About: EU health

Brexit 21-03-2018

‘Vital’ UK remains part of EU clinical trials, say MPs

Continued participation in EU-wide clinical trials and the Horizon 2020 research programme is ‘vital’ to the UK’s life sciences sector, according to a new cross-party report by UK MPs.
Health 09-02-2018

Parliament doesn’t want to turn back time anymore

MEPs voted for the abolishment of Daylight Saving Time on February 8, especially since this would benefit human health.
Health 29-01-2018

Big data revolution and EU healthcare

The ongoing big data revolution could have a significant impact on health policies in the EU. EU policymakers say the big data could considerably change the way healthcare policies are shaped. Through a data-driven approach, health systems will be more...
Chemicals

Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy

The dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health and the environment have long been documented and the evidence keeps piling up every day, yet Europe's approach to this challenge has been lukewarm, writes Genon Jensen.
Alcohol 11-05-2017

Finland, UK and Ireland singled out in 2017 ‘Nanny State Index’

Usually praised by the EU for its highly competitive economy, Finland came under attack by a group of free-market think tanks on Wednesday (10 May) for pushing “paternalistic lifestyle policies” aimed at curbing consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.
Air Quality 28-04-2017

EU clears tighter controls on power plant air pollution

The European Union on 28 April approved new air pollution limits, which could save over 20,000 lives annually through the reduction of pollution from power plants, specifically those which are coal-fired.
Health 29-03-2017

World’s first IVF baby addresses infertility

Louise Brown was the first person born through IVF (in-vitro fertilisation). Brown was the keynote speaker on Tuesday (28 March) at the launch event for the European Policy Audit on Fertility.
Health 13-03-2017

Turning back the clock on EU health protection is unthinkable

As we debate the future of Europe, the EU must not abandon public health, writes Nina Renshaw.
Climate change 22-02-2017

Italy slapped with air pollution lawsuit

ClientEarth launched legal action against Lombardy, Italy’s most polluted region, today (22 February). The NGO says this could be the first of several Italian suits.
Zika
Development Policy 03-02-2016

Commission earmarks €10 million for Zika virus research

In order to combat the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America, the executive wants to allocate €10 million from the EU budget.
Global Europe 27-11-2015

Health experts call for unity in providing healthcare to refugees

The director of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) European branch has called for Europe to take a unified approah to the issue of refugee health. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Cardiovascular disease
Global Europe 09-09-2015

Data analytics take healthcare debate by storm

SPECIAL REPORT / Under constant budgetary pressure, healthcare providers have to make tough decisions on a daily basis, on where to make savings. Cost effectiveness analysis will soon become part of health policymakers’ standard toolkit to ensure the best outcome, analysts say.
Drugs
Health 03-08-2015

EU should learn from Australia on drug approval process

Europe’s drug approval process is overly bureaucratic, stifles innovation and hinders patient access to life saving medicine. Reform is needed; Australia is leading the way.
Health 23-06-2015

Let’s defeat depression

People with depression are twice as likely to lose their jobs, and are at much higher risk of poverty, write 12 MEP Ambassadors Against Depression.
Sports 15-06-2015

Physical activity seeking wider policy recognition

SPECIAL REPORT / While the economic benefits of physical activity are widely documented, policymakers still struggle to translate scientific evidence into policy, health experts say.
Europe's East 29-05-2015

Getting older in Poland: European healthcare challenges

Poles are getting older. By 2050, 33% of Poland’s population will be over 65 years old, and 10% over 80. It reflects a broader trend in the whole Europe: people are living longer. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Trade & Society 28-05-2015

Commission defends inclusion of health in EU-US trade talks

The EU's negotiating team for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) met with civil society organisations inside the Commission on Wednesday (27 May) to defend the inclusion of the health sector in the trade deal.
Agrifood 02-04-2015

What’s in alcoholic drinks should be no secret

SPECIAL REPORT / To know what our food and drinks are made of is a basic consumer right. However, alcoholic beverages – often loaded with calories and sugar – scarcely display the full list of ingredients and nutritional information, escaping the rules applied to everything else we eat and drink, writes Ilaria Passarani.
Aerial spraying

UN cancer agency issues warning about five pesticides

The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said Friday (20 March) that three pesticides were "probably" carcinogenic and two others, which have already been outlawed or restricted, were "possibly" so.
Brexit 17-03-2015

UK first EU country to adopt plain packaging for cigarettes

Britain will become the first Member State to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets after members of the House of Lords rubber-stamped a new law on Monday (17 March).
Sugar
Health 06-03-2015

WHO: Cut sugar intake to fight obesity and tooth decay

Adults and children must cut the amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organisation has said.
Health 13-02-2015

MEPs highlight weakness of EU cholesterol strategy

Two MEPs have questioned the European Commission over the lack of information available about bad cholesterol, which now affects 54% of Europeans. EURACTIV France reports
Alcohol
Health 02-02-2015

MEPs push for alcohol strategy on the EU’s health agenda

The members of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on Thursday (29 January) voted on a draft motion for a resolution on the EU's alcohol strategy.
Obesity
Health 18-12-2014

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work – EU court

Europe's top court ruled on Thursday (18 December) that obese people can be considered disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.