EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.

EU News: The European Commission has recently presented the first Soil Atlas of Africa, highlighting a vital natural resource which provides food, fodder, fuel wood, reduces flood risk and protects water supplies.  

With full colour maps & illustrations, the atlas explains in a simple & clear manner the diversity of soil across the African continent and emphasizes the importance of this non-renewable resource.
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EU News: The European Medicines Agency has published recently the initial list of medicines that are subject to additional monitoring.  This represents an important deliverable of the new European pharmacovigilance legislation.  

These medicines will have to display an inverted back triangle in their package leaflet and in the information for healthcare professionals called the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), together with a short sentence explaining what the triangle means.
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EU News: The Commission's Task Force for Greece (TFGR) has presented its fourth quarterly report on technical assistance for Greece.
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EU News: The European Commission has recently proposed measures to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice.
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EU News: Last week, EU Member States did not reach a qualified majority – either in favour or against - in the Appeal Committee which discussed a Commission proposal to restrict the use of 3 neonicotinoid insecticides.  In absence of an agreement between Member States, it is now for the Commission to decide on the adoption of the proposed restriction.
Press release & links ~ PC&PE:  We need to Bee more proactive on this threat (2nd item)
 
EU News: Following the recent recommendation by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the Co-ordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures – Human (CMDh) has endorsed by majority the PRAC recommendation to suspend the marketing authorisations of tetrazepam-containing medicines across the European Union (EU).
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EU News: To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the European Commission has issued strategic guidelines, thereby cooperating with Member States & stakeholders in overcoming the challenges facing the sector.

They do not create new legal obligations, but present a series of voluntary steps that Member States, the Commission and stakeholders can take to promote an industry that is economically, socially & environmentally sustainable and provides consumers with healthy, high-quality seafood.
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PC&PE: More of the funds held by institutional investors would be invested in energy projects if there was a clear EU policy about how to deliver secure, affordable & low carbon energy, says the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy in its report; No Country is an Energy Island: Securing Investment for the EU's Future.
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EU News: The Commission has adopted recently a new Regulation establishing governance & incentive mechanisms to facilitate the effective & timely deployment of SESAR, the Union's flagship project that aims at modernising the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system& enhancing its performance.
 
SESAR consists of a cycle of three interrelated and evolving processes that define, develop and deploy a new concept of ATM operations.  Through this new Regulation the Commission has activated the deployment process that will close the loop of the SESAR lifecycle and enable the project to fully deliver its benefits.
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EU News: The European Commission has launched the third & final public consultation in its review of the state aid criteria it uses to assess Member States' support schemes for films and other audiovisual works – See ‘Consultations’ section for more information.
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