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EU countries should use pesticides more sustainably: report by EUbusiness — last modified 13 October 2017, 12:12 CET
A report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive adopted on 10 October 2017 by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals. The report indicates insufficient implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.
European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency after Brexit - Commission assessment of country offers by EUbusiness — last modified 03 October 2017, 18:26 CET
European Commission publishes assessment of Member State offers to host European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency after Brexit
Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF) by EUbusiness — last modified 10 August 2017, 23:12 CET
Launched nearly four decades ago, in 1979, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is primarily an IT tool designed to swiftly exchange information between national authorities on health risks related to food and feed.
Endocrine disruptors by EUbusiness — last modified 07 July 2017, 00:31 CET
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.
Legal highs factsheet by EUbusiness — last modified 07 June 2017, 22:57 CET
What are legal highs, why are they a threat, and what should be done to tackle them - questions & answers
New EU rules to ensure safety of medical devices by EUbusiness — last modified 05 April 2017, 19:00 CET
Ranging from simple contact lenses and sticking plasters to sophisticated pacemakers and hip replacements, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices are important to our health and quality of life. People rely on these devices every day and expect them to be safe and incorporate the latest progress in science and innovation. The current rules on the safety and performance of medical devices in the EU were harmonised in the 1990s. To reflect the substantial technological and scientific progress in this sector over the last 20 years, the European Commission proposed to update the rules to improve the safety of medical devices for EU citizens, create the conditions to modernise the sector and to consolidate its role as a global leader.
Modernisation of EU policy on health and safety at work by EUbusiness — last modified 12 January 2017, 23:24 CET
The European Commission took action on 10 January 2017 to promote and modernise Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.
Trans fats by EUbusiness — last modified 26 October 2016, 22:56 CET
MEPs voted on 26 October on a resolution calling for limits on trans fats. These industrial artificially produced fats can be found in anything from fast food to bakery products, chips and margarine, however they can also prove bad for your health. Scientific research has linked heavy consumption of them with obesity, diabetes, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases.
Glyphosate factsheet by EUbusiness — last modified 02 June 2016, 01:20 CET
The Commission has called for a 'limited extension' of the current authorisation of glyphosate, an active substance used for the production of pesticides, until the European Chemical Agency gives its scientific assessment on the substance.
Smoking in the EU - revised tobacco directive in force by EUbusiness — last modified 19 May 2016, 21:36 CET
From 20 May new European legislation is in place to make smoking and cigarettes less attractive, especially among young people.
Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods: EFSA report by EUbusiness — last modified 06 May 2016, 11:45 CET
Glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils, margarines and some processed foods, raise potential health concerns for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups.
Transmissible animal diseases - rules update by EUbusiness — last modified 10 March 2016, 18:06 CET
The European Parliament gave its endorsement on 8 March to measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress.
European Medical Corps by EUbusiness — last modified 15 February 2016, 17:25 CET
The European Union has set up a European Medical Corps (EMC) through which teams and equipment from the EU Member States can be rapidly deployed.
Transmissible animal diseases: informal deal by EUbusiness — last modified 04 June 2015, 13:39 CET
Measures to prevent and treat animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever were informally agreed by MEPs, the EU's Latvian Presidency and the European Commission on1 June. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will merge and update many scattered items of old legislation, so as to help prevent and halt new outbreaks and keep pace with scientific progress.
GMOs in the EU - review of decision-making process by EUbusiness — last modified 22 April 2015, 17:31 CET
The European Commission presented on 22 April the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.
EU response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by EUbusiness — last modified 03 March 2015, 17:30 CET
West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. Over 22 900 people have been infected, more than 9 200 of whom have died. The European Union has been active in the response to the Ebola emergency from the start. It has mobilised all available political, financial and scientific resources to help contain, control, treat and ultimately defeat Ebola. In October 2014 the European Council appointed Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, as EU Ebola Coordinator.
Life expectancy in the EU still on the rise: OECD - EU report "Health at a Glance: Europe 2014" by EUbusiness — last modified 03 December 2014, 18:27 CET
The European Commission and the OECD on 3 December unveiled a report entitled Health at a Glance: Europe 2014 on the comparative data on health and health systems covering all 28 EU Member States.
Avian Influenza in The Netherlands and the UK by EUbusiness — last modified 18 November 2014, 23:20 CET
The European Commission adopted on 17 November two emergency safeguard Decisions addressed to The Netherlands and the UK that define the areas that have been placed under stringent veterinary restrictions by those Member States, and where measures according to EU legislation are applied. The measures aim at quickly bringing the disease under control and at preventing the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza within the affected Member States, to other Member States and to third countries while minimising the disturbance to trade.
New restrictions on use of preservatives in cosmetic products by EUbusiness — last modified 29 September 2014, 21:39 CET
The European Commission on 29 September further strengthened the protection of consumers, in particular babies and young children. It adopted two measures restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products.
Veterinary medicines and medicated feed proposals by EUbusiness — last modified 10 September 2014, 16:59 CET
The European Commission adopted on 10 September proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feed, with the aim of improving animal health and public health, as well as the internal market. The proposal on veterinary medicinal products aims in particular to make more medicines available in the EU to treat and prevent diseases in animals. The proposal on the modernisation of medicated feed legislation now includes feed for pets in its scope. The idea is to ensure the appropriate standard of product quality and safety in the EU, whilst at the same time paving the way for better treatments for diseased animals.