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UPU REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Supporting Europe and CIS countries in the postal sector reform and development process through the UPU’s IPDP methodology

On 24 and 25 March 2015 the Postal Agency hosted the UPU Regional conference. The topic of the two-day conference was ‘’Supporting Europe and CIS countries in the postal sector reform and development process through the UPU’s IPDP methodology’’.

The Regional conference was attended by representatives from: the Universal Postal Union, PostEurop, the European Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP), as well as representatives form six region countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

Read the whole article in New Your Times

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49th CERP Plenary meeting

The Postal Agency has the honor of hosting the 49th CERP Plenary meeting which will be held on 29 and 30 May 2014 in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia.

Representatives of thirty countries, members of CEPT will participate at the 49th CERP Plenary meeting. Also, representatives of the European Commission, the Universal Postal Union, the Federal Agency for interactive direct marketing, EMOTA and PostEurop will attend the Plenary meeting.

During the Plenary meeting, the annual work reports of the CERP working groups will be debated and adopted. Also, the current activities within the framework of the European postal regulation and the Universal Postal Union will be presented.

As a main topic at the Plenary meeting, the new CERP Presidency will be elected and new Chairpersons of the CERP working groups will be appointed.

 

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Initiative for customs exemption of internet shopping up to 150 euros

The Postal Agency submitted an initiative for triple increasing of the sum up to which the international ordered items are customs exempted. At the moment, items of total value of up to 45 euros, including transport charges, are exempted from customs duty. If the initiative is accepted, items of total value of up to 150 euros will be exempted from customs duty.

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