These cities are making ingenious efforts to go green, be more innovative, and to make a difference to the lives of people who call them home and those who visit.

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Rijeka and Galway together hold the title of European Capital of Culture. © European Union, 2020 Photographer Barry Cronin & Denis Lovrovic

European Capitals of Culture: Rijeka, Croatia & Galway, Ireland

The coastal cities of Galway and Rijeka are European Capitals of Culture 2020 (extended until April 2021). Galway is deeply linked with the Irish language and has a rich tradition in literature, the arts and music. At the same time, it is a modern, global city, a hub for medical devices and technology.

Rijeka, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, is known for its bohemian atmosphere and abundance of festivals. Home to the largest port in the country, Rijeka is the first Croatian city to take on the mantle of European Capital of Culture. …


Amanullah, a 32-year-old welder, worked in his shop near the Afghan capital Kabul when the neighbourhood suddenly rattled with automatic gunfire. People ran for cover as government troops engaged in heavy clashes with Taliban fighters in the streets outside.

“Bullets were flying everywhere,” Amanullah, who like most Afghans uses only one name, recalls. “Then someone fired a rocket that landed just outside my shop.”

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Sakhi, Emergency Head Nurse, examines Amanhullah’s ex-rays showing shrapnel damage. ©European Union, 2020 (photographer: Peter Biro)

Amanullah was thrown backwards by the blast, hitting his head on a concrete wall. He woke up in the hospital four days later. …


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Marwa Rasheed, 9, fled her home and now lives in Al-Meshqafa camp with her family. Her school and every other school in the country closed in March because of coronavirus, but now they are set to open again. ©Mahmoud Al-Filstini/NRC, 2020

As schools re-open in Yemen, parents are wondering how safe it is for their children to go back. Six years of war have taken a heavy toll on education, especially for displaced children, and the coronavirus pandemic has only made matters worse. Together, the European Union and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) are trying to give children a chance to learn in a safe and conducive environment.

Here are five questions Yemeni parents are asking themselves.

1. Are schools safe?


Did you know that hackers attack an average of 2,244 times a day?
They can have an impact even on our personal lives.

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“Cybercrime will never happen to me.”

We all think this way until it does happen. As more of our life moves online, we need to be aware of how to stay safe.

Did you know that hackers attack an average of 2,244 times a day globally, causing damage to the economy and hurting businesses? They can even have an impact on our personal lives!

Phishing, hacking, data leaks and other cyber threats are among the biggest global risks of the decade after climate change (WEF). This is why one of the top priorities of the EU is to make the internet a safer place for everyone. That means protecting your personal data while you browse, but also safeguarding key infrastructure from cyberattacks, and ensuring we think through the risks of new technologies. …


Under the cover of darkness, a dilapidated fishing boat left a secluded strip of beach near the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar. On board, over 60 Rohingya refugees huddled together in preparation for the perilous journey across the Bay of Bengal to Malaysia. The group had joined an increasing number of Rohingya risking their lives in over-crowded, rickety vessels to escape persecution and dire poverty.

Among the passengers was Hosna*, travelling with her young son. Desperate to escape a life trapped in an overpopulated refugee camp, a group of smugglers had convinced the 36-year-old woman that it would only be a matter of days before she would rejoin her husband in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. …


Erasmus is… learning to ride a bike, music, making a new home for yourself, making friends and so much more… as these stories tell us.

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Everyone’s Erasmus looks different: each of these images has a story behind them. © European Commission

Some memories can be a bit blurry, a bit old, but precious nonetheless.

We asked you to share your Erasmus experiences with us some time ago. Many of you responded and shared stories of fun, friendship, warmth, travels, and of all the new experiences and opportunities that helped you later in life.

Together, let’s journey back in time and look at some of your recollections from the past.

1. One of the first batches of students


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With more than 160,000 coronavirus cases, Peru’s capital city of Lima is one of the hardest-hit urban centres in South America. Preventive lockdown measures have brought the informal economy to a halt and many have lost their jobs, plummeting them into poverty. © European Union, 2020 (photographer: S.Castañeda)

When Jasmerlin decided to abandon her home to flee poverty and hunger in Venezuela, she knew that the life of a migrant with no money and two small daughters was not going to be easy. She knew she would have to work extremely hard, often on an empty stomach and for endless hours, but staying back was not an option. She and her daughters deserved better.


From preserving our democracy to education and culture, science guides EU policymaking in more ways than you might think!

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Scientists at our Joint Research Centre (JRC) support EU policymaking in a wide range of areas. They come up with innovative and technological solutions that drive progress, are part of your everyday life, help protect the planet, and save lives in emergencies.

The JRC is all about bringing scientific knowledge together for Europe and its people. Scientists at JRC carry out research and provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy, from conception and design to implementation and monitoring.

Here are 10 examples of how research by the JRC has helped the EU achieve its goals.


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René Namushena. © People in Need, 2020 (photographer: Zawadi Izabayo)

René Namunesha, a father of 5, is a local aid worker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

When the coronavirus pandemic reached his country, Namunesha was working with People in Need (PIN) on a project funded by the European Union in the Lemera Zone (Eastern Congo).

Together with others from PIN and Doctors of the World Belgium, he has been working hard to increase the capacity of the health centres to screen patients for coronavirus, process suspected cases, refer infected patients to the appropriate health facilities and raise awareness about the disease.

The health centres Namunesha supports also focus on treating people with severe acute malnutrition. Since 2019, nearly 35,000 patients have received consultations as part of the EU-funded project. …


Did you know that you can have your say when European laws are made?
By sharing your views and ideas with us, you can help us develop initiatives on topics ranging from a clean environment, roaming charges, online shopping, and much more!

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How to share your views

Communicating with the European Commission has never been easier. Tell us what you think of our initiatives by visiting the ‘Have Your Say’ website — answer a questionnaire, leave a comment or share your views in any of the 24 EU languages. You can easily find opportunities to make your voice heard on the website.

Sharing your feedback is important now more than ever as we make Europe greener and more digital, protect lives and livelihoods and repair the economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. …

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