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Monthly Newsletter edited by Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network
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Year 2th, number 14 - September 10, 2013


European Mobility Week, featuring the citizens
Mobility in Europe plays a vital role for the internal market and the quality of life of citizens. We are perfectly aware of how the transport sector appears crucial to the economy and society, providing economic growth and employment. We close our eyes, however, on the fact that the transport sector is not sustainable.
The European Commission denounces it for some time: the transports are in fact responsible for about 1/3 of the total final energy consumption in member countries of the European Environment Agency, and more than 1/5 of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a considerable part of urban air pollution and noise that we experience every day. Thus, in addition to close an eye, even close ears, mouth and nose, not to succumb suffocated by smog and traffic noise ... Read more

By Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network

More information:

European Mobility Week: Clean air – it’s your move!

The Policy Of Cittadinanzattiva on Mobility And Transport

Climate change: the commitment of Cittadinanzattiva


What kind of traveler are you? Find out with a quiz
What do we really know about sustainable mobility? Let's complete the online quiz to find out if we are able to better protect our rights as passengers, if our daily choices in mobility are actually “sustainable”, how important transport is in Europe and, consequently, what steps the EU is taking in this direction. The quiz, anonymous, is in 9 languages.
To learn the answers, download the free guide for passenger ”Moving in Europe” in the same 9 language.

Active Citizenship Network new associated partner of the European Mobility Week
The European Commission DG Environment has included as associated partner of the European Mobility Week also Active Citizenship Network, committed in 2013 to coordinate in 8 countries the European project “Mobility, a paradigm of European citizenship”. Read more

Commission acts to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers
As the summer season kicks off, the European Commission is taking action to improve protection for holiday makers by modernizing EU rules on package holidays. Read more

Commission awards funding to 18 European sustainable mobility initiatives
As part of its three-year Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign “Do The Right Mix”, the European Commission has recently released the names of 18 campaigner-led actions to be awarded funding. Each action will receive up to EUR 7000, which can be used to strengthen activities promoting sustainable urban mobility, from cycling courses, to car-sharing, fun activities for children and more. Read more

UITP target policy makers in new public transport campaign “All Together for Public Transport Growth”
The new campaign of International Association of Public Transport (UITP) targets policy makers and aims to raise awareness of the urgent need for more and better public transport, highlighting the benefits of sustainable mobility. To coincide with European Mobility Week, cities across the globe will display the rallying slogan ‘Grow’ on and in public transport vehicles, stations, stops, websites and social media. Read more

Consultation on the draft Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines
Institutions, public authorities, citizens, companies and organizations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from public authorities financing airports and providing start-up aid for the development of new routes and the aviation industry (in particular airport operators, airlines, ground handling companies). Deadline: 25.09.2013. Read more

Aviation safety: Commission updates the European safety list of banned airlines
The European Commission has recently updated the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as "the EU air safety list". Read more

European Commission invests €600 million in new research to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace
The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years. The goal is to develop the new technology needed to deliver Europe's Single Sky – the ambitious project to reform Europe's airspace, doubling capacity and halving air traffic management costs. Read more

Good practices concerning mobility from a civic point of view
Is it taking place in your city a good practice in terms of public transport and sustainable mobility? Participate in the collection of good practices initiated in Europe as part of the Mobility. The best experiences will be brought to the attention of the European institutions at the end of 2013. Do you want to report on Good Practice? Read More. Sign in database

More information:
Good practice: the policy of Cittadinanzattiva

Patients' Rights

Public consultation on the implementation of European Reference Networks (ERN)
The Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare requires the European Commission to support Member States in the development of European Reference Networks (ERN) between healthcare providers and centers of expertise. Read the results of the public consultation

Cross-Border Healthcare: The Manifesto
Active Citizenship Network drafted a Manifesto for the implementation of the Right of European Patients to make an informed choice,  because we believe that the implementation of this principle, contained in the Directive on Cross Border Care, shall allow all patients to access services better adapted to their personal requirements, both abroad and in their own country/region. Read more and subscribe it!

Consumers' Rights

Italy: Citizens and integrated water service: Annual Report by Cittadinanzattiva
The annual Report conducted by the Observatory Prices & rates of Cittadinanzattiva denounces the contradictions of integrated water services in Italy. The survey, presented in August 2013, was realized in all the provincial capitals, related to the year 2012. Read more

Environment: Urban wastewater trends moving in the right direction
The latest figures for wastewater treatment in Europe show improvements in collection and treatment, even if big differences remain between Member States. Frontrunners such as Austria, Germany and the Netherlands largely meet EU minimum standards for wastewater treatment with several others being very close. Download the Report

Mainstreaming climate policy: the case of climate adaptation and the implementation of EU water policy
On the magazine  Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy has been published an essay of three German scholars entitled: “Mainstreaming climate policy: the case of climate adaptation and the implementation of EU water policy”. This essay examines the way in which issues related to climate change are taken into account in the implementation process of the Directive "Water". Read more

Civic Activism

Call for proposals to support the development of comprehensive active ageing strategies
The European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion published a new call for proposals to support the development of comprehensive active ageing strategies. Deadline 30/09/2013. Read more

Network News

24th September Istanbul (Turkey): PFCD & AIFD Conference on chronic disease
“Access to the best care and prevention: Fighting chronic disease in Turkey” is the title of the conference organized by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and the Association of Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (AIFD). Cittadinanzattiva will speak on the issue of patients involvement. Read more

7th-8th October 2013, Warsaw (Poland): 8th International EBHC Symposium
The 8th International Evidence Based Health Policy Consultant (EBHC) Symposium titled “HTA & Efficient Management of Basic Benefit Package” it’s an important HTA meeting for Central and Eastern Europe. Read more

9th-12th October 2013, Florence (Italy): EFIC® – 8th “Pain in Europe” Congress
The Congress will bring together over 4,000 pain specialists for a multidisciplinary forum that will focus on the latest developments in the study and treatment of acute or chronic and recurrent pain. Read more

10 October 2013, Rome (Italy): 3rd International CE-Ageing Conference
The Third International Conference is the final event of the project Central European Knowledge Platform for an Ageing Society (CE-Ageing Platform). The aim of this event is to raise the awareness about the challenges faced by population ageing. Read more

16 October 2013, Brussels (Belgium): 2013 Fit for Work Summit on “Investing in Healthcare: Breaking down the silos”
Exceptional opportunity to further the debate about how chronic conditions, using RMDs as an example, and their socio-economic impact can be tackled effectively including through early and rapid intervention plans. Read more

22 – 23 October 2013, Brussels (Belgium): Patients’ Forum
The Forum is organized by Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN)  in the framework of the project “Pain Patient Pathway Recommendations”, and it will be the occasion to develop Recommendations to improve the quality of care for the non cancer-related chronic pain patients in Europe. Read more

23 October 2013, Brussels (Belgium): ACN meets DGSANCO on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare
On the eve of the entry into force of the Directive on cross border care, a delegation of Active Citizenship Network will deliver to DGSANCO a document on the state of the art in several European countries. Read more

29-31 October 2013, Amsterdam (The Netherlands): Borders to Cross “How green is (y)our grass?”
Promoted by Netherlands Institution, “Borders to Cross” is an international conference that will bring together civil servants, citizens, social entrepreneurs, and scientists to reflect on the innovative ways in which democracy is being practiced and civil society, market and government are working together to address shared problems in Europe. Read more


Director and Editor in chief: Mariano Votta
Vice-director: Alessandro Cossu
Editors: Daniela Quaggia
Coordination and Production: Giacomo D'Orazio 
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