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Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Guest blog post by Garlich von Essen, Secretary General, European Seed Association (ESA) and Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding & Innovation Advocacy, European Seed Association (ESA) The Advocate General takes a differentiated view when assessing the regulatory status of plants resulting from new breeding methods. The latest plant breeding methods like genome editing can help… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

All economic activities related to research, development, production, trade and consumption of plants, animals and all other living things are defined as “bioeconomy”. Scientifically bioeconomy aims at producing economical gains by generating surplus values using new methods such as biotechnology with the targeted profits of improved health, increased productivity and higher quality in agricultural and… » read more

  Posted by Nacikgoz

Gastbeitrag von MdEP Alberto Cirio. Jede achte Frau erkrankt im Laufe ihres Lebens an Brustkrebs. Und bei fast jeder dritten Brustkrebspatientin entwickeln sich Metastasen. In Italien allein leiden 30.000 Frauen an metastasiertem Brustkrebs (MBK). Und die Zahlen scheinen weiter anzusteigen. Die gute Nachricht ist allerdings, dass laut der italienischen Überwachungsagentur für seltene Krankheiten die Überlebensrate… » read more

  Posted by Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in Europe

            Dionisio González is the Advocacy & Outreach Director at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport. UITP is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and it is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. Cities around the world are… » read more

  Posted by International Association of Public Transport

If the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal has hammered home one thing, it is that data is the fuel keeping our increasingly digitized economies running. Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who testified last Tuesday to the House of Commons’ select committee on the matter, said as much when he compared data to electricity in our modern societies.… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

In the context of shaping the Future of Europe, the health community can bring the Wind of Change to the EU institutional renewal process by making the case for the added value of EU action on air pollution at European, national and local level, by pointing out the health benefits. Why is air pollution the… » read more

  Posted by Hungarian-European Citizen

The EU’s budget line for EU health action (‘the Health programme’) will be either dismantled and mashed into the ‘soup’ of the Single Market with other ingredients such as food safety, animal, and plant health or will remain a stand-alone programme which would be actually better for citizens. Here is why. Cooking a healthy EU… » read more

  Posted by Hungarian-European Citizen

Le parcours de Suzanne, diagnostiquée d’un cancer du sein métastatique en 2011, est loin d’avoir été idéal et devrait inspirer les décideurs politiques européens. Suzanne a été diagnostiquée d’un cancer du sein métastatique il y a six ans. Nous croyons tous que nous vivons dans une société humaine et solidaire, où les personnes atteintes d’une… » read more

  Posted by Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in Europe

Guest blog post by Stefan Rating, an expert in competition and regulatory Law at Rating Legis SLP and a former European Commission special assistant to the Director General of DG Competition. Today, the European Commission cleared a merger first announced on January 16th, 2017 and notified on August 22nd., Essilor/Luxottica (M. 8394). Unusually after a… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

A delegated act tabled under EU tobacco legislation has sparked off an intriguing debate about the relationship between international treaties and EU secondary legislation. Is the European Commission respecting the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products? In past years the Newsletter has spilt copious amounts of ink writing about the relationship between… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

It is astonishing that even the current, ‘doing less’ Commission which believes in no regulation and self-regulation, decided to act on countries breaching the air pollution standards. But is it enough to make a difference? How many scandals do we need until policy action on air quality is being seriously considered? Air pollution infrigements on… » read more

  Posted by Hungarian-European Citizen

By Margherita Tolotto, the EEB Policy Officer for Air and Noise. This week’s summit of EU environment ministers is a welcome opportunity to move air pollution to the top of the political agenda. Announcing the summit in a blog post last week, Commissioner Vella said that a Europe that cares “cannot sit by as 400,000… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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