COVID-19 jab certificate reopens EU travel boom

The European Council announced on Monday that its digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which is already in use in 12 countries, had been signed into law, paving the way for quarantine-free travel to return in the region.

The certificate allows for travel restrictions to be lifted across all 27 member states of the European Union, and will be available for specific non-EU countries, too.

With the system going live last month, the EU is ahead of schedule with the program that is officially due to start on July 1.

The European Commission first presented a proposal to create a COVID-19 certificate for free travel within the EU in March, and on May 20, lawmakers reached a provisional agreement. It has now passed its legislative process.

In a Twitter post on Monday, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said: “With the success of our vaccination campaign and this new EU certificate, we can all look forward to the summer, to traveling safely. And we are bringing back the spirit of an open Europe. Our Union is delivering.”

The commission said the certificate is free of charge, secure and accessible to all. It is available in digital format or on paper, and will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or recovered from an infection.

It highlighted that no-one will be banned from traveling if they have not been vaccinated, as the new certificate will not be a pre-condition to free movement across the bloc.

There is no discrimination against individuals who are not vaccinated, according to the commission.

“Persons who are not vaccinated must be able to continue to exercise their free movement rights, where necessary subject to limitations such as testing or quarantine/self-isolation,” a statement from the commission said.

Countries that have already begun using the digital certificate include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark and Poland.

The European Council had said previously that any nation planning to issue certificates needed to guarantee they would be “fully interoperable, compatible, secure and verifiable”.

Greece, which was one of the tourism-reliant nations firmly behind the original proposals for the certificate, announced over the weekend that it would shorten its nightly curfew as COVID-19 cases eased across the country.

Authorities are also relaxing restrictions on venue capacities and permitting live music at outdoor cafes and restaurants.

Switzerland’s government has said it will relax its rules on wearing face masks outdoors at the end of the month, and people with vaccination certificates will be allowed to visit clubs and discos, while shops, restaurants, and leisure and sports facilities would be allowed to raise capacity limits.

With holidaymakers in Europe now free to make travel plans, Britons are being told to stay at home, which has drawn criticism from the United Kingdom’s travel industry.

The government in the UK has been discouraging overseas vacations this summer, despite the nation’s successful vaccination rollout campaign. It is instead focused on promoting domestic tourism, while restrictions remain.

The British government announced on Monday that its June 21 target date for lifting restrictions would be delayed by four weeks, due to a rise in the number of infections caused by the so-called delta variant.

Flight bookings from countries within the EU to Spain and Greece reached near 50 percent of pre-pandemic levels in June, the Financial Times reported, while the number of UK to EU flights is just 20 percent of levels seen before the crisis.

EasyJet’s chief executive, Johan Lundgren, told the FT relaxation and removal of restrictions has “sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe”, adding: “Europe is demonstrating that a safe reopening of travel is possible and so we continue to urge the UK government to do so urgently.”

Andrew Flintham, managing director of tour operator Tui, told the FT “European countries are watching us with bewilderment”.

He added: “My counterparts in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are now seeing travel made possible again, with strong bookings for summer and the pent-up demand for travel we know exists in the UK as well.”

Graft in EU worsens during pandemic

Corruption in Europe has worsened through the pandemic with nearly two-thirds of European Union residents estimated to believe it is a major problem, according to a survey conducted by anti-graft watchdog Transparency International.

Some citizens across the bloc relied on personal connections to access healthcare during the crisis, and governments are believed to have used the pandemic for their own gain, the report found.

The NGO’s report, Global Corruption Barometer-EU 2021, surveyed more than 40,000 people in the EU’s 27 member states between October and December last year, making it one of the largest, most detailed surveys of people’s views and experiences of corruption across the bloc.

It found that 29 percent of respondents had relied on favors or well-connected friends and family to access public sector health services last year, while 6 percent said they had resorted to paying an outright bribe. This is equivalent to more than 106 million people, said the authors of the report in a statement released on Tuesday.

The findings in the report are described as particularly worrying as governments across the EU are rolling out vaccinations to protect those most vulnerable to the virus and are creating plans to allocate billions of euros for post-pandemic recovery.

“Corruption threatens all these activities,” Transparency said, urging EU governments to “redouble their efforts to ensure a fair and equitable recovery from the ongoing pandemic”.

In addition, 62 percent believe that government corruption is a big problem in their country, almost one third think corruption is getting worse, and a further 44 percent think it is not getting any better.

