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26th May 2020

EU focuses on breast implants

The EU Commission is putting the final touches to a regulation to ensure better control and information of patients having breast enlargement operations. The regulations are aimed at ensuring that women, who wish to get cloisonné, saltwater or soya-bean-olie in-operated, get appropriate information before going ahead.

Furthermore, the Commission aims to ensure that the surgeons are father to all safety procedures. "All together we want more focus on safety," said European civil servant Ingeborg Gaspard, according to the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

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The Commission regulation is a result of lobbying by British and Belgium female patient groups, who felt badly informed before their breast enlargement operations, reports Berlingske Tidende.

EU data protection rules abused to censor media

This week the EU's data protection rules (known as the GDPR) are two-years old. While the controversial GDPR was intended to offer greater privacy rights, it has also been abused by some authorities to muzzle a free press.

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Draft EU 'green recovery' plan amid clash over natural gas

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Opinion

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Agenda

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