About: Tonio Borg

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Health 11-04-2014

EU Summit on Chronic Diseases 2014

This first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with a focus on EU added value and action.
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Data protection 12-03-2014

MEPs back anti-money laundering rules

The European Parliament adopted yesterday on Tuesday an overhaul of EU anti-money laundering rules which includes the introduction of publicly accessible registers for companies and trust owners. MEPs debated on tougher rules to tackle money laundering, requiring companies to provide more accurate information about real owners. The new plan hopes to ensure more transparency and a better overview of financial transactions, making it harder to set up fake companies and transfer dirty money from one account to another.
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Health 26-02-2014

EU Parliament approves tougher anti-tobacco laws

Increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packets, banning flavours and new regulation on electronic cigarettes. These are some of the measures that MEPs approved on Wednesday as part of stricter EU laws on selling and marketing tobacco products.
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Agrifood 12-02-2014

EU set to allow cultivation of GM crop

Despite record opposition among EU member states, European ministers failed to agree on Tuesday to ban a genetically-modified maize to be grown on EU soil. With 19 votes against, 4 abstentions and only 5 in favour, the disagreement will now leave in the hands of the European Commission whether to allow or not the insect-resistant maize for cultivation.
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Health 14-01-2014

MEPs want tougher sanctions over food fraud after horse meat scandal

One year after the horse meat scandal broke across Europe, the European Parliament on Tuesday called for more inspections of food production chains and tougher penalties for companies that commit food fraud. The controversy began last year when DNA tests revealed that some products sold across Europe were labeled as beef but in fact contained up to 100% horsemeat.
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Health 15-11-2013

Commission launches new research projects to fight drug-resistant bacteria

The Commission is stepping up the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through funding of 15 new research projects, as data have revealed an increase in Europe of the last-line of antibiotics.
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Agrifood 06-11-2013

Commission backs GMO crop cultivation approval

The European Commission backed on Wednesday plans to cultivate a variety of genetically modified maize, despite concerns by NGOs that it might have a negative impact on the environment. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg passed the decision on to the European Council of Ministers and it will now be up to EU ministers to approve the Commission's proposal.
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Health 05-11-2013

Borg: EU should prioritise fight against cardiovascular diseases

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV journalists Henriette Jacobsen and Evan Lamos, EU Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg said that fighting cardiovascular diseases should be 'higher on the political agenda', as it is the number one killer disease in the EU. Borg also announced that he is launching an EU summit on chronic diseases at the beginning of next year.
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Health 12-06-2013

Parliament wants stricter rules on food for vulnerable groups

The European Parliament yesterday (11 June) adopted new rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes. These will in the future be better defined in order to protect consumers.
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Digital 12-06-2013

EU slams US over data scandal

MEPs on Tuesday slammed the US government over reports that the country's Security Agency had been snooping on EU citizen's information and called for tougher online regulations. The scandal comes after whistleblower Ed Snowden revealed last week that the US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data.
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Digital 11-06-2013

MEPS on US data scandal

Europeans have reacted angrily to revelations that US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data, saying such activity confirmed their fears about American Web giants' reach and showed that tighter regulations were needed just as the EU and US are about to launch transatlantic trade talks.
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Health 06-05-2013

EU to impose bigger fines for food fraud after horsemeat scandal

In the wake of the horse meat scandal, the European Commission unveiled plans on Monday to impose bigger fines on food producers who commit fraud. The proposal comes after horse DNA was found in up to 5% of EU products labelled as beef, after the Commission carried out food tests across the continent.
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Health 17-04-2013

5% of EU beef products contain horsemeat, says EU

Horse DNA has been found in up to 5% of EU products labelled as beef, according to results published on Tuesday by the European Commission. Additional tests on horse carcasses revealed a 0.5% contamination of phenylbutazone or 'bute', a potentially harmful drug banned from human consumption. The Commission dismissed concerns that bute traces or horse meat consumption pose a risk to human health and called the scandal a 'food fraud'.
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Health 13-03-2013

Parliament agrees rules to settle consumer disputes out-of-court

The European Parliament has approved out-of-court systems for dealing with consumer complaints, in a drive to save some €22.5 billion by reducing the number of lengthy court actions.
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Health 05-03-2013

Borg on Tobacco and Horsemeat

The Commissioner for health and consumer affairs tells EURACTIV that the horsemeat scandal should be seen for what it is: a fraud rather than a flaw in the regulation. He favours introducing tougher penalties for such incidents, but believes food labelling should be kept as a separate issue.
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Health 27-02-2013

EU lawmakers ready to confront tobacco industry ‘Goliath’

Four months after health commissioner John Dalli resigned over alleged industry attempts to influence the EU Tobacco Products Directive, European lawmakers are preparing to re-examine the draft legislation.
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Health 12-02-2013

EU ministers to meet over horse meat scandal

As the horse meat scandal spreads across Europe, EU ministers will hold a snap meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss a Europe-wide response to the crisis.
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Plan Bee: Brussels pitches two-year pesticide ban

The EU has launched a rescue plan for Europe’s dwindling honeybee colonies: a 24-month ban on three widely-used neonicitinoid pesticides that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says pose “high acute risks” to pollinators. 
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