Korruption ist das Shopping der Reichen und Mächtigen

Source: Die Linke

“Korruption ist das Shopping der Reichen und Mächtigen. Laut UN kostet dieser Diebstahl weltweit 2,6 Billionen Dollar, so viel wie die jährliche Wirtschaftskraft Frankreichs. Die Bundesregierung muss endlich das Gangsters-Paradise in Deutschland austrocknen und Geldwäsche – insbesondere im Immobiliensektor – unterbinden“, kommentiert Fabio De Masi, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Fraktion DIE LINKE., anlässlich des Internationalen Anti-Korruptionstags der Vereinten Nationen (UN) am Sonntag den 09. Dezember. De Masi weiter:

„Wer von Korruption spricht, darf von  gekaufter Politik nicht schweigen. Die Gelder des Mövenpick-Spenders und Oligarchen Finck für die AfD sind nur die Spitze des Eisbergs. Unternehmensspenden an Parteien gehören verboten. Die Bestechung von Abgeordneten muss umfassend strafbar werden und wir brauchen ein transparentes Lobbyregister

Es liegen Milliarden ausländischer Diktatoren, korrupter Regime und der organisierten Kriminalität – etwa der italienischen Mafia – im deutschen Finanzsystem und Immobiliensektor. Dies muss durch schärfere Geldwäschegesetze, mehr Personal und härtere Strafen bei Beihilfe zu Geldwäsche unterbunden werden. Wir brauchen auch ein Unternehmensstrafrecht für Deutsche Bank und Co!

Insbesondere im Nicht-Finanzsektor – etwa bei Notaren – gibt es trotz Immobilienparty kaum Kontrollen und Bußgelder der Länder.  Die Bundesregierung muss endlich Ermittlungsbehörden und Strafvollzug umfänglich befähigen um gegen Geldwäsche, Steuerhinterziehung und organisierte Kriminalität durchzugreifen. Ein umfassendes öffentliches Immobilienregister würde Geldwäsche mit Betongold eindämmen. Wir brauchen auch eine Bundesfinanzpolizei, und die Beweislastumkehr bei der Vermögensabschöpfung muss weiter gestärkt werden, um Vermögen krimineller Clans zu sichern.”

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Заседание Координационного совета о создании КРК сверхтяжёлого класса

Source: Russia Federal Space

#Роскосмос#Главное#ЦНИИмаш#Координационный совет#СТК#Ракета-носитель08.12.2018 15:00
Заседание Координационного совета о создании КРК сверхтяжёлого класса

В ЦНИИмаш состоялось заседание Координационного совета руководителей работ и главных конструкторов по созданию космических ракетных комплексов (КРК) среднего, тяжелого и сверхтяжелого (СТК) класса и пилотируемого транспортного корабля (ПТК) под руководством генерального директора Госкорпорации «Роскосмос» Дмитрия Рогозина.
На заседании рассматривали проект концепции Федеральной целевой программы (ФЦП) «Создание космического ракетного комплекса сверхтяжелого класса на 2020–2030 годы». С докладом о концепции ФЦП выступил исполняющий обязанности генерального директора ЦНИИмаш Николай Севастьянов. Он предложил перечень проектов и мероприятий Программы и варианты ее реализации, а также генеральный график создания КРК сверхтяжелого класса.
Генеральный конструктор по средствам выведения и наземной космической инфраструктуры — заместитель генерального директора ЦНИИмаш Александр Медведев в своем докладе рассказал о техническом облике космического ракетного комплекса сверхтяжелого класса. Представил варианты создания ракет-носителей сверхтяжелого класса и соответствующих объектов инфраструктуры на космодроме «Восточный». О плане разработки ФЦП «Создание космического ракетного комплекса сверхтяжелого класса на 2020–2030 годы» доложил исполнительный директор по средствам выведения и эксплуатации НКИ Госкорпорации Роскосмос Андрей Мазурин.
В данной стратегически важной работе задействованы практически все инженерные и научные коллективы отрасли. Окончательные варианты технического облика СТК и технико-экономическое обоснование проекта будут доложены руководству страны в начале следующего года. 

