EUsalt is partnering with the World Iodine Association, to raise the attention on Iodine deficiency prevalence in Europe.
Low iodine intake and micronutrient malnutrition are prominent in Europe. The higher intake of certain nutrients is at high political attention in many national public health policies. However low iodine intake, leading to iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), is still not getting the same attention. Several strategies against Iodine deficiency have been launched by WHO and UNICEF, like the strategy of universal salt iodization (USI).
In Europe, other strategies are maybe required to raise the profile of the importance of Iodine deficiency, as well as the legislative instruments required to alter the prevalence of Iodine deficiency. Member States’ national health policies prevail, making Europe a scattered, uncertain market for food producers applying iodine fortification. EUsalt is a stakeholder contributing in the fight against iodine deficiency by defining regulatory strategies and helping to communicate in raising the awareness on iodine deficiency.
The final version of the Joint Paper on “Setting indicators for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy” was published on Friday 23 March in response to the official request by the future Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Joint Paper will also be circulated to the European Commission and to all Member States. The topics of indicators will be discussed during the next meeting of the Council High-Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth on 26 April.
The aim of this Joint Paper is to propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European industry and monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of its industrial strategy. The indicator list is composed of two sections: the headline indicators and those linked to the pillars of the Joint Reaction Paper previously presented by Industry4Europe. The indicators are simple and intended to be applied in combination to answer specific questions that may be relevant for different scenarios.
The 2018 Quarries Alive conference will be held in Portugal (Evora) from 2-4 May 2018.The Conference aims to bridge quarry restoration projects around the world taking advantage from sharing different approaches and insights. All researchers,practitioners,stakeholders as well as policy makers are invited to take part in this conference and share their knowledge. Actors from several quadrants of society, from restoration ecologists to industrial stakeholders or NGO’s will discuss ways in which to fulfill the demand for sustainable exploitation of resources. The conference will take place at University of Évora, in the iconic historical building of College of Espírito Santo. The University has a strong tradition in academic training, human development and involvement in society. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora (since 1986) in southern Portugal, is one hour away from the capital Lisbon. This medieval town was built upon centuries of history, living side by side with natural values. The European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining is partner of the event, EUsalt is an official partner of ENSQM.
On 29 May 2017, Member States reached a consensus on the Council Conclusions on 'A future EU industrial strategy'. Commissioner for Growth, Ms. Bieńkowska, insisted on the unanimous support of Member States to the text proposed by the Maltese Presidency: 'We are now all friends of industry within the Council'.
Ms. Bieńkowska went on: 'We all agreed on some key horizontal actions to be taken. We also agreed that we need some sectoral focus where it’s necessary. (...) we are now much stronger equipped for the future discussions on the coherent unified industrial policy document in the European Commission', despite the fact that 'it was not easy to discuss it internally in the Commission.'
EUsalt welcomes the outcome of the Council meeting and look forward to working with the Commission and all stakeholders on defining, not only a vision for a strong European industry, but also implementing concrete frameworks to achieve that objective.
For more information, please see the press conference video.
Ahead of the EU Industry Day that will take place on 28th February 2017, the European manufacturing industry call on the European Commission to:
- Reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;
- Adopt an Action Plant to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
- Commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on the progress.
Read the declaration here.