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Consumers to benefit from geo-blocking overhaul 25 May 2016, 16:32 CET
Proposed new rules on geo-blocking will benefit consumers, BEUC said today, following an announcement from the European Commission on a package to boost the online market within the EU.

Will fast-tracking medicines improve affordability? 23 May 2016, 18:42 CET
According to the EMA, adaptive pathways aims to improve timely access to new medicines “primarily in areas of high medical need.” But as concerns rise ranging from the questionable innovative value of these medicines to fears about patient safety and the affordability of these products, the public health community demands to see the evaluation of the pilot project.

Obesity needs urgent action warns research organisation 19 May 2016, 22:28 CET
The leading organisation responsible for research into obesity in Europe has warned that unless something is quickly done to tackle the region’s rising obesity epidemic, it is going to have a devastating effect on healthcare costs and productivity.

Tobacco Companies' Legal Challenge to Standardised Tobacco Packaging Fails: Other Countries to Follow UK Lead 19 May 2016, 22:22 CET
The tobacco industry’s High Court challenge to the Regulations on standardised ("plain") tobacco packaging met with a humiliating defeat today. The landmark judgement in the case will help other countries looking to introduce the policy: France and the Republic of Ireland have already passed legislation and other countries are expected to follow soon, including Canada, Hungary, Norway and Slovenia.

AMR set to kill 10 million people per year by 2050: Cameron-commissioned report 19 May 2016, 00:12 CET
No single country can solve the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) situation on its own, states the new report "Tackling drug-resistant infections globally" by the UK Review on AMR.

Industry ties raise questions about UN body assessing glyphosate cancer risk 17 May 2016, 12:27 CET
The FAO /WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) released an assessment on 16 May, which concludes that the controversial weedkiller glyphosate is "unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet". The finding contradicts an earlier assessment by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which stated that glyphosate was a probable cause of cancer. However, the industry ties of at least two experts involved in the JMPR's evaluation call into question whether the organisation has ensured the independence of its advice.

New EU rules on nicotine strength not a problem for most vapers 16 May 2016, 23:55 CET
Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise with 2.8 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, up from only 700,000 in 2012 when it was first measured by ASH. And new EU rules on electronic cigarettes need not cause problems for most vapers according to new research published by ASH today.

Case against the authorisation of Monsanto genetically engineered Intacta soybeans to be heard at the EU Court of Justice 13 May 2016, 00:21 CET
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has scheduled a hearing for the 12 May on legal action brought against the import of the genetically engineered Monsanto soybeans (T-77/13). MON87701 x MON89788 soybeans were authorised in the EU for use in food and feed. They are grown predominantly in Brazil and sold under the brand name Intacta. These plants have a unique combination of two genetically engineered traits: They express a so-called insecticidal Bt toxin and are resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, commonly known under trade names such as Roundup.

European industry applauds European Parliament vote against granting China Market Economy Status (MES) 12 May 2016, 16:42 CET
With an 83% overwhelming majority, the European Parliament today passed a Resolution against dumping and the granting of MES to China. The Resolution is an important signal that the EU will not grant MES so long as China fails to meet its WTO obligations.

European Court of Justice rejects all claims against the EU Tobacco Products Directive 04 May 2016, 22:45 CET
The European Court of Justice has today delivered its judgement on the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive, which will fully enter into force on 20 May 2016.

TTIP leaks update: Greenpeace response to Commission statements 03 May 2016, 00:50 CET
In response to the European Commission’s statements on the TTIP leaks and a blog post by EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said: "Commissioner Malmström is being disingenuous. The leaked consolidated documents make no mention of the EU’s precautionary principle, which provides a higher level of environmental and consumer protection. The mention of the precautionary principle that Malmstroem refers to is contained in an EU position paper that is not part of the leaked consolidated chapters."

#TTIPleaks: confidential TTIP papers unveil US position 03 May 2016, 00:49 CET
Greenpeace Netherlands has obtained 248 pages of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts, which will be published on Monday 2 May at 11:00 CET. The documents unveil for the first time the US position and deliberate attempts to change the EU democratic legislative process.

TTIP: EU and US show signs of desperation, Greenpeace 26 April 2016, 00:35 CET
Growing opposition to a transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) and faltering negotiations mean talks cannot be wrapped up anytime soon, said Greenpeace as EU and US politicians attempt to show renewed resolve for a deal.

ACEA statement on national emissions test results 26 April 2016, 00:29 CET
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) takes note of the announcements of recent vehicle tests by Germany’s federal motor transport authority (KBA) as well as the UK Department for Transport.

Many goods recalled, many good reasons for stricter surveillance 26 April 2016, 00:23 CET
New figures out today for the number of hazardous non-food products recalled in 2015 confirm the urgent need to tighten product surveillance rules in Europe.

French Pavilion showcases innovative IT security solutions at Infosecurity Europe 2016 on 7-9 June 22 April 2016, 11:29 CET

Animal welfare NGOs across Europe demand an end to cruel animal performances 21 April 2016, 18:39 CET
Damning report findings state that 'wild animal performances have no place in a modern European society'

WWF Press Comment on Paris Agreement signing ceremony 21 April 2016, 18:26 CET
A comment from Genevieve Pons, Director, WWF European Policy Office, on the Paris Agreement signing ceremony

Commission fails to regulate new GMOs after intense US lobbying 21 April 2016, 16:53 CET
The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that a new breed of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must undergo rigorous safety testing and labelling. This follows intense lobbying by the US government.

Flawed Commission analysis backs new subsidies for obsolete power plants 14 April 2016, 18:44 CET
The European Commission today published preliminary findings of its inquiry into public funding schemes for power plants, known as "capacity mechanisms". The seriously flawed analysis backs these subsidies, which use taxpayers’ money to keep uneconomical power plants active.

European Parliament's vote turns health into a trade secret 14 April 2016, 18:41 CET
The European Parliament approved today a new Directive on Trade Secrets, a position that would signal that trade secrets outweigh the public interest. The impact will be negative for health, by declaring information on safety of medicines commercially confidential and to be kept secret from patients, regulators and the public.

Ministers, EU policymakers and auto industry push for connected and automated driving 14 April 2016, 18:39 CET
Europe’s transport ministers, the European Commission and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have reached an agreement on cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving. In the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’, endorsed during today’s Informal Transport Council organised by the Dutch EU Presidency, all parties agreed to work together to ensure a successful deployment of these smart technologies across Europe.

Adoption of new EU data protection rules a key milestone for the Digital Single Market 14 April 2016, 18:36 CET
The adoption today of new EU data protection rules constitute a key milestone in the Digital Single Market strategy, according to the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA). After three years of intensive negotiations, the new rules balance innovative uses of data with the need for consumer protection and privacy.

Mobilisation for start of mass opposition against patent on tomatoes 13 April 2016, 22:12 CET
This week, a European-wide coalition is starting a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional breeding. We will be mobilising thousands of people within the time period of the opposition lasting until 12 May. The organisations taking part in this action will also be raising the pressure on European politicians to take measures against patents on plants and animals.

EU Parliament backs glyphosate restrictions 13 April 2016, 21:44 CET
MEPs have backed restrictions on the use of glyphosate – the world’s most used weedkiller – and a shortening of its licence, amid rising health concerns.