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We should take the earthquake in the Himalayas as a warning

The plan itself already seemed bizarre: tunneling under Mount Everest in order to clear the way for a train line linking China and Nepal, and perhaps even India. Now, after the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, there really is no point in wasting even a single thought on this plan. more...


Tourism expected to grow again in 2014, led by strong domestic and European demand

Tourism has been one of the strongholds of European economy during the economic crisis, and the positive trend will continue in 2014, with only11% of Europeans expect not to go away. According to the new Eurobarometer survey published today, the sector has been an engine of domestic demand-driven economic growth in 2013, with more people choosing to spend holidays outside of their own country but within the EU. more...

Guest commentary by Dr. Eckhard Cordes, Chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

Visa requirements cost billions

The abolishment of visa requirements between Russia and the European Union, according to guest author Eckhard Cordes, ex-Metro CEO and head of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, would be a “recovery plan for free.” He finds fears of increased criminality and illegal immigration unfounded. more...


Exploring the world by foot

Guided trekking tours in exotic countries have become more and more popular. Still, inexperienced travellers face many dangers and need to prepare themselves accurately prior to their journey. Another method is far less laborious: Travel companies like Atalante – L’Aventure des bouts du monde from Lyon in France specialise in guided trekking tours in attractive regions around the world, and offer a broad portfolio of journeys and services for all ages and fitness levels. more...


A new visa policy to spur economic growth in the EU

In a strategic Communication adopted today, the Commission examines how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU. more...


Global growth despite the economic and financial crisis

International tourism arrivals have returned rapidly to steady growth, showing tourism’s resilience to the effects of the global economic and financial crisis, according to a new OECD report. “OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2012” indicates that OECD countries were the destination of choice for 66% of global arrivals in 2010 with EU countries accounting for 50.2%. more...

Single Market

More growth through better single market governance and boosting services

The Single Market is a key driving force behind economic growth. But to deliver growth and jobs, better implementation of existing rules is essential. This is why the European Commission has adopted a course of action to ensure that Single Market rules work better in practice. more...

EU–Israel aviation agreement

EU–Israel aviation agreement

Israel and the European Union have finalized negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement during a final round of negotiating in Tel Aviv on 22 March 2012. The agreement will gradually open up and integrate the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for industry, including airlines, and consumers. more...

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Company of the Month

cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH

Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.


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