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EU urges stronger Ebola response from member states

16.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU is pressing member states to step up efforts against Ebola as the epidemic continues to spread through parts of west Africa. On Monday (15 September), the EU commissioners for health, development, and ...

Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

22.08.14 @ 12:40

A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty five percent believed that it should be ...

Tobacco lobbying warped EU law, British scientists 'prove'

20.08.14 @ 07:37

Industry lobbying saw EU institutions water down a landmark tobacco law between 2009 and 2014, a new study by British scientists has found. The survey, published in Tobacco Control, an offshoot of the British Medical ...

EU countries keeping wary eye on Ebola threat

15.08.14 @ 09:21

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa could see infected people enter the EU before the virus is detected, but EU and UN experts have repeated that the risk of it spreading in Europe is “very low”. The outbreak - in Guinea, ...

Ebola risk in Europe 'extremely low'

30.07.14 @ 19:17

The risk of Ebola reaching the EU is “extremely low” but the possibility cannot be ruled out entirely, EU experts say. An EU official told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (30 July) any infected person arriving in the ...

Controversial maternity leave bill scrapped

16.07.14 @ 08:54

A bill to reform 20-year old EU laws on maternity leave is being withdrawn after being stuck at the member state level for too long. “The commission’s proposal on the maternity leave directive has not been discussed for ...

EU fines pharma-giants €427mn in ‘pay for delay’ case

09.07.14 @ 19:17

French pharmaceutical firm Servier will bear the brunt of a €427 million anti-trust fine in the largest ‘pay for delay’ case brought by the European Commission. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday (9 July), EU ...

Tobacco giant initiates EU court challenge

30.06.14 @ 09:34

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to challenge new EU rules on tobacco to see if it can get the stricter labelling requirements changed. The Marlboro manufacturer on Friday (27 June) said the EU’s ...

EU survey sees happy Danes, grumpy Bulgarians

18.06.14 @ 19:12

Scandinavians may be among Europe’s highest taxed, but they are also the happiest according to new research by the UK’s Office of National Statistics. Nine out ten people in Denmark and Finland described themselves as ...

Austerity measures destroying EU social model: report

03.06.14 @ 09:28

Austerity measures meant to pull Europe out of the crisis have put some 800,000 children into poverty. The findings, among others, are detailed in a 357-page World Social Protection report out Tuesday (3 June) by the ...

EU ban on 'king of mangoes' causes stir in India

08.05.14 @ 09:30

A health and safety measure quietly imposed by EU officials to protect the bloc's crops is to deprive Europeans of access to India's "king of mangoes". The EU's 18 month mango ban, which began on 1 May and will last ...

MEPs restrict child-friendly tobacco products

26.02.14 @ 18:26

New EU-wide rules to curb smoking are likely to be adopted over the summer as MEPs backed a bill on Wednesday (26 February) to restrict tobacco use, flavourings, adverts, and the sale of electronic cigarettes. With some ...

Greece and creditors guilty of 'denialism' over public health crisis

21.02.14 @ 18:45

The Greek government and its creditors are guilty of "denialism" about the scale of the public health crisis caused by the country's harsh austerity programme, leading international medical researchers have claimed. A ...

First EU citizens' initiative calls for right to water

17.02.14 @ 20:47

EU law should guarantee the right to water and sanitation, the first valid EU citizens’ initiative has said. It also called for water services not to face liberalisation, collecting 1.8 million signatures after a ...

EU ditches plan to regulate on shale gas

22.01.14 @ 17:35

The European Commission has backed away from tabling new laws to regulate shale gas extraction, choosing to leave national governments in charge on the controversial practice. Instead, the EU executive proposed a set of ...

EU lawmakers agree tobacco bill

18.12.13 @ 18:41

EU lawmakers reached an agreement on the new tobacco products bill after negotiators clashed on electronic cigarettes earlier in the week. “It’s a happy day for anybody who wants to fight the use of tobacco,” EU ...

MEPs back higher medical safety standards following PIP scandal

22.10.13 @ 18:53

Medical devices ranging from pacemakers to breast implants will be subject to stricter controls under rules agreed by MEPs on Tuesday (22 October). Deputies voted by a large majority to support two new laws covering ...

