The real #10yearchallenge we all need to care about

A new social media craze, the so-called #10yearchallenge, has taken the Internet by storm, with millions of people posting photos of themselves from 10 years ago to show the world how much they have changed.

The trend initially aimed to foster positivity about ageing and physical appearance. And while showing how much we have “glowed up” over the years is clearly fun, there are more fruitful ways to use the viral hashtag: politicians, EU institutions and charities quickly recognised that the #10yearchallenge is a great opportunity to raise awareness of global issues and convey meaningful messages to the public.

So, here it is, the real #10yearchallenge – straight from Brussels!

What happened in Brussels?

The next European elections will take place in May 2019. Ten years ago, the European Parliament was also preparing for the same elections. A lot has changed since then: over the past 10 years, they have been working on their social presence by growing a supportive and engaging community of more than 2.5 million people on their Facebook page.

Therefore, the institution decided to use the popular challenge to promote their #thistimeimvoting information campaign to raise awareness of the importance of voting.

The European Commission, on the other hand, used the hashtag to look back at important achievements over the past decade. Amongst other things, they highlighted the fact that roaming charges for all EU travellers ended in 2017.

Climate change in focus

A large number of celebrities, charities and institutions stepped up to the challenge to show how much the Earth has changed over the past 10 years.

“Do you know what the real 10-year-challenge is? It is climate change” – tweeted SDG Academy, a UN initiative. They also added that we have just over 10 years to act on the climate before we cause irreparable damage to our planet, encouraging Twitter users to take their free course on #ClimateAction.

The striking images of dying forests, starving animals and shrinking glaciers speak for themselves. Greenpeace used the publicity surrounding the challenge to promote clean energy over fossil fuels, while WWF raised awareness of the fact that the plastic we throw away now will remain almost exactly the same for the next 10 years.

The #10yearchallenge for humanity

There is no doubt that we have come a long way in the past few years. Despite tragic events and the political turmoil of the past decade, it seems that the world is slowly getting better and better.

In fact, the #10yearchallenge post of the Swedish author of several books about economics and globalisation, Johan Norberg, shows that extreme poverty, child mortality and youth literacy dropped significantly, while life expectancy has increased since 2008.

But as we all know, the fight for humanity should never cease. And as Amnesty International’s powerful #10yearchallenge message about the decriminalisation of abortion demonstrates, there is still a long way to go.

We are delighted to see that so many people and organisations found a creative way to convey important messages by using the #10yearchallenge hashtag. Don’t forget, looking back at important achievements is just as important as tackling global challenges – that is why the #10yearchallenge is so popular.

Written by Dóra Rapcsák



The euro turns 20

The New Year began with important news: 1 January 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of perhaps one of the most monumental decisions the EU has ever made – the adoption of the euro.

Although the euro is a relatively new currency, it has become the second most traded currency, behind only the US dollar.

On its 20th birthday, we collected some interesting facts about the euro. Read on and find out what you didn’t know about Europe’s single currency!

Interesting facts about the euro

The Economic and Monetary Union – also known as the eurozone – came into effect on 1 January 1999 with 11 countries who decided to stop using their national currency in favour of a single currency, the euro. For ordinary citizens, however, little changed until euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 2002.

As of 2019, the euro is the currency of 340 million Europeans in 19 Member States. It is also used by four non-EU countries, including Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City.

The symbol of the euro is €, based on the Greek epsilon (ε) character, representing “E” for Europe. The two parallel lines across the centre symbolise stability.

There are seven different banknotes, each one with a different colour, size and face value, while coins are of eight different amounts. The euro notes represent both the EU and the countries: each banknote and coin has a standard EU design on one side and a country-specific design on the other side.

The symbol of the European family

Those who live at the heart of Europe quickly embraced the idea of a single currency. Austria, for example, is only 250 km from Slovenia. Exchanging currencies is expensive, and you can lose even more by changing back what is left at the end of the trip. Thanks to the euro, however, for the last 20 years citizens can travel in the eurozone without having to exchange their currencies.

The euro has also made it easier for Europeans to compare prices across borders, encouraging tourism and international trade among Member States.

Altogether 20 currencies were replaced by the euro, including the German mark, the French franc, the Italian lira and the Austrian schilling. And although adapting to a new currency always raises challenges, the euro is widely recognised as an important element of European integration, and there is little support for abandoning it.

