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MY OUTDOORS. MY LIFE.

Enjoy clean water, cleaner air and protected nature

CHANGE IN THE AIR

CHANGE IN THE AIR

EU laws are cracking down on air polluters to save European lives and improve health. In two decades, sulphur dioxide emissions – the main cause of acid rain – have been cut by almost 80%.

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EVERY DROP

Like most Europeans, I don’t have a drinking problem when it comes to fresh water. The water we drink must meet EU standards, and be free from any microorganisms, parasites and harmful substances.

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EVERY DROP
ANIMAL KINGDOM

ANIMAL KINGDOM

We’re not the only residents that call Europe home. From the Mediterranean Monk Seal to the Red Kite, thousands of creatures and critters live here too – and many species need our protection. With over 27,000 sites, the Natura 2000 programme aims to safeguard the EU’s most endangered animals and their habitats.

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TAKE THE PLUNGE

Lake, river or sea – wherever I like to swim in Europe, the EU’s Bathing Water Directive has resulted in vast improvements in the safety and cleanliness of European bathing spots. Today, over 96% of sites meet the minimum required standards, so all that’s left is for me to grab my paddleboard and relax wherever I want.

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How it works

The European Union protects my environment by law. It guarantees that my water is safe to drink, my favourite place to swim, paddle, or kayak is clean, and it works hard to ensure the air I breathe is fresh. Through the Natura 2000 programme, the EU maintains 27,000 protected natural areas, covering 18 % of the EU – that’s bigger than Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic combined.

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500

The number of European wild bird species in danger of extinction that are protected by the EU.

85%

of bathing sites in the EU have excellent water quality, an increase of over 7% since 2011.

1500

The number of rare and threatened plants and animals protected by EU legislation.

Turning the tide

Thanks to policies such as MedFish4Ever, a 10 year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks, the EU is a driving force in the fight against overfishing, prompting the recovery of species such as Bluefin tuna. Read more

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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