2012 – 3

News from the network

July 2012

Johanniter International General Assembly 2012

From 8-11 June, representatives from all 16 JOIN member organisations gathered in Stockholm in the course of JOIN's Annual General Assembly. They discussed the strategic direction of JOIN and the activities of the last year. At the same time, JOIN presented its activities to members of Swedish Johanniterhjälpen and the Swedish Order. Continue reading

Johanniter International lobbying for policy recommendations on volunteering

The JOIN office in Brussels is participating in negotiations to continue the advocacy for the European-wide policy recommendations on Volunteering (PAVE). JOIN and other NGOs had published the PAVE document as part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance. Currently, the stakeholders of the latter Alliance are discussing the work programme and legal statutes of the follow-up organisation with the name European Alliance for Volunteering. It is planned to celebrate its foundation at the end of this year.

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 Johanniter-Unfall- Hilfe in providing first aid at the Rock-Im-Park Festival in Nuremberg, where 76 000 young people came together for three days of concerts and shows. Four Hungarians assisted the German St John Disaster Relief Unit and also partook in the work of the first aid units on the scene. Continue reading

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 all-time high of 2010. Click here to read more and download the report.

Germany: Project Report 2011 of Johanniter International Assistance

The International Assistance Department of the German Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe has published its Project Report 2011. Whether in Pakistan, Djibouti, Haiti, Kenia, Myanmar, Colombia or many other countries, the Johanniter continue to provide international assistance to those in need. Click here to read more and download the report.

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 Euro-Area agreed upon a single banking supervisory mechanism under the auspices of the European Central Bank. Once this is established, the European Stability Mechanism will be able to directly provide banks with funds – currently these have to go through the governments of the member states. Moreover, the member states decided on a Compact for Growth and Jobs. Continue reading here for more details and results of the summit.

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 2014-2020.

Turkey has refused to talk to the Cypriot presidency as Turkey only recognises the government of the Turkish-controlled North of Cyprus as the legitimate representative of Cyprus. The international community however deems the “Turkish Republic of Cyprus” occupied territory.

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

Stress-free Holidays: Launch of the European Health Insurance Card

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 state-provided healthcare in case of illness or an accident during travel and temporary stays in 31 European countries. The Card is available – free of charge - from national health insurance providers. It guarantees access to urgent treatment under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Follow this link for more information.

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