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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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World No Tobacco Day 2015: Eurobarometer reveals that tobacco use is down by 2 percentage points in the EU since 2012, but 26% of Europeans are still smokersWorld No Tobacco Day 2015: Eurobarometer reveals that tobacco use is down by 2 percentage points in the EU since 2012, but 26% of Europeans are still smokers

A Eurobarometer on tobacco published just before World No Tobacco Day (31 May) reveals that tobacco use in the EU is down by 2 percentage points compared with 2012 (26% vs. 28%). In the age category 15 to 24 years the reduction is 4 percentage points (25% vs 29%). Average age of starting smoking remains unchanged at 17.6 years. 59% of smokers have tried to quit – 19% in the past 12 months. 12% of Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, compared to 7% in 2012. For more information:

29 Mai 2015
Reports explore potential impact of new origin labelling for certain foodsReports explore potential impact of new origin labelling for certain foods

On 20 May 2015, the European Commission has published two reports on origin labelling, as requested by the Council and European Parliament in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (1169/2011). Both conclude that the benefits from new mandatory labelling requirements do not clearly outweigh the costs and that voluntary labelling rules seem to be the most suitable solution.

20 Mai 2015
Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final OpinionSafety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final Opinion

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), have published the final scientific opinion, which assesses the safety and effectiveness of both dental amalgam and its possible alternatives.

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08 Mai 2015
Plants: GMO: Maize 5307Plants: GMO: Maize 5307

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize 5307 for food and feed uses, import and processing, published on the 5 May 2015.

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

07 Mai 2015
Commission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for EuropeCommission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe

The EC adopts its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe which aims to make the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs in the EU. The strategy includes telemedicine and ehealth, which is a step forward in promoting interoperability and standards of these digital technologies in the EU, for the benefit of patients, health professionals, health systems and industry.

06 Mai 2015
Member States endorse reinforced measures to save olive treesMember States endorse reinforced measures to save olive trees

The Commission's proposal to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of the bacterium, Xylella Fastidiosa were endorsed by Member States.  The bacterium is a quarantine organism harmful to olive trees and potentially dangerous for a broad range of other plants important for the EU agriculture, such as grapevine and citrus. The new EU measures require Member States to notify new outbreaks in the EU, to carry out official surveys, and to promptly demarcate infested areas. Strict eradication measures in such areas are put in place, which include removal and destruction of infested plants, and all host plants within a radius of 100m, irrespective of their health status.

29 Avril 2015

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