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Sustainability and Welfare Policy in European Market Economies


Jürgen Plöhn and George Chobanov

The articles in this volume are selected from the contributions to two international conferences. Authors and teams tackle general economic approaches and developments with respect to new concepts for the production possibility frontier, the connection of development and exports diversification and improvements to the business process. Other contributors address economic sustainability with respect to an institutional path to sustainable growth, available financial instruments, behavioral models of economic expectations, solutions for waste treatment as well as to technological aspects related to security, privacy and IT governance. Finally, a third group of authors discusses health policy in the EU and postsecondary education in Bulgaria as aspects of public welfare.

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Our Common Waste – Solutions for a Sustainable Society (Dina Barbian)


Dina Barbian

(Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Our Common Waste – Solutions for a Sustainable Society

Abstract: Waste and waste water occur in almost all production processes throughout the world. Waste can be harmful to the environment and lead to soil, water and air pollution.

Planet Earth serves as a sink for various kinds of waste. It has the unique ability to assimilate and regenerate. Other global functions are services such as providing resources, amenities and life support. All these features are embedded in an interconnected, complex and dynamic natural system. All life on Earth and hence the economic system as provider of goods for the satisfaction of human needs is dependent on this ecosystem.

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