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Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Public health26-05-2016 - 15:48

Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants comply fully with safety and traceability requirements were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. MEPs also secured tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. those used for pregnancy or DNA testing. (Read more: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

700,000 deaths a year: tackling smoking in the EU

Others Public health19-05-2016 - 11:16
Tobacco infographics EN v2  

More than one in four Europeans smoke. Half of them will die prematurely, shortening their life by 14 years on average. From 20 May new European legislation will be in place to make smoking and cigarettes less attractive, especially among young people. Read on to find out what will change and check out our infographic about smokers in the EU. (Read more: 700,000 deaths a year: tackling smoking in the EU )

 

MEPs renew call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety12-05-2016 - 13:08

Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs reiterate once again in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. Mandatory labelling would help improve consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. (Read more: MEPs renew call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk )

 

Towards emission curbs for off-road machinery

ENVI Environment26-04-2016 - 16:54

Plans to update EU type approval rules and emission limits for internal combustion engines in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), such as lawn mowers, bulldozers, diesel locomotives and inland waterway vessels, were backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. These plans had already been agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. NRMM engines account for about 15% of all NOx and 5% of particulate emissions in the EU. (Read more: Towards emission curbs for off-road machinery )

 

Glyphosate: authorise for just seven years and professional uses only, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Environment / Public health13-04-2016 - 14:41
agriculture, tractor spraying pesticides on field farm  

Given concerns about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, used in many farm and garden applications, the EU Commission should renew its marketing approval for just 7 years, instead of 15, and for professional uses only, Parliament says in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs call for an independent review and the publication of all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate. (Read more: Glyphosate: authorise for just seven years and professional uses only, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk

ENVI Public health / Food safety22-03-2016 - 17:52

Food safety MEPs reiterated their support for introducing mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk, in a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. Mandatory labelling would help maintain consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. (Read more: MEPs reiterate call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk )

 

Glyphosate herbicide: don’t renew its authorisation, urge MEPs

ENVI Public health22-03-2016 - 14:34

So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorisation. Instead, it should commission an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: Glyphosate herbicide: don’t renew its authorisation, urge MEPs )

 

Earth Hour: European Parliament to switch off its lights

Others Environment17-03-2016 - 16:58

The European Parliament will once again mark "Earth Hour" by switching off lights in all its buildings on Saturday 19 March from 20.30h to 21.30h. "Earth Hour" is a global environmental initiative, begun in Sydney in 2007, to raise awareness of the need to act to fight climate change. (Read more: Earth Hour: European Parliament to switch off its lights )

 

Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health10-03-2016 - 13:21
White chickens farm ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate research into new medicines. (Read more: Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming )

 

MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health08-03-2016 - 13:20
Veterinarian with tablet at pigsty, checking information about diseases  

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases )