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May - 2006 Edition EN pdf
  • Sunscreens: Never 100% protection – Commission consults on product labelling
  • EU and US exchange Good Practices on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
  • BSE: Embargo on UK beef ends
  • European Parliament agrees on Health and Nutrition Claims
  • European Commission launches new Health Portal
  • EU-China cooperation for safer toys

May - 2006 Special Edition on Obesity EN DE FR pdf
  • Uniting key players to fight obesity in the EU
  • The EU-US Conference on Best Practice for Diet, Physical Activity and Health – Brussels, 11-12 May, 2006
  • The launch of a dynamic process
  • A whole range of EU initiatives on nutrition
  • Concrete projects against obesity

April - 2006 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Test your breath: EU anti-smoking campaign “HELP” coming to a city near you!
  • Commission proposes improvements to the way Decisions on GMOs are taken
  • Tobacco advertising ban: Commission acts against four Member States
  • Commission publishes new EU Guidelines on Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
  • Pandemic Flu: Commission publishes evaluators’ report on test exercise
  • Avian Flu – latest updates: Ten key facts on avian flu for the public
  • New outbreaks of avian flu

March - 2006 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • World Consumer Day 2006 - A word from the Commissioner
  • BSE: UK beef embargo to be lifted
  • Genetically modified maize - your chance to comment
  • Commission requests further tests on three possible cases of TSE in sheep
  • European Commission holds international workshop on accident and injury data collection
  • Avian Influenza: Confirmed in 13 Member States

February - 2006 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Avian influenza in Europe: the EU takes action
  • Food and health-related risks: Europeans worry but trust EU action
  • EU sets maximum levels for dioxins and PCBs in food and feed
  • Child-resistant lighters to be imposed in the EU
  • Commission adopts animal welfare action plan

January - 2006 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Our priorities in 2006
  • Beijing International Conference on avian flu : US $1.9 billion pledged by international community
  • Outbreak of avian flu in Turkey
  • European Commission hosts meeting on promotion of mental well-being
  • Ban on antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed enters into effect

December - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU launches debate on how to tackle obesity
  • World AIDS Day: EU acts to combat a resurging epidemic
  • Chemical ITX in baby milk does not pose a threat to public health, says EFSA
  • EU upgrades plans to fight influenza pandemic and other health threats
  • EU and Chile progress with joint actions on animal welfare
  • Survey shows success of EU anti smoking advertisements
  • Upgraded food and feed legislation enters into effect on 1st January
  • Commission holds annual conference with consumer groups

November - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Commission adopts Green Paper on Mental Health
  • European health experts take stock of influenza pandemic preparedness
  • Avian influenza: European Commission earmarks 30 million euro for Asia
  • Nanotechnology: Commission launches consultation on how to assess risks
  • EU and China strengthen co-operation on product safety
  • EU seeks to improve animal by-product rules
  • The Commission issues a report on Pesticide Monitoring in 2003

October - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU allows return of beef on the bone
  • Avian influenza: EU tightens measures as H5N1 spreads
  • EU takes further steps to ensure safe blood transfusions
  • Commission adopts revised proposal on consumer credit
  • Commissioner Kyprianou calls for better consumer law-making

September - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU acts to contain avian flu
  • Stepping up preparation for a flu pandemic
  • Commission to develop training on EU food policy and safety
  • Commission proposes new rules on the health of farmed fish
  • Tobacco advertising ban takes effect 31 July
  • Second wave of EU anti-smoking TV adverts begins
  • European Commission commits 4.5 mio euro to prevent FMD in Europe
  • New EU health statistics published

July - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • BSE: slowly back to normal
    European Commission proposes Roadmap
  • Influenza experts coordinate Europe’s pandemic response
  • EU ministers agree on health claims
  • EFSA officially inaugurated in Parma
  • CPVO celebrates 10th anniversary
  • Standing Committee backs proposal on microbiological criteria in foodstuffs
  • Commissioner Kyprianou opens Cypriot consumer centre
  • UK at the helm of the Council
  • EU publishes new health data

June - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU proposes measures to improve welfare of broiler chickens
  • EU-wide survey shows consumers concerned about animal welfare
  • Accession of the European Community to Convention for the protection of new plant varieties agreed
  • EU launches anti-tobacco TV campaign to “ridicule” smoking
  • EU disease control agency inaugurated in Stockholm
  • EU ministers call for better use of technology in healthcare

May - 2005 Special Edition on Tobacco EN DE FR pdf
  • The EU continues its fight against tobacco
  • “HELP: For a life without tobacco”
  • Tobacco control policies and their impact on smoking prevalence
  • Picture warnings on cigarette packs
  • EU measures to fight tobacco
  • Smoking ban in public places

May - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU proposes new measures to prevent Avian Influenza
  • Commissioner Kyprianou reports on progress against influenza pandemic
  • Members of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health announced
  • Commission requires certification of US exports to stop unauthorised Bt10 entering the EU
  • EC publishes a report on the functioning of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) in 2004.
  • EU health ministers agree on increased cooperation

April - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Healthier, safer and more confident Europeans
  • Commissioner Kyprianou marks Consumer Day
  • Consumers assess the euro
  • EU and Canada agree to simplify imports of pork products and bovine semen
  • Commission extends Sudan dye measures and reminds food operators of their responsibilities
  • EU-Russia deal safeguards trade in plant products
  • EU confirms quality of European GMO legislative framework

April - 2005 Special Edition on Obesity EN DE FR pdf
  • Fight against obesity in the EU: European Commission catalyses voluntary action by stakeholders
  • Obesity on the rise, especially among children
  • Key elements of the Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
  • Examples of existing initiatives to tackle obesity in the EU - Public Health Projects
  • Examples of existing initiatives to tackle obesity in the EU - Advertising, Promotion and Marketing

March - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • New EU anti-smoking campaign launched
  • Commissioner Kyprianou pledges action as data shows more children overweight
  • Some EU food processors may still use the forbidden dye ‘Sudan I’, warns Commissioner Kyprianou
  • EU reinforces air passengers’ rights
  • EU and US to strengthen cooperation on product safety
  • Commissioner Kyprianou discusses export certificates and HIV/AIDS in Moscow
  • European Union delays rules on wood packaging for one year

February - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • Mental illness is Europe's unseen killer, says Commissioner Kyprianou
  • Markos Kyprianou urges food industry to combat obesity
  • The new European healthcare agenda
  • EU confirms the first case of BSE in a goat
  • New EU guidelines to facilitate food law implementation
  • Commission President sets agenda for the coming years

January - 2005 Edition EN DE FR pdf
  • EU establishes research platform on animal health
  • EU agrees to harmonise pesticide residues limits
  • EU supports battle against disease in Tsunami hit regions
  • Hungarian named Director of new EU health agency
  • G7 calls for common action against two major health threats - bioterrorism and avian flu
  • New guidelines on dangerous products
  • Forum launched to support EU contract law initiative

December 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Commissioner Kyprianou sets out his priorities for the coming five years
  • EU sets stricter rules for animal transport
  • EU protects consumers against rogue traders
  • Young Europeans face an increased HIV/AIDS risk

November 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • EU unveils picture warnings to put off cigarette smokers
  • Governments meet to update global infectious disease control rules
  • EU mandates experts to test French goat for BSE risk
  • EU dispels consumers concerns after Dutch dioxin contamination
  • EU allocates 188 million euro to fight animal diseases in 2005
  • Learn how to assert your consumer rights!

October 2004, Special Edition - Commissioner David Byrne DEFRpdf
  • Five years of progress
  • Achievements in Public Health
  • Achievements in Food Safety
  • Achievements in Consumer Affairs

October 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • EU and neighbouring countries pledge common action against HIV/AIDS
  • A new agency to respond to health threats has been launched in Stockholm
  • EU wants to promote good mental health among young people
  • EU-Russia trade in animal products continues without disruption
  • Where next for consumer policy?
  • Consumer associations invited to workshop on product safety monitoring

September 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Good health for all - the future of health in Europe
  • EU acts to tackle obesity
  • EU promotes consumer rights in the new Member States
  • Stakeholders invited to join EU contract law network
  • Markos Kyprianou proposed as next Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection

July 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Business and consumers work to ensure safe products on the market
  • EU confronts the threat of an AIDS epidemic in Europe
  • Europe acts to protect children's health
  • Byrne calls on the EU to make good health for all a reality
  • EU signs a revised Convention on animal transport
  • Enjoy your holidays - and know your rights!