“The EU is often seen as a bastion of integrity, but these findings show that countries across the region remain vulnerable to the insidious effects of corruption,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International, said in the statement.

Half of the respondents believe that “bribes or connections are commonly used by businesses to secure profitable government contracts, and that big companies often avoid paying their taxes”, the report said.

The survey also showed an average of 53 percent of people across the EU think their government is controlled by private interests.

This view was strongest in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia and the Czech Republic, but it was a minority opinion in Scandinavian countries.

Michiel van Hulten, director of Transparency International EU, said the results should be a wake-up call for both national governments and EU institutions.

“There are many immediate actions that can be taken to remedy these problems, such as increasing lobbying transparency both at the EU and national levels and tackling tax avoidance,” he said. “And EU policies to protect whistleblowers and fight money laundering must be effectively and swiftly transposed into national law.”

Proposal for the Comprehensive and Objective Assessment of Life Cycle of Silk Products

In recent years, we have noticed that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released the Higg Material Sustainability Index (Higg MSI). However, the one-sidedness and inaccuracy of the index on the environmental impact of silk have created considerable confusion and consternation among the global silk fraternity. This may create cascading effect on the livelihood opportunities to millions of stakeholders in the rural areas and producing mills all across the globe.

With a view to reflect the carbon neutrality and sustainability of silk products in a more comprehensive and objective manner, International Silk Union (ISU) joined hands with several organizations, such as International Sericultural Commission (ISC), Ufficio Italiano Seta (UIS), INTERSOIE France and Brazilian Silk Association (ABRASEDA), to table the following proposal:

Ⅰ. To question the method of developing Higg MSI scoring on silk

Higg MSI arrived the environmental impact value of silk as 1086, which is more than 30 times worse than synthetic fabric. The irrationality of its scoring was mainly manifested on the following aspects:

1. Higg MSI’s assessment of the life cycle of silk only stays at the stage from sericulture to fabric (that is, from “cradle to gate”). Refer to the international standards of ISO 14020:2000 Environmental labels and declarations-General principles and ISO 14040:2006 ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Principles and framework, the life cycle assessment of silk products should be a research type from “cradle to grave”, which covers the production, use and disposal of silk ready to wear, silk apparels and silk home textiles. Silk is the “queen of fibers”, and its manufactured goods had a long service life and were eventually biodegradable. Therefore, the research from “cradle to grave” is more convincing, complete and scientific.

2. The evaluation indicators of Higg MSI only included “global warming potential”, “nutrient pollution in water / eutrophication”, “water scarcity”, “fossil fuel depletion” and “chemistry”. It should be added to comprehensively evaluate the environmental performance according to the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules Guidance (PEFCR).

3. As manifested by relevant data, Higg MSI’s scoring data of silk originated from a paper called Life Cycle Assessment of Indian Silk published by Miguel F. Astudillo et al. on the Journal of Cleaner Production. The data in this paper were collected early than 2013, lack of timeliness, and using the data from individual countries or regions to evaluate the environmental impact of silk is not representative and comprehensive. It is understood that the research was carried out for a completely different purpose, not for the Higg Index.

4. Higg MSI didn’t and still does not make public its calculation method and is free from social supervision. The silk producers made nothing of the results and cannot trace their origins. By and by, the consumers’ negative perception on silk are being intensified and the producers’ confidence also severely blown.

II. To make a comprehensive and objective assessment of life cycle of silk products

In 2015, nearly 200 countries jointly adopted the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Many countries have enacted low-carbon development strategies in succession. In 2020, China set out the goal of “achieve peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060”. Britain boosted the reduction of greenhouse gas using two approaches, restriction and incentive, and identified low-carbon electricity as the core of low-carbon development. By formulating the National Programme for the Mitigation of Climate Change, France clearly defined the selecting and formulating principles of emission reduction measures.

It is a joint duty and commitment of the countries, silk academia, business circles and consumers to respond to the global low-carbon development strategies and facilitate the healthy development of silk industry. The international silk industry requires an open, comprehensive and objective assessment system for the life cycle of silk products, to steer the production and consumption of silk industry.

1. It is necessary and impelling to determine the boundaries of the assessment system which confirms to the current production and consumption of silk according to relevant international standards, as well as evaluate its environmental performance in the whole life cycle from sericulture, production, design, use, re-use, up cycling and disposal of silk products. The evaluated sustainability scores are validated by ISO and provided for public use and interpretation.

