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Protecting children, online consultation In the European Union “one in four children live in poverty and are at the greatest risk of harm” (affection, security, health, education). “Children make up one quarter of new asylum seekers every year”; they represent 15% of identified victims of trafficking”. More than one million children live in institutional care across Europe. Figures were released by the European Commission that kicked off an online consultation with the purpose of depicting a political and legal framework coordinated at community level for the protection of minors. Among the questions addressed to participants in the consultation (respondents include member States, local authorities, civil society organizations involved in the protection of minors, experts, educators, families and their organizations, NGOs, and social volunteering) figure, for example: which are the most effective measures to combat violence against children? What are the biggest challenges faced by national child protection systems? How can the EU support national child protection systems? The online consultation is open until July 3. To participate log on: Mobile health: care and prevention with apps Is it possible, and to what extent is it possible to improve the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices? The European Commission is today launching a consultation on mHealth or “mobile health”, that good deliver positive results to citizens, lessening the burden of national health systems and decreasing costs covered by national governments and individuals. European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and wellbeing, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs”. Tonio Borg, Health Commissioner, added: “”mHealth has a great potential to empower citizens to manage their own health and stay healthy longer, to trigger greater quality of care and comfort for patients, and to assist health professionals in their work”. For the EU Executive, mobile health has three sets of advantages: “put the patient in control, giving greater independence, and helping to prevent health problems”; “make a more efficient healthcare system, with vast potential for cost-savings”; “create huge opportunities for innovative services, start-ups and the app economy”. Some examples of Mhealth that are already active include an app that measures your vital signals such as blood pressure, an app to help administer insulin to a diabetic, an app to remind patients they should take their medication. Some problems still hanging, some of which were underlined by the Commission: “We still need to address issues like the safety of mHealth apps, concerns over the use of their data, the lack of interoperability among available solutions, the lack of stakeholder knowledge of the legal requirements applicable in this field”. To address these issues the consultation will be open until July 3 2104. The Commission will publish the summary of responses in the fourth quarter of 2014; “possible policy actions are expected in 2015”. To participate in the consultation: Against litter: initiatives in 21 Countries on May 10 “Let’s get our boots and gloves on. We all want to live in clean neighbourhoods, so together Let’s Clean Up Europe”. Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, starts from cities to reach out to Europe presenting a special day to clean up Europe, celebrated on May 10. “Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe’s streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighbourhoods to clean up in voluntary actions”, the Commission explained in a release. The initiative “Let’s clean up Europe!” is coordinated by the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) “to raise awareness about the scale of the litter and waste problems, and to encourage changes in behaviour”.. “Let’s clean up Europe!” is an attempt to give European visibility to all initiatives undertaken across 21 Countries aimed at cleaning up roads, parks, and public areas. For further information:

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