2012 – 3
News from the network
Johanniter International General Assembly 2012
Johanniter International lobbying for policy recommendations on volunteering
The JOIN office in Brussels is participating in negotiations to continue the advocacy for the
Austrian St John Ambulances go to Latvia and Hungary
In June 2012 JOIN facilitated another transfer of Austrian emergency vehicles to JOIN partners at favourable conditions. In particular, the Latvian St John organisation Sveta Jana Palidziba received two patient transport ambulances and the Hungarian Johannita Segitö Szolgálat a further patient transport ambulance. In 2003 and 2011, Sveta Jana Palidziba in Latvia had already received two and one ambulance, respectively. Continue reading
Welsh St John delegation takes part in Hungarian first aid exercise
As a follow up of the JOIN Volunteer Swap of 2011, a Welsh youth delegation from St John Cymru was invited by the St John organisation in Hungary, Johannita Segitö Szolgálat, to participate in their annual first aid exercise and competition which took place from 5 to 11 July. Continue reading
Hungarian St John delegation provides first aid at festival in Nuremberg
From 1 to 3 June, a Hungarian St John youth delegation from Johannita Segitö Szolgálat assisted the German
News from the members
Jerusalem: St John Eye Hospital – Annual Review 2011
The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital has published its Annual Review for 2011. Patient numbers continued to grow in 2011, surpassing the
Germany: Project Report 2011 of Johanniter International Assistance
The International Assistance Department of the German
News from Brussels
European Union summit
The heads of government of the EU member states gathered in Brussels on 28 and 29 June for the EU summit. The results exceeded the previous expectations: The member states of the
Cyprus begins presidency of the EU
Cyprus has assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union from 1 July to 31 December 2012. In a speech to the European Parliament on 4 July the president of Cyprus Demetris Christofias outlined a more effective Europe and increased social cohesion as Cyprus’ political goal. Cyprus also wants to broker an agreement on the currently debated Multiannual Financial Framework which will determine the EU budget from
Turkey has refused to talk to the Cypriot presidency as Turkey only recognises the government of the
The EU presidency by Cyprus has received further particular attention as Cyprus had asked for a Eurozone bailout to help its banks merely a week before assuming the presidency.
Cheaper mobile phone rates within the EU
The EU has passed regulations reducing the cost for using mobile phones within other EU countries. From 1 July charges to receiving calls abroad (within the EU) are now limited to a maximum of 10 Eurocent (around 8p in the UK) while calls are limited to 35 Eurocent (around 27.5p). Sending text messages costs a maximum of 11 Eurocent (around 8.5p); receiving them is free.
The EU said the changes could mean savings for a "typical" businessman of more than 1000 Euros (£800) per year. Until 2015, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced that from 2015 the Commission plans to eliminate all additional costs for using mobile phones abroad.
Child Safety and Injuries reviewed in 31 European Countries
On June 12, the European Child Safety Alliance released Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries and a European summary report in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The initiative was supported by MEP Malcolm Harbour, European Commissioner John Dalli and MEP Christel Schaldemose, Representative for the Danish EU Presidency.
Results share the scoring of 31 countries in Europe on over 100 proven safety measures to reduce the number one cause of death, disability and inequity in every Member State: injury. Trend analyses results are also available for countries that have participated in Child Safety Report Card assessments from 2007 to 2012 and 2009 to 2012.
To view the press release and access downloads for individual country report cards and profiles, please go to www.childsafetyeurope.org
Just in time for the summer holidays and the London 2012 Olympics, the European Commission has launched an application for smartphones explaining how to use the European Health Insurance Card. The Card gives people access to
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