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Europe This Week – Week 11

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All new buildings must be CO2 neutral. The European Parliament adopted a plan to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector. The directive aims for a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption with a target of all new buildings being carbon neutral by 2030. 

The Faroe Islands and the EU Commission have come to a new cooperation agreement on areas such as green transition, energy, climate change, digitalization and the Arctic.

The EU establishes an office in Nuuk, marking Europe’s concrete presence in Greenland and in the wider Arctic region. Greenland’s status as an EU Overseas Country and Territory (OCT) underlines its unique relationship with the EU. In the period 2021-2027, Greenland benefits from €225 million from the EU to support sustainable development, education and green growth sectors, including €94 million signed this week under Global Gateway, the EU investment strategy for the world.

New EU law will mess with the algorithms that protect children and young people from unpleasant content on social media. 

Rights

Permanent residence for EU citizens in Denmark: If you have lived legally for a continuous period of five years, you automatically acquire the right of permanent residence. This means that you can stay in the country as long as you want. 

  • You can lose your right to permanent residence if you live outside the country for more than two consecutive years.
  • Your permanent residence is not affected by temporary absences (less than six months) or longer absences due to compulsory military service.
  • You can get permanent residence before five years if: a) you retire and have worked in the country for the last year, or have lived here continuously for three years; b) you stop working because you are no longer able to work and have lived in the country continuously for two years; c) you stop working because you are no longer able to work due to an accident at work or occupational illness. In this case, you have the right to remain regardless of how long you have lived in the country prior to the accident or illness. 

Opportunities 

Free trip to Hungary*: Join a training course on the topic of resilience for those who are working with other people. Seven days in the Bükk Mountain. Read more here. Deadline! March 25. 

Free trip to Romania*: Join a training course on essential local advocacy skills and diverse grassroots methods within the design thinking framework. Eight days in Busteni. Read more here. Deadline! March 25.

Free trip to Germany: Adventure Europe is a long-term training course for youth and youth care/social workers, who are interested in adventure and outdoor experiential learning approaches. Read more here. Deadline! March 28.

*To join the training courses, you need to be a member of an association. If you are not, you can always join AMIS

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