Safer herbal medicines Safer herbal medicines

From May 1, only traditional herbal medicines that are registered and authorised may be placed on the EU market. Producers have had seven years to show the efficiency and safety of these medicines.

Restrictions lifted on workers from eight countries

Workers from countries that joined the EU in 2004 will be free to work in any member state from 1 May. Most had voluntarily opened their job markets after the accessions.

EU law on return of illegal immigrants precludes national rules

Imposing prison terms on illegal migrants who refuse to leave the country jeopardises the EU’s aim for a fair and effective policy for removal and repatriation, says the Court of Justice.

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