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Coronavirus 24-05-2022

Scholz on tricky South Africa mission to discuss vaccine production

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, currently on a trip to South Africa on Tuesday (24 May) will likely have a hard time discussing cooperation on vaccine production as South African leaders have been making strong calls for the release of vaccine patents. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2022

Hamburg city prioritises diversity to revive culture, save economy

The Hamburg city is looking for solutions to reverse a negative trend of disproportional retail’s sector growth compared to other sectors in the downtown, told EURACTIV.de Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development and Environment in the Government of Hamburg in an interview.
Coronavirus 05-05-2022

EU lawmakers back one-year extension of COVID certificate

EU lawmakers backed on Thursday (5 May) a proposal by the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee to extend until June 2023 the EU's digital COVID certificate, set to expire this summer.
Health 05-05-2022

Commission, WHO discuss mental health aid for Ukrainians

The mental health of Ukrainians and those in exile was at the heart of discussions for the first time at the WHO mental health coalition meeting on Wednesday (4 May), attended by EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 03-05-2022

Impact of pandemic on childrens’ mental health to be surveyed in France

The two years of the pandemic have put the mental health of the youngest to the test, but there is not enough data to create an adequate response, according to Santé Publique France, which launched a national survey on the well-being of children on Monday 2 May.
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Future EU 22-04-2022

Cross-border regions suffering from the health crisis

The unilateral closing of the border between France and Germany from March to June 2020, decided by the German government without any consultation with the French regional and national authorities, has been experienced as a traumatic moment, amplified by the mistrust and hostility that has developed among citizens on both sides of the border.
Coronavirus 22-04-2022

Social distancing worst COVID-19 restriction for mental health, finds studies

New research suggests that the main cause of mental health decline during the COVID-19 pandemic was social distancing rules.
Elections 21-04-2022

French healthcare professionals increase calls to vote against Le Pen

French health professionals urged the electorate to vote against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's 'problematic' health programme just a few days before she meets incumbent President Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the polls. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 20-04-2022

Germany calls for global food security alliance

German development minister Svenja Schulze is travelling to the World Bank Group's spring meetings in Washington with a clear mission: G7 and donor countries should form a food security alliance to tackle the global food crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-04-2022

Paris arrondissement mayor: Pandemic ‘accelerated’ trends, challenges are here to stay

The pandemic, while not having profoundly changed Paris' neighbourhoods, has revealed certain challenges and trends that are there to stay, the mayor of Paris' 18th arrondissement, Eric Lejoindre, told EURACTIV France in an interview.
Agrifood 04-04-2022

Germany fears seasonal labour shortages as Ukraine war rages on

This year, labour supply bottlenecks could become a problem due to the Ukraine war and the ongoing pandemic, and while the German Farmers' Association (DBV) calls for the rules to be relaxed, critics argue deeper issues remain.
Health 30-03-2022

French presidential candidates unified in calls for mental health care reform

Presidential candidates in the French election race all want to reform the state of mental health care as the country's mental well-being significantly deteriorated because of the pandemic. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 30-03-2022

EU ministers eyes coordinated approach for second COVID booster

A group of EU countries has urged the European Commission to promote a coordinated approach in administering the fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose as some differences among member states are already looming large.
Health 24-03-2022

COVID-19 and Ukraine war reversed gains in fighting tuberculosis

The global number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths increased last year for the first time in over a decade due to disruptions in vaccination and diagnosis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health 23-03-2022

French presidential candidates’ proposals on healthcare staff shortage

French presidential candidates have put forward their proposals on how to tackle the country's shortage of healthcare staff across several regions. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 23-02-2022

COVAX vaccine supply outstrips demand for the first time

The global project to share COVID-19 vaccines is struggling to place more than 300 million doses in the latest sign the problem with vaccinating the world is now more about demand than supply.
EU-Africa 18-02-2022

Germany seeks key role in new EU-Africa policy

The German government hopes the EU-Africa Summit that ends Friday (18 February) will mark a new beginning in Africa policy, with development and energy policy, in particular, being at the forefront. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 10-02-2022

EU top executives: Administering COVID vaccines is now priority in Africa

Too many doses of vaccines delivered to Africa are wasted, according to both the French EU Council presidency and the European Commission, who now want to strengthen local health systems to ensure that these doses are administered to the population.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2022

SMEs need better connectivity and skills to embrace digital transition, experts say

While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitalisation of SMEs in the EU, experts argue that policymakers' focus should now move to infrastructure and education in order to bridge the remaining digital divide.
Coronavirus 01-02-2022

Tonnes of COVID healthcare waste exposes waste management failures

A report from World Health Organisation (WHO) found that COVID-19 response resulted in 'tens of thousands of tonnes' of additional medical waste, calling for better management of health care waste at all levels - from hospitals to landfills.
Technology 01-02-2022

Civil society urges French presidential candidates to discuss digital issues

Digital matters have been noticeably missing from the debates leading up to the French presidential elections in April leading to civil society organisations calling on candidates to give more importance to innovation or skills, EURACTIV France reports.
Mr. Sandro GOZI, UEF President and MEP
Future EU 01-02-2022

Stars are aligning for real EU reform

2022 will be "a turning point" for Europe. The winds of change blowing from some member states are bringing the EU into a new era, write Anna Echterhoff and Sandro Gozi.
Health 28-01-2022

French presidency to work on ‘European Hospital’ label project

French Health Minister Olivier Véran detailed the key health priorities of the French EU Council presidency on Thursday (27 January), highlighting the launch of a new label called "European Hospital" to strengthen health systems and support cooperation across Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 28-01-2022

Finland to start scaling back COVID curbs early, Greece eases restrictions

Finland will scale back some of its coronavirus restrictions early while Greece has extended the opening times of cafes and restaurants and allowed music amid falling cases.