Ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April), EU-funded researchers have discovered that drugs originally designed to inhibit the growth of cancer cells can also kill the parasite that causes malaria. They believe this discovery could open up a new strategy for combating this deadly disease, which, according to World Health Organisation statistics, infected around 225 million and killed nearly 800 000 people worldwide in 2009.
The European Commission (EC) is developing proposals on how to enhance the external dimension of the EU's migration policy ('The EU Global Approach to Migration'), to better meet the policy objectives and interests of the European Union (EU), its partner countries and all migrants concerned. This package of proposals will include a specific focus on the Migration and Development dimension of the EU migration policy.
On 19 April, the European Commission increased its humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire by an additional €30 million, bringing its total allocation to € 60 million. The decision was taken on the basis of an extended need assessment carried out in the recent days by a team of European Commission experts on the ground.
On 14 April, the PES adopted a declaration that strengthens its position on an FTT. The declaration outlined 5 demands. They included a commitment to go ahead on an FTT within the European Union; to enact EU legislation as soon as possible; to set a clear percentage (0.05%); to use any funds raised for a progressive agenda; and to particularly target 'socially useless' financial transactions.
In parallel with the reform of Common Fisheries Policy, the regulation of Atlantic fishing should be revised; and freshwater aquaculture should be assisted. This was the predominant view at the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, held in Luxembourg on 14 April 2011. Participants also discussed the role innovation could play, in the preservation of traditional lifestyle in rural areas.