Meilenstein in der Flüchtlingspolitik: Integrationsgesetz kommt

MIL OSI – Source: Sozialdemokratische Partie Deutschlands – SPD –

Headline: Meilenstein in der Flüchtlingspolitik: Integrationsgesetz kommt

Katja Mast, arbeits- und sozialpolitische Sprecherin;
Daniela Kolbe, zuständige Berichterstatterin:

Das Bundeskabinett hat heute den Entwurf eines Integrationsgesetzes verabschiedet. Damit werden für viele Menschen, die Zuflucht in Deutschland gesucht haben, Integration und Teilhabe erleichtert. Die SPD hat in der Flüchtlingsfrage von Anfang an auf eine schnelle Integration und ein entsprechendes Gesetz gedrungen und sich nun mit dieser Forderung durchgesetzt.

„Das Integrationsgesetz ist ein Meilenstein in der Flüchtlingsfrage. Von Anfang an haben wir darauf hingewiesen, dass Arbeit, Bildung und Sprache der Schlüssel zur Integration sind. Mit dem Integrationsgesetz werden sich für Geflüchtete in Deutschland viele Türen öffnen.

Das Gesetz schreibt den Grundsatz „Fördern und Fordern“ fest. Das ist gut, denn für ein neues Leben in Deutschland braucht es viel eigene Anstrengung und Initiative. Diese fordern wir ein, aber wir schaffen auch die Rahmenbedingungen dafür.

In bis zu 100.000 zusätzlichen Arbeitsgelegenheiten – sogenannten Flüchtlingsintegrationsmaßnahmen – sollen Flüchtlinge erste Erfahrungen mit dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt sammeln und sich schon während des Asylverfahrens sinnvoll und gemeinnützig einbringen können. Für Asylsuchende mit guter Bleibeperspektive, für Geduldete sowie für Inhaber bestimmter humanitärer Aufenthaltstitel wird der Zugang zu Maßnahmen der Ausbildungsförderung deutlich erleichtert. Bereits nach drei Monaten können nun auch Asylsuchende die assistierte Ausbildung in Anspruch nehmen; nach 15 Monaten stehen ihnen Berufsausbildungsbeihilfe und Ausbildungsgeld offen. Geduldete können künftig bereits nach 12 Monaten ausbildungsbegleitende Hilfen erhalten. Und wir werden mit dem Gesetz die sogenannte 3+2-Regelung für geduldete Azubis einführen: Auszubildende erhalten dann eine Duldung für die Gesamtdauer der Ausbildung. Für eine anschließende Beschäftigung wird ein Aufenthaltsrecht für zwei Jahre erteilt. Damit schaffen wir endlich Rechtssicherheit für Geduldete und Ausbildungsbetriebe.

Wir sehen an einigen Stellen weitere Verbesserungsmöglichkeiten. Wir glauben beispielsweise nicht, dass die neuen Sanktionen im Bereich der Integrationskurse oder Arbeitsgelegenheiten im geplanten Maße notwendig sind. Bislang übersteigt die Nachfrage das Angebot deutlich. Auch dürfen die Hürden für Geflüchtete für eine Niederlassungserlaubnis nicht zu hoch gesteckt sein.“

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Axel Springer: @Leisure Group announces a voluntary public takeover offer for Land & Leisure A/S

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English –

Headline: Axel Springer: @Leisure Group announces a voluntary public takeover offer for Land & Leisure A/S

 

The @Leisure Group, one of the largest players in the European online market for accommodation rentals and part of Axel Springer, has announced a voluntary public takeover offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Land & Leisure A/S with its brands DanCenter and Danland. DanCenter, specialized in holiday homes, and Danland, focusing on holiday parks, offer accommodations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany. Land & Leisure A/S has approximately 240 employees and main offices in Copenhagen and Hamburg.

Tobias Wann, CEO @Leisure Group, says: “The @Leisure Group and Land & Leisure complement each other perfectly. By means of the acquisition we would be able to strengthen our market position in Scandinavia and expand our offering to our customers.”

