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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 Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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 Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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 Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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 Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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 Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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