Health

18-01-2018

Mapping the flaws of our European mental health systems

Today in Europe, one in four people may experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. For many they can recover through the right treatment and support. For others, sadly, it will result in years spent living in an institution.

Brexit 17-01-2018

UK cancer patients must have access to radiotherapy after Euratom exit, warn MPs

MPs have demanded guarantees that UK cancer patients will not lose access to new radiotherapy treatments because of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s treaty on nuclear materials.

Circular economy 16-01-2018

Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

16-01-2018

Commission opposes excise tax on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, for now

Due to limited data, the European Commission decided to not propose a  harmonised approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available.

15-01-2018

Commission urges Greece to implement smoking ban in public places

The number of smokers in Greece has decreased the last five years, however, the non-implementation of a smoking ban law in enclosed public places has irritated the population, which calls it “cultural degradation”.

12-01-2018

Stakeholders call for more transparent meetings between pharma and EMA

Public health organisations and EU lawmakers say the closed-door meetings before the submission of a new drug between the pharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a key player in the continent’s healthcare industry, should be more transparent.

Agrifood 12-01-2018

Companies set to miss EU acrylamide targets

Food manufacturers risk falling well short of meeting new EU rules aimed at limiting levels of cancer-causing Acrylamide, according to a series of new tests released on Thursday (11 January).

12-01-2018

Four reasons EU institutions should and must share more information on harmful chemicals

It is no surprise that key information on harmful chemicals originally lies in the hands of industry alone. But just because it starts with industry, does not mean it should be left there, writes Apolline Roger.

11-01-2018

Environmental advocates slam ECHA for transparency shortfall

Environmental advocacy group ClientEarth has criticised the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for transparency failings that restrict public access to information and slow the adoption of safer chemicals.

MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban

MEPs have shied away from demanding a full ban on Bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging.

Freedom of thought 11-01-2018

Poland’s abortion debate back in parliament

Poland's abortion debate was back on the agenda on Wednesday (10 January), more than a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women successfully took to the streets in the Catholic country to stop the tightening of a law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

10-01-2018

Experts urge cautious approach as WHO classifies gaming addiction as illness

The World Health Organisation has classified addiction to video-gaming as an illness, in another sign that the condition is gaining recognition from medical professionals and mental health experts around the world.