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Никто не решит проблем за нас. Побеждать придется самим

Source: United Civil Party Belarus – in Belarusian

Оршанская организация ОГП вместе со своими партнерами по демократической оппозиции провела дискуссию на тему «Равнодушие – норма жизни в Беларуси».

Встреча прошла в Оршанском офисе по работе со сторонниками перемен. В ней приняли участие представители разных политических партий и движений, а также общественных организаций: ОГП, БХД, БНФ,  Рух за свободу, РЭП, правозащитной организации «Вясна» и др. Приехали неравнодушные активисты из Витебска, Дубровно, Барани, Коханово.
Участники обсуждали актуальные для себя вопросы: почему беларусы не хотят бороться за свои права, почему им безразлично, что происходит вокруг, на что они рассчитывают, почему ждут, что кто-то решит их проблемы?
 
Скорее всего, это результат советского наследия и  200-летней утраты государственности после 3-го раздела Речи Посполитой, а также  боязнь за себя и родственников оказаться в застенках. Тогда – в казематах царской охранки, потом в лагерях НКВД-КГБ,  а сейчас – в КПЗ + штраф в 30-50 базовых величин, потеря работы.
Народ Беларуси стал послушным рабом, думающем только о выживании, а не о своей жизни и её продолжении в детях. Рабское поведение и согласие с  поборами  в школах и детских садах,  с принудительной выпиской газет, участием в субботниках, с повышением цен на бензин  и оплату услуг ЖКХ, с декретом «О тунеядцах», с тотальной фальсификацией результатов голосования во время избирательных кампаний – и вот результат равнодушия!  Люди просто плывут по течению, «куда все, туда и я», «начальник всегда прав», а власть откровенно врет и не собирается отвечать за свою болтовню.
Главный вопрос – как нам достучаться до людей? Люди должны понять, что наши зарплаты, наши пенсии – это политика. Коммунальные платежи, медицина, образование – это политика. И даже те, кто боится, – это тоже политика. И те, кто против нас – тоже политика. Это должны понять все.
Мало кто связывает нынешнее катастрофическое положение дел с выборами. А ведь это так! Только честные выборы обеспечивают контроль граждан над властью. Только честные выборы заставляют депутатов и чиновников работать в интересах граждан.
Кроме основной темы, обсудили вопросы, связанные с избирательной кампанией, проведением Маршей НЕтунеядцев. Активно высказывались  Василий Левченков, Юрий Чекан, Юрий Нагорный, Станислав Храповицкий, Евгений Анищенко, Михаил Чемурако, Сергей Прокопчук, Иван Пустовит и другие. 
По вопросу участия в выборах мнения разделились. Некоторые высказывались за неучастие – до тех пор, пока не изменится избирательное законодательство. Здесь аргументированно высказался Юрий Нагорный, который предложил без включения в избирательные комиссии представителей каждого кандидата не  начинать избирательную кампанию.
Другие высказались за участие  в избирательной кампании – чтобы провести активную работу с населением, а не лежать на диване и ждать с моря погоды. Ведь  так – само собой – ничего не изменится. Ибо опять же  вопрос – в равнодушии. Тот, кто верит, что ситуация разрешится без него, кто надеется, что история сама собой «вырулит», а власти найдут нужное решение, обрекает на крах не только своих соотечественников, но и себя, и своих близких.
Здесь очень важно понимать: свободные и честные выборы напрямую связаны с экономикой – и в целом, и в частности – с жизненным уровнем каждого человека.
Участники дискуссии обратили внимание и на то, что депутат от ОГП Анна Канопацкая ни разу не выступила в Палате представителей с предложениями ОГП об изменении Избирательного Кодекса и вообще с критикой власти. Руководству партии это должно быть прямым указанием к действию – исключению! Причем на этом настаивали, в основном, не члены ОГП.
По вопросу Маршей НЕтунеядцев сошлись во мнении, что пока еще люди не готовы выходить на улицу, но власти делают  все, чтобы накалить ситуацию.  Можно сказать, что они этой активности добиваются. Перевод людей из «касты граждан» в «касту тунеядцев» реально раздражает людей. На акции могут выйти даже те, кто привык молча терпеть «закидоны» сегодняшних властей.
А от Наташи из Витебска поступило предложение подавать заявки на Марши одновременно во всех регионах на одно время – например, как в Бресте: в воскресенье, в 12.00.  
Без борьбы нет победы!

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Актывістку АГП з Гомельшчыны аштрафавалі за крадзеж сыру ў краме, яна кажа, што гэта правакацыя

Source: United Civil Party Belarus – in Belarusian

Сьведкамі на судзе выступілі супрацоўнікі крамы, якія кажуць, што бачылі на відэа, як Алена Луцковіч перакладала з кошыка ў сваю сумку сыр.

Алена Луцковіч
7 сьнежня суд Акцябрскага раёну Гомельскай вобласьці аштрафаваў на 7 базавых велічынь актывістку АГП Алену Луцковіч. Яе абвінавацілі ў крадзяжы 150 г. сыру.
Гісторыя пачалася 30 кастрычніка 2018 году. Гомельскае тэлебачаньне паказаласюжэт з просьбай да грамадзян апазнаць жанчыну, якая нібыта зьдзяйсьняе крадзеж у краме «Эўраопт».На відэа актывістка АНП Алена Луцковіч пазнала сябе. Яна адмаўляе, што нешта скрала ў краме.«На відэа ня бачна факту крадзяжу. Я перакладала рэчы ў сумцы, брала адтуль тэлефон, размаўляла па ім, перапісвалася ў сацыяльных сетках, клала тэлефон назад», — пракамэнтавала Свабодзе Алена Луцковіч.Яна зьвяртае ўвагу: відэа было зьнятае ў краме ў ліпені. Толькі ў кастрычніку адміністрацыя крамы «Эўраопт» зьвярнулася з заявай у міліцыю.«У заяве, якая ёсьць у справе, адміністрацыя крамы піша, што ў гандлёвым аб’екце выявілі недастачу. Яны зьвязалі недастачу з магчымымі крадзяжамі. І падалі ў міліцыю гэтае відэа, на якім ёсьць я», — дадала актывістка.У суд даставіла міліцыя7 сьнежня адбыўся суд. Справу разглядаў судзьдзя Ўладзімер Васілеўскі. Працэс прыехалі асьвятляць дзяржаўная газэта «Гомельская праўда» і Гомельская тэлевізія.Раніцай Алена Луцковіч патэлефанавала ў суд Акцябрскага раёну і папрасіла перанесьці пасяджэньне, бо ў яе была павышаная тэмпэратура. Але праз паўгадзіны да яе дамоў прыехала міліцыя і павезла актывістку ў суд.«Усе мае хадайніцтвы суд адхіліў. Мне не далі часу, каб знайсьці адваката — пазбавілі права на абарону. Адмовілі ў экспэртызе відэа з камэры назіраньня крамы — яно магло быць змантаванае», — патлумачыла Свабодзе актывістка.Яе абурыла, што Гомельская тэлевізія асьвятляла суд, але карэспандэнты адмовіліся браць камэнтар у «парушальніцы».«Суд забараніў відэаздымку. Тым ня менш карэспандэнт дзяржаўнай тэлевізіі прыйшоў і здымаў на камэру, калі судзьдзя зачытваў пастанову. Прычым там агалошваліся ўсе мае пэрсанальныя зьвесткі», — дадала Алена Луцковіч.Сьведкамі на судзе выступілі супрацоўнікі крамы «Эўраопт». Ахоўнік крамы даваў паказаньні, што бачыў на відэа, як Алена Луцковіч перакладала з кошыка ў сваю сумку сыр.Алена Луцковіч мае намер абскардзіць рашэньне суду.Радыё Свабода

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Bulgaria: EIB Group Survey on investment in Bulgaria presented at conference in Sofia

Source: European Investment Bank

Investment gaps persist despite strong, but mainly consumption-driven, economic growth in recent years
Only 64% of firms made investments in the last financial year compared to 87% EU-wide
The lack of workforce with relevant skills and uncertainty about the future are the main barriers to investment
The share of finance-constrained firms in Bulgaria is among the highest in the EU, which means most companies rely on internal sources to support their development  
The European Investment Bank (EIB) held today a conference in Sofia in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce of Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Italy. At the event, the 2018 results of the annual EIB Investment and Investment Finance Survey (EIBIS) were presented, which, together with the EIB Investment Report, provides an overview of the cyclical and structural dynamics behind investment in Europe.
Head of EIB’s Division, Economic Studies Pedro de Lima commented: “the EIB Investment Survey (EIBIS) sends a clear message:  despite positive economic growth in Bulgaria, limiting factors persist, such as insufficient investment by firms, mainly caused by a shortage of skilled labour, and uncertainty about the future. To keep a sustainable growth path, Bulgaria has to upscale its growth model. It needs to create a stable and business-friendly environment for its firms and entrepreneurs while establishing incentives for further investment in intangibles and innovation, building on the existing pockets of excellence. The conclusions of the unique EIBIS survey help us to understand better how to address the needs of businesses in Bulgaria and how the EU bank can play a role in facilitating access to finance”.
The EIB Group Survey on Investment and Investment Finance (EIBIS) provides unique insights into Bulgarian firms’ investment activity, their plans and views on what holds back investment. Based on its findings, the Sofia conference focused on a broader debate on the capacity of Bulgarian firms to invest and innovate, the availability of financing sources for investments and the role of EIB financial instruments in supporting long-term investment. The topics of the discussion were related to Bulgaria’s options to improve its growth and convergence prospects.
EIBIS data for 2018 confirms observations from the previous two years regarding low corporate investment activity. Bulgaria has one of the highest levels of non-investing firms in the EU (only 64% of firms invested in the last financial year compared to 87% EU-wide). Nearly a fifth of Bulgarian firms assess their investment over the past three years as insufficient. As a result, the quality of corporate fiscal assets is relatively low:  the share of state-of-the art machinery and equipment of Bulgarian firms is only half of the EU average.
Bulgarian firms are less optimistic about investment in 2018 than they were in 2017 and their investment plans are centered on the replacement of tangible assets. Investment in intangible assets is well below the EU level (22% versus 36%). The lower share of investment in intangible assets reflects the low share of innovative companies in the country. A closer look at firms’ innovation activity in Bulgaria shows that innovative firms rely mostly on adopting innovation rather than developing it.
The obstacle to investment mentioned most often in Bulgaria (84% of all firms) is the lack of staff with relevant skills. Uncertainty about the future is the second-largest obstacle. Obtaining external finance also remains a difficulty for Bulgarian firms. The share of finance-constrained companies in Bulgaria is among the highest in the EU. As a result, reliance on internal financing sources remains high compared to EU peers. 
This country overview presents selected findings based on interviews with 476 firms in Bulgaria in April-August 2018. The survey is part of the annual EIB Group Survey on Investment and Investment Finance (EIBIS), which is an EU-wide survey of 12 500 firms that gathers quantitative information on investment activities by both SMEs and larger corporates, their financing requirements and the difficulties they face.

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GDP main aggregates and employment estimates for third quarter 2018 – GDP and employment both up by 0.2% in the euro area – In the EU28, GDP up by 0.3% and employment by 0.2%

Source: European Union

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28 during the third quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, according to an estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the second quarter of 2018, GDP had grown by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.
Full text available on EUROSTAT website

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Benoît Cœuré: Euro Cyber Resilience Board for pan-European Financial Infrastructures

Source: European Union

Introductory remarks by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the second meeting of the Euro Cyber Resilience Board for pan-European Financial Infrastructures, Frankfurt, 7 December 2018
It is a pleasure to welcome you back to Frankfurt. Since our last meeting in March, we have been very busy at the ECB and across the Eurosystem, and we have made considerable progress in our work to enhance the cyber resilience of the financial sector.
The cyber threat facing the financial sector continues to be a challenge. From banking trojans affecting individual customers to systemic threats posed by ransomware and targeted attacks from advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, the landscape is evolving on a daily basis.
At our previous meetings, we shared with you the Eurosystem cyber strategy for financial market infrastructures (FMIs)[1]. This strategy rests on three pillars: individual FMI resilience, sector resilience and strategic regulator-industry collaboration. I am pleased that in the last few months, the ECB and the Eurosystem have made significant progress in putting in place the building blocks for enhancing the cyber resilience of the European financial ecosystem and operationalising the strategy.
We have developed two key tools to improve FMI resilience: the cyber resilience oversight expectations (CROE)[2] and the TIBER-EU Framework[3].
The CROE serves three key purposes: (i) it provides FMIs with detailed steps on how to operationalise the CPMI-IOSCO Guidance on cyber resilience for financial market infrastructures[4], ensuring they are able to make improvements and enhance their cyber resilience over a sustained period of time; (ii) it provides overseers with clear expectations against which to assess FMIs under their responsibility; and (iii) it provides the basis for a meaningful discussion between the FMIs and their respective overseers. The public consultation on the CROE provided some very useful feedback, which we carefully considered, and the final version was published earlier this week. The central banks of the Eurosystem will work closely with the various financial infrastructures to enhance their cyber resilience, with the CROE serving as a good basis for this work.
Enhancing cyber resilience is of crucial importance. Equally important, however, is to test whether the enhancements that have been introduced by individual entities are effective. To that end, we published the TIBER-EU Framework in May and the TIBER-EU Services Procurement Guidelines[5] in August. In due course, we will also be publishing the TIBER-EU White Team Guidance, to further complement the testing framework. The feedback on the testing framework has been very positive, and we are in close dialogue with a number of authorities across the EU that are in the process of adopting it. Our hope is that over time, this sophisticated level of testing will help strengthen our financial infrastructures and raise standards among threat intelligence and red team testing providers.
In terms of sector resilience, we believe that exercises are a key component of building market-wide preparedness for a cyber incident. In March, we told you about our forthcoming market-wide exercise, which we held in June. The exercise, UNITAS, took the form of a facilitated discussion among market participants – many of whom are here today – on a cyber scenario. The scenario involved a cyberattack on a number of financial infrastructures, resulting in a loss of data integrity and a knock-on effect on other financial infrastructures. Today we will discuss how we can proceed in 2019 to follow-up on this exercise.
With regard to strategic regulator-industry collaboration, our third pillar, we formally established the Euro Cyber Resilience Board (ECRB) for pan-European Financial Infrastructures in March 2018, as a forum for strategic discussions between financial infrastructures and authorities. As you know, our objectives are to raise awareness of the topic of cyber resilience; to act as a catalyst for joint initiatives to develop effective solutions for the market; and to provide a place to share best practices and foster trust and collaboration. Today we will discuss what concrete steps we can take as members of the ECRB to develop meaningful solutions and foster this trust and collaboration.
Of course, cyber risk is borderless and it is an international issue. So the Eurosystem’s initiatives are part of a growing international effort to combat cyber threats. In October this year, G7 ministers and central bank governors published the “Fundamental Elements for Threat-Led Penetration Testing”, which complements the TIBER-EU Framework, and the “Fundamental Elements for Third Party Cyber Risk Management in the Financial Sector”. In 2019, the G7 Cyber Expert Group will move ahead with conducting the first global cross-border cyber crisis simulation exercise.
In November, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a Cyber Lexicon. Having a common set of definitions in non-technical language will support the work of the FSB, standard-setting bodies, authorities and financial institutions to address cyber security and cyber resilience in the financial sector. The ECB continues to participate in these international fora, ensuring that global initiatives are aligned with our work in Europe.
From an operational perspective, the Market Infrastructure Board, which is in charge of the Eurosystem-operated financial infrastructures, continues to scale up its activities to ensure the continued cyber resilience of its systems and platforms.
At our meeting in March[6], we identified four key areas for further focus: 1) crisis management and incident response; 2) information sharing; 3) awareness and training; and 4) third-party risk. There was general agreement that these key areas warranted further thought and focus. The UNITAS exercise further confirmed that these areas require attention. Today we will reflect on how to address them collectively on the basis of proposals made in close cooperation with the experts at your institutions.
Thank you.

