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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

Ecosystem services and biodiversity - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Ecosystem services and biodiversity[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper for the development of a reflection paper on the use of extended-spectrum penicillins in animals in the European Union: development of resistance and impact on human and animal health, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper will focus on authorised veterinary medicinal products containing extended- spectrum penicillins1 (aminopenicillins, including their combinations with beta-lactamase inhibitors) wh[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft CVMP reflection paper on methods found suitable within the EU for demonstrating freedom from extraneous agents of the seeds used for the production of immunological veterinary medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

According to Directive 2001/82/EC and relevant European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) monographs (i.e. 24 Ph. Eur. 0062, 0030, 5.2.4., 5.2.5.), veterinary immunological medicinal products and biological o[...]

Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at the University of Pretoria, South Africa    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech 16 July 2015 Pretoria Thank you for your friendly hospitality and warm welcome! Ladies and gentlemen, My visit to your country is[...]

HEAL Newsflash - Summer 2015    env-health.org

Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement HEAL welcomes the conclusion of the renowned Lancet Commission on health and climate change 2015 that `tackling climate change coul[...]

Initiativ Liewensufank - IBFAN Publication on climate change and health    env-health.org

What does breastfeeding have to do with climate change? That is the question IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, is asking - and answering - in their new publication on climate change [...]

Success Stories - New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Commission refers Spain to Court over illegal landfills    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 16 July 2015 The European Commission is taking Spain to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) over poor waste management in the regions of Andalusia, Balearic I[...]

Making energy efficiency clearer: Commission proposes a single 'A to G' energy label and a digital database for products    europa.eu

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 15 July 2015 See also: Press release: Transforming Europe's energy system - Commission's energy summer package leads the way (15 July 2015) As part of the E[...]

Uzbekistan strengthens the safety and resilience of its hospitals    who.int

Uninterrupted functioning of health services is of the highest importance in emergencies and disasters. Continuing functioning of hospitals depends on a range of factors, including the safety of its [...]

Initiativ Liewensufank - Publication on climate change and health    env-health.org

What does breastfeeding have to do with climate change? That is the question IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, is asking - and answering - in their new publication on climate change [...]

HEAL supports ‘More than Energy' initiative in Poland    env-health.org

`More than Energy' is a nation-wide coalition in Poland, made up of local governments, institutions, NGOs and individuals, wishing to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy sources. [...]

EU Commission Vice President talks health in climate meetings    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes the emphasis placed on health implications by EU Commission Vice President Sefkovic (right) at the EU-Serbia High Level Conference on Climate Change last month. In a letter ahead of the[...]

A local eye on climate change    europa.eu

How might climate change affect communities and how can they cope with the impacts? To prepare the way for an EU-wide climate service that can best answer those questions, an EU-funded project has de[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on viral safety of plasma-derived medicinal products with respect to hepatitis E virus, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a causative agent of hepatitis in many countries and of emerging concern in industrialised countries. HEV is a non-enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA virus and [...]

Living in a changing climate    europa.eu

Our climate is changing. Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation levels and patterns, or extreme weather events are already impacting Europe, and these impacts result in real losses. In a serie[...]

Doctors call on French authorities to give greater priority to health at COP21 climate summit    env-health.org

Doctors, medical and public health associations ring the alarm bells and ask for health to feature more strongly in the COP21 Paris agreement In a joint declaration released on Monday, 29 June, the F[...]

HEAL Reaction: Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement    env-health.org

The UCL-Lancet Commission on climate change and health 2015 published today offers policy makers an opportunity to connect with an issue close to the hearts of European citizens - their health. By Gé[...]

New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Commission refers Greece to Court and gives Germany a final warning regarding the transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 18 June 2015 The European Commission is referring Greece to the EU Courtof Justice for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this d[...]

New HEAL Webinar series: COP21 – Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health    env-health.org

In the run-up to the UNFCCC COP21 climate summit this December in Paris, the Health and Environment Alliance is launching an exciting new series of webinars on how climate action can benefit health, [...]

Scientific guideline: Reflection paper on assessment of cardiovascular risk of medicinal products for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The purpose of this reflection paper is to provide recommendations for the evaluation of the cardiovascular safety profile of new, non-generic medicinal products that are intended for long-term treat[...]

