Henriette Jacobsen

Health 12-05-2016

Parliament once again demands the Commission introduces origin labelling

The European Commission should come up with legislative proposals for mandatory country origin labelling of certain foods, such as milk, dairy and meat products, MEPs said in another resolution on the matter on Thursday (12 May).
Climate change 11-05-2016

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.

Latvia is worst place to be gay in EU, index shows

Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have been ranked the worst places in EU to be an LGBTI citizen, according an index by the gay rights organisation ILGA.
Trade & Society 10-05-2016

Malmström concerned about public perception of TTIP

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has admitted she is worried about the increasingly negative attitude in the EU towards the trade talks with the United States.

European Parliament tells MEP to return €400,000

The Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt has misused EU funding through two foundations he used to chair, according to the European Parliament’s secretary general Klaus Welle. The MEP will likely have to pay back €400,000 worth of EU funding.
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.

Sweden extends border controls until November

The Swedish government is planning to prolong the ID checks it is currently carrying out on the border with Denmark until November, government sources confirmed yesterday (28 April).
Agrifood 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 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

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.
Health 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.
Brexit 20-04-2016

Poll: Majority of Swedes want to leave EU in case of Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU after the membership referendum in June, a majority of Swedes would wish their country to follow suit, according to a poll.
Health 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.
Agrifood 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.'.
Global Europe 13-04-2016

Sweden sees costs of migration crisis almost quadruple

The costs of the wave of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden due to the refugee crisis will be much greater than previously expected, forcing the government to earmark more money in the coming years.
Phil Hogan
Agrifood 13-04-2016

MEPs tell Hogan aid package to tackle farming crisis not working

The European Commission’s aid package to help farmers cope with Russian sanctions on EU food products, falling prices and high costs is not effective, MEPs told agriculture policy chief Phil Hogan on Tuesday (12 April).
Brexit 12-04-2016

UK MEPs warn Brexit will damage NHS

If the UK leaves the EU, there will undoubtedly be consequences for the National Health Service and public health ― and mostly for the worse, warn a cross-party selection of British MEPs.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Commission unveils asylum reform plans

The European Commission on Wednesday (6 April) launched its bid to reform the EU's common asylum system, including a push for the automatic, mandatory relocation of refugees across Europe.
Health 06-04-2016

WHO pushes digital technology in EU healthcare

The World Health Organisation (WHO) wants EU member states to focus more resources on e-Health, saying it can empower patients and spark innovation.
Health 06-04-2016

Finland tops Europe’s first-ever ‘Nanny State’ index

Finland is the most heavily regulated country in Europe when it comes to alcohol, food and drinks, e-cigarettes and tobacco laws, followed by Sweden, the UK and Ireland, according to a new Nanny State Index published on Tuesday (5 April).

Nordic countries lead EU in digital entrepreneurship

The Nordic countries lead the rest of the EU in fostering new digital startups and helping businesses go digital, according to a European Commission report.

Minister: Denmark’s security opt-out ‘problematic’ after Brussels attacks

Denmark's Minister for Justice Søren Pind worries that his country will increasingly miss out on important information that could prevent terror attacks, after EU ministers yesterday (24 March) agreed to step up the information sharing between intelligence services.
Global Europe 25-03-2016

EU justice ministers step up intelligence sharing after Brussels attacks

EU justice ministers on Thursday (24 March) agreed to set up a team of national counter-terrorism experts to strengthen Europol as a response to the attacks in Brussels that killed 31 and injured more than 300.

Was Brussels’ metro blast targeting EU?

EU officials on Tuesday (22 March) side-stepped questions from the media on whether European Union institutions were the likely targets of the attacks in Brussels.