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Curing our medicinal ailment

  The Dutch water sector believes that pharmaceutical residues should not be found in drinking water sources. Responsibility should be taken along the chain       Around 10-15 years ago, the first research reports were published stating that surface water in The Netherlands contained pharmaceutical residues. The concentrations of these residues were extremely low.… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

Guest post by Dr. Laurens Ankersmit, ClientEarth trade lawyer   On the website promoting the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), the Canadian government proudly lists the ‘opportunities and benefits of CETA for Canada’s oil and gas exporters’. However, provisions on combatting climate change are completely absent from this ‘progressive’ agreement. It was one of the main… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Following the White paper of the Future of the European Union, the European Commission plans to make its proposal for the next, 7 year Multiannual Financial Framework in May 2018 with the aim of having an agreed budget before the EU elections in 2019. While the European Commission discussed with high level speakers the different… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

While all stakeholders – including key Member States, Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and even the Commission’s own Health Directorate – agree upon the strong EU added value of the Health Programme, reducing EU health policy to the absolut minimum post 2020 is still on its making. Despite the worrying signs,… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

A seemingly insignificant debate is going on in the European Union, which will soon reveal its true magnitude if Brussels isn’t careful. A new regulation is being drafted, with a possible dramatic lowering of the cadmium levels admitted in phosphate-based fertilizers. The commission, lobbied by Russia, wants 20 mg per kilo, and Parliament barely voted… » read more

  Posted by Ethics, compliance and consumer goods

Glyphosate: le scandale enfle

Post en tant qu’invité par Marcel Kuntz, directeur de recherche au CNRS   Une tribune d‘Euractiv (https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/from-the-monsanto-papers-to-iarc-gate-a-glyphosate-story/) a déjà révélé les soubassements de la campagne d’interdiction du glyphosate. Ces faits, mis au jour en juillet 2017, ne semblent pas avoir touchés le personnel politique européen. Ont-ils besoin de plus d’éléments ? Eh bien justement, il… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

High medicine prices is a key public health challenge in Europe and Trade policy – an exclusive EU competence can improve or exacerbate the situation. Free Trade and Investment agreements can make easier or harder for European governments to change existing policies to curb the costs of pharmaceuticals. Following a civil society dialogue meeting with… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

Road to reform

  Improvements in the Bulgarian water supply and sanitation sector are underway. However, more investment and further EU assistance is still required   The reform of the Bulgarian water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector has been an issue since the mid-1990s. The reform itself was partially prepared by different governments over the years but for… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

Brussels, 27th September 2017. – The Future of EU Finances has been taking shape in front of our eyes. After carefully listening to what was officially presented on behalf of the Commission about the Future of EU Finances, I tried to identify 6 guiding principles which I think will shape and shake the post 2020… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

In the European Commission, they like having the power but not the responsibility. They like pressure even less. As NGOs and certain journalists go after glyphosate, the Commission is muddling through and passing the buck to the Member States without any hesitation. It is worth recalling that before the Lisbon Treaty, Member States formally possessed… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

State of the Union and Health

Genval, 13th September 2017. – Despite the specific demand of civil society to prioritise health and the call of more than 70 MEPs, health did not make it to be mentioned by President Juncker in the State of the Union speech. He expressed himself strongly on equality of opportunities and mentioned that children in Romania… » read more

  Posted by My European Civil Voice - Zoltán Massay-Kosubek @EU_ZMK

By Chenoa Geerts, Associate Political Consultant Running up to the Brexit referendum it was often referred to as “scaremongering”, when politicians, industry representatives, academics or economists emphasised the adverse consequences of leaving the EU. Many today still say that those negative effects have not materialised over a year after the referendum. However, it is safe… » read more

  Posted by The Whitehouse Consultancy

By Viviana Spaghetti, Political Consultant It is a cardinal rule of influencing the policy-making process in the EU that the earlier you’re in the game, the better your chances of achieving your objective. In Brussels, it is vital to talk to the European Commission – the EU civil service – before a legislative proposal is… » read more

  Posted by The Whitehouse Consultancy

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