Europe has ‘a lot of work to do’ to prevent COVID-19 transmission, WHO expert warns

Europe has “a lot of work to do right now” to bring down increasing COVID-19 cases, a World Health Organization expert said, stating that deaths in older people would likely increase in the region soon. “We’re starting to see a small uptick in deaths in older people and that will inevitably become more,” said Dr […]

‘Stop using so much English’, French journalists tell EU Commission

French journalists covering the European Union have complained to the bloc’s chiefs about the increasing use of English in their communication which they say gives un “competitive advantage” to the anglophone press. The French section of the Association of European Journalists reminded Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel in a letter […]

‘Tragedy’: Ukraine confirms 22 dead after military plane crash

Ukraine’s interior ministry has confirmed that 22 people have died in a military plane crash. Two other people are severely injured and four more are still unaccounted for, the ministry said in a statement. The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, in the Kharkiv region, some two […]

Eurosurveillance for World Rabies Day – 28 September

Rabies is a deadly disease and endemic in over 100 countries. It causes around 59,000 human deaths annually, the vast majority in Asia and Africa. There are safe and effective human vaccines for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis. With a prompt and proper post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), exposed people have a survival rate close to 100%. On […]

Michael O’Flaherty to be FRA Director for 3 more years

On 24 September 2020, FRA’s Management Board formally decided to extend the contract of Michael O’Flaherty as Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) for another three years. “FRA’s Management Board is pleased to continue to work alongside Director Michael O’Flaherty as his mandate is extended for three years,” said FRA Chairperson Elise […]

Judgment in Joined Cases C-422/19 Hessischer Rundfunk and C-423/19 Hessischer Rundfunk

The owner of a residential property (applicant) located in the region of Hessischer Rundfunk (defendant), a federal Land broadcasting organisation governed by public law and is for that reason obliged to pay to the defendant a radio and television licence fee.   The applicant offered to pay the radio and television licence fee in cash, […]

Cardinal Becciu: Vatican official resigns unexpectedly

High ranking Vatican official Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has unexpectedly resigned from office, the Holy See has announced. He previously worked as the second most senior official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Cardinal Becciu became involved in a controversial deal to buy a luxury London building with church funds as an investment. The deal […]

‘Corona dogs’ deployed at Helsinki airport to sniff out COVID-19

Four sniffer dogs have been deployed at Helsinki airport to detect COVID-19 as part of a pilot project. Researchers at the University of Helsinki, who are overseeing the scheme, flagged in a statement released on Thursday that specially-trained “corona dogs” have a success rate of sniffing out the deadly virus ranging from 94 to 100 per cent […]