Health

Air Pollution 27-07-2017

Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs

Health costs related to fossil fuel use outweigh taxpayer-funded subsidies by 600%, according to a new study that insists governments should stop pumping money into dirty energy sources.

Agrifood 20-07-2017

EU adopts first restrictions on cancer-causing acrylamide in food

Representatives of the EU’s 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread, biscuits, or coffee.

Languages & Culture 20-07-2017

Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

Belgium's national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls "French fries", has been saved.

Slovakia threatens unilateral action over food quality crisis

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has set an ultimatum for the European Commission to take action over lower quality food products being sold in Eastern member states. EURACTIV.sk reports.

Alcohol 14-07-2017

EU ignores calls for booze ban on flights

The European Commission does not intend to limit alcohol consumption during flights as it is a national competence, despite the fact that officials from popular tourist destinations requested its intervention.

Agrifood 12-07-2017

France: Four out of ten shops breach pesticides law

A consumer organisation has denounced the lax application of a law governing the sale of pesticides to the public in France, where close to half of shops break the law. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

EU leaps forward in attempt to ban carcinogens at work

After more than ten years of inaction, European lawmakers have taken the first step to update EU laws related to the prevention of occupational cancers that are believed to cause 100,000 deaths every year. Trade unions hailed the EU’s decision, which brings an end to years of stalemate.

Alcohol 11-07-2017

Majority of Europeans face risk of digestive cancers due to alcohol, report claims

A new report has linked alcohol consumption in the EU to an increase in cases of digestive cancer and warned policymakers to take immediate action.

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Migration only factor bumping up EU population

The European Union’s population increased last year, despite the same number of births and deaths being recorded. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the bump was driven by migration.

Alcohol 10-07-2017

Greek court hands Heineken record fine for market abuse

A Greek court has imposed a €26.7m fine on Heineken subsidiary Athenian Brewery for abusing its dominant position in the Greek beer market over more than two decades.

10-07-2017

Pharma firms and consumer groups united over EMA relocation

EU leaders should make a patient-oriented decision on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London and ensure “minimal disruption”, according to the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups.

Brexit 07-07-2017

Diplomat: UK should not think EU ‘weak’ on drug agency relocation

EU member states are urged to put on a united front on the issue of relocating the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), rather than bicker publicly and give the UK government reason to believe the bloc cannot cooperate properly, diplomats have told EURACTIV.com.

05-07-2017

French smokers, at €10 a pack, may finally think twice

The cost of lighting up at a French sidewalk cafe may finally dissuade even the most ardent smoker, if Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe gets his way.

05-07-2017

Drug agency relocation talks divide old and new EU members

The debate over where to relocate the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Brexit has divided the other 27 EU member states, despite calls for an urgent decision from the drugs industry and patient groups.

EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides

Experts from the 28 EU member states approved on Tuesday (4 July) a proposed list of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products – a move presented by the European Commission as a step towards a broader regulatory system for similar chemicals used in cosmetics, toys and food packaging.

Agrifood 03-07-2017

Eastern Europeans bite back over ‘food apartheid’

It looks like Nutella, smells like Nutella and yet doesn't quite taste like the famous Italian chocolate spread. Eastern European leaders are fuming after tests suggested that big Western brands use cheaper ingredients in food products sold in former communist countries.

Politics 30-06-2017

Grenfell Tower blaze reignites EU debate on fire health and safety rules

EU policymakers are unlikely to agree to Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from burning building materials despite years of lobbying from fire fighters and safety experts, according to a draft report ordered by the region's executive seen by Reuters.

29-06-2017

Commission seeks ‘measurable goals’ in new antimicrobial resistance plan

Close collaboration with EU scientific agencies in order to define indicators for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help member states set “measurable goals” takes centre stage in the European Commission’s renewed five-year AMR action plan.

Agrifood 23-06-2017

Soft drink makers back product reformulation as ‘healthier’ than taxation

Governments can steer consumers towards healthier choices by supporting the reformulation of food ingredients, rather than imposing "discriminatory" taxes, according to the soft drinks industry.

Brexit 22-06-2017

Politics get final say on post-Brexit agency seats

Leaders of 27 EU member states - excluding the UK -agreed late on Thursday (22 June) on criteria to decide by November the new seats of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, which are currently based in London.

EU recognises bisphenol A as an endocrine disruptor

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has classified bisphenol A, a chemical found in many common plastic products, as an endocrine disruptor and a ‘substance of very high concern’. EURACTIV France reports.

22-06-2017

Tobacco makers denounce ‘brand theft’ from plain packaging

The trend towards imposing plain packaging on tobacco products has made industry executives furious and denounce “Brussels-led overregulation” that effectively leads to "brand theft".

Alcohol 21-06-2017

Alcohol makers brace for EU-wide mandatory labelling

Makers of spirits and beer are exploring self-regulatory solutions to show consumers the ingredients contained in the alcohol they drink. However, they find the Commission's timeline "too tight" and fear mandatory rules will eventually be imposed on them.

Agrifood 20-06-2017

‘Traffic light’ food labels gain momentum across Europe

A UK scheme that labels pre-packed food in red, amber or green according to their level of healthiness was rejected by Mediterranean countries at EU level but is slowly gaining momentum across Europe.