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EFSA publishes EU Report on Pesticide Residues in Food for 2012EFSA publishes EU Report on Pesticide Residues in Food for 2012

More than 97% of all samples analysed as part of the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in foods contain residue levels that fall within legal limits - with over 54% of samples free from any detectable trace of the chemicals. These findings are part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 2012 annual report on pesticide residues in food. The report is based on the analysis of almost 79 000 food samples carried out by 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

12 December 2014
Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014 Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, to help them make informed choices about what they eat.

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11 December 2014
Agreement reached on GMO CultivationAgreement reached on GMO Cultivation

The Council and Parliament agreed a compromise on the cultivation of genetically modified crops on Thursday. This provisional agreement, if confirmed, would meet Member States' consistent calls since 2009, to have the final say on whether or not GMOs can be cultivated on their territory, in order to better take into account their national context and, above all, the views of their citizens. Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomed the agreement and thanked the members of the Parliament and Council for this significant step forward

04 December 2014
Health at a glance: Europe 2014Health at a glance: Europe 2014

Discover latest information on health and health systems in 35 European countries, including all European Union member states, candidate countries and EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is largely based on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, developed by the European Commission and is complemented by additional OECD indicators.

03 December 2014
Call for experts for the risk assessment of cosmetic products (Deadline: 11 January 2015)Call for experts for the risk assessment of cosmetic products (Deadline: 11 January 2015)

DG Health and Consumers has launched a call for expression of interest to appoint experts who will assist the work of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). They are appointed in their personal capacity as external experts in the working groups of the SCCS.

28 November 2014
GLORE Conference on global coordination of Research and Health Policy on RF Electromagnetic Fields (19-20 November 2014, Luxembourg)GLORE Conference on global coordination of Research and Health Policy on RF Electromagnetic Fields (19-20 November 2014, Luxembourg)

This year the European Commission hosts 18th GLORE meeting in Luxembourg on 19 and 20 November, to present and discuss the research activities and the processes of health risk management and of risk communication, on the possible effects of the electromagnetic fields (EMF) on health.

GLORE is an annual coordination action that involves the delegations of Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, and Australia, composed by scientists and policy authorities.

18 November 2014
Avian Influenza - Commission backs emergency safeguard measuresAvian Influenza - Commission backs emergency safeguard measures

The Commission adopted two emergency safeguard Decisions addressed to The Netherlands and the UK that define the areas that have been placed under stringent veterinary restrictions by those Member States. The measures aim at quickly bringing the disease under control and at preventing the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza within the affected Member States, to other Member States and to third countries while minimising the disturbance to trade.

17 November 2014
HTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology AssessmentsHTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessments

National authorities responsible for Health Technology Assessments (HTA) adopted a Strategy setting out the framework for European cooperation on HTA.

30 October 2014
Scientific committee's preliminary opinion on medical devices containing DEHPScientific committee's preliminary opinion on medical devices containing DEHP

Does high-level DEHP-exposure through the use of blood bags, feeding tubes and other medical devices pose any risk to vulnerable groups like neonates, infants, pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as peri-pubertal males?

Read the preliminary opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks on 'medical devices containing DEHP plasticised PVC or other plasticisers on neonates and other groups possibly at risk' (2014 update) and participate in the public consultation open until 30 November, 2014.

23 October 2014
Leading European experts gather to discuss how to better fight food fraudLeading European experts gather to discuss how to better fight food fraud

The European Commission is co-organising with the Italian Presidency a two day conference, starting 23 October 2014, to raise awareness and promote collaboration between all parties involved in the fight against food fraud.

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20 October 2014
Reducing Food Waste: Commissioner Borg visits leading food distribution centre and food bank in BelgiumReducing Food Waste: Commissioner Borg visits leading food distribution centre and food bank in Belgium

To mark World Food Day, Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg visited a leading food distribution centre and food bank to experience first-hand how their cooperation helps to reduce food waste.

17 October 2014
SCENIHR opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implantsSCENIHR opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants

Stiff joints, aching bones, painful movement - modern medicine has come up with answers to some of the problems of old age. But can some forms of medical interventions like Metal-on-Metal hip and joint replacements actually do more harm than good?

Read the final opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks on "the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants" which takes into consideration the comments received during the public consultation.

10 October 2014
Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future workNewly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work

Synthetic Biology's application is full of exciting possibilities, from adapting crops to thrive in barren lands  to growing new organs to save the lives of transplant recipients. And yet all unexplored scientific territories pose potential risks, which is why the Scientific Committees, after this opinion on SynBio definition, are preparing two more opinions on the methodology to determine what, if any, risks SynBio may potentially pose to public health and what type of further research in this field is required.

02 October 2014
Commission consults the public on criteria to identify Endocrine DisruptorsCommission consults the public on criteria to identify Endocrine Disruptors

The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with hormone systems, which may lead to harmful effects on health and the environment. Input is sought from stakeholders and the public on various options for the criteria and for their implementation.

All citizens and organisations are invited to contribute to the consultation which will be open until 16 January 2015. Replies to the public consultation will, subject to confidentiality rules, be published following the closure of the consultation.

29 September 2014
“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions (23.09.2013)“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions (23.09.2013)

This EU-financed pilot project is officially being launched in two regions each in Poland and Hungary. It aims to encourage children, older people and pregnant women to eat more fruit and vegetables.

23 September 2014
“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities “We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities

An EU-financed pilot project, “We Love Eating” is officially being launched in seven cities across the EU. This European initiative, takes a fun and upbeat approach to healthy eating. Although aimed at the general public, the project is targeted to three main groups: children, pregnant women and older people.

