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EU Agencies: more work needed to make chemicals safe and sustainable

The transition towards safer and more sustainable chemicals is progressing in some areas, while in others, it is just beginning. This is the finding of a first, joint Europe-wide assessment of the drivers and impact of chemical pollution by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published today. The benchmarking found […]

EU agencies: more work needed to make chemicals safe and sustainable

The transition towards safer and more sustainable chemicals is progressing in some areas, while in others, it is just beginning. This is the finding of a first, joint Europe-wide assessment of the drivers and impact of chemical pollution by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published today. The benchmarking found […]

Healthy river ecosystems can help us solve the twin crises of climate change and water extremes

Europe’s water and freshwater ecosystems’ annual economic value is estimated at more than €11 trillion, according to a report published last year by WWF. Yet, in recent centuries, the continent has lost up to 90% of its wetlands, which serve as a natural system against floods and droughts and increase climate resilience. Furthermore, 60% of Europe’s […]

Europe’s migratory situation: Irregular crossings down 12% in first quarter

The number of irregular border crossings into the European Union in the first three months of 2024 was down 12% due to a significant drop in arrivals via the Central Mediterranean, according to preliminary calculations. The Central Mediterranean was the only major sea route to see a drop in detections of irregular crossings (-59%), while […]

What does a just transition to sustainability look like and how do we deliver?

What do we mean by a ‘just transition’ to a sustainable future? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, looks into how a shift to a greener, climate-neutral, circular economy will impact our society and describes how policies must be informed by concepts of justice and fairness if they are to succeed. Europe’s ambitions […]

EMA: eeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 19-22 February 2024

10 new medicines recommended for approval EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended 10 medicines for approval at its February 2024 meeting. The committee adopted positive opinions for two vaccines intended for active immunisation against the H5N1 subtype of influenza A virus, also refered to as avian influenza or bird flu. One of them, Celldemic (zoonotic influenza vaccine (H5N1) (surface […]

EMA: first oral treatment against residual haemolytic anaemia in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria

EMA has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for Voydeya, the first oral treatment for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH) who continue to have haemolytic anaemia (low levels of red blood cells) despite treatment with a C5 complement inhibitor (eculizumab or ravulizumab).

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