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Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

ENVI Environment05-11-2014 - 18:11
Official logo of the COP20, UN Climate Change Conference in Lima  

Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, said the Environment Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund so as to mobilise USD 100 billion per year by 2020, and called on other donors to play their part too. (Read more: Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris )

 

Ebola: from minor outbreak to humanitarian disaster in Africa

Others Institutions / Public health05-11-2014 - 16:30
EXERCICES DE PREPARATION ET FORMATION AU SAMU DE PARIS POUR UNE PRISE EN CHARGE DES CAS POSSIBLES D INFECTION A VIRUS EBOLA. @BELGA_MAXPPP_X.de Torres  

The risk of Ebola spreading in Europe might be low, but the outbreak has proved disastrous for the affected African countries. The Ebola crisis was discussed by the public health committee on 5 November, during which Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's regional director for Europe, said that European countries were well prepared for the disease. The development committee also debated the outbreak on 3 November with ambassadors of the affected countries, who stressed the need for a post- Ebola Marshall plan. (Read more: Ebola: from minor outbreak to humanitarian disaster in Africa )

 

Rajendra Pachauri: "We really need action on climate change now"

Others Institutions / Research and innovation / Environment05-11-2014 - 13:31
Interview with Rajendra Pachauri  

Our planet could heat up by 4.8 degrees and sea levels rise by up to 82 centimetres by 2100, warns the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its latest assessment report released on Sunday. IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its work. We interviewed IPCC chair Dr Rajendra Pachauri when he took part in a conference organised by the Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body in Brussels on 4 November. (Read more: Rajendra Pachauri: "We really need action on climate change now" )

 

Ebola: from local outbreak to global epidemic

Others Public health15-10-2014 - 16:42
A file handout picture taken and released on August 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival in Spain. The Carlos III hospital announced on August 12, 2014 that the evacuated Spanish priest Miguel Pajares has died. ©BELGA/AFP PHOTO/SPANISH DEFENSE MINISTRY/INAKI GOMEZ  

What started as an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has evolved into a world-wide threat, with the first European case having been reported in Spain. MEPs labelled the outbreak "a global security challenge" in a resolution adopted on 18 September. Europe's response to the Ebola crisis will be debated during the plenary session again on 20 October. We discussed the issue with the chairs of the development and public health committees. (Read more: Ebola: from local outbreak to global epidemic )

 

Novel food: innovation or health hazard?

Others Consumers / Public health / Food safety13-10-2014 - 14:16
In 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5% of a bread product's total matter ©BELGA-EASYFOTOSTOCK  

What exactly is novel food? A new proposal setting out to define novel food and streamline the authorisation process will be discussed by the EP's food safety committee today. The European Commission already proposed in 2008 to revise existing regulation, but politicians were unable to agree on it because it include food from cloned animals, which is not part of the new proposal. Follow the discussion live on our website. (Read more: Novel food: innovation or health hazard? )

 

Interview: how to charge firms for CO2 emissions without it costing jobs

Others Energy / Environment24-09-2014 - 15:05
Interview with Bas Eickhout  

Charging companies for CO2 emissions can be a great way of encouraging them to become cleaner, but also risks pushing them to move production to somewhere with lower environmental standards. The European Commission aims to prevent the practice known as carbon leakage by continuing to give some allowances away for free. Bas Eickhout proposed to block this decision, saying many industries can afford to pay for the allowances. The environment committee voted against his proposal on 24 September. (Read more: Interview: how to charge firms for CO2 emissions without it costing jobs )

 

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament

Plenary Session Public health18-09-2014 - 12:30
Health care worker in front of an hospital in Liberia  

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been underrated by the international community and now constitutes a challenge to global security, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. As the affected countries face socio-economic collapse, the deployment of military assets under the UN flag should be considered and access to existing treatments speeded up, they add. (Read more: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is a global security issue, says Parliament )

 

MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines

Plenary Session Public health17-09-2014 - 11:56

The pharmaceutical industry is raising the prices of new, life-saving medicines ever higher, thus threatening the equal access to treatments while increasing the burden on healthcare systems, said MEPs during a debate with Council and the Commission on Tuesday. The issue will be discussed during the next informal Health Council meeting of 22-23 September. (Read more: MEPs question high pricing of certain life-saving medicines )