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Cultural Gems mobile application: Questions and Answers

Source: European Union

What is the ‘Cultural Gems’ web app?
‘Cultural Gems’ is a collaborative platform for sharing information on cultural and creative places off the beaten track in European towns and cities. It allows local communities, city authorities and visitors to collaboratively map cultural and creative places, highlight hidden treasures and better understand the multifaceted ‘soul of a city. The app is a spinoff of the Joint Research Centre’s Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, and it is taking the concept of mapping and monitoring the cultural assets of European towns and cities one step further.
What is the Cultural and Creative City Monitor?
The Cultural and Creative City Monitor, which the European Commission launched in June 2017, is an online tool providing comparable data on how 168 cities in 30 countries across Europe cities perform covering culture and creativity. It aims to help local authorities and the cultural sector better understand the role and impact of culture and creativity in development and city life and make full use of the potential of culture to drive economic growth and social cohesion.
Why is the Commission releasing a monitor and an app on city culture and creativity?
Since the adoption of the first ‘European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World’ (2007), culture has taken an increasingly prominent place in European Union policymaking, as also reaffirmed through the ‘New European Agenda for Culture’ (2018).
As part of its role to provide scientific support to policymakers, the Joint Research Centre, the Commission’s in house science and knowledge service, has been developing indicators and tools to help policymakers better understand the drivers and impacts of culture and creativity in city life and their value for society and the economy.
What makes Cultural Gems different from other tourist information and engagement apps already available?
Existing tourism-oriented apps generally focus on a few specific cities or highlight only a few major landmarks. Cultural Gems is designed to help aggregate accessible information on cultural and creative spaces in European towns and cities using the same interface, and to give more space to lesser known cultural and creative places.
Cultural Gems provides a platform for a wide range of stakeholders to participate: from authorities and tourism offices through local organisations and residents to visitors and researchers. The content will be entirely user-generated and highlight the wide spectrum of creativity in a given town or city.
This is a fully open source project, so the data in the app can be used by policymakers and researchers to better understand the role cultural and creative places play in a town or city and their linkages with other aspects of local life such as mobility, tourism, economic development.
How is information added?
The map is crowdsourced; therefore citizens, local administrators and not-for-profit-organisations are key to uploadingcontent about their cities. Nevertheless, the app comeswith maps providing an initial set of points of interest for European towns and cities in the app from OpenStreetMap. We are also working with other institutions, organisations and projects, including the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Projects, Europeana and European Historic Housesto provide an interface to share their data.
How are you promoting Cultural Gems?
We are working primarily with our main partners, European cities, to promote the app. On top of this, we are using the European Commission’s existing communication channels to share information on the web app.And we are cooperating with European networks of cities (URBACT, Eurocities, etc).
Which cities are already using the app?
Already a number of cities and regions have expressed interest on the basis of earlier beta versions of the app. They include large cities such as Vienna, Barcelona and Stockholm but also mid-sized and smaller ones like Genova, Bologna or Coimbra, as well as the Basque Country.
If the content is fully crowdsourced, how do you deal with offensive or inappropriate content?
By default all content gets published immediately as users post it, with three layers of moderation:
1. Dictionary matching: periodically, a script compares the web app’s content to predefined “black lists” of openly offensive or inappropriate terms for review.
2. City level moderation: cities and towns with access to the administrative interface have full control on the content published in their area.They will be able to remove inappropriate content present in their city map or discussion board.
3. Peer-based moderation: users can flag inappropriate or offensive content for review.
How is intellectual property managed in Cultural Gems?
All the data contained in Cultural Gems are open data. The content is freely and openly reusable by registered and unregistered users. The content produced by users remains their intellectual property with a license to the European Commission to openly share and reuse it.
How is personal data managed?
Data is managed in line with the European Commission’s data protection rules. No identification data is stored by the app itself or in databases directly connected with it. Identification data, where applicable, is stored via the European Commission Authentication Service (EU Login, https://ec.europa.eu/info/specific-privacy-statement_en)
Will the app be available on Play Store and App Store?
No. Cultural gems is a web app that is used directly in mobile and desktop browsers on any device.
Does the use of a web app impact the performance of my device?
No, Cultural gems is a progressive web app: it is optimised for performance on mobile devices.
Which languages will be available upon launch?
The Cultural Gems interface will initially be available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Users can upload content in any language.