17 September 2014
Animal Health: Commission further reviews control measures to combat African Swine FeverAnimal Health: Commission further reviews control measures to combat African Swine Fever

An update of EU control measures to combat the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) was endorsed by Member State experts on 12 September 2014. These regionalised restrictions, affecting, to differing degrees, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia, identify four levels of risks to animal health, redefine the restricted zones and differentiate between these restricted zones in accordance to the level of risk.

15 September 2014
Animal Health: EU tightens rules on horse passportsAnimal Health: EU tightens rules on horse passports

A Commission proposal to revise rules on the identification of horses was endorsed by EU Member States' experts on 11 September 2014. These revised rules provide a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of the horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent horses excluded from the food chain to, either inadvertently or fraudulently, be slaughtered for human consumption.

12 September 2014
Online comments welcome concerning safety of dental amalgams SCENIHR opinionOnline comments welcome concerning safety of dental amalgams SCENIHR opinion

The Commission and SCENIHR has launched a public consultation, continuing through 16 November 2014, on the preliminary opinion on "The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users".

10 September 2014
Commission adopts proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feedCommission adopts proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feed

On 10 September, the Commission adopted proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed, to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, to foster innovation and to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the EU.

10 September 2014
The Future of Europe is Science – high-level conference, Lisbon 6-7 OctoberThe Future of Europe is Science – high-level conference, Lisbon 6-7 October

The conference, which will be opened by José Manuel Barroso, aims to take stock of European achievements in science over the past 10 years. Discussions will cover the role that science, technology and innovation can play in societal well-being and its potential to stimulate growth, jobs and business development opportunities for Europe.

02 September 2014
BTSF - New open calls for tenderBTSF - New open calls for tender

Three new open calls for tender have been launched under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative and published on 4 August 2014. They concern the organisation and implementation of training activities on "plant health controls" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/01), on "inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment in professional use" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/02) and on "food testing" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/03).

Deadline for submission of offers is 3 October 2014.

14 August 2014
Statement on the Ebola outbreak in West AfricaStatement on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) in West Africa is of serious concern.

The European Commission is closely working with the EU Member States within the Health Security Committee (HSC) to keep them informed about the latest developments and to coordinate approaches on prevention and preparation for Ebola.

08 August 2014
Foot and Mouth Disease: Commission supplies emergency vaccines to Algeria and TunisiaFoot and Mouth Disease: Commission supplies emergency vaccines to Algeria and Tunisia

As an emergency response to a new outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Algeria and Tunisia, Commission is sending a total of 1,1 million doses of FMD vaccines to these countries.

The shipment is due to be delivered to the authorities in the next two weeks and will be used to immunise cattle, sheep and goats. The measure is part of the Commission’s effort to maintain the EU’s FMD-free status.

01 August 2014
Plants: GMO: cotton MON 15985Plants: GMO: cotton MON 15985

One new EFSA opinion on the genetically modified cotton MON 15985 for food and feed uses, import and processing, and for the renewal of authorisation of existing products produced from cotton MON 15985, was published on the 29 July 2014.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a one month period.

29 July 2014
Safety of Tourism Accommodation Services: launch of public consultationSafety of Tourism Accommodation Services: launch of public consultation

The Commission launched on 29 July a Green Paper on the Safety of tourism Accommodation Services. The consultation aims to collect information and evidence on consumers' experiences with tourism accommodation.

29 July 2014
Commission publishes encouraging second round of EU-wide test results for horse meat DNA in beef products: measures to fight food fraud are workingCommission publishes encouraging second round of EU-wide test results for horse meat DNA in beef products: measures to fight food fraud are working

On 24 July 2014, the Commission published the results of a second round of coordinated pan-European testing for horse meat DNA in beef products was launched in April this year. This testing was a follow-up to the exercise carried out in 2013 in the wake of the horse meat crisis, where 4.6% of products tested positive.

This second round of testing was requested and co-financed by the Commission. The findings are encouraging as they show that the situation has significantly improved, with only 0.61% of samples testing positive.

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24 July 2014
Public consultation on the preliminary opinion guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devicesPublic consultation on the preliminary opinion guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. The consultation will run until 03 October 2014.

18 July 2014
In-app purchases: Joint action by the European Commission and Member States leads to better protection for consumers in on-line gamesIn-app purchases: Joint action by the European Commission and Member States leads to better protection for consumers in on-line games

Some practices concerning in-app purchases in online games raised numerous consumer complaints.

As a result of the coordinated enforcement action the Industry committed itself to a number of engagements which seek to address these consumer concerns.

18 July 2014
Cooperation in consumer protection: report takes stock of progressCooperation in consumer protection: report takes stock of progress

Following the publication of the Report on the functioning of the national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws published on the 1st of July, Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica set out his views as to the need for greater co-operation in enforcing consumer rights across the Single market.

07 July 2014
"ECC-Net: Travel App" - a new mobile application for European consumers when travelling abroad"ECC-Net: Travel App" - a new mobile application for European consumers when travelling abroad

European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) has launched a unique mobile application: the "ECC-Net: Travel App". It will help consumers to cope with difficult situations on their holiday abroad and to express their consumer rights in the language of the destination country. It is available in the online stores:

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02 July 2014
New report on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC)New report on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC)

The European Commission adopted today, 1 July, a Report on the functioning of the national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

01 July 2014
Commission to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from UkraineCommission to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from Ukraine

EU Member States endorsed today, 1 July, measures to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from Ukraine that have been in place since 2008.

01 July 2014
10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard

The Commission published today the 10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard. The findings show that there is an improved performance across all consumer markets in particular for goods markets. Services continue to be the main sources of dissatisfaction.

30 June 2014
Plant Health: Latest report reveals controls on imports are protecting European consumers Plant Health: Latest report reveals controls on imports are protecting European consumers

A Commission report published on 26 June 2014 presents key findings on the controls carried out at Europe's borders to prevent harmful plant pests from entering the EU market.

