18 Nov 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 18 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily
Commissioner Malmström in Milan
Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is today in Milan to meet with Italian politicians and representatives of the business sector and civil society. At a conference entitled “The European trade policy at a crossroad”, the Commissioner highlighted in her speech the social and economic benefits of trade deals, such as the recent EU-Canada agreement (known as CETA), which stands to benefit Italian small and medium-sized businesses – as well as Italian foodstuffs such as Mortadella Bologna and Gorgonzola, which are offered protected status. She also stressed the importance of public debate on trade led by national governments at an early stage, in order to ensure trade deals have the public support they need. At a later meeting with Eurocities – attended by mayors of towns and cities across Europe – the Commissioner set out her view that EU trade policy should be informed by values such as human rights, labour rights and the protection of the environment – and encouraged EU cities to take part in the EU’s new award for fair and ethical trade, which will reward the positive work done in this field by an EU city. The speech to the mayors at Eurocities is available here.
Statement of Commissioner Andriukaitis: leading the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance
On the occasion of the 9th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which takes place every year on 18 November, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, said that “Since we became aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance, the European Union led the way in the fight against this massive threat for humankind. Our actions at EU level have had a clear added value, as recognised by independent evaluators, and have provided a framework to guide and coordinate activities on Antimicrobial Resistance at European and international level. But more work is needed. To further cement the EU’s position as global leader in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance the European Commission will launch, in 2017, a second Action Plan building upon and strengthening the work already done and supporting Member States in the implementation and monitoring of their National Action Plans.” The latest annual surveillance results published today show that in 2015, antibiotic resistance continued to increase for most bacteria and antibiotics under surveillance. Resistance to last line antibiotics that treat pneumoniae (carbapenem) increased from 6.2% in 2012 to 8.1% in 2015. More data and a full press release are available online.
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