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05/05/2016

Mars Food tells consumers not to eat their products on a daily basis

Health & Consumers


Health & Consumers 04-05-2016

EU court upholds new tobacco laws on packaging, menthol cigarettes

The EU's top court on Wednesday (4 May) ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.
Health & Consumers 04-05-2016

Rising medicine costs burden global health systems

France is leading calls for the G7 to act against the inflation of medicine prices. Treatment costs are rising in rich countries, but can be even higher in the developing world. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 04-05-2016

20 cities challenge relaxation of EU air pollution standards

Ordered to cut air pollution levels by Brussels, a group of EU cities are taking the Commission to court over its decision to relax car emissions standards, making their objectives even less attainable. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Health and consumer groups say TTIP leak confirms fears

The leaked documents of current US positions in the ongoing transatlantic trade talks have made health and consumer rights organisations wary that EU legislation could still be watered down under the agreement.
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Digital 29-04-2016

Ex-DARPA chief: 'Innovation with no goals is not efficient'

SPECIAL REPORT / Ken Gabriel has dedicated his life to innovation and entrepreneurship at Google, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For Gabriel innovation boils down to “satisfying an unmet need”.
Agriculture & Food 27-04-2016

Food safety watchdog won't discuss funding shortfall with Health Commissioner

The EU's food safety watchdog faces a funding shortfall over the next five years but will not discuss the issue with Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis when he visits its Parma headquarters for the first time today (27 April).
Health & Consumers 27-04-2016

Health Commissioner vows to lobby Commission on tobacco transparency

Commission health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis wants the European Commission to be more transparent when it comes to tobacco lobbying and warned that EU institutions faced losing citizen's trust if no action was taken.

EFSA wants to review the chemical BPA, again

A new report on the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) has forced the EFSA, the EU's food safety watchdog, to review the effects of the chemical on human health once more.
Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund's work

The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

EU decision-makers have done far too little on safety in the workplace

The challenges facing Europe today, to tackle climate change and to create new sustainable jobs, give us an opportunity to also improve people’s working lives and health, argues Rudy De Leeuw on the International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD).
Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

Study: ‘Fat tax’ made Denmark healthier

The short-lived Danish levy on fatty foods was heavily criticised when it was first introduced in October 2011. But research shows that the fat tax achieved its objective in changing Danish grocery shopping habits, and saving lives.
Development Policy 25-04-2016

UNITAID: Health spending in developing countries brings a ‘five-fold return’

Access to new treatments for the big pandemics in Africa has improved, thanks to falling prices, and the ending of medical patents, Philippe Duneton told EurActiv France.


Energy 22-04-2016

An Energy Union for consumers: Better information and more choice

European energy companies must provide better information to consumers, helping them to understand what they are paying for and whether they getting value for money, writes Věra Jourová.
Transport 22-04-2016

Fuel consumption test for passenger cars: Enough waiting

The European Commission has failed to live up to its promise of adopting a new test to measure the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of passenger cars and must now deliver as a matter of urgency, writes Monique Goyens in an open letter to the EU executive.
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Health & Consumers 21-04-2016

Hearing awareness: professional hearing care makes you smarter and healthier

Around 16% of adult Europeans experience hearing loss severe enough to have a negative impact on their daily lives.
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Energy 21-04-2016

Commission considering health rules in Energy Union efficiency bill

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will consider indoor climate rules in its forthcoming legislation on Energy Union, the Commission Vice-President in charge of the strategy yesterday (20 April) revealed.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

Diabetes may shorten life expectancy

Men and women with diabetes generally have a shorter life expectancy and fewer years without disability than people without diabetes, according to a new study.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

EU must not backslide on sexual and reproductive rights

It would have been hard to miss the recent furore caused by Donald Trump’s flip-flopping around on the Republican abortion bandwagon. But frankly, what worries me much more is what is happening here in Europe, writes Caroline Hickson.
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Energy 20-04-2016

Building renovation can stop colds and coughs, says study

SPECIAL REPORT / Europeans living in unhealthy homes suffer flu-like symptoms and fatigue more often, research published today (20 April) has found, but building renovations can prevent colds and coughs.
Health & Consumers 20-04-2016

Trade associations want to stop off-trade selling of alcohol to minors

It’s too easy for minors to buy alcohol in supermarkets in the EU, say local trade associations, who are stepping up their efforts to promote responsible drinking.
Health & Consumers 19-04-2016

Doctors launch awareness campaign on ‘apocalyptic’ Greek healthcare

With the launch of the Emergency Greece campaign, a group of doctors has decried the medical situation in the country as "apocalyptic", blaming the Troika’s crippling austerity measures. EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 18-04-2016

Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

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The EU’s Energy Union strategy has the twin goals of fighting climate change and boosting energy security but could it also build healthier homes for European citizens, 80 million of which live in damp and leaky buildings.

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Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU’s Energy Union strategy has the twin goals of fighting climate change and boosting energy security - but could it also build healthier homes for European citizens?
Agriculture & Food 15-04-2016

Mars Food tells consumers not to eat their products on a daily basis

The manufacturer behind household-name food brands such as Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, Mars Food, has decided to include consumer guidance on its packaging on which of its products can be consumed ‘everyday’ and which only ‘occasionally.'.