Science & Policymaking

Health 12-02-2020

Sinkevicius: Dealing with PFAS chemicals in revised tap water rules was a ‘great move’

The inclusion of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the EU's Drinking Water Directive was a step forward that showed the EU's commitment to address these chemicals, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.

Frontier Research: Creating Pathways to Sustainability

This conference covered relevant research supported by the European Research Council (ERC) and provided a networking forum for ERC-funded researchers as well as policy-makers.

A Sustainable Future for Europe – The Contribution of Frontier Research

Launched in February 2007 to fund investigator-driven frontier research, the ERC is a key component of the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Greta Thunberg
Climate change 21-02-2019

Watch: Greta Thunberg’s full address to EU politicians in Brussels

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was in Brussels on Thursday (21 February) to take part in one of the climate school strikes that have taken place every week in Belgium since December. EURACTIV.com does not usually publish speeches. But we...
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Explaining risk versus hazard

The terms “risk” and “hazard” are regularly used by scientists, industry and regulators. But what do they mean? And what is the difference between them?
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Fact-checking Science

Fact Checking Science: Shaping the governance of scientific advice in the EU

What can EU institutions do to reinvigorate trust in EU government? Members of the European Parliament, in particular, play a key role in this process.
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SusChem 2017 Stakeholder Event interviews

Experts and stakeholders from the European Commission, academia, industry, a research and technology organisation (RTO) and a small and medium enterprise (SME) were interviewed at the SusChem 2017 Stakeholder Event.
Economic governance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.
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The impact of REACH authorisation: costs and benefits

The impact of REACH authorisation: Costs and benefits

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
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Europabio

A week-long biotech party across Europe

European Biotech Week is back between 26 Sept and 2 Oct this year. Launched in 2013, the initiative offers those involved in biotechnology an annual opportunity to engage on all things biotech from the science within to the often invisible societal benefits without.
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25-11-2015

How to raise our game? New approach to European Industrial Competitiveness

On the occasion of the European SME Week 2015, Austrian MEP Paul Rübig hosted a breakfast briefing in the European Parliament on the 17th November on the “New Approach to European Industrial Competitiveness: SMEs in the Surface Engineering Sector”.
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23-06-2015

Without non-ferrous metals, no energy transition!

The video demonstrates how non-ferrous metals contribute to achieve an energy transition – with three case studies.

Nicolas Hulot: ‘We are committing mass suicide’

Nicolas Hulot, François Hollande's special envoy for the protection of the planet, came to Brussels on 13 May to report on the progress of the negotiations underway ahead of the Paris Climate Conference in December.

Timmermans: Methinks ‘Better Regulation’ is radical

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans was today (19 May) asked if his “Better Regulation” push would be enough to satisfy the United Kingdom.
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27-04-2015

CTO: The Real Green Gold

The incorrect classification of Crude Tall Oil as a residue is a serious threat to the European pine chemical industry. By adopting the ILUC Directive with CTO included in Annex IX, EU decision makers are pulling away the carpet under the feet of an innovative biobased chemical sector. Ultimately the incorrect classification of CTO could lead to significant economic and environmental losses for Europe.
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Agrifood 01-04-2015

Vella: Carcinogenic pesticides ‘have to be addressed’

New research suggesting that pesticides could create cancer among humans should trigger policymakers into action, said Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
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16-03-2015

Endocrine disruption: the view of the chemical industry

Endocrine disruption is an important issue of significant public, political and scientific interest. Even though it can give rise to a very emotional debate, policymakers and authorities should deal with endocrine disruptive substances, as with all chemical substances, via a science- and risk-based regulation. Whether a chemical substance can and will cause harm is a fundamental distinction for both authorities and industry in order to effectively protect people and the environment.
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Economy & Jobs 28-01-2015

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2014

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award aims to showcase European Biotech SMEs that have developed an innovative solution to technical, social and environmental problems.  The award is committed to strengthening the biotechnology and innovation arena in Europe while promoting and empowering SMEs to generate novel solutions to unmet needs.
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02-09-2014

Chemicals Safety in the Value Chain

Why do we use chemicals at all? Because they are extremely useful! To put this into perspective, the products of the chemical industry are present in about 95% of manufactured goods. And modern economies simply couldn't function without them.
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09-04-2014

EU experts looking for clarity in EU information

In a workshop held at EURACTIV's headquarters, EU experts gave their thoughts on making the data on EU affairs more accessible and making the process more efficient. 
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Renovate Europe Day 2013 – Highlights

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EDD), which entered into force in December 2012, aims to help Member States achieve the EU climate and energy targets through, among other things, renovation of the existing building stock.   It has been estimated that when applied the Directive will stimulate investments and create jobs. If 2050 targets are to be met, the energy demand of the existing EU building stock must be reduced by 80% as compared to 2005 levels.
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Economy & Jobs 29-10-2013

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2013

The winner of the 2013 EuropaBio Most Innovative European Biotech SME award has been announced. PsiOxus Therapeutics won the esteemed award- now in its 4th year- due to their radical research and innovative breakthroughs in meeting societal grand challenges in the field of healthcare.
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Economy & Jobs 23-10-2013

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy 2013

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB) opened to a record delegation in Brussels at The Square.
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European Risk Summit 2013

The European Risk Summit, hosted in June 2013, has brought renewed focus to the issue of evidence and risk-based rulemaking, and has highlighted the critical role that science plays in policy formation at EU level.
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