Health

Romania: 25,000 deaths from pollution per year 

Thursday 16 December 2021 | Mihaela Iordache
| OBC Transeuropa

For years the media have denounced that Romania is becoming the landfill of Europe. Yet, the institutions do not intervene, and meanwhile the European Environment Agency reports that the country ranks first in Europe for deaths caused by pollution.


Citizens' distrust and lack of consensus: what led to the fiasco of contact tracing apps 

Wednesday 05 January 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

European countries have spent months debating what to do with data collected through contact tracing apps. A lack of consensus, as well as the launch of new systems by Apple and Google, lessened the chances of a unified protocol among the bloc. What is clear is that Europe always prioritised the data protection of its own users.


Prisons contained the pandemic at the expense of human rights 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Adrian Burtin
| Voxeurop

In many European countries, containing the spread of Covid-19 has come at the price of human rights. European prisoners have had to endure extended isolation, suspended visiting hours, and the cancellation of training and recreational activities.


How Europe’s prisons have fared in the Covid-19 pandemic 

Monday 06 December 2021 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Prisons make fertile breeding grounds for viruses, yet administrations have revealed little about Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations in Europe’s prisons. Data from 32 countries show the pandemic’s impact on prisons.


inmate holding prison bars

"With the pandemic, it was a prison within a prison” 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Margot Hemmerich
| Alternatives Economiques

Aurélie, 27, spent several years in prison. Maxime, 35, was an inmate in the Paris region, where the overcrowding rate is 160%. Like 13,000 other prisoners, he got out thanks to early-release measures enacted between March and May 2020. They told us their stories. 


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.


Useful data on assisted reproduction in Europe

Tuesday 30 November 2021 | OBC Transeuropa

The sources which were used for EDJNet's data-driven investigation on access to assisted reproduction techniques in Europe.


The postcode lottery of publicly-funded assisted reproduction in Spain 

Monday 29 November 2021 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Eva Belmonte
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
Olalla Tuñas
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

Many autonomous communities are not providing the bare minimum of provision in Spain’s health service and are using stripped back services, age limits and imposing fees in order to avoid providing the service.


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.