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Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - State of play with the epidemics; preparedness and response measurers

17-02-2020

Following the extraordinary Council meeting of health ministers on 13 February 2020, this paper summarises the latest available information on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the Union’s preparedness and response actions. It is an extended and updated version of the “At a Glance” overview, published on 14 February 2020.

Following the extraordinary Council meeting of health ministers on 13 February 2020, this paper summarises the latest available information on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the Union’s preparedness and response actions. It is an extended and updated version of the “At a Glance” overview, published on 14 February 2020.

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

13-02-2020

The paper summarises the latest available information on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the Union’s preparedness and response actions .

The paper summarises the latest available information on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the Union’s preparedness and response actions .

Commitments made at the hearing of Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS, Commissioner-designate - Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

22-11-2019

The commissioner-designate, Virginijus Sinkevičius, appeared before the European Parliament on 3 October 2019 to answer questions put by MEPs from the Committees on ENVI and PECH. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including conserving Europe’s natural environment and prosperous and sustainable ...

The commissioner-designate, Virginijus Sinkevičius, appeared before the European Parliament on 3 October 2019 to answer questions put by MEPs from the Committees on ENVI and PECH. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including conserving Europe’s natural environment and prosperous and sustainable fishing and a thriving blue economy.

Commitments made at the hearing of Frans TIMMERMANS, Executive Vice-President-designate - European Green Deal

22-11-2019

The commissioner-designate, Frans Timmermans, appeared before the European Parliament on 08 October 2019 to answer questions from MEPs in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "A European Green Deal" and a "Climate ...

The commissioner-designate, Frans Timmermans, appeared before the European Parliament on 08 October 2019 to answer questions from MEPs in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "A European Green Deal" and a "Climate Action". The quotes included in this document only make reference to the oral commitments made during the hearing.

Medicines and Medical Devices

01-02-2018

Medicines and medical devices are subject to the rules of the single market and have a direct impact on people’s health. A robust legal framework is in place to protect public health and guarantee the safety of these products. It covers the full cycle, from trials and testing, to authorisation for placement on the market, to surveillance and recall. Access to affordable medicines, the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the ethical conduct of clinical trials, and incentives to research and development ...

Medicines and medical devices are subject to the rules of the single market and have a direct impact on people’s health. A robust legal framework is in place to protect public health and guarantee the safety of these products. It covers the full cycle, from trials and testing, to authorisation for placement on the market, to surveillance and recall. Access to affordable medicines, the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the ethical conduct of clinical trials, and incentives to research and development are just some of the key issues the EU deals with in this field. In order to keep up with scientific and technological advancement and respond to emerging health threats, legislative and policy measures are subject to regular evaluation and follow-up.

Food safety

01-02-2018

European food safety policy aims are twofold: to protect human health and consumers’ interests, and to foster the smooth operation of the European single market. The EU thus ensures that control standards are established and adhered to in the areas of feed and food-product hygiene, animal health, plant health and the prevention of food contamination from external substances. The Union also regulates labelling for food and feed products.

European food safety policy aims are twofold: to protect human health and consumers’ interests, and to foster the smooth operation of the European single market. The EU thus ensures that control standards are established and adhered to in the areas of feed and food-product hygiene, animal health, plant health and the prevention of food contamination from external substances. The Union also regulates labelling for food and feed products.

Environment policy: general principles and basic framework

01-02-2018

European environment policy rests on the principles of precaution, prevention and rectifying pollution at source, and on the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Multiannual environmental action programmes set the framework for future action in all areas of environment policy. They are embedded in horizontal strategies and taken into account in international environmental negotiations. Last but not least, implementation is crucial.

European environment policy rests on the principles of precaution, prevention and rectifying pollution at source, and on the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Multiannual environmental action programmes set the framework for future action in all areas of environment policy. They are embedded in horizontal strategies and taken into account in international environmental negotiations. Last but not least, implementation is crucial.

Air and noise pollution

01-02-2018

Air pollution and excessive noise harm our health and our environment. Air pollution mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy aims to achieve full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels in the EU and to take the necessary measures to reduce them to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates air and noise pollution ...

Air pollution and excessive noise harm our health and our environment. Air pollution mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy aims to achieve full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels in the EU and to take the necessary measures to reduce them to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates air and noise pollution from specific sources.

Water protection and management

01-02-2018

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) establishes a legal framework to protect and restore clean water in the EU and to ensure its long-term sustainable use. It is complemented by more specific legislation, such as the Drinking or Bathing Water Directive, the Floods Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as by international agreements.

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) establishes a legal framework to protect and restore clean water in the EU and to ensure its long-term sustainable use. It is complemented by more specific legislation, such as the Drinking or Bathing Water Directive, the Floods Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as by international agreements.

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