Europe's city dwellers at high risk of pollution exposure

15.10.13 @ 20:33

Over 90 percent of people living in Europe's cities are exposed to high levels of dangerous air pollutants, according to research by the EU's environment watchdog. The findings are part of the annual 'Air Quality in ...

MEPs approve disputed tobacco law

08.10.13 @ 18:53

The European Parliament on Tuesday (8 October) backed rules to tighten the marketing and labelling of tobacco products, but the original European Commission proposal was substantially weakened in the process. The ...

Tobacco giant spent up to €1.25mn on EU lobbying in 2012

03.10.13 @ 19:00

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) was said to have spent €1.5 million on lunches and dinners in an effort to woo MEPs into weakening the revised EU legislation on tobacco products up for a vote at the next ...

Northern Europe best region in the world for elderly

02.10.13 @ 09:20

Sweden, Norway and Germany are the best places in the world for elderly people when it comes to healthcare, pensions and an environment allowing them to still be active, according to Global Age Watch a first-ever study ...

EU commission attacks 'legal highs'

17.09.13 @ 20:03

The European Commission has proposed to make it easier to ban "legal highs" and for countries to jail people who ignore the bans. Legal highs are chemicals which replicate the effects of illicit drugs such as cocaine, ...

Tobacco firms under fire for EU lobbying

12.09.13 @ 09:28

Lobbying by companies such as Philip Morris risks harming the EU's new anti-tobacco law, senior policy makers have said. Lithuania's health minister, Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of steering the bill through the EU ...

Tobacco lobbying derails MEP vote

09.09.13 @ 09:29

Intense tobacco lobbying in Brussels may have derailed a key vote among Euro-deputies to restrict the sale and distribution of the product. Deputies were set to vote on a tobacco products directive this week in a wider ...

Nordic countries score high on social justice

17.07.13 @ 10:13

Scandinavian countries have the most equitable societies in Europe, according to research by the Bertelsmann Foundation, a German-based think tank. They found the strongest social cohesion in Denmark, Norway, Finland ...

MEPs crack down on cigarette advertising

12.07.13 @ 09:37

Health warnings must cover at least 75 percent of the surface of cigarette packs, according to the European Parliament's public health committee. In a bid to dissuade the young from taking up the habit, lawmakers voted ...

EU ministers endorse ban on menthol cigarettes

21.06.13 @ 19:10

EU ministers of health have reached political agreement to strengthen EU tobacco legislation in an effort to curb the number of smokers. “I do believe that this is truly an important step because it is about stopping ...

EU fines Danish pharma-giant in first 'pay for delay' case

20.06.13 @ 09:44

The European Commission has fined Danish pharmaceutical firm Lundbeck €93.8 million, saying it paid rival companies to delay production of generic versions of anti-depressant medication Citalopram. It is the first "pay ...

FocusHeart of the matter: who owns your health data?

03.05.13 @ 09:24

The titanium metal box implanted inside Hugo Campos' chest keeps him alive. The size of a wristwatch, the €20,000 gadget houses a generator, circuitry and a battery with thin wires attached directly to the Californian's ...

Olaf leak: no clear evidence against Dalli

29.04.13 @ 14:00

EU anti-fraud office Olaf had no hard evidence that former health commissioner John Dalli tried to solicit a bribe from a tobacco firm. The information comes from its confidential report into the Dalli case, part of ...

From Dalligate to Olafgate: supervisors condemn EU anti-fraud office

23.04.13 @ 10:53

The EU anti-fraud office, Olaf, violated its mandate and broke EU laws in its "Dalligate" probe, according to a leaked report by its own supervisors. The leaked paper - a five-page executive summary of a more extensive ...

OpinionWhy are our medicines so expensive?

12.04.13 @ 09:15

In the lead-up to an inter ministerial meeting between EU and India next week, European trade negotiators continue to pressure India and other developing countries to accept so-called “free trade” agreements that favour ...

European health improvements unequal, WHO says

13.03.13 @ 09:22

Europeans are living longer but health inequalities between men and women, countries and population segments are in some cases getting worse. The conclusions were made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its ...

Question marks over EU register of bad doctors

01.03.13 @ 11:22

In recent years, cases of doctors who are guilty of malpractice and then migrate to other European countries to continue their practice have been causing public outrage. Now, the European Commission wants to install a ...

