The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises outstanding new emerging literary talents across Europe, and aims to highlight the wealth of contemporary European literature while drawing attention to Europe’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage.
The UK city of Chester is this year’s winner of the Access City Awards. An honour recognising the work and achievements of European cities in improving access and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Presenting the award Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said:
“Chester’s efforts to make its historical and cultural heritage fit for persons with disabilities deserve the highest praise. People with a disability should be able to participate in all aspects of life without limitations: social, cultural, economic, touristic, and more. I would like to congratulate Chester for leading the way in making life more accessible for all”
The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.
If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats. Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.
The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film(in French) below.
This will be the second Natura 2000 Awards, and the first one that allows members of the public to vote. If you’d like to get involved, you can vote for a project here and if you’d like to attend the awards ceremony you can register your interest here.