The European Union (EU) has 28 member states. The presidency of the union rotates amongst the member states after every six months. The country that holds presidency has the responsibility of preparing and holding most of the EU meetings throughout the entire presidency period, where all meetings are attended by representatives from each member state. Formal meetings for the EU ministers are usually held in Luxembourg or Brussels. However, the presiding country usually holds informal or preparatory meetings for civil servants and state ministers in their own country.
Netherlands is set to hold presidency of the Union in the first half of 2016. This will be the 12th time that this country will be holding presidency, the previous one being in 2004. Putting in consideration the costly expenses of setting up and the dismantling meeting facilities such as press rooms, interpreting booths and communication equipment, the Dutch government has decided that this time round, the meetings will be held in a single location. This is unlike other years where meetings would be held in different locations. This will also be convenient for a single location for guests, organizers and journalists.
The Marine Establishment dockyard located in Amsterdam is the select location for meetings throughout the entire period of the Dutch presidency. This area has multiple buildings perfect for conferences and meetings. The area is set to be developed for commercial, leisure and residential purposes. This year, Netherlands is set to use the same presidency logo that they used during their presidency in 2004. This is a major way of emphasizing the recurring presidency cycle. The studio Dumbar of Rotterdam designed this striking logo.
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Some of the oldest and largest gold treasures have been found in Europe. These priceless finds of exquisite gold-work are now housed in museums for the world to marvel at. Whilst you may want to take a metal detector to your next holiday on the Black Sea coast (you need a license) perhaps it’s easier to look for your own golden treasure here.
TheVarna Necropolis, Bulgaria
The Varna burial site in Bulgaria is internationally considered one of the key archaeological sites in world prehistory. The oldest golden treasure in the world, dating from 4,600 BC to 4,200 BC, the treasure was discovered, by accident, in 1972 by Raycho Marinov, an excavator operator working on the industrial site.
Some graves at the Varna Necropolis do not contain a skeleton, but are symbolic graves containing gold artifacts. In all, three thousand gold artifacts were found with a weight of approximately six kilograms. Grave 43 contained more gold than has been found in the entire rest of the world for that era.
The artifacts can be seen at the Varna Archaeological Museum and at the National Historical Museum in Sofia. The Varna gold started touring the world in 1973 visiting Asia, America and Europe and were also featured in a cover story by the National Geographic Magazine.
The Pietroasele treasure, Romania
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When an individual or a couple is looking for fine jewelry, they may want to start their journey by visiting Europe. A shopping spree in Europe is just what buyers need if they want to look for the best jewelry that they can find on the market today. In some cases, an individual may simply want to buy a present for close friend or family member or they may to find various kinds of jewelry sets for themselves. Regardless to the person’s choice, Europe is a great place to shop in order to find the best. Though there are a huge number of great places in this country that people can visit, we will break down the list to showcase only the top 3 and they include the following.
Utilize the EJD for Selections
While there are many different ways to identify the top 3 in the jewelry industry, one of the best ways to cut through the chase, it is to find the best jewelry shop option in Europe by accessing the EJD. The EJD is the European Jewelry directory that contains over 100 jewelry stores that people can visit to purchase the items that they like and prefer. By viewing this directory, people will also find that they have a vast selection that includes over 61,000 watch and jewelry retail stores.
Visit Online European Fine Jewelry Sites
In addition to gaining access to the European Jewelry Directory, people can also find information on sites that’s dedicated to Fine Jewelry that’s designed and made in Europe. Therefore, based on the amount of money that the person has allotted to spend, they can make their choices based on the pricing that’s listed on the site.
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