2. The evaluation sample should be comprehensive, representative and accurate. It should include major silk producing countries such as China, India and Uzbekistan, as well as silk manufacturers and consumers in Europe and the United States, involving the key links of silk production such as silk reeling, twisting, weaving, printing and dyeing, truly reflect the production technology and production conditions of the international silk industry, and the consumer behavior and consumption habits.

3. It is a compelling duty to divide the industrial chain in a rational way, make a comprehensive, deep and transparent as well as really traceable inventory analysis on each stage and gradually improve the life cycle assessment of silk products, so that a more open and transparent evaluation system that withstands the test of practice can be widely used applied the silk industry, and raise the awareness of environmental responsibility of the silk industry.

4. To actively seek policy support, fully exert the linkage between trade organizations and enterprises, allow high-quality and time-sensitive industrial data to be applied to the assessment system and objectively reflect the environmental performance of silk products. Promote market-oriented green technological innovation, standardize LCA research in the global silk industry, formulate Silk Product Category Rules (PCR), industry standards and sustainability indexes, guiding silk enterprises to green production.

5. Last but not least silk needs all of us to take the initiative to cultivate consumers’ green values and green spending habits, and give full value to the publicity function of the media platform, so that consumers can fully understand carbon neutrality, sustainability and ecological environment protection, and create a demand engine for the development of green silk industry.

Plan energy resources as a whole and advocate greenness and low carbon. We are liable to co-build a green home for silk. Industry organizations, enterprises and brands of International silk should pool efforts, seek common development, propel the comprehensive and objective assessment of the life cycle of silk products, and guarantee the healthy and sustainable development of the silk industry.

Přátelské setkání prezidenta republiky s Mikem Pompeem

Setkání prezidenta republiky Miloše Zemana s ministrem zahraničních věcí USA Mikem Pompeem na Pražském hradě probíhalo v přátelské atmosféře.

Ministr zahraničních věcí USA tlumočil pozdrav od prezidenta USA Donalda Trumpa. Prezident republiky podotkl, že Donalda Trumpa podporoval před volbami v roce 2016 a v souvislosti s nadcházejícími prezidentskými volbami poznamenal, že obecně nevěří průzkumům voličských preferencí.

Ministr zahraničních věcí USA ocenil vynikající česko-americké vztahy ve všech oblastech a konstatoval jejich další potenciál.

Prezident republiky vyzdvihl přátelství s USA, a podotkl, že sympatie k USA chová již od svého mládí. Vyjádřil podporu přátelské politiky USA vůči Izraeli a přesunu ambasády z Tel Avivu do Jeruzaléma.

Tématem byl i boj s terorismem, kdy prezident republiky varoval před neuváženým stažením armádní mise z Afghánistánu. Prezident republiky též ocenil vzájemné ekonomické vztahy. S ministrem zahraničních věcí USA panovala shoda na podpoře volného obchodu.

Ministr zahraničních věcí USA zdůraznil zájem prezidenta USA na dalším prohlubování transatlantické vazby.

Pokud jde o Rusko a Čínu, prezident republiky při setkání zdůraznil, že jeho politika je vedena pragmaticky ve směru ekonomické diplomacie, nikoliv zájmy jinými.

Jiří Ovčáček, ředitel Odboru tiskového a tiskový mluvčí prezidenta republiky

Central and Eastern European countries: Zhejiang Export Online Fair 2020

Central and Eastern European countries: Zhejiang Export Online Fair 2020 presents -Household Necessities and Decorative Materials, hosted by the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province which will be held from 5th-11st June, 2020. and will be undertaken by Zhejiang Zhongzhe International Exhibition & Commerce CO., Ltd.

Nearly 100 enterprises from Zhejiang and Central and Eastern European countries will be a part of this unique online exhibition through a video conference.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on economies and societies. In an attempt to minimize the impact of lack of production of household daily necessities and decorative supplies, and to provide a solution for enterprises, when they are unable to take part in an on-ground exhibition and merchants are facing hassles in communication, the department of commerce of Zhejiang province is offering this unique online platform wherein an exhibition on Household necessities and decorative materials in Central and Eastern European countries will take place.
The online fair gives a legal, effective, reliable, and affordable way to trade; giving full play to the numbers of Zhejiang economic advantages. Use of big data, mobile internet, social community-integrated digital solutions, such as precision docking. Zhejiang Household necessities and decorative materials product of procurement required with Central and Eastern European countries, keeping clear of the international supply chain.

