Friday, April 27, 2012

Ionela Flood and guests- Exhibition @ The Wimbledon Art Studio Open Studio, London, 10th - 13th May 2012

Summer Open Studios Art Show, May 2012

The dates for the next Summer Open Studios Art Show 2012 are:

• 10th - 13th May 2012
• Thursday & Friday 2pm – 10pm
• Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm

Our preview evening will be on the Thursday 10th May from 6 – 10pm. A late view will be on the Friday 11th May. 

STUDIO 117- Ionela Flood & Guests will  present :

  • Books presentation-Transitions by Ionela Flood, Transylvanian Editions, London 2012, poetry in three-lingual edition English-French-Romanian
  • Contemporary Worldwide Romanian Writers Anthology  by Lygia Diaconescu , Starpress 2011, Fortuna Publishing House,  bilingual edition English-Romanian
  • Contemporary Worldwide Romanian Writers Anthology  by Lygia Diaconescu , Starpress 2012, Fortuna Publishing House,  bilingual edition French -Romanian
  • Illustrations by Ioan Astalus
  • Photography exhibition by Adrian Ratiu
  • Transitions- conceptual art exhibition by Ionela Flood and Adrian Ratiu  within FEM21-Women voice in Europe Grundtvig Projec
  • The Studio 117 -Ionela Flood and guests-  is an opportunity to present the work of Romanca Society with FEM 21 -Women's Voices and Ways of perceiving them in Europe via Culture, Traditions, Diversity and Friendship , a successful Grundtvig European project 2011-2013.
  •  Details on

As always there,  in the other studios,  will be plenty of new and exciting work by up and coming as well as established artists, photographers, ceramicists and textile designers. 

The show attracts over 10,000 visitors annually, including gallery owners, art collectors and the general public. If you have been before we look forward to seeing you again and if you are coming for the first time please bring your friends and neighbours!
    Please feel free to sent the invite to anyone that might be interested. 
 All are welcome and tickets not necessary.

     Hope to see you there.

RSVP- Studio 117-Ionela Flood-07515253584

Ionela Flood
     FEM21-Women voice in Europe


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Workers Memorial Day - take part in UNISON'S one minutes silence 12 noon today

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Workers Memorial Day 28 April – take part in UNISON’s one minutes silence at 12 noon Thursday 26 April


International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD) takes place around the world on 28 April each year, with many wearing the purple forget-me-knot ribbon.
   The day and the ribbon are about remembering those who have died, been injured or made ill by their work, and about renewing our demand for safe and healthy work to protect those who are still working.
    In the UK, work 'accidents' cause up to 1,600 deaths a year. These include work-related suicide, road accidents while driving for work, and members of the public killed by someone else’s work. There are up to a further 50,000 deaths from work-related illnesses, including cancers, respiratory illnesses and heart disease. Figures for non-fatal injuries and ill-health caused by work are far greater. The numbers behind Worker’s Memorial Day.

   This year, IWMD falls on a Saturday, so UNISON is supporting the TUC call for a Day of Action on Health and Safety.  If not at work on Saturday 28 April, many UNISON members will also want to organise something at work to mark IWMD just before.
   UNISON's national health and safety committee will be holding a minute's silence at 12 noon when it meets on Thursday 26 April. UNISON staff across the UK will also be taking part in this minute’s silence. Why not join us?


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Moira Beeby

Branch Manager


UNISON Housing Associations Branch, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fw: Civil Society's perspective on cohesion policy

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Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:10:23 +0000
Subject: Civil Society's perspective on cohesion policy


No 22/2012

23 April 2012

Civil Society's perspective on cohesion policy

The 480th plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), to be held on 25-26 April, will address civil society's concerns about cohesion policy and its social and economic consequences.

On Wednesday, EESC Members will share their views on cohesion policy with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Michel Delebarre, former President of the Committee of the Regions.


Venue:           European Commission's Charlemagne building: meeting room S3, 1040 Brussels.


Start:              2.30 p.m., Wednesday, 25 April. 


You can follow the Plenary Session live on: 


The opinions and topics to be voted on at the forthcoming plenary session include:


EESC to adopt 5 opinions on the Commission's cohesion policy package:

The five opinions to be adopted by the EESC reflect a broad support for the Commission's October 2011 Cohesion proposals, but seek to reinforce the involvement of civil society in the EU's cohesion policy. ECO/314 on the Common Provisions Regulation (rapporteur Ioannis Vardakastanis, Group III) reiterates the EESC's demand for a stronger partnership, argues for simplification of administrative procedures, underlines the positive impact of thematically focussed intervention and pleads for the establishment of common indicators. As far as the European Regional Development Fund is concerned, opinion ECO/316 (rapporteur Etele Baráth, Group III) highlights its potential impact on convergence objectives and competitiveness; whilst agreeing on thematic concentration, the opinion also recommends greater flexibility to make the territorial approach easier to apply. In ECO/315 on the Cohesion Fund (rapporteur Carmelo Cedrone, Group II) the EESC further endorses the Commission's decision to concentrate on key thematic areas as a means of reducing waste, directing resources towards specific activities and boosting the multiplier effect that can generate growth and jobs. ECO/317 on the Commission's proposal on Territorial Cooperation Regulation (rapporteur Viliam Páleník, Group III) builds on the aforementioned points and in ECO/318 (rapporteur, Luis Miguel Pariza Castaños, Group II) the EESC concurs with the EC's approach regarding changes to the European Grouping Territorial Cooperation and the proposed multilevel governance system, in which social partners should have a major presence.