June 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Football players at EURO 2004 say �no� to smoking
  • EU works to reduce diseases caused by a polluted environment
  • On holiday with our pets
  • EU bans pressure selling
  • Keep infectious animal diseases out of the EU !

May 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • EU food trade with developing countries - a win-win situation
  • EU strengthens rules on hygiene and food and feed control
  • EU approves import of canned GM-sweet corn
  • Europe embraces e-Health
  • EU creates network of national consumer watchdogs

April 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • EU newcomers comply with food safety standards
  • The British have the most trust in food
  • New International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources
  • New EU rules on GM food in force
  • e-confidence policy crucial
  • EU helps patients to use healthcare across borders
  • Byrne and Telicka to attend Open Health Forum

March 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Byrne calls for worldwide animal welfare standards
  • Parliament votes to improve food and feed controls
  • AIDS conference in Dublin
  • EU sets common quality and safety standards for human tissues and cells
  • "Feel free to say no" anti-smoking campaign hits the road again

March 2004, Special Edition on Risk Perception DEFRpdf
  • Irrational fears or legitimate concerns? Getting risk in perspective
  • Independent food safety agencies – a major component of governance
  • Can a positive message make headlines?
  • Different cultures, different perception of risk
  • There is no zero risk society
  • Perception of risk – socio-psychological model

February 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • European Commission fights against Avian Influenza
  • European Parliament backs new health agency
  • European Commission backs GM sweetcorn
  • Food for thought - EU and US consumers debate diet and health
  • Dangerous products in the spotlight
  • Czech Commissioner to work with Byrne
January 2004, Edition DEFRpdf
  • Commission priorities for 2004
  • Irish presidency priorities
  • Safety first - new rules for products
  • EU acts against avian influenza
  • New Director-General for Health and Consumer Protection

December 2003, Edition DEFRpdf
  • EU ministers back a series of Commission initiatives
  • Facilitating cross-border healthcare
  • Travelling with pets
  • The European Commission proposes "intelligent" packaging
  • David Byrne, Renate K�nast and Miguel Arias Ca�ete open EU conference on risk perception

November 2003, Edition DEFRpdf
  • New Member States must focus on food safety
  • New borders of the European Union
  • EU Regulations on animal by-products, BSE and other TSEs
  • Abattoirs and food processing plants
  • Pesticide residues and residues of veterinary medicines in food
  • Myths and misunderstanding about food, drink and EU enlargement

October 2003, Edition DEFRpdf

July 2003, Edition DEFRpdf

July 2003, Special Edition on Unfair Commercial Practices DEFRpdf

June 2003, Edition DEFRpdf

May 2003, Edition DEFRpdf

April 2003, Special edition on GMOs DEFRpdf

February 2003, Edition 2/03 DEFRpdf

January 2003, Edition 1/03 DEFRpdf

December 2002, Edition 10/02   DEFRpdf

November 2002, Edition 9/02 DEFRpdf

October 2002, Edition 8/02 DEFRpdf

September 2002, Edition 7/02 DEFRpdf

August 2002, Edition 6/02 DEFRpdf

July 2002, Edition 5/02 DEFRpdf

June 2002, Edition 4/02 DEFRpdf

April 2002, Edition 3/02 DEFRpdf

February 2002, Edition 2/02 DEFRpdf

January 2002, Edition 1/02 - EFSA Special DEFRpdf

December 2001, Number 5 DEFRpdf

November 2001, Number 4 DEFRpdf

October 2001, Number 3 DEFRpdf

September 2001, Special edition 1 DEFRpdf

July 2001, Number 2 DEFRpdf

June 2001, Number 1 DEFR pdf