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Agrifood 26-05-2022

EU farm ministers agree to bird flu vaccine strategy

EU agriculture ministers agreed in Brussels on Tuesday (24 May) to implement a bird flu vaccine strategy as the bloc struggles with the most violent outbreak in its history. EURACTIV France reports.
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Health 23-05-2022

Equitable access to medicines in Central and Eastern Europe

In this podcast created by Medicines for Europe, the presenter informally discusses a key topic related to off-patent medicines with two or more experts, focusing on generics, biosimilar and value added medicines.
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.
Coronavirus 28-04-2022

How to avoid reverting to pandemic day one amid vaccination fatigue

Living with the COVID-19 pandemic for over two years, Europeans are falling into "pandemic and vaccination fatigue", but health organisations worldwide are concerned about how new variants could set the world back to day one, as low-income countries reached only 15% of vaccination coverage.
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.
Coronavirus 31-03-2022

While EU countries scrap COVID restrictions, WHO calls for caution

Across the EU, member states are removing COVID-19 measures, including mandatory mask-wearing indoors. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that countries should remain cautious, especially due to the transmissibility of the BA.2 omicron subvariant.
Future EU 11-03-2022

CoFoE: citizens ask adapting legislation to digitalisation, future pandemics, and wars

Preparing schools for pandemics and wars, fighting cybercrime and disinformation, and getting society accustomed to digitalisation are some of the approved suggestions from the Council of the Future of Europe (CoFoE) meeting at the end of February in Dublin.
EU-India 19-02-2022

India calls for more multilateral funding to prepare for future pandemics

India on Thursday (17 February) urged the world’s biggest 20 economies (G20) to make joint efforts to ensure increased multi-lateral funding by global institutions including the International Monetary Fund to prepare for future pandemics. Low middle-income and middle income countries...
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.
Global Europe 09-02-2022

EU wants pandemic treaty to ban ‘wet markets’, reward virus detection

The European Union is pushing for a global deal aimed at preventing new pandemics that could include a ban on wildlife markets and incentives for countries to report new viruses or variants, an EU official told Reuters.
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 23-01-2022

Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’: WHO

The Omicron variant has moved the COVID-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday (23 January). “It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of...
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2022

Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus 17-01-2022

Return of the flu: EU faces threat of prolonged ‘twindemic’

Influenza has returned to Europe at a faster-than-expected rate this winter after almost disappearing last year, raising concerns about a prolonged "twindemic" with COVID-19 amid some doubts about the effectiveness of flu vaccines.
Health 08-12-2021

Germany’s new health minister, a vocal and divisive pandemic expert

Germany’s designated health minister has become (in)famous as a vocal advocate of decisive COVID-19 restrictive measures. A trained epidemiologist, Karl Lauterbach is also a long-time health politician and advocate of an equal health system.

More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 19-07-2021

Catalonia reimposes night-time curfew amid COVID-19 fifth wave

The High Court of Justice of Catalonia greenlit on  Friday a nighttime curfew in 161 municipalities of the northeastern Spanish region as COVID-19 cases rose and hospitals face growing pressure, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported Sunday. 
Politics 15-07-2021

COVID-19 infection rate rises threefold among young Spaniards

The COVID-19 infection rate in Spain has soared to 436 cases for every 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, with young people particularly affected by a threefold increase compared to the previous fortnight, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 12-07-2021

France to make COVID-19 jab compulsory for healthcare professionals

The French government has said it will make the COVID-19 jab compulsory for the healthcare sector and other professionals this week on the back of ongoing debate over mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers elsewhere in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 07-07-2021

MEP: Parliament and Council haven’t listened to each other in CAP talks

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV France, MEP Eric Andrieu expressed disappointment about the lack of communications between the two EU lawmakers that led to an unsatisfactory environmental part of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2021

Spanish regions to reimpose restrictions on nightlife

Local authorities in Spain have said they will roll back relaxations of restrictions on party venues and nightclubs as primary healthcare services are having to deal with a rise of COVID-19 cases among the country’s youth. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.