Health

Alcohol 26-09-2018

EU Commission seeks ‘quick fix’ solution on alcohol labelling proposals

The European Commission is pushing for a “quick fix” solution to the alcohol labelling deadlock before the end of its mandate, an official close to the issue told EURACTIV.com.
Politics 26-09-2018

Spotted in Parliament: Tiny horse with big job

The European Parliament welcomed its first accredited four-legged friend on Tuesday (25 September), when Dinky the guide horse visited the EU assembly.
Agrifood 24-09-2018

Business confidentiality: The ‘hot potato’ of new EU transparency rules on food

EU stakeholders are playing ping-pong with the body that will be responsible for deciding whether or not to break business confidentiality and make industry studies public, in line with the terms of the new transparency rules on food safety. EURACTIV.com reports from Parma.
21-09-2018

Mercury in the water: 40% of Europe’s lakes and rivers contaminated

40% of the EU’s surface water bodies are contaminated with levels of mercury, endangering birds and marine mammals. An article by our partner, the Journal de l’Environnement.
Clinical trials 21-09-2018

Would Europe be prepared for the next big epidemic? Yes, but…

The EU's preparedness for outbreaks of infectious disease has increased, but member states still need to overcome ethical, administrative, regulatory and logistic bottlenecks for boosting clinical research, medical experts said at a scientific meeting in Brussels.
20-09-2018

Global health research – a chance for Moedas to shape his legacy

Lawmakers must take the chance to strengthen the EU's investment in treatments for poverty related diseases and make the EU a hub for research excellence, writes José Inácio Faria MEP.
Economy & Jobs 19-09-2018

Drug industry reacts to Oxfam’s allegations of tax-dodging

Four of the world’s biggest pharma companies appear to hide their profits in tax havens, according to a report published by Oxfam on Tuesday (18 September). Businesses said they are in the clear.
17-09-2018

The real face of eczema in Europe

Atopic eczema has a long time been perceived as a superficial, trivial skin disease. However, a new study found that the chronic and relapsing nature of atopic eczema can impact greatly on patient well-being and quality of life.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2018

OLAF: Up to France to request help on genuine cigarettes smuggled from Algeria

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) stands ready to assist member states, such as France, in the fight against illicit tobacco trade with third countries, but it’s up to the national authorities to make a request, OLAF told EURACTIV.com. “OLAF will...
17-09-2018

European Parliament warns of the dangers of Lyme disease

MEPs have called for the EU to set out guidelines on Lyme disease, a condition transmitted by ticks affecting between 650,000 and 850,000 Europeans every year and whose diagnosis remains unclear. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 17-09-2018

A difficult balance: Science, politics and policy-making on food

The discussion about food policies in Europe is often heated up and quite frequently politicised. The right balance between science, politics and policy-making has always been difficult to achieve.
Air Quality 17-09-2018

Mayors call for annual Europe-wide car-free day

The mayors of Brussels and Paris have called for an annual car-free day for all of Europe, citing initiatives in their cities that have driven down pollution. But a recent damning report by the EU Court of Auditors revealed there is plenty of work left to do.
Agrifood 17-09-2018

EFSA boss: Our advice should not be misused for short-term political interests

The selective approach of some campaign groups regarding the credibility of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) results in a “general erosion of trust” in the bodies designed to protect public health, EFSA director Bernhard Url told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
14-09-2018

Biggest-ever study on eczema in Europe urges need for further research

A landmark study on the quality of life and costs for people suffering from atopic eczema in Europe has revealed the effect of the disease on patients, particularly the sometimes high social and financial costs.
14-09-2018

Childhood obesity: Food education more important than regulation, parents say

Education about balanced diets brings tangible results according to the vending machines lobby, while parental organisations say lawmakers should insist on good habits to tackle childhood obesity, rather than regulation.
13-09-2018

Product reformulation a success in Ireland, industry says

Product reformulation, rather than taxes, has brought tangible results for public health, according to Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the main trade association for the food and drink industry.
12-09-2018

Greek soft drink industry reduces sugar by 10% amid rising obesity rates

Following an EU call to reformulate food products in order to tackle rising obesity across Europe, the Association of Greek Soft Drinks Industries (SEVA) recently launched an initiative to reduce sugar in its products by 10%.
Alcohol 11-09-2018

Commission: There are legal issues with industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling

The industry’s proposal on alcohol labelling has some legal issues and does not satisfy the need to fully inform EU consumers, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com,  raising fresh doubt as to how and when labelling will eventually be regulated.
11-09-2018

Industry questions WHO’s conviction about health impact of sugar taxes

The industry believes that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has no evidence to back its claim that sugar taxes are an effective way to improve public health. Instead, the industry says, taxes only lead consumers to cheaper brands with similar or even higher calorie content, which may undermine any positive health outcome.
11-09-2018

Reducing sugar consumption: Is taxation effective?

EURACTIV analyses the existing challenges policymakers face when it comes to sugar taxes in the EU, as well as the several initiatives that have been taken ranging from food reformulation to the school level.
07-09-2018

High immunity levels matter, Andriukaitis says after vaccination debate in Italy

When it comes to vaccination and immunity, what matters is to ensure high immunity levels and not the way each EU government will decide to follow, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com following a heated debate on the issue in Italy.
Agrifood 05-09-2018

US lawyers confident to win more Glyphosate-related legal cases against Monsanto

In a public hearing at the European Parliament on Wednesday (5 September), two US attorneys said they were confident they would win further legal cases against Monsanto, following a landmark San Francisco trial in August that ordered the US company to pay plaintiff Dwayne Johnson $289 million in damages.
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05-09-2018

Do you care about pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs in Europe?

The European Commission is considering amending legislation relating to “supplementary protection certificates” (SPC) in order to support production of medicinal products in the EU.
04-09-2018

JTI boss: EU Scientific Advisory Mechanism could adjust tobacco directive to reality

The next European Commission should enhance its collaboration with the EU’s Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM), which would provide bias-free consultancy and eventually adjust the Tobacco Product Directive to the reality, JTI’s Ramunas Macius said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.