A few facts about Food and Drink costs in European Countries
Eurostat stressed in its latest report that price levels for food, beverages and tobacco vary considerably across the 37 European countries that were the focus of its study – 28 EU members, 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and 5 candidate countries ( Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Turkey).
Global Health: Significant Progresses were made
The health policies implemented by the WHO have delivered some highly encouraging results. The report prepared by Dr Margaret Chan outgoing Director-General is focusing on "Ten Years in public health 2007-2017".
An Extremely Expensive Bill
According to Swiss Re -the second largest reinsurance company in the world- the costs of disasters to our planet amounted to $ 175 billion in 2016. That was nearly double the 94 billion disasters cost in 2015. It must be stressed that the high percentage of uninsured losses in emerging markets and in developing countries remains of great concern.
When European Cities suffocate under the pressure from Tourists
Many European cities take step to curb or impede the growth of tourism. Who doesn't know the sad record of Venice in Italy? More than 60,000 people visit Venice each day, which is more than the population -56,000- who lives in the historic city. Big European cities are also suffering from excessive tourism with overcrowding at the top sites and attractions.
Counterfeit Goods Market is still Booming
The number of intercepted counterfeit goods seized by the EU customs authorities grew in 2015 by 15% compared to the previous year (Fig.European Commission). The 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right had a value of nearly € 650 million.
A Destructive Trend
Our wildlife species are increasingly in danger even throughout the European continent. For brevity, it is useful just to look at the last assessment of the conservation status of around 6000 species that live in Europe. The UICN revealed that up to 25% of those species are now threatened with extinction.
The Combat against Urban Air Pollution
Indian cities have experienced exponential growth and are among the most polluted cities in the world. But pollution also affects European cities. Concerning air quality, the city of Zurich in Switzerland comes out on top followed by Copenhagen, Vienna and Stockholm.
The Impact of Terrorism on Tourism
After the terror attack in Nice and in-addition to the terrible cost in human lives, local and national authorities are concerned about the effects of terrorism on tourism. As regards the European countries, it seems that terror has a lower than expected impact on tourism. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the European travel industry has proven to be very resilient to such dramatic events and is in a position to recover relatively quickly.
The Pet Industry is Booming
With human life expectancy on the rise and more and more single-member households in the developed countries the pet industry can be happy.
PAPs: a Successful Business
The food industry still plays a key role in Europe. In the EU this sector employs directly more than 4,5 million people mainly in the small and medium sized enterprises and that is very important for the local economic activity. Despite losing market share to emerging economies the EU remains the world's largest exporter of processed agricultural products (PAPs).