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#Coronavirus outbreak ‘just beginning’ outside China, says expert

#Coronavirus outbreak ‘just beginning’ outside China, says expert

| February 13, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic may be peaking in China where it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan but it is just beginning in the rest of the world and likely to spread, a global expert on infectious diseases said on Wednesday (12 February), write John Geddie and Raju Gopalakrishnan. The Chinese government’s senior […]

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#COVID19 – Commissioners Kyriakides and Lenarčič attend extraordinary Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

#COVID19 – Commissioners Kyriakides and Lenarčič attend extraordinary Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

| February 13, 2020

Today (13 February) Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, will attend an extraordinary Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) meeting on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The Commission continues to work on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the virus, and key to this has […]

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Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

| February 12, 2020

Austrian state television ORF has recently published an article describing manmade vitreous fibres (MMVF), also known as mineral wool, as being “as carcinogenic as asbestos’, unrecyclable and not even suitable for incineration, but instead piling up on landfill sites, writes Martin Banks. The ORF article claims that, like asbestos, it is carcinogenic. The piece adds […]

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Taxing tobacco: European Commission publishes evaluation on taxation of #Tobacco in EU

Taxing tobacco: European Commission publishes evaluation on taxation of #Tobacco in EU

| February 11, 2020

The European Commission has published an evaluation of EU rules on the taxation of tobacco (Council Directive 2011/64/EU on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco). It highlights that while the current rules work well in terms of predictability and stability for member state fiscal revenue, it is no longer as […]

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#Coronavirus – EU calls for strengthened international co-ordination and co-operation

#Coronavirus – EU calls for strengthened international co-ordination and co-operation

| February 11, 2020

The European Commission continues to work on all fronts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking from the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “As the Coronavirus outbreak affects more and more countries, coordination and co-operation need to be our main focus. Now is the time to join forces in order […]

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#Coronavirus deaths top 800 surpassing #SARS as #China heads back to work

#Coronavirus deaths top 800 surpassing #SARS as #China heads back to work

| February 10, 2020

China raised the death toll from its coronavirus outbreak to 811 on Sunday (9 February), passing the number killed globally by the SARS epidemic, as authorities made plans for millions of people returning to work after an extended Lunar New Year break, write Winni Zhou and Dominique Patton. Many of China’s usually teeming cities have […]

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Hi-tech cooperation between #China and #EU has huge potential

Hi-tech cooperation between #China and #EU has huge potential

| February 9, 2020

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), sometimes referred to as the New Silk Road, is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived. Launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping, the vast collection of development and investment initiatives would stretch from East Asia to Europe, significantly expanding China’s economic and political influence – writes […]

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