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Commission set to dump EU alcohol strategy

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's Health and Food Safety Commissioner, said that the executive has no intention of submitting a new strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, suggesting that the issue will be tackled as part...more »


Immigrants boost Germany's skilled labour force

The number of workers in so-called MINT jobs is rising in Germany, thanks to immigration from other EU countries. However, companies are suffering from a latent lack of skilled workers, partly due to xenophobia in eastern German...more »


ACP: Destroying boats is not a solution to migration

The Secretary-General of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) group of states said yesterday (21 May) that his organisation was against the EU’s idea of destroying the boats of human traffickers, who make fortunes by luring...more »


Parliament puts development aid objectives in the spotlight

The European Parliament has called on member states to honour their promise of dedicating 0.7% of gross national product to development aid by 2020. France hopes to sidestep binding time limits. EurActiv France reports. more »


German government to boost organic farming

Germany is hungry for organic products. But, despite good market conditions, and heavy marketing, organic farmers are not reaping their share of the boom’s benefits, something Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt intends to...more »


A boost for patient safety in the EU: What about the member states?

Lack of political will and action at European level are among the main culprits behind the 37,000 deaths caused by healthcare associated infections each year, writes Magdalena Kalata.more »


Access to EU energy market vital for UK, says National Grid CEO

A place in Europe's energy market is vital for Britain, the head of National Grid said on Thursday (21 May), joining an increasing chorus of business leaders speaking out on the impact of a European Union referendum. The operator...more »

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