WHO launches new app to boost physical activity levels in children

On the eve of the 2022 football World Cup, the World Health Organization has launched, in collaboration with FIFA, a new digital app to help increase physical activity levels in young people. The WHO recommends all children and adolescents practice 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical per day, including activities that strengthen muscles and bones at least three times a week. Yet, more than 80% of adolescents do not meet these recommendations.

WHO Europe publishes new report on childhood obesity

WHO Europe has published a new Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) report, measuring trends in overweight and obesity among primary school-aged children. Today, 1 in 3 school-aged children in the Region are living with overweight or obesity, and the rates are increasing in many countries. Prevalence is higher among boys than girls.

Europeans agree the green transition should leave no one behind

The Commission released a new Eurobarometer on the fairness perceptions of the green transition. This shows that, although 88% of EU citizens support the goal of having a green transition that leaves no one behind, only 46% of Europeans are currently confident that by 2050, sustainable energy, products and services will be affordable for everyone.

The European Commission publishes its work programme for 2023

Every year, the Commission adopts its annual work programme detailing the most important actions it will take in the year ahead. It therefore lists upcoming initiatives, withdrawals of pending proposals, or reviews of already existing EU legislation.

The European Commission celebrates 20 years of vocational education and training

On 10-11 October 2022, the Czech Presidency and the European Commission organised a high-level meeting on Vocational Education and Training (VET), which brought together VET Directors-General, cross-sectoral social partners and representatives from 30 countries in Prague to address VET policy priorities. 
The meeting also marked the 20-year anniversary of the Copenhagen process.