HEAL participates in Paris conference on climate and health    env-health.org

Six months before the start of COP21, the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights is putting health in the spotlight through a high level conference, Climate, Health, Inequalitie[...]

LSHTM – Divestment from coal companies    env-health.org

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has become the first health research organisation in the world to sell off investments in coal companies from its £16m endowment in a bid [...]

How vulnerable are cities to climate change?    europa.eu

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities' capacity to respond to these threats. [...]

Catching waves for renewable energy production    europa.eu

The world's oceans are veritable power houses. If we could harness the forces of their waves and tides on a large scale, they could provide a considerable amount of sustainable electric power. An inn[...]

Events - Challenges of Research Targeting Children in Resource-Poor Settings and the Uptake of Results - 7 September 2015, Basel, CH    europa.eu

At this Symposium, which will be held during the 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, the participants will discuss ways to use research results to improve children's [...]

A roadmap to help Africa's cities adapt to climate change    europa.eu

Many of Africa's cities lack the skills and resources to prepare for natural disasters, which scientists expect to become more frequent due to climate change. An EU-funded project has provided practi[...]

Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete: The role of innovative, environmentally-friendly technologies in EU climate policy    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Brussels, 03 June 2015 Roundtable debate on the environmental goods agreement - promoting the EU environmental objectives through[...]

Gauging the impact of climate change on mountain water resources    europa.eu

Rising temperatures in mountain regions could have a significant impact on ecosystems, societies and economies around the world over the coming decades, according to EU-funded researchers who led a l[...]

Report - Conclusion of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the joint fulfilment of commitments thereunder - A8-0167/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chan[...]

Report - Agreement concerning Iceland's participation in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - A8-0166/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on the one part, and Iceland, on th[...]

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe[...]

Sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation    europa.eu

For all stakeholders - e.g. policymakers, cities, businesses - relevant and timely information is essential for developing and implementing strategies and measures to adapt to climate change. A new r[...]

HEAL on the road to COP21    env-health.org

As momentum is gathering for the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, HEAL is engaging the health community to put pressure on governments ahead of this important milestone. Wit[...]

Citizens call for end of coal as support for Germany's climate plans grows    env-health.org

On 25 April citizens formed a human chain along an open pit mine in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, to call for the shift away from coal and a just energy transition. HEAL supports ambition German g[...]

IEW – The black book of fossil fuel energy    env-health.org

At a time when fossil fuels largely dominate our global energy provisions and our society are confronted with the challenge of an energy transition, Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW) has published a[...]

Ozone pollution in Europe: fewer alert days but concentrations still high    europa.eu

Air pollution by ground-level ozone continued to affect many countries across Europe during summer 2014, according to a new briefing published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Almost all rep[...]

WHO: Climate change inaction will cost lives    epha.org

According to WHO predictions, climate change will cause an increase in annual heat related deaths of elderly people in Europeto 27,000 by 2050, if decisive policy action is not taken at the Paris Cli[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on the chemical structure and properties criteria to be considered for the evaluation of new active substance (NAS) status of chemical substances, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This reflection paper is intended to reflect the current experience of the Quality Working Party (QWP), of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the Co-ordination Group for Mu[...]

Research Headlines - Leveraging weather forecasts to fight malaria    europa.eu

EU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early [...]

Time running out to reduce climate change threats to health    who.int

Heat waves and other extreme weather events, together with changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases and allergic disorders, are some of the climate change-related challenges affecting cou[...]

Report - Monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport and amendment of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 - A8-0122/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION FOR SECOND READING on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring, reporting and v[...]

Research Headlines - Recycled water makes a splash    europa.eu

Donated organs are a rare and precious gift - but, unfortunately, some can't actually be used because they don't offer much hope of a successful transplant. An EU-funded research project focusing on [...]

LIFE and climate change mitigation - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

LIFE and climate change mitigation[...]

Recycled water makes a splash    europa.eu

Where water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid reg[...]

New report on benefits of more ambitious climate action include health and jobs    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes a new report elaborated by the New Climate Institute with support from Climate Action Network (CAN), assessing the co-benefits of more ambitious climate action, which means better healt[...]

Sea change in shipping: natural gas to make engines more eco-friendly    europa.eu

At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship's engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon di[...]

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