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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

Revenue drains

Falling water consumption in many parts of Western Europe is impacting the business model of water suppliers. How do we deal with this drop in revenue? Why is the demand for drinking water decreasing? Evidence shows that in Europe, but more acutely in Western Europe, drinking water consumption per capita is falling.   This is… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

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

(Author: George Thurley, Policy Officer Healthy Trade and Food, Drink and Agriculture at EPHA) Diet is the foremost risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs): the average European consumes too much sugar, too much saturated fat, and too much salt. The share of people who are overweight or obese has steadily increased between 2010 and 2014… » read more

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

The Commission has just received more than one million signatures opposing glyphosate, the active substance which had its approval extended until the end of 2017. Since the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) conclusion that the substance is not carcinogenic, the Commission is leaning towards granting a new 10-year authorisation. And now we have a million EU… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Europe needs a strategic approach to combating micropollutants, tackling the problem at source. Further EU legislation is required         Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cosmetics and many other daily products contain chemical substances produced by man. When we use them, they end up in the environment and particularly in our surface waters as micropollutants. These… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

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