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Energy 21-05-2022

Germany and Italy approved Russian gas payments after nod from Brussels

Germany and Italy told companies they could open ruble accounts to keep buying Russian gas without breaching sanctions against Moscow following discussions with the European Union, sources said.
Health 19-05-2022

EU cooperation key for rare diseases research, accessible treatment, says expert

France is "ahead of the curve" when it comes to treating rare diseases, but with 36 million Europeans affected, cooperation at the EU level to advance research and make treatments more accessible is essential, an expert warned. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 18-05-2022

Health Brief: Cross-border healthcare rights are (still) unknown

After ten years with the cross-border health directive, hardly anyone in the EU is aware of their rights to be treated in another county, the European Commission's new evaluation of the directive has revealed. Just as plenty of evaluations before them have.
Technology 16-05-2022

While internet value chain grows, telecom operators lag behind

While internet value chains continue to grow by 15% per year, a new report by GSMA warns that market imbalances between network operators and online service providers could threaten global growth prospects in several sectors.
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Technology 12-05-2022

#Media4Europe Conference: Media transformation & democracy building – Second Edition Stars4Media Awards

This Stars4Media event concluded the implementation of Stars4Media Second Edition and launched Stars4Media NEWS.
Health 12-05-2022

Commission: Disputed antimicrobial should be restricted, but not reserved for human use

European lawmakers are still not impressed by the EU executive's strong defence of its stance on the disputed antimicrobial colistin, as disagreements surrounding the list of antimicrobials to be reserved for human use continue.
Electric vehicles 10-05-2022

EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by the year 2030. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 10-05-2022

European politicians want citizen panels to be used at EU level

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) ended on Monday (9 May), but a group of politicians want citizens' forums that were at its heart to become a permanent practice at the EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
Coronavirus 04-05-2022

Widely criticised IP waiver text to be presented to all WTO members

A widely criticised document produced in international negotiations is set to be presented to all 164 World Trade Organisation (WTO) members in the next step of talks on a waiver on intellectual property (IP) rights for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
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Health 04-05-2022

On the brink of a post-antibiotic world, the European Commission is failing to tackle the crisis

New EU regulation is on the brink of futility as the European Commission refuses to reserve for exclusive use in humans a single antimicrobial currently authorised for veterinary use. There are two weeks left to change that.
Health 27-04-2022

Health brief: Transparency in COVID contracts

The EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic had to happen fast, but critics quickly highlighted the lack of transparency - especially with the vaccine contracts. These critics are not done fighting.
Agrifood 22-04-2022

CAP talks could be impacted by recent French fallow land derogation

While the war in Ukraine continues, French farmers are permitted to cultivate fallow land in order to increase production. The question now is whether the direction of the new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will also be affected. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 15-04-2022

Over 10% of citizen proposals on EU’s future require treaty changes, expert says

Twelve per cent of European citizens’ proposals as a part of the conference on the Future of Europe require a treaty change if they are to be implemented, according to an EU law expert.
Health 14-04-2022

EU defends IP waiver compromise amid pressure on India, South Africa to reject it

A broad international platform of activists, unions and experts has urged India and South Africa to reject the leaked compromise on intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, which the European Commission considers the ‘most promising path’ to sort out the issue.
Technology 12-04-2022

DMA: Germany the test bench for complementarity with competition authorities

The EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA), flagship legislation targeting tech giants, will be complemented by competition authorities at the national level. In Germany, the powerful Bundeskartellamt is already claiming its space vis-à-vis the European regulator
Health 07-04-2022

Air pollution threatens health of billions of people around the world, warns WHO

Ninety-nine per cent of the global population lives in places that exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality standards, threatening health and causing premature deaths, according to a new study published this week.
Cybersecurity 30-03-2022

EU institutions not prepared for increase in cyberattacks

EU institutions are not sufficiently prepared for the increasing number of cyberattacks, a new special report by the European Court of Auditors on Tuesday (29 March) reads. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 25-03-2022

EU climate policy has become key in securing peace, energy independence

Representatives of EU countries have intensified their meetings with the aim of returning to peace and increasing energy independence as Russia has decided to "punish" the bloc for its support of Ukraine
Energy 25-03-2022

Joint gas purchasing could be a breakthough

A joint gas purchasing platform could lead to a truly European security of gas supply policy. This would amount to no less than a common energy policy for gas, thereby completing the missing link of the EU energy policy framework for oil and electricity, write Christian Egenhofer and Francesco Gazzoletti.
Health 21-03-2022

Wastewater reveals the secrets of Europeans’ drug use in 2021

Findings from a recent wastewater analysis reveal the rise in drug use amongst Europeans as the Commission wants to ban two increasingly used substances.

Commission likely to push for recycled PET in food packaging despite concerns

The European Commission will soon decide whether to allow the use of recycled plastics in food packaging despite some suggesting this could endanger consumer health.
Health 16-03-2022

MEPs slam new recommendations on antimicrobials reserved for human use

European lawmakers did not hold back in their criticism of the new European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommendations for antimicrobials to be reserved for human use at a committee meeting on Tuesday (15 March).

Revision of orphan and paediatric drug framework needed, say reports

Both the European Parliament and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have reiterated the need to update the regulations on medicines for children and orphan drugs, in order to better address unmet needs of children and adolescents in cancer care.