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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

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 Hungarian-European Citizen

    Dear Mr. Andriukaitis, We are the proud parents and representatives of beautiful, funny, noisy children. Some of them live in our hearts, some of them survived cancer after a long and toxic treatment. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, people often comfort parents by invoking progress made in cancer treatments. The scandal… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

The Case Saúl Luciano Lliuya versus RWE, taking place in the German town of Hamm, has now gone into the evidentary phase. This historic lawsuit, in which a Peruvian farmer has sued a German energy giant, might have consequences for investors and firms around the world that might have to deal with more cases of… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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 Hungarian-European Citizen

Days after the UK wrapped up the “Stoptober” campaign to end tobacco consumption, France – still known in some quarters as “Europe’s chimney” – launched Mois Sans Tabac to encourage citizens to quit smoking and bring down national smoking rates from current levels. Tobacco use in the country is still unacceptably high, hovering around 30%… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

Guest post by Paolo Battiston, Executive Vice President Digital Payments & Labs Europe, Mastercard The 4th industrial revolution is here. And it is digital. Unlike any other time in recent history, society is witnessing an intense interest in digital transformation. What is changing is nothing less than how consumers interact: with their families, friends, communities… » 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 Hungarian-European Citizen

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