The Fair will be held from June 5th to 11st 2020, with more than 50 Central and Eastern European countries Household necessities and decorative materials product industry associations, enterprises and related institutions taking part and 50 high-quality Zhejiang Household necessities and decorative materials product manufacturers realizing online accurate docking and accurate matching through internet cloud video conferencing technology.

European families pay attention to adornment, quality, Given the characteristics of the European building materials decoration market, Chinese building materials decoration products and daily necessities suitable for soft decoration are high quality and low price, so the export market in central and eastern Europe has obvious advantages.

During the online fair, digital services such as cloud exhibitions, cloud promotion, and cloud negotiation for the exhibitors will also be provided in Zhejiang province. All aspects and multiple dimensions will be displayed in the exhibits so that the overseas buyers can have a more intuitive understanding of the exhibits and relevant information and promote the online transaction between the supply and demand sides.

Tennis ‘ice queen’ Pliskova says she gets nervous like others

Czech’s Karolina Pliskova reacts during her match. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON – Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova, WTA world number 3, has laughed off her “ice queen” tag in an interview published by WTA on Wednesday, explaining that she gets nervous and scared just like any other player on the circuit.

With 16 career WTA tour titles, the former world number 1 is famous for her calm on-court demeanor as well as her big serving, leaving an impression that she could be immune to pressure in the midst of a match.

“Of course I get nervous, scared, annoyed a lot,” said Pliskova. “It’s not that I don’t want to have emotions, I have so many emotions.”

“People when they see me on TV they are like: ‘Come on, you’re completely frozen.’ Like an ice queen, they call me. Then they see me in real life and I’m laughing all the time and telling jokes, they’re like: ‘No, it’s not you, it’s not possible,'” the 28-year-old noted.

“It’s me, but it’s my focus. It helps me not to panic and to stay calm. It’s not in my personality to tell some jokes on court – I would completely lose my focus and my game would go away completely, so that’s why I’m like this,” she added.

As the Tour is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pliskova said she will take advantage of the unexpected break by running a coaching camp for kids. “So far, so good. It’s starting to be a little bit too long, but I guess that’s the same for everyone.”

“I’ve had two waves. The first was that I was excited to be at home, I was enjoying being at home, seeing my parents, and I was just doing my stuff at home, organizing my closet, normal things we never have time for. And then I started to get a bit bored and I still tried to practice, to exercise or to play tennis every day for one or two hours.”

“It’s difficult for everyone, but you can find some positives from this situation. I’m seeing my parents like never before and my friends once per week. I’m like OK, this is the best time! I miss tournaments, I miss travelling. Hopefully everything will be better soon.”

Italy reopens to tourists despite persisting cases

An Italian tourist poses for a photo as she visits the archaeological site of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which reopens to the public with social distancing and hygiene rules, after months of closure due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Pompeii, Italy, May 26, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Italy reopened to European travelers on Wednesday, three months after the country went into a coronavirus lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving its key tourism industry as the summer season begins.

Gondolas are ready to punt along Venice’s canals, lovers will be able to act out Romeo and Juliet on Verona’s famed balcony, and gladiator fans can pose for selfies at Rome’s Colosseum.

But there were fears that many foreign tourists would be put off from visiting a country still shaking off a vicious pandemic.

“Come to Calabria. There’s only one risk: That you’ll get fat,” Jole Santelli, the southern region’s governor, said on Sunday as the race began to lure big spenders-or any spenders-back to Italy’s sandy shores.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus, and has officially reported more than 33,000 deaths.

It imposed an economically-crippling lockdown in early March, and has since seen its contagion numbers drop off dramatically.

With the country facing its deepest recession since World War II, it needs foreigners to return, and quickly.

But it is still reporting dozens of new cases a day, particularly in the northern Lombardy region, and some experts warned that the government may have been hasty in permitting travel between regions and from abroad.

International flights were only expected to resume in three main cities: Milan, Rome and Naples.

Meanwhile, Switzerland has warned its citizens that if they went to Italy they would be subject to “health measures” on their return. The country will open its borders with Germany, France and Austria on June 15, but not with Italy.

Separately, Austria is lifting restrictions in mid-June for travel to Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary-but again, not Italy, described last week by Austrian health minister as “still a hot spot”.

