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Avian influenza: EU on alert for new outbreaks

The warning follows outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among wild and domestic birds in western Russia and Kazakhstan over the past few months. This region is a known autumn migration route for wild water birds heading to Europe.Northern and eastern Europe are likely to be the most vulnerable to new outbreaks given past experience. When HPAI was detected in the same area of Russia in the summers of 2005 and 2016, epidemics followed in northern and eastern Europe. If the pattern is repeated this year, HPAI is expected to arrive in the same areas of Europe in autumn or winter. Subsequent spread to countries in southern and western Europe is also possible. The alert is included in the latest update on avian influenza in Europe and beyond. The new report – which is compiled by EFSA, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Union Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza – covers the period May to August 2020. The report recommends that EU countries should: Take measures to detect suspected cases of HPAI promptly and increase biosecurity measures at poultry farms. Warn veterinary and wildlife health authorities of the likely risk of HPAI introduction, and urge them to carry out prompt testing of dead or sick wild birds. Spread of the virus is likely to be triggered by a sudden and persistent fall in temperatures in central Russia and Kazakhstan. Several studies demonstrate that cold weather conditions led to the rapid westward expansion of the HPAI virus by infected migratory birds during the 2005-2006 and 2016-2017 waves. The risk of transmission of avian influenza viruses to the general public in Europe remains very low. However, to minimise the risk of transmission to humans, people are advised not to not touch dead birds without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Saudi Arabia: High Representative/Vice-President Borrell meets F

On 29 September, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, in Brussels.They discussed issues of common interest, including EU-Saudi bilateral relations, joint EU-Saudi initiatives in the context of the ongoing Saudi G20 Presidency, as well as recent regional developments. High Representative Borrell reiterated the EU’s intention to strengthen bilateral engagement and cooperation with Saudi Arabia via the conclusion of a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to intensify dialogue on human rights, to which the EU attaches great importance. High Representative Borrell and Foreign Minister Faisal also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the EU and Saudi Arabia in the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the framework of the Saudi G20 Presidency. They both welcomed the successful international pledging conference held in May, co-chaired by the European Commission and Saudi Arabia as rotating chair, and stressed their commitment to supporting international efforts aimed at accelerating the process of manufacturing the vaccine and ensuring its fair distribution to those in need. In the framework of the mandate given to him by EU Foreign Ministers, High Representative Borrell reaffirmed the EU’s willingness to contribute to de-escalation in the Gulf region, support dialogue and promote a regional political solution. High Representative Borrell also recalled the EU’s support to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen and called for all parties to cooperate in bringing the tragic conflict there to an end. The discussion also covered latest developments relating to the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, the Sahel, the Sudanese transition and the Horn of Africa. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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29/09/2020 Η ενημέρωση των διαπιστευμένων συντακτών του Υπουργείου Υγείας, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Υπουργείο Υγείας σήμερα, Τρίτη 29 Σεπτεμβρίου και ώρα 18:00, από τον Υφυπουργό Πολιτικής Προστασίας και Διαχείρισης Κρίσεων Νίκο Χαρδαλιά και τον Επίκουρο Καθηγητή της Ιατρικής Σχολής του ΕΚΠΑ και μέλος της Επιτροπής Εμπειρογνωμόνων του Υπουργείου Υγείας, Γκίκα Μαγιορκίνη.Στην ενημέρωση θα συμμετέχει και ο Υφυπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κοντοζαμάνης, προκειμένου να απαντά σε ερωτήματα που αφορούν στο σύστημα Υγείας. Διαβάστε επίσης Let's block ads! (Why?)

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29/09/2020 Ο Υφυπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κοντοζαμάνης έκανε την ακόλουθη δήλωση:«Σχετικά με τις συμβάσεις επικουρικού προσωπικού οι οποίες λήγουν στο προσεχές χρονικό διάστημα, διευκρινίζεται ότι κατατίθεται διάταξη στη Βουλή για την παράταση των συμβάσεων όλων των κατηγοριών επικουρικού προσωπικού, καταρχάς έως το τέλος του 2020. Η διάταξη θα έχει αναδρομική ισχύ». Διαβάστε επίσης Let's block ads! (Why?)

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​With active judicial support of Eurojust, the Romanian, Lithuanian and Estonian authorities have executed coordinated activities, within a Joint Action Day, to dismantle an Organised Crime Group (OCG) specialized in elaborate cybercrime and fraudulent financial operations, arresting 3 suspects and conducting 4 house searches. The OCG allegedly committed identity theft and lured bank customers in several countries into imputing their access credentials online, via text messages containing links to cloned bank sites, subsequently the perpetrators accessing the victims’ accounts and making fraudulent transfers into specially-created accounts they directly controlled. Eurojust played a pivotal role in the entire operation by setting up and financing a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and facilitating the continuous judicial cooperation between the involved National Authorities. The fraud started in February last year and lasted until recently this month, in various waves. Almost 600 persons, out of which more than 100 in Lithuania and nearly 500 in Estonia fell victim to the OCG members. The victims were mostly natural persons but also companies, with damages in both countries amounting to over EUR 200.000. Additional bank transfers worth approximately EUR  450.000 into the OCG’s were stopped by the banks. For their fraud, the suspects made counterfeit versions of several banks’ sites. By sending SMS and other messages to customers in their banking apps on mobile phones, fraudulous links were sent to account holders to obtain access credentials, so-called phishing. Via multiple online payments, the money was transferred into the bank accounts controlled by the OCG. Through the criminal activities, the OCG also gained fraudulent access to the number of governmental e-services in Estonia. “Further investigative measures will be conducted, to establish the total amount of the proceeds of crime, and the full extent of the criminal activities with possible connections to additional countries”. Since 2019, Eurojust facilitated judicial cooperation in this case, supported the creation of the JIT in March 2020, supported the organisation of four Coordination Meetings to prepare for this week’s action day and provided over EUR 38.000 in funding. This enabled the participation of Estonian police officers during the operation in Romania. Europol supported the operation by facilitating information exchange and providing analytical support. During the action day, Europol deployed an expert on site to cross-check in real-time operational information against Europol’s databases and provide leads to investigators in the field. In Romania, the operation was lead by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Bucharest Brigade for Countering Organized Crime. In Estonia the Riigiprokuratuur (Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia) and Eesti Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet (Estonian Police and Border Guard Board) participated to the action day. In Lithuania, Prosecutor General’s Office and Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau supported the operation. Photos © Romanian Police Let's block ads! (Why?)