By and large, the adoption of the euro is a success story. Despite its imperfections, it has survived and helped to bring European people and countries closer together. What will the future bring for Europe’s single currency? Only time will tell…

Written by Dóra Rapcsák

The contemporary challenges of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EV) have been around since the mid-19th century and, at one point, they seemed to be the future of transportation. However, with the advent of mass production, the affordable price of petroleum, and the technical limitations of the electric motor, internal combustion engines (ICE) gained many advantages over EVs, and they became the standard for car manufacturing, reducing EVs to public transportation (trams, trains etc.), and experimental vehicles. In recent decades, prompted by an environmentally-friendly attitude and a series of oil crises, vehicle manufacturers have been aiming for a more sustainable form of transportation. In this article, we will look at the challenges EV manufacturers have to face in order to become a common sight on our roads.

Unsurprisingly, the most obvious hindrances are cost-related. On the one hand, producing an electric motor is indeed an international venture as the materials needed for the lithium battery are delivered from all over the world. While nickel and aluminium are easily available, the price of lithium is going up due to demand, while cobalt is supplied from the politically-unstable Democratic Republic of Congo, and the majority of the production is used for personal electronic devices, which means that it is not sufficient to satisfy the needs of the EV industry. In addition to that, while in many cases ICEs can be repaired or fixed using DIY methods or at any workshop, EVs are way more complex machines, thus in many cases repairing can be quite an expensive and complicated ordeal; and, on a similar note, the issue of battery recycling is still to be solved.

In the long run, however, electricity is a cheaper fuel and with the adoption of time-of-use pricing by utilities, the recharging costs can also be controlled. Furthermore, new formulae and synthetic materials are being tested and used for the sustainable production of batteries. Finally, the price of EVs has been nosediving since the last decade, while vehicles have become able to travel further on just one charge.

Nevertheless, electricity is still a problematic point. First and foremost, it should be noted that a significant proportion of electricity production is not eco-friendly at all and, as such, it undermines the ecological objectives of EVs. Furthermore, the grid system in its present state will not be able to sustain the capacity required for charging EVs. This is not the only infrastructure obstacle at the moment: the lack of charging stations also hinders the prevalence of EVs.

Still, it should be noted that the transformation to EVs is and continues to be gradual, therefore there will be enough time for utilities to adapt to changing energy consumption habits, which will provide them with new income possibilities. At the same time, EV manufacturers are also experimenting with more effective energy consumption solutions, converting the vehicles from a mode of transportation to mobile energy storage.

Electric vehicles are in constant transformation and car manufacturers are coming up with new solutions to make EVs more and more sustainable and available, with experts expecting that the adoption of EVs will go past the tipping point sometime in the 2020s.

Written by Zsolt Beke

How to meet halfway?

Every year in January we decide to be a better version of ourselves, to reduce stress in our lives, to improve our working methods in order to be more efficient. Easy to say – but how can we make these resolutions work in real life? As a project manager I always face challenges concerning my projects and sometimes it is hard to stick to the usual plan or to well-tried practices. What happens when the client’s workflows are different from ours? What if we have to work under time pressure? How to ensure that each other’s work is efficient and both sides are happy, in the end? How to meet halfway?

Last year we began a great and successful cooperation with a client ( that produces medical products and I have become their dedicated project manager. We receive Italian-Polish translation requests on a daily basis for various kinds of materials. The language combination is remarkable in itself!

At this point more than 130 projects have been completed successfully, and I can say that these projects are my personal favourites, full of challenges and lessons.

Based on these experiences I have collected a few tips to make our projects successful, even if they are not easy to beat:

#Tip 1: Identify risk factors and reduce them

When we receive a project, we always go through the details to gain a clear view of the risk factors. It is very important to check all the details with the client, so that we are on the same wavelength. What they expect – how we can meet their expectations. If we speak the same language from the very beginning and we clarify important details, our cooperation will be smooth.

#Tip 2: Create a workflow that pleases both sides

Naturally every company has its own workflows and when we start our cooperation, we need flexibility to work out methods that will help our collaboration. Our job is to observe and analyse all the factors to be able to come up with perfect processes and solutions. For this, we also need the help of our clients. I remember the first projects of this particular client, when we faced challenges to implement all their needs into our workflows. But after a couple of projects we created a workflow that works flawlessly, even after over a hundred projects.

#Tip 3: Organising materials

Let’s say that the client has a huge campaign with diverse materials: labels, product descriptions, leaflets, website materials, books etc. With these projects, consistency is very important and the key to that is organising materials that consider our needs and goals. When the client has the opportunity to send us all the materials together, this can help to create unified and consistent campaign materials that will serve the client’s needs better. Also, if we take into consideration the financial side, this can result in a smaller project budget, since we undertake one large project instead of many little ones at minimum fees.