The @Leisure Group is active in all segments of the holiday homes industry: from full service provider Belvilla and booking platform Casamundo to the online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen.

Steen Seitner, CEO Land & Leisure A/S, says: “We are excited to join the @Leisure Group. This is a strategic and decisive milestone for our ongoing development. We are convinced our mutual efforts will add significantly to continuous growth inside as well as outside of Scandinavia to the benefit of our customers and house owners.”

Land & Leisure A/S’ shares are admitted to trading on NASDAQ Copenhagen. Land & Leisure A/S has issued 76 million shares. The @Leisure Group is offering a cash offer price of DKK 6.05 per share (representing a total offer volume of DKK 459.8 million or approx. EUR 61.8 million) and has received irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer from, amongst others, the two main shareholders of Land & Leisure A/S, corresponding to a total of 63.76 percent of the share capital and voting rights of Land & Leisure A/S. The offer is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. For further details on the offer announcement please also refer to www.landleisure.dk.

Today, on May 25, 2016, Land & Leisure A/S announced its interim half-year report for 2015/16 (1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016). The company reports revenues of DKK 153.0 million (approx. EUR 20.6 million) and an operating profit (EBIT) of DKK 22.5 million (approx. EUR 3.0 million) compared to revenues of DKK 142.1 million (approx. EUR 19.1 million) and EBIT DKK 18.1 million (approx. EUR 2.4 million) in the same period 2014/15. For the full fiscal year 2015/16 ending September 30, 2016, the company expects revenues in the range of DKK 290 to 310 million (approx. EUR 39.0 to 41.7 million) and an EBIT in the range of DKK 35 to 45 million (approx. EUR 4.7 to 6.1 million).

Since January 2015, Axel Springer SE has been holding a majority of 51 percent in the @Leisure Group. Axel Springer is one of the leading digital publishers in Europe.

About Land & Leisure A/S

Land & Leisure was established in 1957 and is listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen. Under direct contract the group operates 8,000 holiday homes and 2,000 holiday apartments (in 28 holiday parks) throughout Scandinavia and in the northern part of Germany. The brands DanCenter and Danland hold strong market recognition in Germany and Scandinavia. 

About @Leisure

The @Leisure Group is one of the largest players in the European online market for accommodation rentals, such as holiday homes, holiday parks and hotels. The organization offers more than 460,000 holiday properties in 36 countries, of which approximately 22,000 are under direct contract of Belvilla and more than 60,000 directly contracted by Traum-Ferienwohnungen. @Leisure also offers holiday homes, holiday parks and hotels on behalf of other reputable rental organizations and private owners. New properties are continually added to the portfolio. More than 1.3 million holidaymakers from over 140 countries book their holiday every year with @Leisure.

For more information, please visit https://en.leisure-group.eu/

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Axel Springer: @Leisure gibt freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot für Land & Leisure A/S bekannt

MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer –

Headline: Axel Springer: @Leisure gibt freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot für Land & Leisure A/S bekannt

Die @Leisure Group, einer der größten Betreiber von Online-Vermittlungsportalen für Ferienimmobilien in Europa und Teil von Axel Springer, hat ein freiwilliges öffentliches Übernahmeangebot zum Erwerb sämtlicher Aktien der Land & Leisure A/S bekannt gegeben. Land & Leisure A/S vermittelt unter der Marke DanCenter Ferienhäuser und unter der Marke Danland Ferienpark-Unterkünfte in Dänemark, Schweden, Norwegen und Deutschland. Land & Leisure A/S beschäftigt ungefähr 240 Mitarbeiter an den Hauptstandorten Kopenhagen und Hamburg.

Tobias Wann, CEO @Leisure Group: „Die @Leisure Group und Land & Leisure ergänzen sich perfekt. Durch die Übernahme würden wir unsere Marktposition in Skandinavien stärken und das Angebot für unsere Kunden ausbauen.“

Die @Leisure Group ist in allen Segmenten der Ferienimmobilienbranche tätig – vom Full-Service-Anbieter Belvilla über die Buchungsplattform Casamundo bis hin zum Online-Marktplatz Traum-Ferienwohnungen.

