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Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

17-02-2017

Lower quality of same food brands in Eastern Europe raises eyebrows

Big companies are selling better food in Austria than they sell in Hungary, even though the brands are supposed to be the same, the Hungarian government said yesterday (16 February).

Over a Beer with Udo Bullmann

Udo Bullmann on Trump, social justice and football

In our Over A Beer video series this month, Euractiv’s Brian Maguire chats with German MEP Udo Bullmann, vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats political group in the European Parliament.

16-02-2017

Report: Commission criteria on endocrine disruptors should not be limited to pesticides

The European Commission should amend its proposed criteria on endocrine disruptors and adopt a horizontal approach covering not only pesticides but also other products, a new report says.

Development Policy 16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.

Five countries face fines after breaking EU pollution laws

The European Commission threatened legal action against France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK after they failed to protect their citizens’ health against dangerous levels of air pollution.

15-02-2017

Greece alarmed by high number of abortions among minors

The medical community is concerned about the growing number abortions in Greece as well as the lack of sex education among teenagers.

Global Europe 15-02-2017

Disabled refugees challenged by Greek camps

Disabled refugees in Greek camps are faced with a number of obstacles, ranging from identification and bullying to a lack of access to appropriate services, according to migrant advocates.

Agrifood 14-02-2017

Italy urged to follow through with ban on glyphosate co-formulant

NGOs are warning Italy that it should not extend a grace period, and ensure that pesticides containing glyphosate do not contain the toxic co-formulant POE-tallowamine.

Trade & Society 13-02-2017

Minsk under pressure to take action against ‘illicit whites’

Belarus should take measures against its illicit tobacco trade with Europe, lawmakers and stakeholders warn.

13-02-2017

Commission must bring healthcare to the fore

Given that the current European Commission has not prioritised healthcare, it looks as though it is up to the European Parliament to push the agenda, writes Denis Horgan.

13-02-2017

Health matters should supersede European bureaucracy

European red tape should not be an obstacle to effective healthcare. For patients with diseases like sarcoma, waiting means suffering and often avoidable death, writes Marlene Mizzi.

10-02-2017

How Italy and France take on rare sarcoma cancers

EU member states are exploring ways to effectively tackle the rising occurrence and complex nature of rare cancers known as sarcomas.

09-02-2017

Complex sarcoma cancer needs an overall strategy, report says

The diverse nature of rare cancers like sarcomas poses severe challenges to the medical community and policy-makers who need to seek a holistic approach, according to a report.

09-02-2017

Commission must take action against endocrine disruptors

Reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals will benefit healthcare systems and economies as a whole, writes Christian Zahn.

09-02-2017

Families cannot tackle childhood obesity alone, EU study says

The family environment is not able to overcome childhood obesity without governmental support, a new report has found.

08-02-2017

Andriukaitis: ‘Rare cancers present a particular challenge’

The European Commission’s priority when tackling rare cancers such as sarcomas is to ensure European Reference Networks (ERNS) are put in place so that all patients have access to the best expertise available in the EU, Vytenis Andriukaitis told Euractiv.com in an interview.

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07-02-2017

Biosimilar Medicines: A game changer for healthcare sustainability

The Biosimilar Medicines Group will organise its 2017 annual conference Biosimilar Medicines: a game changer for healthcare sustainability, in London on 23 and 24 March.

Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.

07-02-2017

E-cigarettes are not ‘cool’, EU’s top health official says

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said he opposed e-cigarettes being advertised as another 'cool' thing to attract young smokers, reminding they must also carry a health warning.

07-02-2017

Rare cancers: A headache for policymakers

The complexity of diagnosing and treating rare forms of cancers like sarcomas can be addressed by a multi-level approach and better coordination among member states, insist experts in the field.

23 EU countries are breaking European air quality laws

European air quality laws are being flouted in more than 130 cities across 23 of the 28 EU member states, the European Commission said yesterday (6 February).

07-02-2017

Rare cancers: Cracking the code

The growing number of cases of rare diseases has raised eyebrows in the EU and policymakers are now exploring ways to understand and tackle the complexity of the phenomenon.

UK & Europe 06-02-2017

Brussels refutes claims that it will make UK sport teams wear EU flag

The EU this weekend scolded the British tabloid press for claiming it is demanding that its flag be flown at sporting events and displayed on team shirts.