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Covid-19: the plastic pandemic 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Marco Ranocchiari
| OBC Transeuropa

In Europe, the period 2020-2021 was to mark the turning point in the fight against plastic waste, one of the most urgent problems of our century. Then came the new Coronavirus: with masks, gloves, and anti-contagion packaging, the risk of a step back is increasingly concrete


Half of all MEPs do not disclose any meeting with lobbies 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Regulation of the European Parliament is highly voluntary. Compared to 90 percent of Swedish, Danish or Finnish MEPs who disclose meetings with interest groups, only one out of ten Greek, Polish and Bulgarian MEPs do so.


businesswoman walking through revolving door

Meetings on public health between European Commission and lobbies have been booming 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Antonio Hernández
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Meetings with dozens of assistants and thousands of civil servants fly under the radar of the EU's transparency register. The heads of the pharmaceutical industry, EFPIA is one of the most active lobby groups. In less than a year and a half since the start of the pandemic they have held as many meetings with senior Commission officials as in the last five years.


Big Tobacco lobbies battle for smoke-free products taxation 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

As the EU sets its sights on harmonising taxation of the rising e-cigarette and heated tobacco products market, lobbyists fight to keep prices down and smokers hooked. The forthcoming negotiations are intertwined with the bitter competition between the two industry giants.


train accident in Greece

Rail accidents: Hungary leads the list in fatality figures 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to the annual assessment of the European Railway Agency, the trend of a steady decrease in the number of rail accidents continues. However, rail-related suicide rates remain roughly the same.


Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU’s borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants. First-time asylum applications fell by 37 percent between 2019 and November 2020.


Croatia: the plan for the future 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Toni Gabrić
| H-Alter

Recently, the Croatian government presented a summary of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. This document is crucial for obtaining 49,08 billion kuna (6,5 billion Euros) from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility to overcome the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and of earthquakes which hit Croatia last year.


Antidepressant use in Europe continues to break records 

Friday 30 April 2021 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Doctors continue prescribing anti-anxiety medications such as lorazepam or diazepam for long periods despite the risk of addictions. Meanwhile, under-investment in psychological care is making things worse.


Europe faces ‘obesity epidemic’ as figure almost tripled in 40 years 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

Last week, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen by 161% since 1975.


The hidden agenda behind the Recovery and Resilience Facility 

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Member countries will be continuously assessed for meeting targets and reforms in order to receive their share of the recovery fund. If European governments do not comply with the agreed recovery plan, the purse strings will be tightened.