Chemists Urge Israel to Ban Chemical Weapons
The President of the Israeli Chemical Society, Prof. Ehud Keinan, has published an open letter urging the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) by Israel. Israel, Egypt, Southern Sudan (who plan to sign) and North Korea are the only countries of the 196 recognised countries that have not signed and ratified the Chemical Weapons…
EuCheMS and RSC on the Outcome of the British Referendum
Following the vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, both EuCheMS and the UK´s Royal Society of Chemistry have reinforced their commitment to diversity, inclusivity and to the collaboration among learned societies ...
A First Look at the Slovak Presidency Programme
Earlier this month, Slovakia started its Presidency of the Council of the EU, a role which will have until the end of the present year. According to its programme, one of the main topics of the Slovak Presidency in the field of research is support for young researchers. The Presidency aims to adopt Council conclusions on measures to support young researchers with a focus on increasing the ...
Consequences of British Referendum to H2020
The Statement of 29 June of the Heads of State or Government of 27 Member States, as well as the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, confirms that “until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations”...
EuCheMS Response to Public Consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’
EuCheMS has recently submitted a response to the Public consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’ Work Programme 2018-2020 (SWAFS). These contributions to the present consultation will feed into preparation of the next SWAFS Work Programme 2018-2020, which will be developed by the European Commission during the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017...
OECD Report on the Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution
The report, published in June, is part of the “Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: consequences for Long-term Economic growth” (CIRCLE) project, which seeks to take into account the feedbacks from environmental pressures and resource scarcity to the economy. One of the conclusions of this report, which counted with the collaboration of the Joint Research Centre (JRC)...
Air Quality Legislation: MEPs Strike Deal with Council
Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030 were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council last month. The proposal sets out the national emission reduction commitments for the main pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane ...
Survey on Antimicrobial Resistance
As part of its wider strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the European Commission has published a Special Eurobarometer survey, showing a decrease of 6% in the consumption of antibiotics but at the same time a persistent lack of awareness on their effects. The survey clearly demonstrates that there exists a direct link between better information and lower consumption. The ...
Commission Presents Scientific Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disruptors
Following consecutive delays and repeated pressure from the European Parliament, the European Commission has presented last month the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. The Commission proposes to the Council and the European Parliament to adopt a strong science-based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors and to endorse the widely accepted WHO definition....
Knowing More About Citizen Science
The survey on data management in Citizen Science projects was set up as an open call via Citizen Science associations, European Commission departments and other organisations and projects. The rich set of results gives insights into how citizen science projects currently operate, namely the fact that most of the responding projects, 84%, were mostly in the area of environmental research...
ERC Awards 44 Proof of Concept Grants
Earlier this month, the European Research Council (ERC) announced the names of 44 of its grant holders who will receive top-up funding to explore commercial or innovation potential of the results of their ERC-funded research. These Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each...
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Raising Awareness About Entrepreneurial Skills
As part of the Skills Agenda for Europe, the Commission has published an 'Entrepreneurship Competence Framework' (EntreComp) to raise consensus about what entrepreneurship skills are. This framework proposes a shared definition of entrepreneurship as a competence and aims to establish a bridge ...
Bosnia and Herzegovina Joins COSME
SMEs and entrepreneurs from Bosnia and Herzegovina will now be able to participate in COSME, the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other associated countries. COSME ...
Aligning Chemicals´ Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation
Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted legislation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (the 'CLP Regulation'). The CLP Regulation sets rules on the hazard classification of chemicals, how these hazards are communicated through labelling and how the chemicals are packaged. CLP labels provide ...
New Emissions Requirements for the Production of Non-Ferrous Metals
The Commission implementing decision on Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for the non-ferrous metals industries has now been published. BAT conclusions are the technical basis for competent authorities in EU countries to set permit conditions for the installations concerned, as stipulated by ...
Consultations and Roadmaps
Public Consultation on the Active Substance Mepanipyrim
EFSA will assess and publish all comments from interested parties, which are submitted in line with the consultation criteria in the call regarding the ...
Public Consultation on the Joint Programming on Metrology Research
The metrology initiatives, set up under Article 185 TFEU, European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) and its successor European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) target joint programming metrology research across Europe. Under these two initiatives the participating states commit to integrate ...
REFIT Evaluation in on the Implementation of REACH
The EU Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) has been in force since June 2007. The 2017 evaluation of the operation of REACH (REACH report 2017) is part ...
Evaluation of the Fuel Quality Directive 98/70/EC of 13 October 1998 Relating to the Quality Of Petrol and Diesel Fuels as Amended
The evaluation should help the Commission to 1) have a better understanding of why and/or how current EU legislation has worked well or not so well, identifying factors which have helped or hampered achievement of the objectives; and ...
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