What does a just transition to sustainability look like and how do we deliver?

What do we mean by a ‘just transition’ to a sustainable future? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, looks into how a shift to a greener, climate-neutral, circular economy will impact our society and describes how policies must be informed by concepts of justice and fairness if they are to succeed. Europe’s ambitions […]

EMA: eeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 19-22 February 2024

10 new medicines recommended for approval EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended 10 medicines for approval at its February 2024 meeting. The committee adopted positive opinions for two vaccines intended for active immunisation against the H5N1 subtype of influenza A virus, also refered to as avian influenza or bird flu. One of them, Celldemic (zoonotic influenza vaccine (H5N1) (surface […]

EMA: first oral treatment against residual haemolytic anaemia in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria

EMA has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for Voydeya, the first oral treatment for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH) who continue to have haemolytic anaemia (low levels of red blood cells) despite treatment with a C5 complement inhibitor (eculizumab or ravulizumab).

EMA: new treatment for rare motor neurone disease recommended for approval

EMA has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union for a new therapy for the treatment of adult patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare and often fatal disease that causes muscles to become weak and leads to paralysis. Qalsody (tofersen) is indicated for the treatment of adults with ALS, who have a […]

Better links between waste management, circular economy and climate change mitigation measures can boost greenhouse gas emission reductions

Recycling, repair, re-use or reducing material consumption through circular business models can provide important additional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions helping to boost Europe’s climate change mitigation efforts, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today.

Enlargement: Representatives from EU candidate countries will now join the work of the EESC

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) officially launched its initiative to welcome civil society representatives from EU candidate countries. A total of 131 ‘Enlargement Candidate Members‘ (ECM) were selected to make up the pool of civil society experts who will be participating in the Committee’s work, thus making the EESC the first institution to […]

EESC insists on tackling microplastic pollution from plastic pellets

Microplastic pollution has emerged as a critical environmental concern, with its detrimental impact reaching far and wide across ecosystems and human health. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) acknowledges the urgency of addressing the issue and supports the European Commission’s proposal to regulate microplastic pellet operations and emissions. At the EESC, the February plenary […]

European Migration Forum – The Key Role of Civil Society in Shaping EU Migration Policies

The 8th European Migration Forum (EMF), organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, explored questions around migrants’ vulnerabilities, bridging the skills gap and countering prejudice surrounding migration.