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23/01/2017

Making Europe more agile in space

Topic: Science & Policymaking


EFSA boss: Trust in integrity of science has a cost

Studies on the safety of GMOs, glyphosate or other pesticides could enjoy higher levels of trust from the general public if there were stronger guarantees that the science behind them is really independent, says Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA: Glyphosate ban debate ‘legitimate’ but not about science

The debate on the toxicity of pesticides and the role of big multinationals in agriculture is a legitimate one to have, says Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it goes beyond the realm of science, he told EurActiv in an interview, calling on politicians to assume their responsibilities and make their own decisions.
Agriculture & Food 12-01-2017

Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species

Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Monsanto’s Roundup linked to liver disease, study says

A new study has found that low-dose and long-term exposure to Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup could cause a liver disease to female rats.
Agriculture & Food 23-12-2016

McGuinness: The balance between science and public opinion is ‘difficult’

Scientists should be more open about their findings, and lawmakers need to take the time to read and reflect on them. But today, with the rise of social media, it is difficult to strike the right balance between science and public opinion, MEP Mairead McGuinness told EurActiv.com.
Trade & Society 23-12-2016

US renews fight against EU ban on hormone-treated beef

The United States said Thursday (22 December) it was relaunching a trade fight against a European Union ban on imports of hormone-treated American beef, raising the possibility of imposing tariffs on European goods.
Health & Consumers 22-12-2016

EU member states still divided over endocrine disruptor regulation

At a meeting of experts yesterday (21 December) the European Commission failed to bridge the gap between member states on setting criteria for endocrine disruptors.
Global Europe 20-12-2016

EU plan to support refugee scientists remains irrelevant one year later

Only 113 refugees applied to a European Commission initiative to help scientists and researchers escape from conflict zones, as the programme missed some of the lessons offered by established schemes in Europe.
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Health & Consumers 19-12-2016

Counting the cost of cardiovascular disease

SPECIAL REPORT / Death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) may have fallen substantially in the UK and across the world, but it remains the single biggest killer, and a sizeable economic burden.

Juncker pledges action on Horizon 2020 problems, hints at rule changes

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has assured a Romanian MEP that problems with the Horizon 2020 research scheme will be addressed and even hinted at changes to the rules governing the research programme. EurActiv Romania reports.

Transport 13-12-2016

Europe's own satnav, Galileo, due to go live

Seventeen years and more than €10 billion later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live Thursday (15 December), promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance.
Agriculture & Food 12-12-2016

Scientists struggle to explain spike in methane emissions

Emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, have increased sharply since 2012, according to a group of researchers. But they struggled to put their finger on why. EurActiv France reports.
Health & Consumers 12-12-2016

New endocrine disruptor rules address your trade concerns, EU tells US, Canada

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission told the US and Canada that draft EU pesticides laws would “address the concerns” they had over possible trade restrictions on goods exposed to endocrine disruptors.
Transport 05-12-2016

More than €10bn pledged for European space programmes

The European Space Agency's (ESA) member states have agreed to allocate €10.3 billion to new space projects. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.

Sunbed ultraviolet radiation is ‘a complete carcinogen’, EU panel says

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) yesterday (30 November) concluded that ultraviolet radiation, including those emitted by sunbeds, was “a complete carcinogen”.
Education 24-11-2016

How much money goes into Europe’s universities?

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Almost a decade has passed since the financial crisis broke out, but universities across Europe are still feeling the pinch.
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The impact of REACH authorisation: Costs and benefits

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
Agriculture & Food 15-11-2016

New GM crops once again fail the safety test

As the world focuses elsewhere, two untested varieties of genetically modified maize are slowly manoeuvring their way through the legislative hoops of the European institutions towards Europe’s fields, writes Mute Schimpf.  

Commission pushes vote on acrylamide safety into 2017

A vote on the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide, a contaminant formed in foods when cooked at high temperatures, will take place next year, an EU spokesperson told EurActiv.com.

Auditors' report on biofuels calls for return to common sense

Will the report of the EU Court of Auditors (ECA) regarding the EU system for the certification of sustainable biofuels spark an outbreak of common sense within the Commission, asks Dick Roche.
Transport 04-11-2016

VW says 'defeat device' in conformity with European law

Volkswagen said the software allowing its diesel vehicles to evade emissions rules does not violate European law, as the carmaker aims to toughen its legal defenses in view of a possible rise in compensation claims in its home region.

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.
Health & Consumers 02-11-2016

EFSA launches public consultation into 'cocktail effects' of chemicals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has asked the public for input on the complex question of the "cocktail effects" of chemical substances. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Making Europe more agile in space

The European space sector is increasingly challenged by international competition in commercial markets. The Space Strategy for Europe proposes four goals for the EU to remain an industry leader, writes Jean-Loic Galle.