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Public Health Policy in the EU

Latest news on the public health policy of the European Union.

Guidance to help increase production of safe medical supplies
The EU Commission issued guidance Monday to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers and 3D printing.

EU waives 'use it or lose it' slot rules for airlines
The EU gave the green light Monday to suspend until 24 October airport slot requirements which oblige airlines to use at least 80% of their take-off and landing slots, in order to keep them the following year.

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes
The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus equipment ready soon after joint EU procurement bid
The joint EU procurement of coronavirus personal protective equipment has been a success, says the European Commission, with equipment available two weeks after Member States sign contracts with the bidders.

'Green lanes' to speed up freight across EU borders
As the coronavirus pandemic continues major disruption to European transport, the EU Commission issued new practical advice Monday on how to keep freight moving across the EU during the current crisis.

Netflix, Youtube slow streaming networks to help fight Coronavirus
Netflix and YouTube have agreed to a European request to reduce pressure on the Internet caused by increased demand from social distancing measures in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bank of England support on coronavirus gives UK advantage over EU countries
Expert comment from Dr Ivan Petrella, Associate Professor of Economics at Warwick Business School.

EU plans medical equipment stockpile to help fight shortages
The EU Commission announced Thursday it is to create a strategic stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: EU passenger rights clarified
As efforts continue to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission published Wednesday guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner.

EU shuts borders to non-essential travel for 30 days
EU leaders agreed in a video conference Tuesday that they would reinforce the EU's external borders by placing coordinated, temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days.

Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy
The EU Commission sent a proposal to Member States Monday for a temporary state aid framework to support Europe's businesses in the context of the shocks the corona virus is causing to the economy.

Coronavirus: EU acts to prevent shortages
The EU Commission outlined new guidelines related to Coronavirus Monday, aiming to ensure the right treatment of people who have to travel and ensure essential goods and services remain available.

EU package to counter economic impact of Coronavirus
The EU set out Friday its response to the Coronavirus public health emergency with a package to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

European Coordinated Response on Coronavirus - background guide
The EU Commission presented on 13 March an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

EU moves to strengthen Coronavirus coordination
EU health and interior ministers are to consult daily on COVID-19, EU leaders decided at a video conference on Wednesday, ensuring proper coordination and aiming for common European guidance.

Employers must plan for coronavirus without creating panic
Responding to Government warnings that one fifth of the UK workforce could be absent through illness at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, Shainaz Firfiray, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Warwick Business School, said:

EU commits EUR 232m to combat Coronavirus
The European Commission announced Monday a new aid package worth EUR 232 million to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

EU response to Coronavirus COVID-19
The European Commission is supporting EU Member States and strengthening international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

EU rules on tobacco taxation no longer deter smokers
EU rules on the taxation of tobacco, while working well in terms of predictability and stability for EU Member State fiscal revenue, are less effective in deterring consumption, an EU report found on Monday.

Brussels opens consultation on Europe cancer plan
The European Commission opened a public consultation Tuesday to gather views on the outline of its Cancer Plan, with the aim of helping to identify priority areas and the scope for future action at EU level.

Beating Cancer Plan - background guide
On World Cancer Day 2020, the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action.

Health systems in Europe: vaccine hesitancy a major public health threat
Vaccine hesitancy is a major public health threat all across Europe, the European Commission finds in reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries, published on Thursday.

Little progress in EU's fight against antimicrobial resistance: auditors
The EU's fight against 'superbugs', especially bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, has brought little progress to date, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

First Ebola vaccine receives European approval
The European Commission adopted a decision Tuesday granting the first-ever market authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.

Global Vaccination Summit
The European Commission is organising, in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), a Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September 2019, in Brussels.