For more information
Press releaseFactsheets: European Framework for Action on Cultural HeritageFactsheet: The Joint Research Centre

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The Commission outlines a set of actions to keep cultural heritage high on the political agenda

Source: European Union

During the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, over 6.2 million people took part in more than 11,700 events organised across 37 countries. To ensure that the European Year has a lasting impact beyond 2018, the Commission has today presented 60 actions related to the promotion and protection of cultural heritage in the longer term.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “I am proud that the European Year of Cultural Heritage has successfully reached millions of people across Europe and beyond. We now need to ensure that its legacy lives on – because cultural heritage is not only about the past, it is key in building a cohesive, resilient Europe for the future. With the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage we are putting forward a range of initiatives to ensure that we make the most of cultural heritage in boosting economic growth, building strong communities and strengthen our relationship with our partners across the globe.”
The Framework, which was announced in the European Agenda for Culture that the Commission adopted in May, contains concrete actions to help bring about real change in the way we enjoy, protect and promote Europe’s cultural heritage.
The Framework divides actions into five thematic areas. These actions will run over the next two years and will for instance include:
    1. Cultural heritage for an inclusive Europe: participation and access for all
In 2019, the European Commission will launch the #WeareEuropeForCulture project. It will fund pop-up exhibitions in public spaces, highlighting personal stories and items that have a connection with cultural heritage. It aims to reach people who normally have less contact with cultural heritage.
    2. Cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe: smart solutions for a cohesive and sustainable future
The European Capital of Smart Tourism is a new EU initiative rewarding innovative and smart tourism in European cities. In 2019, Helsinki and Lyon will hold the title. The prize is designed to provide a platform for European cities to cooperate and share success stories.
    3. Cultural heritage for a resilient Europe: safeguarding endangered heritage
From 2019, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre will develop a novel approach to support the retrofitting of existing historical buildings in its iRESIST+ project. The aim is to help increase their capacity to resist earthquakes and make them more energy efficient.
    4. Cultural heritage for an innovative Europe: mobilising knowledge and research
The EU will continue to support the development of specialised skills and competences and improve knowledge management and knowledge transfer in the cultural heritage sector, including through the Erasmus+ programme. The aim is to map skills at risk of being lost, gather statistical evidence, define occupational profiles and develop frameworks for raising awareness and attracting young people to heritage professions.
    5. Cultural heritage for stronger global partnerships: reinforcing international cooperation
The EU is setting up an international network for cultural heritage innovation and diplomacy under Horizon 2020. EU expertise will assist third countries in protecting cultural heritage through trainings, and fostering the creation of innovative, tailored made solutions for different areas (EU Neighbourhood countries, Latin America, Africa, Asia). 
New app to discover cultural spots
During the 6-7 December #EuropeForCulture Conference the Commission is also presenting its new Cultural Gems mobile application and handing out a special eTwinning award for cultural heritage. The two winning projects are Monumental Europe and MATH 3.0 Amazing Trip through History, which have enabled learners to discover Europe’s cultural heritage through intercultural and collaborative projects.
Cultural Gems is a platform for local communities in towns and cities to show their hidden cultural spots, and for visitors and locals alike to discover cultural and creative places off the beaten track. It offers an easy-to-use interactive map focusing on culture and creativity and gamification aspects to engage users. The app is a spin-off of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor launched by the Commission in 2017. The Monitor compares and assesses the performance of 168 cities in 30 European countriesusing quantitative and qualitative data. Both the Monitor and the mobile application have been developed by the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, to support local policy-makers in harnessing culture to foster innovation, job creation and social cohesion.
Background
The objective of this unique thematic year of the Juncker Commission was to raise awareness of the social and economic significance of Europe’s cultural heritage. The first-ever European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritagewill now guide work on promoting and protecting heritage for the two coming years, primarily through EU policies and programmes. The Framework can also inspire regions and cities or cultural heritage organisations and networks seeking to develop their own actions. It was prepared through exchanges with EU Member States, the European Parliament, civil society organisations, cultural operators and international organisations such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
For More Information
European Framework for Cultural Heritage
Factsheet on the European Framework for Cultural Heritage
Factsheet on the Launch of the Cultural Gems app
Memo on the Cultural Gems app

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