EU tobacco lobbying is 'David vs. Goliath'

26.02.13 @ 09:26

The tobacco industry in Brussels spends over €5 million a year and employs around around 100 full-time lobbyists to influence EU legislation, says an anti-smoking advocacy group. “These figures are only the tip of the ...

FeatureTuberculosis - an old plague comes back stronger

25.02.13 @ 09:07

Over the course of two weeks in 2011, Stefan Radut lost seven kilos in weight. He coughed constantly. He was chronically tired and had difficulty sleeping. His girlfriend finally persuaded him to go to a doctor. There ...

Traceability of goods must improve, says EU

13.02.13 @ 18:57

Any non-food product sold in the EU must be traceable and labelled with the name and address of its manufacturer. The rules are part of a larger safety and market surveillance package put forward on Wednesday (13 ...

EU to ban menthol cigarettes, impose scary pictures

19.12.12 @ 17:29

All cigarette packs in the EU from 2015 onward will be plastered with images of diseased body parts, menthol, vanilla and slim cigarettes will be banned, while snus - a type of mouth tobacco - will not be sold outside ...

FocusDisability in figures

22.11.12 @ 13:14

People from Malta are least likely to say they have health problems that limit their daily activities. In 2011, almost 88 out of 100 told EU pollsters they were fine. In contrast, only 64 percent of Slovenes did and - ...

Left-wing MEPs unimpressed by Borg

15.11.12 @ 09:28

Euro deputies have given mixed views on Tonio Borg, Malta’s candidate for EU commissioner on health and consumer affairs. Socialist group leader Hannes Swoboda said on Wednesday (14 November) his group would support ...

Would-be commissioner takes step toward EU approval

14.11.12 @ 09:38

A leading critic of Malta's would-be EU commissioner has said he will back him after his answers on gay rights at a European Parliament hearing. British centre-left MEP Michael Cashman - who co-chairs parliament's gay ...

Borg woos left-wing vote in EU parliament

12.11.12 @ 09:28

Malta's would-be EU commissioner, Tonio Borg, has tried to dispel his image as a Roman Catholic hardliner in a bid to win MEPs' approval. The 55-year-old politician said in his written reply to a European Parliament ...

EU freezes tobacco law after lobbying scandal

17.10.12 @ 18:06

The European Commission has frozen work on its new anti-tobacco law, despite warnings it is falling into a tobacco industry trap. Spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen said on Wednesday (17 October) that internal talks on ...

EU commissioner resigns in tobacco-lobby dispute

16.10.12 @ 18:49

EU health commissioner John Dalli has resigned "to defend his reputation" in a dispute on tobacco lobbying. The European Commission said its top Maltese official stepped down on Tuesday (16 October) after his boss, Jose ...

Drug supplies to EU crisis countries at risk, warn health analysts

23.08.12 @ 20:42

Speculators are threatening the supply of medication to countries worst hit by the sovereign debt crisis, according to research by business analysts GlobalData. GlobalData's report, published Wednesday (22 August) ...

FocusCommission accused of censorship

15.06.12 @ 18:45

The European Commission on Friday (15 June) was accused of censorship for omitting from a report on men's health issues such as homosexuality, condom use, divorce and suicide. The commission, for its part, denies any ...

Commission to re-write rules following PIP breast implant scandal

15.06.12 @ 09:33

The European Commission has promised to re-write EU legislation on medical devices to avoid a repeat of the breast implant scandal involving now defunct French-firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) which emerged last year. ...

Europeans cannot shake suicidal habit

31.05.12 @ 09:16

It killed 695,000 people in the EU last year. But despite restaurant bans and gruesome health labels, the number of smokers is hardly going down. A European Commission survey published for the UN's international anti- ...

FocusBelgian trades EU for US to build Star Trek medical device

15.03.12 @ 09:44

Start Trek fans will know about the Tricorder, a handheld device used by Captain Kirk and company to, among other things, scan the biological state of the living creatures they encountered on their interplanetary voyage ...

FocusThe EU and e-health: a European disease

14.03.12 @ 09:01

Healthcare, strictly speaking, is none of the EU's business. It is a sensitive issue that member states have largely preferred to keep in their own hands. They have allowed the EU to do little more than "support, co- ...