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Health 12-12-2019

The European Medical Cannabis Association – the Brussels-based industry body – calls for harmonised EU regulatory framework to create equal access for patients

The European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA), the newly formed Brussels-based industry body, represents the interests of ethical companies working in the supply and manufacturer of medicinal cannabis.

Health Commissioner unveils roadmap for EU cancer plan

The Commission will kick-off the discussion on the 'Europe's beating cancer plan' next 4 February on the occasion of the world cancer day, while the communication and action plan itself is expected towards the end of 2020, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides announced.
Agrifood 11-12-2019

Kyriakides: Curbing pesticide dependency to set a world sustainable standard

Currently renowned for producing safe, nutritious and high-quality foodstuffs, the European farming sector should also become a world standard for sustainability, according to the new Food Safety Commissioner Kyriakides.
Agrifood 11-12-2019

Bayer scientist: ‘Regulation and risk assessment must evolve with technology’

Since new breeding technologies such as gene editing are still new and evolving, risk assessments and regulations also need to be evolving, says a molecular biologist for Bayer Life Science company. Dr Larry Gilberston, Ph.D., spoke to EURACTIV about the...

Cancer fight requires optimism but also prudence, says top researcher

Any EU policy aimed at eradicating cancer must combine optimism, prudence and the realism of scientific evidence, the new boss of the EU research team on cancer, Walter Ricciardi, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 09-12-2019

Salvini’s U-turn on Nutella exposes flaws in his ‘nationalist’ food policy

Lega leader Matteo Salvini's recent scolding of the iconic hazelnut spread 'Nutella' has exposed flaws in the 'Italian first' formula that has led the Italian to past electoral successes.

IATA official: Incentives needed for green alternatives to kerosene

Alternative fuels are the long-term solution to reduce emissions from aviation, but incentives are needed to scale them up, an official from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 04-12-2019

EU agency: Greening of the EU main farm policy not delivered yet

Policies aimed at integrating environment and climate concerns into Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy have not delivered, according to a report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Agrifood 04-12-2019

Finland aims to put €10bn more in CAP’s second pillar

Finland's presidency proposed an EU’s seven-year budget that leaves allocations for direct payments and market measures as they were set up in Common Agricultural Policy's Commission proposal, adding €10 billion of fresh money in the rural development funds.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2019

Italy’s Conte rebukes opposition as debate over ESM reform heats up

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte called upon the right-wing opposition to act responsibly in talks over the reform of the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Health 29-11-2019

Health campaigners praise Finnish presidency’s focus on well-being

Finnish presidency approach on the economy of wellbeing was a milestone for a successful reorientation of health services towards a multisectoral approach in designing, building and delivering people-centred care, said Anna Żakowicz, Director of Programs at AHF Europe.
Health 29-11-2019

EU should adopt German standards on medical cannabis, campaigners say

Germany's regulatory approach to medical cannabis is good practice and should be replicated across Europe, according to newly-born European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA).
Health 25-11-2019

MEP: EU framework on medical cannabis to give ‘peace of mind’ to patients

A strong EU regulatory framework on medical cannabis is needed to provide investors with stability but also to give peace of mind to patients struggling with fragmented legislation among member states, socialist MEP Miriam Dalli said.
Agrifood 25-11-2019

Vella: EU leadership on oceans governance is a priority for my successor

The EU's outgoing Fisheries Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, warned that climate change and biodiversity loss were putting the earth's ecosystems dangerously close to a tipping point, and pleaded for his successor to carry on the International Ocean Governance (IOG) put in place during his five-year mandate.
Health 19-11-2019

Empowering patients for a better health

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Concepts like the multisectoral approach and people-centred health services are turning the healthcare sector upside down, putting people back at the core and breaking silos for implementing cross-sectoral policies.
Health 19-11-2019

People-centred healthcare arrives at the European Parliament

A different approach to healthcare looping around health needs and expectations of people rather than diseases was touched in an event at the European Parliament, where participants and speakers called for more patient empowerment in the EU health agenda.
Health 15-11-2019

Progress is too slow in the fight against ‘superbugs’, auditors warn

Despite some progress, the EU One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has not yet delivered demonstrable results in reducing the rising 'superbugs' health threat, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found.
Agrifood 15-11-2019

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said.
Politics 14-11-2019

Former Italian MEP and EPP group vice-chair arrested on corruption charges

Lara Comi, once a rising political star and a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia,  has been put under house arrest by the Italian police on Thursday (14 November) for alleged illegal financing and corruption.
Politics 13-11-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Green with envy, maybe ITRE

Ursula von der Leyen’s immediate headache is herding enough Commissioner cats to form a working executive. But the threat of the Parliament voting down her team still very much exists. What can the president-elect do about that though?
Agrifood 13-11-2019

EU comes to olive producers’ rescue, Spaniards call for more

The exceptional private storage aid proposed by the European Commission won't be enough to fix the "messed" olive oil market, according to Spanish producers who have called for new measures to save the iconic Mediterranean fat.
Agrifood 08-11-2019

Greens, socialists back nutritional label despite environmental concerns

Lawmakers from the Greens and the socialist group in the European Parliament push on Nutriscore to provide citizens with the EU-wide nutritional label system that is currently lacking. But potential discrepancies between the system and environmental policy are still open.
Agrifood 06-11-2019

NYT reporting shines a spotlight on CAP delivery model

An investigative report published in the Sunday edition of the New York Times (3 November) highlighted once again the distorting effects of farm aid provided under the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which are however intrinsic to its delivery model.

Italy’s plastic tax proposal angers ‘packaging valley’ before crucial regional vote

The government is open to rediscuss a proposed tax on single-use plastics, out of concern for the country's world-leading packaging sector based in Emilia-Romagna where regional elections are scheduled in January.

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