Health groups call for regulation of flame retardants

A new study by a group of US scientists compared two groups of flame retardants – respectively polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPFRs) – for a number of properties and warns that replacing the former by the latter is likely a regrettable substitution. Significant evidence of the links between exposure to…

Majority of Europeans want the EU to strengthen its partnership with Africa

The European Commission has released the 2019 Eurobarometer survey on citizen attitudes towards international cooperation and development. Among the highlights of the report, 86% of Europeans think it is important to help people in developing countries, which makes development aid one of the most positively perceived EU policies.  For the first time a question was…

Romania: Imprisonment of PM highlights dire prison conditions

The spotlight had already been on Romania’s prison conditions due to a report earlier this year by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The international scrutiny has continued with the imprisonment of Liviu Dragnea, the leader of country’s Social Democrat party. The imprisonment…