26 June 2014
Health: Science made simple: new science factsheet on sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticlesHealth: Science made simple: new science factsheet on sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticles

Some sunscreens contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Is it safe to use them?

The factsheet explains the opinion of the experts of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

26 June 2014
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Roadmap updatedAntimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Roadmap updated

The Commission has published updated roadmap detailing the operational objectives and the concrete activities and deadlines for the 12 specific actions described in the AMR Action Plan.

The Action Plan takes a holistic approach, involving all sectors and aspects of AMR (public health, food safety, consumer safety, environment, animal health, non-therapeutic use of antimicrobials).

25 June 2014
Buying medicines online? Commission introduces logo to make sure consumers are safeBuying medicines online? Commission introduces logo to make sure consumers are safe

Today, 24 June, the Commission adopts an implementing Regulation which sets out the design for a common logo for online pharmacies, and the technical requirements for ensuring its authenticity.
The EU logo will help citizens to identify online sellers of medicines legally operating in the EU. Member States have one year to give effect to the provisions of the Implementing Regulation.

24 June 2014
Food Safety: Latest Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumersFood Safety: Latest Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumers

A report published on 20 June 2014 by the Commission confirms that the system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks.

20 June 2014
Signing ceremony on Joint Procurement Agreement (20 June 2014, Luxembourg)Signing ceremony on Joint Procurement Agreement (20 June 2014, Luxembourg)

On the occasion of the EPSCO Council, Commissioner Borg and a great number of the EU Health Ministers have officially signed the Joint Procurement Agreement of medical countermeasures.

20 June 2014
Restoring confidence in medical devicesRestoring confidence in medical devices

EPSCO Council, meeting on 19 and 20 June, discussed the actions to restore confidence following the scandal of defective breast implants produced by the French PIP company. These measures were included in the Joint Plan for Immediate Actions under the existing Medical Devices legislation.

20 June 2014
Plants: GMO: Oilseed rape MON88302 Plants: GMO: Oilseed rape MON88302

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified oilseed rape MON88302 for food and feed uses was published on 17 June 2014. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion (link to the form) during 1 month.

20 June 2014
Working together for longer healthier livesWorking together for longer healthier lives

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. This video promotes the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing which brings together organisations involved in active ageing all over Europe – public authorities, associations, industry, NGOs, patient organisations and citizens. Working together they learn from each other, boost innovation and enable people to live longer and healthier lives.

19 June 2014
Patient safety: progress made, more neededPatient safety: progress made, more needed

A patient safety report, published today by the European Commission, highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2009 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety.

19 June 2014
Trilateral EU-China-US Consumer Product Safety Summit 2014Trilateral EU-China-US Consumer Product Safety Summit 2014

The fourth High-Level Consumer Product Safety Trilateral Summit is being held today, 19 June, in Brussels. Representatives of authorities of the United States, China, and the European Union exchange views and information concerning further improvements to consumer product safety, including the significant enhancement of the product safety culture by industry.

19 June 2014
Opinion and Fact Sheet on Nanosilver publishedOpinion and Fact Sheet on Nanosilver published

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have just  published the final opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance, as well as a fact sheet on the subject.

17 June 2014
Together for safe products: International Product Safety Week 2014Together for safe products: International Product Safety Week 2014

The 5th International Product Safety Week started today, 16 June gathering professionals and stakeholders from around the globe. The event promotes safety of consumer products and international cooperation. As part of the IPSW there will be a high-level Trilateral EU-China-US Consumer Safety Summit on June 19th.

This year topics include: button batteries, that can cause fatal accidents involving children; and "seamless surveillance" to strengthen consumer safety at every point of the supply chain from design to destination.

More information

Website of the International Product Safety Week 2014

OECD webpage on Button Batteries

16 June 2014
Food Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal healthFood Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal health

Since 35 years Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) ensures that food in EU meets some of the highest food safety standards in the world. A 2013 annual report RASFF shows that it is a crucial tool to trace back and withdraw products where fraud was detected.

Today's annual report covers the reporting period 2013, where a total of 3 205 original notifications were transmitted through the RASFF, of which 596 were classified as an alert, 442 as information for follow-up, 705 as information for attention and 1 462 as border rejection notification.

13 June 2014
Consumer Rights CampaignConsumer Rights Campaign

Watch the new campaign video informing consumers about 5 rights they should know.

This video is part of the awareness campaign to empower consumers at a time when they are being given a whole new set of reinforced rights

13 June 2014
EU Member States reach political agreement to allow the prohibition of GMO cultivationEU Member States reach political agreement to allow the prohibition of GMO cultivation

EU Member States reached political agreement on 12 June 2014 on GMO cultivation that moves towards a new legal basis giving EU Member States the choice to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory.

12 June 2014
Animal Health: Commission proposes temporary import requirements on live pigs from North AmericaAnimal Health: Commission proposes temporary import requirements on live pigs from North America

Temporary safeguard measures to allow for the safe imports of live pigs from the US and Canada have today been endorsed by Member State experts.

06 June 2014
The votes are in – results of Consumer Classroom competitionThe votes are in – results of Consumer Classroom competition

Consumer Classroom is delighted to announce the results of the 2014 Inter-School Competition. The winning projects are:

28 May 2014
Plant Health: EU experts endorse measures to prevent the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosaPlant Health: EU experts endorse measures to prevent the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa

On 27 May 2014, EU Member States experts endorsed detailed emergency measures to prevent the introduction and spread within the EU of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium harmful mainly to olive trees.

28 May 2014
Plant Health: Commission strengthens rules on citrus fruit imports from South AfricaPlant Health: Commission strengthens rules on citrus fruit imports from South Africa

Stricter import requirements for South African citrus fruit were endorsed by Member State experts on 27 May 2014. These emergency measures are being taken to protect European crops from citrus black spot, a harmful plant disease not native to Europe.

