Health

More than half of European countries prohibit access to assisted reproduction for lesbians and almost a third do so for single women 

Tuesday 02 November 2021 | Eva Belmonte
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

The situation is much more difficult for trans and intersex people. In addition to the legal barriers, they face economic stumbling blocks: most public health systems cover only part of the costs or have very long wait lists or narrow access criteria.


Spain, Czechia, Denmark and Belgium are the meccas of reproductive tourism 

Wednesday 10 November 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
Eva Belmonte
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Barriers in many European countries push thousands of people abroad to access assisted reproductive technology techniques. In some cases, they take out huge loans to pay for the treatments.


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


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.


Food alerts in Europe: from Polish chickens to Indian sesame seeds 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Last year, more than half of the alerts issued by the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed concerned products from non-EU countries. If these countries are unable to adapt their production chains to EU food safety regulations over the next few years, the risks to European citizens will continue to grow.


The pandemic and young people in the Balkans 

Monday 30 August 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The Covid-19 restrictive measures in the Balkans risk putting young people – a segment of the population that has been in constant demographic decline for years – in even more difficulty. A look at the pandemic and the state of the vaccination campaign in the Balkans for the youngest population.


What a year of pandemic tells us about European healthcare systems 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
| MIIR

Mainly three things: the number of doctors and nurses and the population density of a region are more important indicators than the number of ICUs in predicting Covid-19 deaths, there does not appear to be a causal association between per-capita numbers of ICUs and deaths from Covid, and excess mortality showed a correlation with the "pandemic waves".


The uncountable: How Covid-19 affected migrants and refugees’ health 

Friday 15 January 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

With COVID-19 in the spotlight, refugees and undocumented migrants disappeared from public attention. Precisely what swept these communities away from the agenda, however, disproportionately affected them.


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


Small EU countries had more COVID-related deaths per million since pandemic started 

Sunday 25 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

While the EU’s most populous countries are recording the most overall COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria had the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in relation to their populations during the same period.