#Tip 4: Time management

If someone were to ask me, what is the key to a successful project, my answer would be time management. The ideal delivery date is: as soon as possible. Of course, we always try to meet the client’s needs but we need to see realistically what can be done in a given time frame. If we want translations to be delivered under unrealistic circumstances, it can lead to stress, mistakes, and unsatisfied expectations. Meeting halfway concerning delivery dates is also part of the cooperation. Guaranteeing high quality and agreeing on a reasonable time schedule go hand in hand. And what can help to achieve it? Get ourselves organized and think ahead.

#Tip 5: Thinking ahead

If we know that we will have a large and important project and we also know the details and time schedule in advance, we can communicate this to our language service providers. Why is it good for everybody? We can prepare our team to be ready for it. We can reserve the most suitable linguists for the job and we can also organise our processes accordingly. This way we can save time and stress for both sides.

By Zsanett Kórik, Project Manager at Eurideas Language Experts

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Old Habits Die Hard – The Case of New Year Resolutions

It is a common perception that breaking habits is difficult. In January, this problem is even more accentuated when people are making resolutions in order to change their lives. While most common promises aim to enhance the quality of life (to improve health/self-care/social relations), most of them do not last until the end of January. In this article, we will list a few tips on how to make a better commitment to your resolutions.

From a psychological point of view, habits are automatic behaviours triggered by the environment, therefore a new habit needs a new environmental trigger. The difficulty here is that it needs to be continuously repeated so that the new behaviour should become automatic, otherwise, the change will wear thin soon. Repetition can be achieved by writing a journal about your resolution, or just leaving a memo somewhere visible; but an accountability partner or a group can also help with reaching the set target – this way you do not just keep each other in line but can share your experiences as well.

One of the most important elements of staying committed to your resolution is if you aim for small changes. When setting a goal, you should not aim high but still be as specific as you can, since the clearer the objective, the easier it is to commit yourself to it. Small changes can be cost-effective as well, for example, you do not have to get a gym subscription to exercise more, you can find a lot of useful videos and guides online to keep your workout varied and still productive. If you decide to develop yourself in smaller steps, it is also easier to adjust your intentions in case you face some difficulties.

Self-motivation is just as important. Resolutions require less effort if they are inspired by a proper reason and not just some general sentiment; also, a resolution with emotional attachment provides some “added value” to your commitment. You should, however, keep in mind that there will always be tough moments or situations; you can easily overcome these if you prepare yourself for such instances. It is also worth mentioning that an occasional relapse is a normal part of habit formation, so do not be hard on yourself if there are days when you simply give in to your old self.

Still, resolutions are long-term commitments, and their objectives are reached gradually, step by step. Therefore – and it is crucial – do not regard it as a failure if you fail one or two steps or even your whole resolution falls through; consider it as part of the learning curve and, if possible, re-evaluate and adjust your goals. All in all, the main reason behind your resolutions is to enhance your life, and while they do indeed require patience and perseverance they should, in the first place, make yourself feel better about yourself, and once this is achieved, you will be unstoppable.

Written by Zsolt Beke

More than 1,000 decision-makers from the chemistry industry and its related industries expected

26 February 2019, 3rd European Chemistry Partnering

The European Chemistry Partnering is the leading industry Speed-Dating event for the chemistry industry and its user industries. On 26 February 2019 the ECP takes place for the third time, offering an exchange about innovation along the value chain in the chemistry industry. The classic chemical industry of basic, special and fine chemicals is represented as are the processing industry and manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods.

The focus will once again be on partnering discussions. Participants agree on these discussions in advance via Internet-based software. In addition, entrepreneurs can present their innovations in short presentations (Pitches). Workshops, an exhibition and extensive networking opportunities round off the day.

80 percent of ECP participants come from the industry. Investors and experts from service companies, management consultancies, associations and clusters complement the expert audience. The Start-up companies that take part in the ECP in large numbers and come from very different areas of chemistry with all its very different facets, as well as biotechnology and nanotechnology, engineering, digitization and software, and many more are very much in demand. This mixture clearly shows the need for interdisciplinary exchange in order to make innovation happen even faster.

Registration of participants, presentations, workshops and exhibition stands is now possible.

26 February 2019
3rd European Chemistry Partnering
Frankfurt am Main, Kap Europa

Eurideas Language Experts is a supporter of this event.