(25 October 2013) - In 2012, forests and other wooded land occupied around 40% of the total area of the EU, cropland a quarter and grassland a further fifth, while artificial areas, such as buildings, road and rail networks accounted for 5%.

(25 October 2013) - The European Charlemagne Youth Prize gives awards to projects undertaken by young people (16-30 years old) that foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

(24 October 2013) – The Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, invites Europeans to come up with new solutions to reduce unemployment and minimize its corrosive effects on the economy and our society both now and in the future. Social innovation is not only desirable, it is necessary.

(24 October 2013) - Parliament called on EU member states to enforce EU environmental law more rigorously in Thursday's vote endorsing a deal with the Council of Ministers on the seventh EU environmental action programme, to run until 2020. This programme will structure the EU's entire environmental policy, from water management to climate change.

(24 October 2013) - On the occasion of the 8th National Forum of Associations and Foundations held today in Paris, Deloitte presented the results of a study of the voluntary sector in 20 countries. It sets out a comparative analysis of associative structures worldwide and provides information on interesting best practices.