Steen Seitner, CEO Land & Leisure A/S: „Wir freuen uns, Teil der @Leisure Group zu werden. Dies ist ein entscheidender strategischer Meilenstein für unsere weitere Entwicklung. Wir sind überzeugt davon, dass unsere gemeinsamen Anstrengungen erheblich zu fortwährendem Wachstum innerhalb und außerhalb von Skandinavien beitragen werden – zum Nutzen unserer Kunden und Vermieter.“

Die Aktien von Land & Leisure A/S werden an der NASDAQ Kopenhagen gehandelt. Land & Leisure A/S hat 76 Millionen Aktien ausgegeben. Die @Leisure Group bietet einen Barangebotspreis in Höhe von DKK 6,05 pro Aktie (bzw. ein Gesamtangebot für alle Aktien in Höhe von DKK 459,8 Millionen oder ca. EUR 61,8 Mio.)  und hat unwiderrufliche Zusagen von unter anderem den beiden Hauptaktionären von Land & Leisure A/S erhalten, das Angebot anzunehmen. Diese Zusagen beziehen sich auf insgesamt 63,76 Prozent der Anteile und der Stimmrechte von Land & Leisure A/S. Das Angebot ist an bestimmte Bedingungen geknüpft, hierzu gehört auch die Zustimmung der zuständigen Wettbewerbsbehörden. Weitere Informationen bezüglich des Übernahmeangebots können unter www.landleisure.dk abgerufen werden.

Land & Leisure A/S hat heute, am 25. Mai 2016, seine Halbjahreszahlen (1. Oktober 2015 bis 31. März 2016) veröffentlicht. Das Unternehmen gab Erlöse von DKK 153,0 Mio. (ca. EUR 20,6 Mio.) und ein EBIT von DKK 22,5 Mio. (ca. EUR 3,0 Mio.) bekannt, im Vergleich zu Erlösen von DKK 142,1 Mio. (ca. EUR 19,1 Mio) und einem EBIT von DKK 18,1 Mio. (ca. EUR 2,4 Mio.) im selben Zeitraum 2014/15. Für das vollständige Geschäftsjahr 2015/16, welches am 30. September 2016 endet, erwartet das Unternehmen Erlöse von DKK 290 bis 310 Mio. (ca. EUR 39,0 bis 41,7 Mio.) und ein EBIT von DKK 35 bis 45 Mio. (ca. EUR 4,7 bis 6,1 Mio.).

Seit Januar 2015 besitzt die Axel Springer SE eine Mehrheitsbeteiligung von 51 Prozent an der @Leisure Group. Axel Springer ist einer der führenden digitalen Verlage in Europa.

Über Land & Leisure A/S

Land & Leisure wurde 1957 gegründet und ist an der NASDAQ Kopenhagen gelistet. Das Unternehmen vermittelt über Direktverträge 8.000 Ferienhäuser und 2.000 Ferienapartments (in 28 Urlaubsparks) in Skandinavien und Norddeutschland. Die Marken DanCenter und Danland erfreuen sich in Deutschland und Skandinavien großer Bekanntheit.

Über @Leisure

Die @Leisure Group ist einer der größten europäischen Betreiber von Online-Vermittlungsportalen für Ferienunterkünfte, wie etwa Ferienhäuser, Ferienparks und Hotels. @Leisure bietet über 460.000 Ferienunterkünfte in 36 verschiedenen Ländern an, darunter mehr als 22.000 Ferienunterkünfte, die direkt bei Belvilla unter Vertrag stehen, sowie mehr als 60.000 Ferienunterkünfte, die direkt bei Traum-Ferienwohnungen unter Vertrag stehen. Des Weiteren vermittelt das Unternehmen Ferienhäuser, Unterkünfte in Ferienparks und Hotels für andere renommierte Vermietungsorganisationen und Privateigentümer. Fortlaufend werden neue Ferienimmobilien hinzugefügt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen Urlauber aus über 140 Ländern buchen jedes Jahr ihren Urlaub über @Leisure.

Weitere Informationen unter http://de.leisure-group.eu/.

