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  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
  • Our job is to make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident
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ghsi17th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI)

Outbreak preparedness and response to terrorist attacks on the agenda.

24 February 2017
pork banWTO confirms Russian pork ban is illegal

The WTO’s Appellate Body today confirmed that Russia's import ban from 2014 on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU violates international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia because of the outbreak of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus. In August 2016, a WTO panel acknowledged that the Russian measures are not based on the relevant international standards and violate WTO rules. Today's ruling confirms this finding, thereby sending another strong signal to Russia and all WTO Members on their obligation to respect international standards and, in particular, the principle of Regionalisation, which would allow trade from individual areas of a country which are recognised as pest or disease-free, independent of the health status in the rest of the country. The EU has one of the world's most efficient animal health and food safety systems, including high detection levels and stringent risk management rules. EU products from disease-free areas are safe, and there is no need for any country to maintain unjustified import restrictions. The EU calls on Russia to withdraw its unjustified measures and allow EU companies to resume normal business with their Russian partners.

23 February 2017
hearingScientific Opinion assessing health risks associated with UV-C radiation from lamps concludes that further research is needed

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) confirms that exposure to UV-C lamps can cause skin and eye problems, but that more data is needed on long-term exposure to establish whether it can cause cancer.

16 February 2017
hearingPublic consultation starts today on the SCHEER Preliminary Opinion on ‘The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices’ (2017 update)

Comments about relevant scientific evidence to be submitted before 26 March 2017.

10 February 2017
Cancer reportEU report shows encouraging developments in the area of national cancer screening programmes

The implementation report on the 2003 Council Recommendation on cancer screening, published today, reveals a steep rise in national screening programmes for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. The report also includes a set of essential indicators to document the quality of screenings.

09 February 2017

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