Sokobanja president of development resources in one of the great agricultural potential of healthy food and medicinal plants (collected and processed by the company "Adonis"), and the potential of high-quality brown coal. Director of Mines "Soko" Ilija Knezevic, speaking of the most successful underground coal mine in Serbia, said that employs 600 miners from Soko banja, Knjazevac Aleksinac. Sokobanja coal basin (with underground mining) is unrivaled in Serbia. Here we have ten years to invest in opening new large tanks worth about 30 million euros. When complete, the next three to five years, the current production of 150,000 tons will be doubled in next 50 years. But work in this basin will be in the next century because the established reserves of 50 million tons of coal, and investigated only ten of the basin. In front of the "Hawk" for years the longest lines of those who seek work here because the mine operates more effectively and safer than others in Serbia.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.