Towards an EU criminal policy

The EESC welcomes the Commission's overall approach and approves of its proposal to put a policy in place to guide EU actions relating to criminal matters. At the same time, in its opinion (rapporteur Edouard De Lamaze, Group III), the EESC expresses its concerns about the degree of protection of fundamental rights in relation to EU criminal sanctions and emphasises the need to give more attention to the criminal liability of legal persons; this is still a controversial topic among Member States.


On the way to full harmonisation of audit services

Following the economic crisis, the EU decided to undertake a regulatory reform in various domains of the financial sector. The EESC will approve an opinion at this particular plenary session, on statutory audit and statutory audit of public-interest entities (rapporteur Peter Morgan, Group I). Although the EESC welcomes the Commission proposals, it disagrees with the audit-only firms approach. The formula to determine when an audit firm is disbarred from offering non-audit services should be discarded.

The EESC also has a major concern about the applicability of the regulation on statutory audit of public-interest entities to SMEs. According to the Commission proposal, if an SME has shares listed on a stock exchange, it is defined as a public interest entity and is therefore subject to the extensive and prescriptive provisions of the regulation, which are clearly designed for the auditing of banks.


Public procurement in times of crisis, a great opportunity to boost the single market

In Europe, public authorities spend around 18% of GDP each year on supplies, works and services. Given this volume of purchases, public procurement can be used as a powerful lever for achieving the single market. Given the current budgetary restrictions and the economic crisis, public authorities must ensure the optimal use of funds in order to foster growth and job creation. That is why the EESC has decided to back the reform of the public procurement legislation and the modernisation of the procurement system.  In the opinion on public procurement and concession contracts (rapporteur Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna, Group III), the EESC seeks to include social and environmental criteria when awarding public contracts, give special consideration to social enterprises and foster the participation of SMEs.


The CAP post-2013

The EESC will adopt an opinion on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 (rapporteur Dilyana Slavova, Group III). The EESC backs the effort to close the gap between the level of support received by farmers in different Member States. The redistribution of financial resources among Member States should be balanced and fair.

Furthermore, the European agricultural model cannot operate at world market prices and conditions without sufficient financial resources. The extreme price volatility experienced in recent years points to the need for more effective market management instruments. According to the EESC, better supply-demand coordination and rebalancing of market power along the food supply chain are needed.

Finally, the EESC wants to see flexibility between direct payments (Pillar I) and rural development (Pillar II).


Cooperative enterprises, serving common economic and social goals

On the occasion of the UN's international year of cooperatives 2012, the EESC wishes to promote and protect cooperative enterprises as an essential part of European industry. In times of crisis, cooperatives are in fact more resilient and stable than other forms of enterprises; despite this, they have also developed new entrepreneurial initiatives. According to the EESC opinion on cooperatives and restructuring (rapporteur Marie Zvolská, Group I), cooperative enterprises should be taken into account in all EU policies contributing to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and should have better access to EIB/EIF financial mechanisms.


Following the Danish Presidency's request, the Committee will adopt an opinion on the promotion of sustainable production and consumption in the EU. Working on the assumption that our way of life needs an overhaul, the opinion drafted by An Le Nouail Marlière (Group II) will set out the policy tools and instruments that are the most conducive to making that happen. A new tax policy, ways of phasing out non-sustainable products and greening of public procurement procedures will all be tackled. As sustainability is as much about behavioural change as about anything else, another opinion, which was requested by the Presidency and drafted by Edgardo Iozia (Group II), will deal with energy education. It will present innovative education tools and teaching and training methods that make the most of new information and communication technologies. The Presidency has also asked the EESC to look at the future of the European environmental policy. In its opinion, drawn up by Lutz Ribbe (Group III), the Committee is expected to call for a better coordination of various policy initiatives and careful balance between economic and environmental considerations.


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Re: Enescu Concerts Season presents an extraordinary concert by pianist Luiza Borac, 3 May @ h 7pm

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Fw: 7 April Day of Freedom in Moldova and invitation to film in Remembrance

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Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:57:50 +0100
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Subject: 7 April Day of Freedom in Moldova and invitation to film in Remembrance

Dear Sympathiser,

Resurrection and spring's greetings from unitedmoldovans ACUM (moldovan-romanian diaspora federation of associations)

If you do have the possibility to attend our Films event, today in London between 5pm-9pm (see attached) please come. Otherwise please watch them on youtube.
The event is organised, in remembrance of those killed by communist fascism in Eastern Europe, amounting to over 20,000,000 souls.
The latest resistance against this beast, was in Moldova in April 2009. Why the greatest genocide in history remains still unknown, even to our own citizens??...mute silence.
Considerately, the current critical government of Republic of Moldova declared yesterday - 7 April - a national day of Freedom...while thousands of moldovans, best minds and hands continue to have no other option than to emigrate in search for this freedom from poverty, corruption and zombie politics.  Pardon us, but the entire World needs more Sacrifice, Charity and Dignity!!! don't you agree?

We thank you for your attention. Please email us if you do not wish to be contacted by us sometimes in the future.

Love and best wishes,

in hope of your support...

Serafim Florea
BA(Hon), LL.B, MSc, OMC, GPA
     Director Executiv, Comunison RC Foundation
     Presedinte, L'ACUM Association des Communautes Unies de Moldova Asbl
     Coordonator, A.O./Revista Pro-diaspora
     Tel: +44757845463847