27 May 2014
Annual Work plan 2014 to implement the Third Health Programme adoptedAnnual Work plan 2014 to implement the Third Health Programme adopted

The annual work plan 2014 for the Health Programme was adopted on 26 May 2014. The work plan lists all the actions to be funded under the first year of implementation of the Third Health Programme 2014-20120. The annual budget is around 54 million euros.

27 May 2014
Frailty conference (Brussels, 18 June 2014)Frailty conference (Brussels, 18 June 2014)

The Conference will bring together policy makers, healthcare organisations, public health professionals, researchers and patient organisations to flesh out recommendations and guidelines for building a European policy on frailty.

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21 May 2014
Plants: GMO: Soybean MON 87769Plants: GMO: Soybean MON 87769

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 16 May 2014.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month period.

19 May 2014
Plants: GMO: Cotton LLCotton25xGHB614Plants: GMO: Cotton LLCotton25xGHB614

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified cotton for food and feed uses was published on 16 May 2014.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month.

19 May 2014
Commissioner Tonio Borg delivers a message to patients on the occasion of European Patients’ Rights DayCommissioner Tonio Borg delivers a message to patients on the occasion of European Patients’ Rights Day

European Patients’ Rights day is an important occasion for patients and patient organisations, to ensure that their voices are heard.

13 May 2014
Health Security Committee advises travellers on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)Health Security Committee advises travellers on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

MERS-CoV represents a new threat to public health. At this stage all primary cases remain associated with transmission in the Arabian Peninsula; but the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are carefully monitoring the situation.

13 May 2014
EFSA: call to renew membership of its Scientific Committee and eight of its ten Scientific PanelsEFSA: call to renew membership of its Scientific Committee and eight of its ten Scientific Panels

Applications are invited from high-calibre scientists on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) website by 18 June 2014.

13 May 2014
Commission reviews maximum levels of cadmium in foodCommission reviews maximum levels of cadmium in food

New measures to reduce European consumers' maximum levels of exposure to cadmium in chocolate and infant formula were today adopted by the European Commission.

12 May 2014
Animal Health: Experts endorse restrictions to protect Europe's pigsAnimal Health: Experts endorse restrictions to protect Europe's pigs

Commission and EU Member States’ experts agree risk mitigation measures to protect EU pigs from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in North America and Asia.

06 May 2014
Vote for the winner of Inter-School CompetitionVote for the winner of Inter-School Competition

Consumer Classroom is delighted to announce the launch of the voting session for the 2014 Inter-School Competition.

From the 20 submitted projects the panel of experts shortlisted 10 multimedia lessons and/or videos. Each entry was completed by two European schools working together.

These 10 projects are now asking for your vote! The winners will visit the main European Union institutions in Brussels.

To vote, please visit Consumer Classroom website (Note - you will need a Facebook account if you don’t have one already).

Questions? e-mail: admin@consumerclassroom.eu

06 May 2014
Ebola traveller advice leaflet published in all EU languagesEbola traveller advice leaflet published in all EU languages

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has just issued a traveller advice leaflet on the ongoing outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Western Africa.

22 April 2014
Co-ordinated enforcement action leads to greater compliance with Consumer Rights on travel websitesCo-ordinated enforcement action leads to greater compliance with Consumer Rights on travel websites

In a concerted action by national consumer authorities co-ordinated by the European Commission an astonishing 382 out of Europe's 552 most popular websites offering air travel or accomodation checked in 2013 did not respect European consumer law. As a result of vigorous enforcement action, 62% of the websites checked are now treating consumers as they should. The remaining 38% can expect further action against them as European authorities continue work to ensure that consumer rights are fully respected.

14 April 2014
EU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy in 2050 - scenarios for the futureEU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy in 2050 - scenarios for the future

The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers has published a foresight analysis "Delivering on EU Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050 - Scenarios of future change and policy responses". It is a first step of the Foresight Project for future food policy development. The study identifies the main future challenges and consequences for the EU food legislative framework.

11 April 2014
Discover the winners of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013Discover the winners of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013

The winners were Henk Blanken (Netherlands), Christiane Hawranek and Marco Maurer (Germany), and Mette Dahlgaard (Denmark).

09 April 2014
Building a Better Europe for consumersBuilding a Better Europe for consumers

In the report on implementation of the European Union’s Consumer Agenda, published on 7 April, the European Commission shows the progress made in 4 areas. The areas cover: improving consumer safety, increasing people's awareness about their rights as consumers, improved enforcement of existing rules, the adoption of new laws to safeguard the consumer interest across policy areas.

08 April 2014
EU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import banEU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import ban

The EU today (8 April 2014) launched a case in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the Russian ban on imports of pigs, fresh pork and certain pig products from the EU, which has exposed the EU farming sector to significant losses. Russia based its ban on four isolated cases of African swine fever (ASF) detected in wild boar at the Lithuanian and Polish borders with Belarus.

08 April 2014
Bee Health: Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in EuropeBee Health: Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in Europe

A high-level conference on better bee health is today (7 April 2014) discussing latest insight into honeybee health in Europe. A landmark pan-European surveillance study was carried out using a harmonised data collection methodology to ensure that the data gathered would for the first time be comparable. The results of the study will be presented during the conference.

07 April 2014
Commission convenes its first high-level conference for better bee health in EuropeCommission convenes its first high-level conference for better bee health in Europe

The conference, which will be opened by Commissioner Tonio Borg, will present EU actions on bee health and bee colony losses including: results of a pan-European study on bee health across the EU, recent developments on EU apiculture funds, examples of projects for healthy and abundant bees. Beekeeping, agricultural production and bee-related biodiversity will also be discussed. The conference is addressed at wide audience from apiculture sector and the animal health area (national policy experts, NGOs, individual beekeepers, bee and pollination scientists and researchers, etc.).

