1st Jun 2023


EU tattoo ink ban comes into force

A new EU ban on certain types of tattoo ink came into force on Tuesday, prompting outcry from the industry, the BBC reports. The restrictions, part of updated EU regulations on chemicals, known as Reach, were agreed by member states in 2020. The ban covers 4,000 chemicals including isopropanol alcohol, a common ingredient in tattoo inks, although officials say substitutes are already available. The aim is to reduce adverse reactions.

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ECB: eurozone home prices could see 'disorderly' fall

The European Central Bank in its Financial Stability Review warned EU home prices could see a 'disorderly' fall as high mortgage rates are making houses unaffordable for households and unattractive for investors.

Adapting to Southern Europe's 'new normal' — from droughts to floods

Extreme weather events in recent months have worsened agricultural production in southern Europe, prompting concerns for authorities in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. As countries will likely face dryer conditions, experts urge adaptation measures for the 'new normal'.

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