More Involvement for Patients in Developing New Medicines

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) says it is creating a ‘pool’ of patient experts to strengthen the role and voice of patients in IMI activities at both strategic and operational levels.  IMI says it has always involved patients in its work, adding, “now the plan is to take patient engagement at IMI to the next level.”…

Russia reprimanded by UN for illegal detention of Ukraine naval officers

In a stern rebuke to Russia for breaching international law by detaining vessels belonging to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, the International Tribunal of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to…

Anniversary of EU Data Protection Rules

The controversial General Data Protection Regulation celebrates today (25th May) its first year of entry into application.  To mark the occasion, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, issued a statement. Andrus Ansip said, “25 May marks the anniversary of Europe’s new data protection rules, the…

Melting ice cap offers new hope for Arctic shipping routes

It’s a sight that is causing increasing concern across the globe. The melting icecap in the Arctic is widely seen as a serious threat to civilisation as we know it. A recent study suggests that if the current trends are not changed, the sea level rise would exceed 2 metres leading to the loss of…

EU Rules Adopted for Drone Transport

The European Commission has adopted EU rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air. The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure.  Following the recently adopted technical rules for drones, the Commission completes…

Norica Nicolai Welcomes Guy Verhofstadt to Bucharest

Guy Verhofstadt is known to be a strong campaigner for European solidarity, and has been very a active in the European Parliament election campaigns as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats to support all liberal parties across Europe. Earlier this week, he rattled the cage of the crusty British establishment by promoting the slogan “Bollocks…

Dr. David Baxter Awarded Linneborn Prize

The European Linneborn Prize for Outstanding Merits in Biomass is awarded every year on the occasion of the EUBCE Conference. The prize was established by the European Commission in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. Dr. David Baxter receives the Linneborn Prize 2019 as a highly appreciated and recognised R&D…

WHO sets targets to reduce snakebite deaths

The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the release today of the long-anticipated World Health Organization (WHO) strategy on the prevention and control of snakebite envenoming, with the ambitious targets to cut in half the number of snakebite deaths and cases of disability by 2030.  Governments and funding organisations must step up…

Fighting Climate Change with the Bio-economy

The bioeconomy is a crucial factor in fighting climate change, responding to the growing food demand and boosting rural areas. In its opinion on the adopted at its plenary session, the EESC calls for better support for SMEs in the form of advice and access to finance.  Public-private cooperation should be promoted and supported through…