03 April 2014
Food chain: Commissioner Borg welcomes Parliament's endorsement of a common financial framework for 2014-2020Food chain: Commissioner Borg welcomes Parliament's endorsement of a common financial framework for 2014-2020

A Commission proposal creating, for the first time, a common financial framework covering the whole food chain was endorsed on 2 April 2014 by the European Parliament. This framework with a budget of almost €1.9 billion covering the period 2014-2020 will fund priorities in the area of food and feed.

03 April 2014
Webstreaming - 2014 EU summit on Chronic Diseases (3-4 April 2014)Webstreaming - 2014 EU summit on Chronic Diseases (3-4 April 2014)

The Summit will address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU. Follow the live broadcast.

03 April 2014
Commission and car rental companies discuss consumer complaintsCommission and car rental companies discuss consumer complaints

The transport sector is one of the main areas of cross-border complaints made by European consumers. More specifically, problems in car rental services feature high on the list.  This is why the European Commission - alongside the European Consumer Centres and national enforcers from the Consumer Protection Cooperation network – meet today, 3 April, with the trade association Leaseurope and major EU wide car rental companies. The aim of the meeting is to identify main issues affecting consumers across Europe when renting a car and discuss how to address them, for example by improving pre-contractual information, reviewing standard terms and conditions, or practices which may be misleading.

03 April 2014
EU Consumer Summit 2014: Ensuring that consumers reap the benefits of the digital economyEU Consumer Summit 2014: Ensuring that consumers reap the benefits of the digital economy

Completing the digital single market would benefit EU consumers by on average €400 a year, some €200 billion Europe wide. The digital economy brings real benefits for consumers, but it also raises important questions about consumers’ rights online. This year’s Consumer Summit focuses on how we can ensure that consumers reap the full benefits from the digital sector. The Summit brings together some 400 participants representing the European Parliament, the Commission, national governments, consumer and business associations, enforcement and regulatory authorities, the European Consumer Centres and the European Data Protection Supervisor.

01 April 2014
EU supporting consumers in their day-to-day life – for just 5 centsEU supporting consumers in their day-to-day life – for just 5 cents

For just 5 cents per citizen a year, the European Union's consumer programme helps to help citizens fully enjoy their consumer rights and actively participate in the Single Market. The total budget for the programme is €188.8 million for 2014-2020.

31 March 2014
Plant Health: ban on import of five fruits and vegetables from India endorsed by Member StatesPlant Health: ban on import of five fruits and vegetables from India endorsed by Member States

Member states on 26 March 2014 endorsed emergency measures proposed by the Commission to ban the import of certain fruits and vegetables from India. Measures will apply from May onwards and concern: Colocasia sp (taro, eddo) Mangifera sp, (mango) Momordica sp (bitter gourd), Solanum melongena (eggplant) and Trichosanthes sp (snake gourd). This decision was taken due to a high number of intercepted consignments containing quarantine pests, mainly insects. A review of the measures will take place before 31 December 2015.

26 March 2014
Health: Update of the dental amalgam factsheetHealth: Update of the dental amalgam factsheet

This publication is based on the final opinion on this topic, as adopted by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks in March 2014.

25 March 2014
10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products (RAPEX)10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products (RAPEX)

Since its establishment in 2003, RAPEX has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. The number of notifications on dangerous products has been increasing each year and is now 10 times bigger than in 2003.

In 2013 a total of 2364 measures were taken by EU Member States. Clothing, textiles and fashion items and toys were the two main product categories posing chemical risks, risk of strangulation, risk of injury or choking.

25 March 2014
Health: Scientific Committees - 2013 Opinions CD now availableHealth: Scientific Committees - 2013 Opinions CD now available

This CD contains the opinions of the European Commission’s Scientific Committees on consumer safety, on health and environmental risks and on emerging and newly identified health risks, adopted in 2013.

24 March 2014
Call for experts in the field of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgeryCall for experts in the field of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks( SCENIHR) launched the call for experts in the area of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery who are interested to work for an opinion on this topic. The submission deadline is 10 April.

21 March 2014
Food: Cotton MON 88913 - EFSA statement for public consultation Food: Cotton MON 88913 - EFSA statement for public consultation

A new EFSA statement complementing the opinion on genetically modified cotton MON 87705 for food and feed uses taking into consideration updated bioinformatic analyses was published on 14 March 2014. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during a 1 month period.

20 March 2014
European Parliament and Council back Commission proposal on right of citizens to a basic bank accountEuropean Parliament and Council back Commission proposal on right of citizens to a basic bank account

The European Parliament and the Council have reached political agreement on the Commission proposal to make bank accounts more transparent, easier to switch and most importantly accessible to all. The formal adoption is expected in the coming weeks. The Directive is a major step towards a real single market for retail financial services bringing numerous benefits to EU consumers.

20 March 2014
Animal Health: EU updates control measures on African swine fever and provides financial support to Lithuania and PolandAnimal Health: EU updates control measures on African swine fever and provides financial support to Lithuania and Poland

Experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 18 March 2014 endorsed revised control measures following the confirmation of African swine fever cases in wild boar in Lithuania and Poland and a financial Decision worth €3.5 million for 2014 to combat the disease.

19 March 2014
Final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgamFinal opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published the final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam, which updates the 2008 SCHER Opinion on the same subject. The final opinion takes into account contributions received during the public consultation as appropriate.

14 March 2014
European Consumer Day: Commission kicks off consumer awareness campaignEuropean Consumer Day: Commission kicks off consumer awareness campaign

On the occasion of the European Consumer Day, the Commission presented EU efforts over the last year to strengthen consumer rights. During this time substantial progress has been made regarding among others: Consumer Rights Directive, package travel holidays, effective dispute settlement or consumer protection for apps customers. European Consumers Centres (ECC-Net) dealt with and resolved far more complaints and requests for advice than ever before. To ensure that consumers are aware of their rights under EU law and use them in everyday life, the European Commission will run an information campaign in eight countries where studies have shown that there is least awareness of consumer rights in the EU.

