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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

03 Feb 2016 description
report European Union

Main conclusions

A Zika virus outbreak in the Americas and the South Pacific is evolving rapidly, and its spread is likely to continue as the vector species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are widely distributed there. While a significant increase in the number of newborns presenting with a low head circumference seems established in the northeastern states of Brazil, the magnitude of the increase cannot be precisely estimated. Similarly, a link with Zika virus infection cannot be confirmed until the ongoing investigations are completed.

30 Jul 2014 description
report European Union

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council endorsed the annexed Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean, drawing on the Joint Communication of the Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy "Elements for an EU strategy on public security in Central America and the Caribbean" (ref. JOIN (2014) 21 final/2; 10108/1/14 REV1).

15 Dec 2011 description

Brussels, 15 December 2011 - The first results of the EU's Gender Action Plan, presented today at the European Development Days, show that it is already helping to improve the EU's work with women and girls around the world. The Plan presents a valuable picture of what is being done on the ground to improve gender equality, and what has been achieved so far.

14 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 5 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries, with first case reported from Belgium;

- Outside EU and EFTA countries, Thailand and Cuba reported their first cases;

- Age-specific attack rates in Mexico indicate tha almost all age groups are being equally affected.

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication channels.

13 May 2009 description
report European Union

With regard to the international outbreak of human cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection, the EU and the Rio Group fully share the international concern about this threat.

The EU and the Rio group express their solidarity with the most affected countries, in particular Mexico.

The EU reiterates its readiness to examine, in close cooperation with the authorities of the most affected countries and with the WHO, the best possible ways and means to provide assistance in the fight against this outbreak.

The EU and the Rio Group welcome the rapid, effective national and international …

12 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 14 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- First case reported form mainland China;

- Four additional confirmed cases with in-country transmission reported from the UK;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 5073 confirmed cases;

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication channels. In addition, outside of the EU and EFTA countries, media reports from credible sources are included when quoting national authorities.

11 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 12 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- Norway reported its first 2 confirmed cases;

- One case in Italy, previously classified as in-country transmission, has been reclassified as travel-related;

- Seven additional confirmed cases reported from the UK with in-country transmission;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 4936 confirmed cases;

- One more death from the US in a previously confirmed case

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other …

10 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 11 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- Seven more confirmed cases with in-country transmission in the UK;

- One more confirmed case with possible in-country transmission in Italy;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 4201 confirmed cases;

- Increase of the number of confirmed cases in the US of approximately 30%;

- Three more deaths in Mexico;

- First death in Costa Rica;

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication …

09 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 17 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- Five new cases of in-country transmission were reported from the UK all related to previous confirmed cases inside a school;

- First in-country transmission reported from Italy;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 3278 confirmed cases are reported;

- First cases were confirmed in Australia (1), Japan (3), Argentina (1), Panama (1), Brazil (4);

- Two more deaths were reported: Mexico (1), Canada (1)

- The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) published recommendations regarding …

08 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 14 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries.

- New cases of in-country transmission reported from Spain (4) and the UK (1).

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 2357 cases are reported, 2333 of which are confirmed.

- "First sequence-confirmed case of infection with the new influenza A(H1N1) strain in Germany", published in Eurosurveillance:

28 Apr 2009 description
report European Union

La présidence tchèque de l'UE va convoquer un conseil extraordinaire des ministres de l'UE chargés de la Santé.

La présidence tchèque de l'UE va convoquer un conseil extraordinaire des ministres de l'UE chargés de la Santé pour évaluer l'éventuelle menace liée à l'éclatement de l'épidémie de grippe porcine et coordonner les efforts européens.

La présidence suit la situation de très près, est consciente de la gravité de l'épidémie sur le continent américain et est déterminée à limiter les risques d'un impact sur l'Union européenne. C'est …

27 Apr 2009 description

Reference: SPEECH/09/200

Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission, Responsible for Health

Statement by Androulla Vassiliou, EU Health Commissioner for Health on the EC's reaction to the novel flu virus outbreak in Mexico

Statement made at the operations room of DG SANCO, on the EC's reaction to the novel flu virus outbreak in Mexico

Brussels, 27 April 2009 - The European Commission has responded rapidly to the current threat to public health as soon as the situation has been identified and communicated by the World Health Organisation.

18 Oct 2005 description
report European Union

Luxembourg, 18 October 2005

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council expressed its concern, solidarity and sympathy with the people of Central America following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Stan.

The Council welcomed the Commission allocation of €1.7 million to this crisis and its intention to allocate a further €3 million in the next few days.