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EESC: Impact of new employment relationships must be fully assessed

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee –

Headline: EESC: Impact of new employment relationships must be fully assessed

New forms of employment contracts and relationships– including zero hour contracts, mini-jobs and work via online intermediaries – have proliferated since the financial crisis. While innovation and creativity must be encouraged, new forms of employment relationships have also increased uncertainty for many workers and this has led to an increasingly unequal labour market.

In an exploratory opinion requested by the Dutch Presidency and Slovak Government (due to take the Presidency from July) adopted today, the EESC argues that the true impact of these new employment relationships on labour standards, social security systems and the living wage must be properly assessed and addressed. Secondly, social welfare models must be adapted in order to cover these non-standard forms of employment. These issues should be given consideration in the development of the EU Pillar of Social Rights.

“Social protection systems, based on the assumption that clear distinctions can be drawn between ‘employed’ and ‘unemployed’ status, are in desperate need of review,” said Kathleen Walker Shaw, the EESC’s rapporteur. “In relation to new forms of employment relationships, issues such as the employment status and rights of workers, health and safety enforcement, and liability need to be addressed in order to protect workers, consumers and the public at large.

Protecting citizens in the modern workplace

A better understanding of this changing nature of work and employment relationships should lead to more effective EU employment policy, and help to identify areas to focus on to create sustainable quality jobs. For example, the EESC believes that life-long training, re-skilling and up-skilling – in particular digital skills – should become a priority to ensure that all workers are equipped to c gain jobs in the globalised, high-tech workplace.

Further research is also needed to identify vulnerable groups who might be most at risk under working arrangements that offer no guaranteed income, social security protection or safety. The impact on collective bargaining and the right to freedom of association under new working arrangements must also be assessed and any gaps or grey areas tackled. Investigations into the contractual status of crowd-workers and other new forms of work and employment relationships are needed.

Issues relating to accident liability, damage and service failures in relation to online platforms, crowdsourcing and other new forms of self-employment also need to be reviewed and measures established to clarify and address possible ‘grey zones’ linked to employment status and in relation to taxation and social insurance.

Involving civil society

The EESC would like to see the European Commission, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the ILO (International Labour Organisation) work together with social partners to develop appropriate provisions on decent working conditions and protection for online and other workers. Furthermore, partnerships with trade unions and consumer associations should be encouraged in order to address public concerns and exchange best practice.

Finally, the EESC is aware that the European Commission is currently consulting on the Written Statement Directive and believes that addressing new forms of employment relationships should be included in any new proposal or decision to revisit this legislation.

Background

•          EESC exploratory opinion on ‘The changing nature of employment relationships and its impact on maintaining a living wage’

•          EESC hearing on the changing nature of employment relationships and its impact on maintaining a living wage (31/03/2016)

•          Eurofound: ‘New forms of employment’ (2015)

•          ILO, ‘Regulating the employment relationship in Europe: A guide to recommendation’, Employment relationship recommendation, 2016 (n° 198)

For more information, please contact:

 

Caroline ALIBERT-DEPREZ, EESC Press Unit

E-mail: press@eesc.europa.eu

Tel: + 32 2 546 9406 / +32 475 75 32 02

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European standardisation 2016

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee –

Headline: European standardisation 2016


Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee – The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2016

EESC opinion: European standardisation 2016

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Other relevant EESC opinions:


  • Strategic vision for European standards (INT/592)

  • European standardisation (INT/590)

For more information please contact the INT Section Secretariat

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EESC views on refugees in Turkey: “irregular crossing will not stop”

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee –

Headline: EESC views on refugees in Turkey: “irregular crossing will not stop”

As part of a wider programme of country visits to 11 EU countries and to Turkey, an EESC delegation undertook a three-day mission to Ankara and Izmir to meet authorities and civil society organisations active in the migration field from 9 to 11 March 2016.  In its Turkey mission report, the EESC presents 13 concrete recommendations to address the current situation. According to the report, no matter what is agreed between States, irregular crossing will not stop as long as the war in Syria continues. Protecting persons seeking protection in Turkey and elsewhere is a key concern that would benefit from a rights-based EU approach in concluding agreements with Turkey and any concerned country.  The mission report was published today and included the following conclusions:

·         Status of Turkey as safe country to host refugees: several Turkish civil society organisations (CSOs) expressed concerns as to whether Turkey can be considered to be a safe third country, since many persons needing international protection, including Syrians, have been deported to their country of origin, despite the risk to their life and in violation of the principle of non-refoulement. Only Europeans are recognised as refugees and those coming from other parts of the world seeking protection are considered to be “guests”, without the international legal status as refugees.