14 March 2014
Public consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacementsPublic consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements

The Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants has been published for public consultation by the Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). The consultation remains open until 25 April 2014.

13 March 2014
Commission and Member States to raise consumer concerns with app industry Commission and Member States to raise consumer concerns with app industry

Europe's "app economy" is booming. It employs over 1 million people and is expected to be worth €63bn in the next five years. At present over 50% of the EU online games' market consists of games advertised as “free”, although they often entail, sometimes costly, in-app purchases. Often consumers are not fully aware that they are spending money because their credit cards get charged by default. The European Commission is meeting on 27 and 28 February national enforcement authorities and large tech companies to discuss and find possible solutions to these consumer protection concerns.”

27 February 2014
Third Health Programme 2014-2020 adopted by the European ParliamentThird Health Programme 2014-2020 adopted by the European Parliament

On 26 February the EP adopted the Commission proposal for the establishment of the third Health Programme 2014-2020. The next step in the procedure is the adoption of the programme by the Council.

27 February 2014
Health: European Parliament approves a revised EU Tobacco Products DirectiveHealth: European Parliament approves a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive

On 26 February, the European Parliament approved a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive. This new law strengthens the rules on how tobacco products are manufactured, produced and presented in the EU, and introduces rules for certain tobacco-related products. This Memo seeks to answer questions on what exactly will change once the revised Directive enters into force.

26 February 2014
Health: Global Health Policy Fora in 2014Health: Global Health Policy Fora in 2014

The European Commission is organizing five Global Health Policy Fora in 2014. The events will bring together Commission DGs, the European External Action Service, the Member States, third country representatives, non-government organizations, industry representatives, as well as representatives of international organizations to exchange views on various topics in global health and maximize synergies between the different actors.

21 February 2014
Commission creates European Fund for minor uses of pesticidesCommission creates European Fund for minor uses of pesticides

According to the Commission’s recent report, there is a need to create a €350 000 European fund for minor uses of pesticides.
These uses mainly concern minor or very minor crops (including most vegetables, fruits, nurseries and flowers), which are not economically sustainable for the plant protection industry, but important for growers.

21 February 2014
Food safety: Commission reviews measures on imports from JapanFood safety: Commission reviews measures on imports from Japan

Experts meeting in Brussels on 20 February 2014 endorsed a Commission proposal to revise the import conditions of food and feed coming from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident.

21 February 2014
Empowering Consumers: A record year for the European Consumer CentresEmpowering Consumers: A record year for the European Consumer Centres

In 2013, the Network of European Consumer Centres (ECC-Net), handled more than 80,000 enquiries from citizens across the EU. This represents an increase of 11% compared to 2012. 32,500 of the inquiries were complaints, 9% more than last year.

19 February 2014
Food: Horsemeat - Commission launches second round of EU-wide DNA testing planFood: Horsemeat - Commission launches second round of EU-wide DNA testing plan

A Commission Recommendation on a coordinated control plan to carry out a series of DNA tests in EU Member States was endorsed on 13 February 2014 by experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain. This is the second time the Commission is coordinating such a control plan to find out if horsemeat is still being fraudulently added to products labelled as beef.

14 February 2014
Consumers: Public consultation on fragrance allergensConsumers: Public consultation on fragrance allergens

The European Commission launched on 13 February a public consultation on changes to the Cosmetics Regulation concerning fragrance allergens. The Consultation will run until 14 May 2014.

13 February 2014
Animal Welfare: Achievements and challenges at the mid-point of the 2012-2015 strategyAnimal Welfare: Achievements and challenges at the mid-point of the 2012-2015 strategy

The Commission marked the mid-point of the EU Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015 at a conference in Brussels on 12 Feb 2014. The event brought together key stakeholders to review the achievements of the strategy to date, and to identify remaining challenges.

11 February 2014
Health: Public hearing on EMF preliminary opinion Health: Public hearing on EMF preliminary opinion

The European Commission is organising a public hearing on the preliminary opinion on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, to be held on 27 March.

08 February 2014
Food: Statement by Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, on Russian ban on EU pig exportsFood: Statement by Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, on Russian ban on EU pig exports

European Commission calls once more on the Russian Federation to engage in constructive talks on the issue of the Russian ban on EU pig exports.

07 February 2014
Food: GM soybean MON 87705 - updated EFSA opinion for public consultation; GM soybean 305423 – EFSA opinion for public consultationFood: GM soybean MON 87705 - updated EFSA opinion for public consultation; GM soybean 305423 – EFSA opinion for public consultation

Two new EFSA opinions on genetically modified soybeans for food and feed uses have been published.

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean 305423 was published on 18 December 2013.

A new EFSA statement complementing the opinion on genetically modified soybean MON 87705 for food and feed uses to cover the safety of soybean MON 87705 oil for commercial frying was published on 17 December 2013.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on these opinions during a 1 month period.

06 December 2013
Consumers: Commission maintains safety requirements for cigarette lightersConsumers: Commission maintains safety requirements for cigarette lighters

In order to ensure that children continue to be protected from the dangers of novelty cigarette lighters, or cigarette lighters which are not child-resistant, the EU has extended the ban, which prevents them appearing on the market, up until 11 May 2015. Further prolongation of the bans is possible in the future if necessary. In the meantime, work is continuing to develop a suitable European standard for determining the child resistance of lighters which is based on technical parameters rather than the use of child panels.

05 February 2014
Health: EU takes action against cancerHealth: EU takes action against cancer

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the European Commission presents 10 little known facts about EU action in the field of cancer.