Other countries, such as Belgium and the United Kingdom, are still advising against, or forbidding, all nonessential travel abroad.

In response to perceived anti-Italian sentiment, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has warned countries not to treat Italy “like a leper”.

Italy’s lockdown has had a particularly devastating effect on the tourism sector, which amounts to nearly 13 percent of the country’s GDP.

Parisians return to cafes

In neighboring France, Parisians returned to the City of Light’s beloved sidewalk cafes as lockdown restrictions eased on Tuesday.

The post-lockdown freedom along Paris’ cobbled streets will be tempered by social distancing rules for the city’s once-densely packed cafe tables. Paris City Hall has authorized outside seating areas only, with indoor seating off-limits until June 22. But the tiny tables will have to be spaced at least 1 meter apart, sharply cutting their numbers.

In Russia, a military official said sanitary and quarantine stations would be set up at airfields to hold barrier checkups for foreign delegations coming to participate in the upcoming Victory Parade.

According to Dmitry Trishkin, head of the Russian defense ministry’s main military medical directorate, all foreign participants and guests will be quarantined for two weeks.

Russia reported 8,536 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, taking its nationwide tally to 432,277, the third highest in the world.

The death toll hit 5,215 after the authorities said they had recorded another 178 deaths from the virus since the previous day.

Agencies and Ren Qi in Moscow contributed to this story.

A letter from a Chinese lady to the foreigner

Because of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China, my homeland has been highly watched by the world for a while, and I have continuously received messages from relatives and friends in the United States, Canada, Australia, Finland and other countries, expressing their affection, caring and wishing to me and my family. Through these messages and media reports, I also know a lot of foreign news.

For example, the air purifier developed and manufactured by the Mikkeli factory in Finland is effective in controlling coronavirus. I heard that this is the best purifier in the world .It will soon arrive in Wuhan. Countries such as Japan and Belarus sent by air a large amount of medical protective supplies, including masks, protective clothing, goggles and other urgently needed items. Countries such as Germany sent experts to support China, and people in many countries helped local Chinese donate money, send blessing videos, and more.

“Tribulation see true feelings.” At this time, sending coal in the snow made us feel warmer and reminded me of the lyrics “I don’t know who you are, but I know who you are for.” Chinese people know how to be grateful, just as a Chinese saying said “If you give me a drop of water,I will repay you with a lot of spring water. ”

At the same time, we also heard some less friendly news. For example, some Chinese people who were abroad and foreigners who have recently returned from China have been attacked or even treated violently. Some countries and regions refused to sell medical protective equipment to China. Some people in some countries call for rejecting Chinese entry.

In this regard, I understand your feelings, but please believe in the capabilities of the Chinese government, the determination of the Chinese people, and our sense of responsibility for this planet.

The Chinese government has taken a lot of proactive measures quickly, even if it will cause our economy to decline. This fully reflects a country’s global responsibility, including closing crowded places, Chinese tourist attractions and cultural sites, encouraging citizens to stay out at home and extend Chinese New Year holidays, making a series of medical measures to quickly respond to the virus, research and develop new pharmaceutical products.

Since January 2020, my family and I have responded to the country ’s call. We do not go out and stay at home every day, both to protect ourselves and to prevent the spread of the virus. Although it has brought us a lot of inconvenience, we have worked hard to overcome it and try not to harm our planet.

At the same time, no matter poor or rich, “Eight immortals cross the sea, each show their magical powers”, we work together to overcome difficulties.

My younger brother’s wife works in a hospital. She volunteered to work in the most dangerous department to help patients. She only eats two eggs and wears a diaper when she works, because she wants to go to the bathroom less often, which can save protective clothing, masks and other materials.

Before leaving, she kissed and kissed her child, and the child cried because the family of three had to be separated for many days, despite the Spring Festival, the family reunion day.

I said to my sister-in-law, “The child stays in my home, please do not worry. You can work at ease but protect yourself. Our parents have helped many people in the past, so we have a happy life now. You can help many other people now. Your child will also be blessed by you and be helped and taken care by many people. ”

I also do my best to help more people to stablize emotion and reduce stress by writing articles and teaching online, because a good attitude will help physical health, social stability, and peace of mind.

There is an old saying in China, “Sai Wong loses his horse, but he knows that why it is not a blessing?” Through this incident, he also brought us a lot of gains.

