News from Europe


EFPA signs joint statement calling for more action. 

Mental Health is everyone's concern. It is central to all our lives and impacts our well-being, our work, our societies, our families and our economies.  

We, the undersigned European organisations, are concerned by the mental health of millions of Europeans and we have several proposals about how the services and support they receive can be improved and supported by the European Union.

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EUA - European University Association:

Newly-updated EUA Refugees Welcome Map

One year of support for refugee students and researchers

Since its launch in December 2015, EUA’s Refugees Welcome Map Campaign has collected almost 250 initiatives from higher education institutions and related organisations in 31 countries. After one year of success, EUA is pleased to announce that it has recently updated the Map with the support of the inHERE project (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe). 

In a new version, the Map continues to collect information from institutions supporting refugee students and researchers through a short survey. It now includes follow up questions to examine the impact of initiatives with the aim of identifying good practices.
EUA would like to thank contributors for showcasing their commitment in welcoming refugees, and renew its call for submission of initiatives. 

Newly-updated EUA Refugees Welcome Map one year of support for refugee students and researchers  

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European Economic and Social Committee:

Towards applying Nudge Thinking to EU Policies


The opinion draws up a number of recommendations:


Encourage the use of nudges in public policy-making in conjunction with traditional tools, in particular when nudges can help reach environmental, social or other objectives connected to sustainability;

Promote the exchange of good practices and knowledge about nudges and help interdisciplinary research on nudges;

Identify methodologies and ethical rules for using nudges, ensuring in particular transparency, freedom of choice for individuals, reliability of information nudges are based on and avoiding any approach tending to make people feel guilty;

Envisaging the organisation of the first European Days of nudges at the EESC.

More information  

Highlights from Europe: Health

Full feeling impaired in children of obese mothers


Studies have shown that around one third of 11-year-olds in Europe are overweight. It is known that overweight women produce babies that are heavier, but the reason for that remained a mystery, but perhaps not for too much longer. 


Researchers at King's College London (KCL), UK, working as part of the EU-funded EarlyNutrition project, believe that the part of the brain that makes you feel full (the hypothalamus) could be impaired in babies of obese mothers.  Preliminary evidence supports the theory that a mother's diet and other behavior might be programming her baby while it develops in the womb.  

Other behaviors, like  being part of a family that eats healthily, as preliminary evidence has shown that households with unhealthy eating habits leads children to buy more junk food when they are on their own. Interested to learn more about this project?:


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Zika brain discovery may open door to treatment


Read the article here  


Highlights from Europe: Social Sciences


Reducing air pollution begins at home  


Banks should be small and boring   


Roaming for car-sharers on the horizon as access economy accelerates  


Plants can override their body clocks when stressed   



News from the European Commission within the EFPA News Magazine December 2016

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