04 February 2014
Health: Electromagnetic fields and health effects: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinionHealth: Electromagnetic fields and health effects: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion

This opinion addresses issues of public concern related to the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Deadline for comments: 16 April 2014.

04 February 2014
Food: On-going discussions with Russian Federation on ban of EU pig meatFood: On-going discussions with Russian Federation on ban of EU pig meat

Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, has issued a statement concerning the situation following the confirmation of 2 cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Lithuania on Friday 24th January.

31 January 2014
Health: Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in MadridHealth: Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid

Some 38 organisations from 22 Member States are taking part in the “CHRODIS” Joint Action which just got underway at a kick-off in Madrid. The Joint Action, co-financed by the EU Health Programme, addresses chronic diseases and promotes healthy ageing, focusing in particular on health promotion and disease prevention.

29 January 2014
Health: BisphenolA in medical devices: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinionHealth: BisphenolA in medical devices: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion

The consultation will run until 26 March 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence underpinning this preliminary opinion online. This opinion aims to assess whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in medical devices could cause any health concerns.

29 January 2014
Food: GM Soybean BPS-CV127-9 - EFSA opinion for public consultation Food: GM Soybean BPS-CV127-9 - EFSA opinion for public consultation

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses was published on 17 January 2014. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month period.

28 January 2014
Health: Most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targetsHealth: Most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets

A progress report on the 2009 Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination reveals that of the 18 Member States who provided data on vaccination coverage for older age groups for the 2011-2012 flu season, only one – the Netherlands - has met the target of 75% coverage.

09 January 2014
Health: Call for tender - Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union. Platform of expertsHealth: Call for tender - Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union. Platform of experts

Creation of a platform of experts in self-care and healthcare. Deadline for application: 28 February 2014

09 January 2014
Health: Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, welcomes agreement on the revision of EU rules on Clinical TrialsHealth: Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, welcomes agreement on the revision of EU rules on Clinical Trials

"I welcome the agreement reached at COREPER today on the revision of the EU rules on clinical trials. I thank the Lithuanian Presidency for the progress on this important text for people's health and EU competitiveness. [..]"

20 December 2013
Press Release: Commissioner Borg welcomes agreement on the revision of the Tobacco Products DirectivePress Release: Commissioner Borg welcomes agreement on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive

"I welcome the agreement reached at COREPER level today on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. It's a direct outcome of the last trilogue between the European Parliament and EU Member States on this important text for EU citizens."

18 December 2013
Food: Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel foodFood: Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel food

The European Commission has today adopted three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which will provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals will ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals and the imports of these animal clones.

18 December 2013
Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistanceHealth: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR have launched a consultation on the above-mentioned preliminary opinion, which focused on the use of nanosilver and possible associated health risks

17 December 2013
Food: Commission tables report to launch debate on mandatory origin labelling for meat used as an ingredientFood: Commission tables report to launch debate on mandatory origin labelling for meat used as an ingredient

A report on the possibility to extend mandatory origin labelling for all meat used as an ingredient was published on Dec 17 by the Commission. On the basis of these discussions the Commission will consider what, if any, appropriate next step should be taken.

17 December 2013
Health: Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in EuropeHealth: Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in Europe

A conference organised by the European Commission on the European antimicrobial resistance (AMR) five year action plan and its future challenges is taking place in Brussels on 11 December 2013. The conference provides a platform to discuss this action plan at the mid-stage of its implementation, looking at the issue both from a human health and veterinary perspective.

11 December 2013
Food: BTSF - Three new calls for tenderFood: BTSF - Three new calls for tender

The Commission has re-launched 3 BTSF calls for which no contract was awarded after the calls for tender have been launched in July 2013.This concerns the calls for tender for the organisation and implementation of training activities on "Principles and methods of food safety risk assessment" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/17), on "Food hygiene at primary production" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/18) and training activities on "Official supervision as regards semen, ova and embryos" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/19).

Deadline for the submission of the offers is 31 January 2014.

09 December 2013
Consumers: Protect yourself from Online Fraud this Festive seasonConsumers: Protect yourself from Online Fraud this Festive season

12% of internet users across the EU have already fallen victim to online fraud. 8% have had to deal with identity theft. A new report by the European Consumer Centre Network (ECC-Net) takes a look at the scams faced by consumers when shopping online.

06 December 2013
Food: Vacancy: Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)Food: Vacancy: Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)05 December 2013
Consumers: Consumers face restrictions when buying services cross-border, reveals the latest ECC ReportConsumers: Consumers face restrictions when buying services cross-border, reveals the latest ECC Report

European consumers face difficulties when buying services cross-border, reveals the latest report published on November 29 by the European Consumer Centre Network (ECC-Net).

02 December 2013
Plant Health: Experts endorse emergency measures to restrict the import of citrus fruit from South AfricaPlant Health: Experts endorse emergency measures to restrict the import of citrus fruit from South Africa

Emergency measures proposed by the Commission to tackle citrus fruit from South Africa contaminated with citrus black spot, a harmful fungus not native to Europe, were today endorsed by Member State experts meeting at the Standing Committee on Plant Health (SCPH).

28 November 2013
Health: European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”Health: European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”

On 25 November Brussels hosts a conference which focuses on the impact on growth and health systems reform of the European Innovation Partnership for Active & Healthy Ageing (EIP for AHA).

25 November 2013
Animals: Welfare and management of stray dogs Animals: Welfare and management of stray dogs

The welfare and management of stray dogs is an issue which causes considerable unease to the citizens of Europe. The Commission regularly receives complaints notably in relation to Romania where it is of particular concern. In consequence this response has been published in the Official Journal.

23 November 2013
Animals: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeepingAnimals: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeeping

Thanks to a study recently published by PLOS ONE, more information is now available on European beekeeping to better understand the general context which is highly relevant for bee health.

