Health

Trans-fats in food to be strictly limited in the EU from April 2021

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An EU-wide regulation will set a limit of 2 grams of processed trans fats per 100 grams of fat in food, according to the European Commission. The establishment of the new law aims to protect the health...

Czechs and Slovaks to hold checks in all Polish beef imports

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Czech veterinary inspectors have traced the deliveries of Salmonella-infected Polish beef that were shipped to the Czech Republic in recent weeks, according to a spokesman for the Czech Veterinary Authority reported. According to the Czech...

EU Parliament’s website criticised for poor accessibility

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The European Parliament's website has a lower accessibility rate than those of the EU's national parliament websites, according to the report "Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union,” launched by the European Disability Forum. Despite its...

Commission considering cohesion policy after 2020 and cross-border medicine

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EU Commissioners Corina Creţu and Vytenis Andriukaitis met with health workers at a roundtable in Brussels and agreed to start a debate on future EU health investments under the bloc's cohesion policy for 2021-2027. The...

Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps

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Europe's top human rights organisation issued a scathing criticism of Greece over the "unsuitable" living conditions in the country's overcrowded detention facilities for migrants. The Council said in its report that it received "credible" allegations of...

Brussels registers European citizens’ initiative on vaping regulation

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The European Commission decided on February 12 to register a European Citizens' Initiative that demanded better regulations on smoking e-cigarettes, commonly known as 'vaping'. According to the Commission, the objective of the initiative is to create legislation...

Cross-border access to health files becoming reality for European citizens

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The European Commission has published its recommendations for the standardisation of the process for access to citizens' health data across the  EU Member States. Access to health data across borders means that is that if a citizen has...

Commission confirms report of unsafe Polish meat being exported within EU

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The European Commission on February 1 confirmed a TV report from Poland that showed a Polish beef exporting company killing sick cows and selling the meat for human consumption. During its daily briefing in Brussels, the Commission said a...

European Medicines Agency leaves UK for Amsterdam ahead of Brexit

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The European Medicines Agency, one of the bloc’s biggest bodies, has become one of the first losses for the UK ahead of Brexit as the agency prepares to leave London for Amsterdam. “Today, EMA staff lowered...

EU closer to new rules for generic pharmaceutical exports

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New rules that will boost the export of generic medicines and biosimilar products to third countries got the stamp of approval from the EU's 28 ambassadors after they agreed to adopt the European Council's...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Additional EU aid to be sent to Rohingyas

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In what could be construed as a course correction after years of taking a hands-off approach to the ethnic cleansing of Burma’s Muslim minority population, known as the Rohingyas, the European Commission announced on...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Health Commissioner urges Europeans to vaccinate children

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The European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis slammed populist politicians that try to take advantage of the debate over vaccinations. According to Andruykaitis, the debate should not be based on “fake news and misleading theories”...

EU provides additional €90 million in humanitarian crisis assistance to Yemen

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Now entering its fourth year, the devastating conflict in Yemen shows no signs of ending in the near future which prompted the European Commission to provide an additional €90 million in humanitarian aid to the war-torn Arabian...

EU joins forces with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support health services in...

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In an effort to strengthen the EU diagnostic health services programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa,  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute €54 million of support under the External Investment Plan, which will help...

EU commits €7.2 million to step up Ebola fight in DR Congo

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The European Commission has allocated € 7.2 million to strengthen its response to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total amount of EU aid to the combat the...

How will Central and Eastern Europe respond to a far more impactful (mobility) transition?

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The transition to low emission mobility is key to achieving Europe’s energy and climate objectives and easily the most difficult. Whereas decarbonisation of sectors like agriculture and buildings are relatively straightforward with established financial...

EU-Russia boost consultations on drugs

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The European Union and Russia discussed in Brussels on September 19 respective drug policies, the drug situation in Russia and EU Member States, the Mission of Russia to the EU said. The problem of new...

Addressing the issue of the Central Mediterranean Route

Libya has been in turmoil ever since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector ended in 2011. Whilst it is widely agreed that a political solution is needed to bring stability to Libya, recent inter-militia clashes do...

Juncker Plan backs €85 mil loan for new chronic disease treatments

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The European Investment Bank and Barcelona-based pharmaceutical company Grifols have signed a €85 million loan for the company’s research, development, and innovation project. The initiatives covered by the plan identify new treatments for rare and...

Austria joins eHealth cooperation for personalised care

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With the signing of the European Declaration on linking genomic databases across borders, Austria is now the 16th EU country to join the European Commission’s effort to better prevent and understanding diseases and allowing for better,...

EU releases €138 million in humanitarian aid to Africa’s Lake Chad region

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As part of its effort to assist vulnerable communities in Africa's Lake Chad Basin, the European Commission has announced the release of an additional €138 million in humanitarian and developmental aid to be added...

Making Migration Safe for Climate Nexus

Humanity is on the move. We are living in an era of unprecedented mobility of ideas, money, and, increasingly, people. The sheer size of the human population, combined with how we consume resources, is profoundly...

We Need a Food Revolution

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LONDON – In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The next year, an even larger...

Salvini insists obligatory vaccinations for children are “useless” and “dangerous”

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Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said last Friday that the policy of obligatory vaccinations for children prior to going to school is “useless” and in many cases “dangerous.” Salvini announced that he will be...

EU measures on emissions, climate and energy could save lives

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The European Commission's new Clean Air Outlook report shows that the number of premature deaths due to air pollution in 2030 could be reduced by more than half, if the Member States fully apply the bloc's policies...

EU Commission takes Member States to court over air quality breaches

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As part of a last-ditch effort to bring six EU Member States into line for failing to meet mandated air quality standards, the European Commission on May 17 referred Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Hungary, and Romania to Europe’s highest court...

EIB approves EUR 4.3 billion of new support for business, education

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European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved EUR 4.3 billion of new support for business, education, energy, health and transport schemes. Meeting in Luxembourg, the Board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of EUR 4.3 billion...

EU-funded cancer research team achieves breakthrough discovery in Brussels

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Only a short 10 km  from the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels, EU budget funds are bearing fruit as researchers at the Université Libre de Bruxelles are taking a major step forward in cancer...

EU Commission to protect workers against cancer-causing chemicals

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The European Commission wants to limit EU workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals as well as 21 substances that have already been the subject of a limitation or a proposal for a restriction since...

Future of Europe in focus at 2018 ACRE Summit

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The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) gathered at Brussels' Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel on March 22 to take part in a landmark summit aimed at mapping out the road ahead as Europe...

Austria lights up again: far-right government rolls back smoking ban in pubs and restaurants

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The ruling majority of the Austrian parliament repealed a smoking ban on Thursday, allowing smoking in bars and restaurants. Smoking and, inevitably, passive smoking will go into effect in May 2018; that is an unprecedented...

EU Commission plans new European labour authority

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The European Commission plans to set up an EU Labour Office beginning in 2019 to ensure and control the minimum wage and social standards for those that start work in another Member State or who work in...

WHO reports 400% increase in measles cases in 2017

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After a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded more than 21,000 cases of the measles in 2017, 35 of which were fatal. The surge is being attributed to a measles...

Ireland’s opposition leader now in favour of legalising abortion

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Ireland's opposition leader Micheál Martin stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by reversing his position on legalising abortion in the traditionally conservative, deeply Catholic country. Martin will now back a repeal of the eighth...

Avramopoulos on Novartis: Anonymous witnesses aim for democracy and rule of law

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European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said he would file a lawsuit at the Greek Supreme Court, asking the court to reveal the protected witnesses that have accused him and other nine politicians of taking...