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A proposed law to make tobacco less attractive to young people, inter alia by banning sweet or fruity flavours, is to be put to a vote on Tuesday. The draft, as amended by the Public Health Committee, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products. (Read more: Making tobacco less attractive to young people )

 
 

Interview on tobacco reform - challenges and regrets

Others Public health04-09-2013 - 15:37
 

During the September plenary, there will be a decisive vote on a proposal to update the tobacco directive. Find out more about it by watching the double interview with two members of the public health committee giving their views on the reform plans that the committee adopted on 10 July. (Read more: Interview on tobacco reform - challenges and regrets )

 
 
A packet of cigarettes  

Preventing young people from starting to smoke is the main aim of an update of European rules on tobacco products agreed by the Parliament on 26 February. With 700,000 deaths a year, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the EU. Even though the number of smokers in EU is falling, one in four Europeans still smokes, while 94% of smokers are hooked before they turn 25. (Read more: Tobacco directive: preventing the young from picking up a deadly habit )

 
 

Change in biofuels policy: towards real emission cuts and greater food security

Others Energy / Transport / Environment24-07-2013 - 11:36
Biofuels  

The EU has promoted turning plants into fuel as a way to reduce carbon emissions from transport for the last 10 years. Today however, some say that biofuels have become part of the problem and actually have generated more CO2 than they saved, as the demand for crops needed to produce them has led to the destruction of forests. The EU now wants to limit the amount of fuel produced from food crops and shift to biofuels that are produced from non–food sources, such as waste. (Read more: Change in biofuels policy: towards real emission cuts and greater food security )

 
 

Public health committee votes to ban slim and flavoured cigarettes

Others Public health11-07-2013 - 17:55
infographic on smoking  

A ban on slim cigarettes and the use of flavourings in tobacco products were approved by the EP's public health committee on 10 July in a bid to make smoking less attractive for young people. The tougher rules also include a requirement for health warnings on every side of a cigarette pack, but leaves the door open for life-saving e-cigarettes. The new legislation should help to reduce the 700,000 people dying each year due to smoking, the EU's leading cause of preventable death. (Read more: Public health committee votes to ban slim and flavoured cigarettes )

 
 

"Biofuels should deliver greenhouse gas emission cuts and not compete with food"

Others Transport / Environment10-07-2013 - 15:31
Interview with Corinne Lepage  

Fuel from food crops have been pitched as a way to reduce carbon emissions from transport, however questions have been raised about how green these biofuels really are. The EU has supported them for the last 10 years, but last year the Commission proposed to limit the amount of food-based biofuels. We asked Corinne Lepage, a French member of the ALDE group in charge of steering the fuel quality and renewable energy directives through EP, about the challenges posed by biofuels. (Read more: "Biofuels should deliver greenhouse gas emission cuts and not compete with food" )

 
 

ETS: how to boost green innovation at a time of crisis

Others Environment04-07-2013 - 13:57
Interview with Mathias Groote  

Investment in clean technologies has also suffered because of the crisis, but on 3 July MEPs backed a plan to make it more attractive again. By permitting the sale of some CO2 permits to be delayed, the proposal will boost their price and breathe new life into the EU's emissions trading system (ETS). ETS was set up by the EU to encourage companies to adopt greener methods and cut greenhouse gases. We talked to Matthias Groote about the importance of the new plan. (Read more: ETS: how to boost green innovation at a time of crisis )

 
 
Gilles Pargneaux  

Planes and high-speed trains have made it easier for viruses and diseases to spread quickly but how should Europe protect itself against such health threats? On 2 July MEPs will debate a report by Gilles Pargneaux on a Commission proposal to improve the EU's response and vote on it the following day. We asked Mr Pargneaux, a French member of the S&D group, how the new approach could make a difference in life-or-death situations. (Read more: Gilles Pargneaux: We will be able to vaccinate more quickly in urgent situations )

 
 

New rules set to inject new life into clinical trials

Others Research and innovation / Public health31-05-2013 - 10:15
MEP Wilmott is giving an interview  

Clinical trials are set to become better, faster and safer under new rules approved by the EP's public health committee on 30 May. The rules will have to be approved by the EP during the October plenary as well as by the Council before they can enter into force. Glenis Willmott, who wrote the report with recommendations, believes they will also make the trials quicker and more transparent and help to provide better treatment. We asked Ms Willmott, a British member of the S&D group, for details. (Read more: New rules set to inject new life into clinical trials )

 
 

Live: presentation of European Drug Report for 2013

Others Public health30-05-2013 - 09:01
Watch it live  

One in four adults in Europe - more than 85 million people - have tried illicit drugs at some point in their lives. But is the situation getting better or worse? A new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction gives all the facts, such as that 73 new psychoactive substances were sold for the first time in the EU in 2012. The agency's 2013 annual report will be presented to the EP's justice and home affairs committee on 30 May. Follow it live on our website. (Read more: Live: presentation of European Drug Report for 2013 )