·         Few integration possibilities. The geographical reservation to the 1951 Geneva Convention prevents the integration of refugees to the Turkish society: Since Turkey applies the 1951 Geneva Convention with a geographic limitation – Syrians can obtain temporary protection and other nationalities can only apply for a subsidiary protection on humanitarian grounds. They are subject to additional restrictions on mobility. Integration into the labour force, long-term integration and family reunification remain a problem for both categories. CSOs report that access to certain rights is very limited and recent arrivals cannot plan their future in Turkey.

·         The scope of social rights that refugees in Turkey can enjoy is limited, according to interviewees from CSOs: Refugees cannot directly apply for a work permit and have to rely on employers, who have no incentive to employ foreigners, since the Turkish law forces them to hire a number of local people for each foreigner that they employ. Non-Syrian refugees have to live in ‘satellite cities’ which limits their freedom of movement and job opportunities. As education is not mandatory for foreigners, most children who live outside camps leave school in order to work.

·         The fight against smuggling is limited: Although the authorities have increased the number of officers, vessels and technological equipment available to combat smuggling, CSOs report that the rate of convictions is very low and that the Turkish law is not strict enough to have a preventive effect; conviction rate is still low.

Read the full EESC fact-finding report on the mission to Turkey here.

As part of its reflections on EU migration strategy, the (LINK) EESC published a report based on meetings with more than 180 stakeholders, mainly from civil society organisations actively working with refugees and migrants on 16 March 2016.

EESC report based on 11 fact-finding country visits:

http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.refugee-crisis

Country-specific reports from each visit:

www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.immigration-and-asylum-mission-reports

For more information, please contact:

Milen Minchev, EESC Press service

Email: press@eesc.europa.eu

Tel: +32 2 546 87 53

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Начальник красноперекопской полиции на торжественной линейке вручил выпускнице благодарственное письмо

MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs –

Headline: Начальник красноперекопской полиции на торжественной линейке вручил выпускнице благодарственное письмо

Сегодня, 25 мая, начальник межмуниципального отдела МВД России «Красноперекопский» полковник полиции Сергей Федочук на торжественной линейке, посвященной празднику Последнего звонка, вручил благодарственное письмо выпускнице 11 класса средней общеобразовательной школы №4 г. Красноперекопска Светлане Звягинцевой.

Как рассказал Сергей Федорчук, юная крымчанка помогла сотрудникам ОВД в выявлении и пресечении правонарушения. Кроме того, выпускница принимает активное участие во всех мероприятиях подразделения по делам несовершеннолетних МО МВД, направленных на профилактику наркомании среди подростков.

«Ярким примером стала выпускница Светлана Звягинцева, я хочу выразить восхищение этой хрупкой девушкой и от всего сердца поблагодарить ее за проявленную активную гражданскую позицию и помощь. Если Светлана выявит в дальнейшем желание связать свою судьбу с правоохранительными органами, мы будем рады видеть ее в наших рядах», — заключил полковник полиции Сергей Федорчук.

 

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В Смоленской области двое местных жителей обвиняются в покушении на сбыт наркотиков

MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs –

Headline: В Смоленской области двое местных жителей обвиняются в покушении на сбыт наркотиков

По версии следствия, двое приятелей договорились о совместном приобретении наркотиков с целью дальнейшей расфасовки и продажи наркозависимым лицам.

Следственной частью Cледственного управления УМВД России по Смоленской области направлено в суд уголовное дело по обвинению двоих жителей г. Вязьма в преступлениях, связанных с незаконным оборотом наркотических средств.

Сотрудники правоохранительных органов получили оперативную информацию о том, что житель г. Вязьма 1986 г.р. занимается распространением героина. В ходе оперативно-разыскных мероприятий из незаконного оборота был изъят диацетилморфин (героин) массой 0,408 грамма.

В ходе дальнейшей работы оперативники выяснили, что к сбыту наркотика причастен еще один вязьмич, 1980 г.р., наркозависимый, ранее судимый за хранение наркотиков. При проведении оперативно-разыскных мероприятий у них был изъят диацетилморфин (героин) массой 0,786 грамма, что является значительным размером.

По фактам покушения на сбыт наркотических средств были возбуждены уголовные дела.

По версии следствия, двое приятелей договорились о совместном приобретении наркотиков с целью дальнейшей расфасовки и продажи наркозависимым лицам. Вырученные от продажи денежные средства они решили тратить на приобретение новых партий наркотика и на собственные нужды.

С этой целью обвиняемые приобрели наркотик у не установленного в ходе следствия лица путем закладок. Далее они расфасовали наркотик в свертки из газеты для последующего сбыта. Однако обвиняемые не смогли довести свой умысел на незаконный сбыт наркотического средства до конца по не зависящим от их воли обстоятельствам.

Кроме того, один из фигурантов дела, ранее судимый житель Вязьмы 1980 г.р., обвиняется в совершении кражи. По версии следствия, он похитил имущество из дома, расположенного в дачном кооперативе в районе деревни Русятка  Вяземского района. Потерпевший оценил причиненный ему ущерб в 19,5 тысяч рублей. Обвиняемый сбыл похищенное и распорядился вырученными деньгами по собственному усмотрению.

В настоящее время уголовное дело по обвинению жителей Вязьмы в покушении на сбыт наркотических средств направлено в суд для рассмотрения по существу.

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Полицейские ГИБДД в Туле затушили попавший в ДТП горевший автомобиль и оказали первую помощь пострадавшим

MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs –

Headline: Полицейские ГИБДД в Туле затушили попавший в ДТП горевший автомобиль и оказали первую помощь пострадавшим

Сотрудники тульской Госавтоинспекции Александр Алексеев и Александр Ядыкин в центре Тулы потушили пожар в автомобиле, загоревшемся в результате дорожно-транспортного происшествия, предотвратив взрыв транспортного средства, и оказали первую помощь пострадавшим.

Утром 25 мая экипаж ДПС двигался по маршруту патрулирования в центре города. На перекрестке Красноармейского проспекта и улицы Лейтейзена полицейские стали свидетелями аварии – столкновения двух автомобилей «Дэу Нексия» и  «Мицубиси Лансер». Сотрудники ДПС поспешили на помощь пострадавшим. Успели вовремя. Водители, получившие травмы различной степени тяжести, смогли самостоятельно выбраться из салонов, но находились в состоянии шока и не могли действовать и оценивать опасность ситуации адекватно. У одного мужчины было рассечено и залито кровью лицо. Полицейские оказали ему первую медицинскую помощь и вызвали врачей.  

Моторный отсек «Мицубиси» охватил сильный огонь, мог произойти взрыв.  Так как автомобили находились в непосредственной близости от  пешеходного перехода, где были люди, от других машин и зданий, существовала опасность, что кто-то еще может пострадать. Медлить нельзя было ни минуты. Чтобы предотвратить трагедию, полицейские приняли решение самостоятельно бороться с возгоранием, использовали для этого автомобильные огнетушители, но они лишь на время пригасили пламя, которое через несколько секунд возобновилось с новой силой. Тогда полицейские бросились в соседнее учреждение, откуда им вынесли большой баллон, используемый в помещениях, и окончательно справились с огнем. 

Смелые и решительные действия полицейских ДПС помогли избежать более тяжких последствий. Инспекторы почти десять лет обеспечивают порядок на тульских дорогах, не раз бывали в сложных ситуациях, задерживали опасных нарушителей. Александр Алексеев несколько лет назад был награжден мелью «За спасение погибавших», в Туле при взрыве в доме он спас  несколько человек, вынес из огня маленькую девочку. 

