, and can currently be used for online transactions involving up to €2000. It works by just submitting a standard small claims form.

 
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Fab Free Drop In Craft Activities – European Spring Craft Fayre 21/3

Published on March 13, 2015 by in blog

Saturday 21 March
11.30am – 2.30pm
Central Library, Art Library
Free Drop in Activities in the Art Library:
• 11.30am – 1.00pm Weaving for Kids! Workshop
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Scrap, Spring Flowers. Adults and Teens
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Art Monsters, kids paper arts.
• 1.45pm Leeds Tapestry Tour. For all the family.
Part of the European Spring Craft Fayre.
Fantastic free workshops and great craft stalls from local crafters.
Ceramics, jewellery, etchings, unusual gifts and more! Spin art, live music and refreshments throughout the day. Creative Cakes from Inkwell Arts.

 

 
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Leeds Tapestry Tour – European Spring Craft Fayre 21/3

Published on March 13, 2015 by in blog

Saturday 21 March
1.45pm
Central Library, Art Library
This is part of the European Spring Craft Fayre. Discover the history of The Leeds Tapestry. For all the family.
Fantastic free workshops and great craft stalls from local crafters.
Ceramics, jewellery, etchings, unusual gifts and more! Spin art, live music and refreshments throughout the day. Creative Cakes from Inkwell Arts.
Free Drop in Activities in the Art Library:
• 11.30am – 1.00pm Weaving for Kids Workshop
• 12.00noon – 1.45pm Music from 13amp, O. Clements and I. Nipper
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Scrap, Spring Flowers. Adults and Teens
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Art Monsters, kids paper arts.

 
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European Spring Craft Fayre – Live music 21/3

Published on March 13, 2015 by in blog

 

Saturday 21 March
12.00noon – 1.45pm
Central Library, Art Library
Come to the Music Library to enjoy live performances from up and coming band 13amp plus O.Clements and I. Nipper.
Part of the European Spring Craft Fayre.
Fantastic free workshops and great craft stalls from local crafters.
Ceramics, jewellery, etchings, unusual gifts and more! Spin art, live music and refreshments throughout the day. Creative Cakes from Inkwell Arts.
Free Drop in Activities in the Art Library:
• 11.30am – 1.00pm Weaving for Kids! Workshop
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Scrap, Spring Flowers. Adults and Teens
• 1.15 – 2.30pm Art Monsters, kids paper arts.
• 1.45pm Leeds Tapestry Tour. For all the family.

 
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TASTE BOOK Explore the tastes of europe

Published on March 11, 2015 by in blog

 

 

Europe’s diverse mix of cultures, traditions
and climate has given rise to a unique range
of produce which span across all food groups.
From meat to fruit and herbs to wine, there are
thousands of products we are proud to call our
own. Techniques can often be traced back over
centuries where methods have been handed
down from generation to generation, ensuring
that they remain of the highest calibre and that
quality never falters.
Our passion for food has also translated into
an impressive portfolio of dishes and cuisines.
Simple plates of food with the fewest of
ingredients and the need for minimal intervention
can be produced in next to nothing. Yet bolder
flavours and unusual condiments can also lead
to inspiration for more adventurous gastronomic
affairs.
It is in this vein that we hope to whet your
appetite; to explore and learn from all that
Europe has to offer. Each recipe is centred
around a product, which is first explored in its
European context before setting out a simple
step by step dish. So enjoy with us a traditional
favourite or why not have a go at something a
bit more avant-garde?

http://tastesofeurope.eu/

 
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