Health

10-07-2020

Spanish soccer star starts sapling-seed scheme

Spanish international footballer and Arsenal defender Héctor Bellerín has started to make good on his pledge to plant 3,000 trees every time the London club wins a match, as part of a campaign to tackle deforestation in the Amazon.
Future EU 09-07-2020

Coronavirus, pension reform and more – what France’s new PM has said so far

France's new prime minister, Jean Castex, shed some new light on his government team, coronavirus, pensions and unemployment insurance reform in just his second interview since his appointment on 3 July. EURACTIV's partner, Ouest-France reports.
09-07-2020

MEP: A common EU tool to incentivise production and availability of orphan drugs

When it comes to rare diseases and 'orphan drugs', technology is there to support an “objective” EU tool that could provide the pharma industry with the necessary incentives to research and produce orphan drugs and simultaneously avoid exhausting ailing health systems, MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos told EURACTIV in an interview.
Digital 08-07-2020

Slovenian PM calls for mandatory coronavirus app, against Commission advice

Coronavirus contact tracing applications should be made mandatory as a means of helping the European Union transition out of the public health crisis and open up its borders, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša said on Wednesday (8 July).
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

Italy will not accept ‘weak compromise’ on EU recovery fund, PM says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (7 July) the European Union must act decisively to build a common response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that support measures be activated rapidly.
08-07-2020

EU orphan drugs law and the emergence of SMEs

The legal framework provided by the current EU orphan drugs regulation has encouraged a number of small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to develop innovative technologies in the fight against rare diseases in Europe, stakeholders told EURACTIV.com.
06-07-2020

Commission’s ‘risky’ move to re-visit orphan drugs regulation

The European Commission is expected to present by the end of July an evaluation study on the pros and cons of the application of orphan and paediatric regulations, which deal with a niche segment of rare diseases that affect fewer than five in 10,000 people.
Coronavirus 03-07-2020

Belgium and most EU countries exempted from UK travel restrictions

The UK will lift its two week quarantine requirements for people travelling to and from most EU countries from next week, as Boris Johnson’s government continues to ease restrictions put in place to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
03-07-2020

NGOs call for moratorium on controversial ‘gene drive organisms’

After over 78 environmental and agricultural organisations signing a letter this week calling for a moratorium on gene drive technology, EURACTIV took a closer look at the controversial technology to find out about what it is and the implications it holds.
Coronavirus 02-07-2020

Resurgence of COVID-19 observed in some EU countries, says EU disease centre

Several European countries have reported a resurgence of cases or large localised outbreaks of COVID-19, and there is still 'community transmission' in most EU/EEA countries, according to a report released on Thursday (2 June). The report called for continued vigilance despite noting decreasing trends in incidence across Europe overall.
02-07-2020

New initiative hopes to get football clubs reporting their carbon footprint

As European football leagues began to resume play, the NGO Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) rolled out a new initiative to get more clubs thinking about their carbon footprint. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-07-2020

Europe’s hospitality sector makes last appeal ‘before it’s too late’

Hit hard by the pandemic, Europe’s hospitality sector is struggling to find a way out of the current chaos. Speaking to EURACTIV, its representatives have painted a bleak picture and called on governments to take immediate action to help the sector revive rapidly before it’s too late.
01-07-2020

EU market for medical cannabis still far from full bloom

A temporary shortage of Dutch hemp flowers intended for export to Germany has put the spotlight on a lack of diversified supply sources and uniform quality standards in the growing European market for medical cannabis.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

US influence wanes as China rises, according to a new transatlantic opinion poll

The pandemic may be quickly reshaping views of geopolitics, according to new polling data. More people in France, Germany and the US view China as the most influential world power, as US hegemony wanes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

EU countries still struggle to approve border reopening ‘safe list’

EU member states are still struggling to approve a list of “safe countries” from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with the issue now being put to a vote, diplomats said on Monday (29 June). EU envoys on Friday...
Coronavirus 30-06-2020

WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as death toll passes 500,000

The COVID-19 pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday (28 June), as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surged in Latin America and the US.
Coronavirus 29-06-2020

Stars help raise billions in EU vaccine drive

Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson lent support to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in a coronavirus fundraising drive on Saturday that raised €6.15 billion.
Politics 29-06-2020

COVID-19 was in Spain a year before breakout

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Ireland's new prime minister, Croatia's spikes in new daily COVID-19 cases, Serbian high-ranking officials testing positive for the virus, and so much more.
Coronavirus 29-06-2020

EU delays decision on external border reopening

The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, diplomats said Saturday (27 June).

COVID-19 health crisis threatens EU’s green objectives, says IEA

While the COVID-19 crisis has had a positive impact on the energy sector by reducing emissions of polluting gases, it has also hampered green investments, making it difficult to implement the EU climate programme. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Politics 26-06-2020

Europeans disillusioned with EU coronavirus response, new poll finds

A new poll conducted in nine member states has revealed both widespread public disapproval of the EU’s coronavirus response and agreement on  the need for greater European cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 26-06-2020

Europe faces virus upsurge as cases soar in Americas

Europe is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases, the World Health Organisation warned on Thursday (25 June), as the disease continued its rampage through the Americas.
Politics 24-06-2020

Spanish care homes bear brunt of COVID-19 crisis

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Croatia debating whether Prime Minister Andrej Plenković should self-isolate after meeting with COVID-positive Novak Đoković, Portugal's growing foreign population, and so much more.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

EU nations could block US, Russian tourists over virus response

EU nations may close their borders to US travelers as they seek to reopen their economies to tourism because of how Washington has handled the pandemic, The New York Times reported Tuesday (23 June), citing unnamed European officials.
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