Issue 419 | 21 September 2015
Vytenis Andriukaitis interview, Gastein heath forum, animal health package, online platforms, refugee crisis and more...
European health and food safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis kicks off our special Gastein 2015 feature by underlining that, “access to health is a fundamental right in the EU”. He also talks to us about his plans for reducing alcohol abuse, promoting eHealth and tackling antimicrobial resistance.
We also hear from European health forum President Helmut Brand, who discusses the importance of stakeholders from different policy areas joining forces to improve public health.
On another medical note, we’ve also got MEPs writing about key changes they want to see implemented in veterinary medicinal products rules, including rapporteur Françoise Grosstête.
Elsewhere, European deputies tell us about the key challenges presented by online platforms, as well as ways to combat child poverty which, as one MEP puts it, is more than simply someone else’s problem.
The European Commission says it is closely monitoring the egg crisis rapidly engulfing Europe.
Spain has said it will not make an EU-UK deal dependent on sharing sovereignty of Gibraltar.
European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said the UK will have to transfer funds to Brussels "at least until 2020", even after it leaves the EU in 2019.
Live animals export trade is marring the EU's reputation as a leader in animal protection, says Olga Kikou.
Continuing to deny the benefits of GM crops is unfair and counterproductive, argues Pedro Narro Sanchez.
As the world looks to Europe to lead on evidence-based decision-making, we must not let politics trump science, warns Nathalie Moll.