EU medicines agencies reflect on lessons learned from COVID-19

The European Medicines Regulatory Network[1] (EMRN) has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 with its crucial role in the evaluation and monitoring of medicines, including vaccines. A joint report issued by EMA and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) reviews the Network’s response and highlights the main learnings for any future health crises.

Frontex to provide additional support to bolster Finland’s borders

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, plans to deploy 50 border guard officers and other staff, along with equipment such as patrol cars, to bolster Finland’s border control activities. This significant reinforcement is expected to be on the ground as soon as next week, exemplifying Frontex’s commitment to rapid response and effective support.

Air pollution levels still too high across Europe – remains top environmental health risk

Air pollution in Europe remains well above recommended World Health Organization (WHO) levels, posing a significant threat to our health. According to the latest European Environment Agency (EEA) air quality health assessment published today, 253,000 deaths could have been avoided in the EU if the fine particulate matter concentrations had met WHO recommendations. Exposure to […]

Urgent need to consider how to best use biomass in Europe

There are increasing and competing demands for using biomass in the EU, using it for bio-based products in sectors such as construction, energy, transport, furniture and textile industries, but also reserving it for nature conservation and carbon sequestration. The European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, stresses that there is an urgent need to prioritise […]

Nature-based solutions play crucial role in building Europe’s climate resilience

Nature-based solutions, such as restoring wetlands in flood-prone areas or green infrastructure to reduce heat island effects in cities, need to be scaled up and expanded to help Europe better cope with the impacts of climate change. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, assesses the current state of such climate adaptation projects and […]

ECHA’s investigation finds toxic chemicals present in childcare products

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has found that substances causing cancer, genetic mutations or harming reproduction are present in childcare products, such as car seats, bibs and baby changing mats. Its investigation will help the European Commission to prepare an EU-wide restriction to limit these chemicals, with the aim of safeguarding children.

New Solution Enabling the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease is Being Developed With Hungarian Participation

A screening platform based on artificial intelligence that enables the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is being developed with the participation of scientific, business and clinical organizations from 15 countries with the support of the European Union’s Horizon Europe program – the Hungarian member of the collaboration, Pharmacoidea Kft. from Szeged, informed MTI.

ECHA identifies research needs for regulating hazardous chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new report on ‘Key areas of regulatory challenge 2023’ that identifies areas where research is needed to protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals. It also highlights where new methods, that support the shift away from animal testing, are needed.

Winners of EEA’s 2023 Zero Waste PIX photo competition announced

A colourful shot of a woman making tomato paste, a moody picture of seemly discarded rusted anchors and dogs rummaging through a garbage dump highlight this year’s winners of the EEA ‘Zero Waste PIX’ photo competition announced today.  This year’s competition drew nearly 700 entries from across all of Europe, from Türkiye to Iceland. The EEA shortlisted 38 finalists for […]