21 November 2013
Plants: GMO: Commission asks Council to agree on its proposal to grant Member States more subsidiarity on cultivationPlants: GMO: Commission asks Council to agree on its proposal to grant Member States more subsidiarity on cultivation

In line with a ruling of the General Court of the European Union, the Commission on November 6 referred a cultivation request for the 1507 maize to the Council of Ministers. In parallel the Commission has request a fresh debate in the Council of Ministers on its so-called “cultivation proposal”.

06 November 2013
Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on ' Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)'Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on ' Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)'

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR have launched a consultation on the preliminary opinion: Preliminary Opinion on the safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update).

29 October 2013
Health: Decision on serious cross-border threats to healthHealth: Decision on serious cross-border threats to health

On 22 October 2013, the EU adopted a Decision to improve preparedness across the EU and strengthen the capacity to coordinate response to health emergencies. This Decision entered into force on 6 November 2013.

22 October 2013
Food: World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe Food: World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe

16 October marks World Food Day - an occasion to remind ourselves that around a third of food is wasted globally. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. About 90 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in Europe – agricultural food waste and fish discards not included.

16 October 2013
Consumers: ECC-Net publishes trust marks reportConsumers: ECC-Net publishes trust marks report

New report of ECC-Net examines how online trust mark schemes achieve their objective of guaranteeing that their members offer good commercial practices, security and privacy for consumers.

16 October 2013
Health: Science made simple: new science factsheet on mercury from dental amalgamHealth: Science made simple: new science factsheet on mercury from dental amalgam

Discover more about mercury from dental amalgam through our new science factsheet!
The factsheet explains, in a non-scientific language, the environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam.

15 October 2013
Food: BTSF Info dayFood: BTSF Info day

10th of September - Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency will organize an INFO day dedicated to the recently published calls.

14 October 2013
Consumers: Better protection when downloading games, e-books, videos and musicConsumers: Better protection when downloading games, e-books, videos and music

Thanks to the joint action of the EU Member States and the European Commission, 116 websites selling digital games, books, videos and music have been brought in line with the EU consumer legislation.

14 October 2013
Health: European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013Health: European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.

11 October 2013
Plants: Consultation on cotton T304-40Plants: Consultation on cotton T304-40

The European Food Safety Authority has published its opinion on cotton MON88913 for food and feed uses, import and processing. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion until 15 September 2013.

03 October 2013
Animals: Combatting rabies in the EU and beyondAnimals: Combatting rabies in the EU and beyond

On the occasion of World Rabies Day, 28 September 2013, it should be recalled that the European Commission has been investing, together with Member States, to successfully eradicate rabies both within the EU and in neighbouring non-EU countries.

29 September 2013
Animals: Commission continues co-financing voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee lossesAnimals: Commission continues co-financing voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee losses

This co-financing of EUR 1.84 million was endorsed by Member State experts meeting in the Standing Committee on Animal Health on 10 September and is planned to be formally adopted soon.

11 September 2013
Animals: Combating African Swine FeverAnimals: Combating African Swine Fever

A EU co-financed programme amounting to almost 2.5m EUR for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to prevent African Swine Fever was endorsed on 10 September by Member State experts meeting in the Standing Committee for Animal Health and Welfare.

11 September 2013
Consumers: Telecoms Regulation – more for consumersConsumers: Telecoms Regulation – more for consumers

The European Commission adopted on 11th September its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform.

11 September 2013
Health: Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare enters into forceHealth: Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare enters into force

This Directive marks a big step forward for patients in the EU. European Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, urges all Member States to deliver on their obligations and fully transpose the Directive, for the benefit and empowerment of patients across the EU.

10 September 2013
Animals: Building a Europe that cares for companion animalsAnimals: Building a Europe that cares for companion animals

A conference on the welfare of dogs and cats in Europe will take place in Brussels on 28 October 2013. It is being organised by the European Commission, in co-operation with the Lithuanian Presidency and with the support of Eurogroup for Animals, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and Vier Pfoten International.

04 September 2013
Animals: Workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfareAnimals: Workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfare

There is still time to register for a workshop on "Improving animal welfare: a practical approach", which will take place in the Netherlands on 12-13 September 2013.

The workshops are aimed at veterinary practitioners and will include both theoretical and practical on-farm sessions to provide veterinarians a deeper understanding of animal welfare matters.

21 August 2013
Plants: Smarter rules for safer foodPlants: Smarter rules for safer food

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of the rules guiding the operation of the food chain.

30 July 2013
Food: Food safety of fruit and vegetable imports: The system is protecting European consumersFood: Food safety of fruit and vegetable imports: The system is protecting European consumers

A report published on July 29 2013 by the Commission shows that the system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks.

29 July 2013
Food: Commissioner Borg thanks Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's workFood: Commissioner Borg thanks Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's work

Following yesterday's announcement by the French Government to appoint Catherine GesIain-Lanéelle as the next Director General for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg expressed his gratitude for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's work.

25 July 2013
Consumers: Improving cross-border consumer protection - share your viewsConsumers: Improving cross-border consumer protection - share your views

Europe's 500 million citizens should get the same benefits from their consumer rights if they shop at home, in another European Union country or on-line in Europe. On Friday 11/10 the European Commission has started a consultation with consumers, consumer protection organisations and business to see how best to strengthen consumer protection across borders.

22 July 2013
Consumers: Applying behavioural insights to policy-makingConsumers: Applying behavioural insights to policy-making

On Monday 30 September 2013 you could have followed the conference on how behavioural economics could be used to influence public policy across the European Commission, in a way that benefits EU consumers and citizen. Summary of the conference will be available soon.

10 July 2013
Plants: Revision of EU legislation on Plant Reproductive Material (PRM)Plants: Revision of EU legislation on Plant Reproductive Material (PRM)

Commissioner Borg clarifies the Commission's proposal in a letter to the President of Arche Noah, the Seed Savers Association in Central Europe.

10 July 2013