The European Commission estimates that the European Union suffers a financial loss of around 1.5 billion euros a year because of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) related healthcare costs and productivity losses. Opening the single market more effectively would help reduce the grip of traditional chemical cleaning companies and allow for new hygiene technologies which can potentially reverse Europe’s critical AMR trend. The auditors will examine how the European Commission and relevant agencies manage the key activities and resources in this domain. They will also assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support. Each year in the EU, infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria lead to the death of about 33,000 people and result in economic losses of around €1.5 billion. The World Bank has warned that, by 2050, such infections could cause as much global economic damage as the 2008 financial crisis.
by Jan Goller
Eating healthy and veggie is “in”: More than 50 % of the Spanish population have tried in the last twelve months a meat alternative (like hamburgers made of vegetables). The discount supermarket chain Lidl wants to adjust itself to the new preferences of its consumers and gets involved in the “veggie revolution”.
Fruits and vegetables in one yoghurt? This sounds strange, doesn’t it? But exactly this did the shop and describes itself as the first grocery store chain to offer yoghurts with fruits and vegetables.
Madrid lived many changes in the last years due to its high polution and traffic problems. Mobility has changed and also the access to many places. The new major has also increased the cultural events in the city, many of them free of charge. Many reasons why the Spanish capital has become the No.1 touristic attraction for Chinese, Europeans and also Americans. We talk with the very experienced German tour guide Dr. Christine Giesen.
By Stefanie Claudia Müller
Spain has got a great advantage compared to Germany: It had got the crisis and had to follow a rough austerity policy due to the European intervention in 2012. While the South of Europe went through some harsh reforms because of that and had to calculate with intelligence every investment, Germany was just growing and growing without undergoing any major reform in the social, fiscal or banking systems. The Germans in times of constant growth even managed to cut debts. Now it seems like the South can show the North how to play the future.
Consumers are getting more and more conscious and smart. Vegan way of living has become trendy in many parts of the world. 23-year-old Louisa Davidson is organizing Vegan Nights banners are hung around the expansive courtyards of the Truman Brewery.