The first is to reflect. In the future, we will further improve the scientific response and management of emergencies and we will pay more attention to natural ecological environment protection, and to the establishment of good sanitary habits, etc.

The second is the quiet days staying at home, letting us have more leisure time, reading quietly, listening to music, studying, practicing calligraphy, thinking, etc.with less impetuousness, more calm. Personal ability and literacy have been improved.

The third is to cherish the enjoyment of family fun. Family reunion days make us feel happier. Some families even return to good relationship, like reunion of broken mirrors. Yes, everything happens can help us!

My dear, my country has experienced many major disasters such as the Wenchuan earthquake, SARS, and so on. Please believe that we can defeat the virus this time! If you have a virus case in your country, please don’t complain about the patient, because I believe he or she is inadvertent and a poor virus victim.

At the same time, I also hope that you can protect yourself and your family, that you are safe and healthy, and that you are benefiting the world.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels to the Chinese community in Toronto. He emphasized that Canadian society does not allow discrimination based on fear or misinformation.

There are also many children from my home country scattered around the world. I hope you treat them well, just like you treat your own children. Even foreigners who have recently left China, please do not attack them. We fight against viruses, not people. I remember there is a best-selling book in the United States. I like it very much. The title is “Love is the answer to everything.”

My motherland has supported many countries without asking for returns, regardless of donations or technical support, etc. Now that we can get your assistance, it reminds me of a sentence, “Love will return to those who give love. Blessings will be blessed.” We need your help at this time. Helping others is not only achieving ourselves, but also helping our common home — Earth!

Finally, deep blessings and gratitude to you. I will welcome you in China when the spring flowers bloom!

By: Yushou

‘A Log on Life’ documents Tianjin medical team in Africa

Tianjin’s medical team to Africa has a history of up to 56 years and it was the country’s first medical team assisting African countries with leading medical services to the needy and those at the grassroots level.

The Tianjin local news app portal Jinyun covered the experience of the 20th Tianjin medical aid team, composed of 26 doctors from 16 hospitals, to Gabon, during their 13-month service there beginning from July 27, 2018.

The doctors had treated 83,804 patients, completed 2,162 surgical operations, and helped provide relief to many suffering from severe diseases for a number of years.The video titled A Log on Life is a true record of their daily work, and also the record of their faith in and respect for life. Medicine is not restricted by national boundaries, and doctors share a common sympathy for patients.

The medical team has won the respect and love from the people of Gabon for their selfless dedication.

GEOMED (Geologic-Geographic Medical Linkages) Evaluation-meeting 2019

Evaluation-meeting 2019
6. 12. 2019 (Friday)
09.00 – 13.00
Místo konání/Venue: Letiště České Budějovice Airport Budweis, LKCS


Dear friends,

another year has (almost) gone. Accept, please, our cordial invitation to meet and evaluate the current year 2010 of the project and programme Geomed.

Let me to present the proposed themes for our discussion: The medical, medicinal and health-care importance of typical South Bohemia products – i.e. peat (for bath and in drinks as well), soft berries (vaccinium myrtillus, vaccinium macrocarpon), fermented meat and milk products, and last but not least, beer, wine (vitis vinifera) and natural inhalations of forest fresh air (balsamic aromatic silices – alfa pinen) and lavender (linalool).

This year we have focused on natural inhalations-balsamic silices/volatile substances in forest/woodair, mainly in direct vicinity of Česke Budejovice , and natural inhalations in general.
The challenge of the day is:
Why, how and which way to South Bohemia,
to the oasis and source of the health.

The imminent and explicit importance of this attitude as “destination management feature“ not only for tourism, but for residential housing as well, calls for cooperation not only on the field of medical sciences and research, but also the direct co-operation with marketing, promotion, logistic and public-media world. Nothing would be achieved without direct involvement of governmental and non-governmental bodies, agencies and subjects as well.
That is why we simply „must“ come together and meet on

December the 6th, 2019 – 09.00 to 13.00

Looking forward to meet you, on behalf of organisers and supporters,

Mgr Hana Kalová, RPA,
Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology, Hospital Budweis JSC,
Working Task Group NUTRACEUTICS, Czech Society of Clinical Pharmacology
The President, EMA – European Medical Agency, Budweis/České Budějovice

Organising and Logistics:

Lázně Bechyně spol. s r.o.
EMA – European Medical Agency n.f.,
EMA-services spol. s r.o.,
Nadační fond SPŠ Stavební České Budějovice