Teresa Romero, who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa, is cured from the disease, after a 16-day battle for survival in Madrid's Carlos III hospital. Spain is now confident of being declared Ebola-free by December. But the crisis has also had political side-effects. EurActiv Spain reports.
The Socialist Party (PSOE), accused Ana Mato, the Spanish health minister, of “inappropriate” management of the crisis and fiercely criticized her over what critics described as a lack of clear and accurate information on the health crisis.
The European Commission is discussing changes with Italy and France to their 2015 draft budgets to avoid having to send back the plans that break European Union rules, EU officials said on Wednesday (22 October).
The new Commission led by Jean-Paul Juncker won the support of the European Parliament yesterday (22 October) with 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Votewatch Europe provides insight into how individual MEPs voted, revealing the emergence of a dissident group of 30 MEPs amongst the Socialists, which didn’t support Juncker.
According to Parliament’s rules, MEPs voted electronically, and their individual vote is public. Overall, 89% of MEPs voted along party lines. Votewatch Europe reveals the following results by country:
NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday (22 October).
The performer of a song promoting the anti-EU UK Independence Party before next year's election in Britain said on Wednesday (22 October) he was withdrawing the track from sale after being accused of racism.
The public sector will play an important but secondary role in financing the French energy transition, according to a new study by CDC Climat. The state-funded think tank believes an additional investment of 20 billion euro per year is needed to complete the energy transition. EurActiv France reports.
Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems - a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. EurActiv Germany reports.
EXCLUSIVE: EU leaders will not agree on 2030 targets for exchanging energy through electricity interconnectors, because of a long-running row between Spain, Portugal and France, according to documents obtained by EurActiv.
An obligation for member states to make 15% of their national generation capacity available to other EU nations was ditched from draft summit conclusions, which heads of state and government hope to finalise at a summit opening in Brussels today (23 October).
Pharmaceutical drugs, and medical technology, will remain under the department of health (DG Sanco) in the next Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect, confirmed on Wednesday (22 October).
The responsibility for the policy on pharmaceuticals was initially put under the supervision of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the Polish Commissioner-designate responsible for the EU's Single Market, Industry and Enterprises, as well as SMEs.