 

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14 new primary health care centres to be built across Ireland, supported by the Investment Plan for Europe

MIL OSI – Source: European Union –

Headline: 14 new primary health care centres to be built across Ireland, supported by the Investment Plan for Europe

This project represents the EIB’s first support for healthcare investment in Ireland and the first dedicated backing for Primary Health Care anywhere in Europe by the EIB. The new PPP-based scheme will support the shift from hospital based healthcare to community based care closer to patients.

The new Primary Care Centres are to be built in western Ireland in Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo and Galway, in Limerick, in Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford in the south, as well as Kildare and Dublin.

They will provide basic health services including GP surgeries, occupational therapy, social work and dietary advice. In some locations additional services will also be provided, including mental health, dentistry and addiction services and a local ambulance base. A total of 150 primary care centres are already operational or nearly operational across the country.

Speaking after his attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Investment Bank in Brussels earlier today, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, T.D., Ireland’s Governor at the European Investment Bank, said: “This project highlights Ireland’s consistent ability to work with the EIB on funding critical investment in Ireland at high levels of funding and in sophisticated financing arrangements. Importantly, these facilities will deliver much needed care across the country and the package is a great example of the public sector working in unison with a focus on delivering value for money in infrastructure investment for the taxpayer as it involves the Health Service Executive working with the National Development Finance Agency and of course the Departments of Health and Finance amongst others.”

The decision of the European Investment Bank to invest in our Primary Care Centres is a very welcome vote of confidence in our community healthcare plans. It enables us to provide 14 Primary Care Centres in a two year period, centres that will be of great benefit to the 14 rural and urban areas. We are particularly honoured to be the EIB’s first investment in the European Primary Care Sector. We believe that care must be delivered in the community and that a greater range of services must be available close to people’s homes. This investment will allow us to continue to deliver key elements of our health reform programme, including the integration of primary and secondary care. A fair, balanced health service with access to safe, timely care, as close to patients’ homes as possible is my priority and this investment is a major step in that direction” said Minister for Health Simon Harris TD.

The EIB loan to build 14 new primary care centres across Ireland was made possible by support from the Investment Plan for Europe. This new, large-scale investment project will improve patient care and create jobs across the country. This is very good news for Ireland, and demonstrates in a very concrete way the added value European investment can bring to local development” said European Commissioner Phil Hogan.

Strengthening local healthcare services is crucial for improving public health and this significant new initiative will ensuring more effective healthcare for thousands of people across Ireland. This represents the European Investment Bank’s first ever backing for healthcare investment in the Republic and builds on increased support for education, housing and transport investment in recent years” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President.

Financing from the European Investment Bank represents 49% of the total investment cost of the new facilities. The project will be co-funded by commercial lenders Talanx Asset Management and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.

This is the second healthcare project to be backed by the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan. EFSI was established a year ago by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission to enable increased lending crucial projects by the European Investment Bank in strategic sectors such as renewable energy, digital infrastructure, social infrastructure, transport and R&D; as well as financing for SMEs.

Over the last 5 years the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 3.3 billion for investment in schools, university campuses, upgraded energy links, renewable energy projects and transport infrastructure across Ireland. The European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 19 billion for investment in healthcare projects in 23 European Union countries since 2005.

Background information:

 

Location of the new primary care centres:-

1 Ballymote

2 Boyle

3 Claremorris

4 Westport

5 Tuam

6 Ballinrobe

7 Limerick

8 Dungarvan

9 Carrick-on-Suir

10 Waterford

11 Wexford

12 Kilcock

13 Summerhill (North Inner City)

14 Coolock

 

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

The Investment Plan for Europe

The Investment Plan focuses on removing obstacles to investment, providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects and making smarter use of new and existing financial resources. The Investment Plan is already showing results. The European Investment Bank (EIB) estimates that approved projects and SME agreements are expected to trigger total investment of over EUR 100 billion. Find out the latest EFSI figures including a break-down by sector and by country here. For more information see the FAQs.

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