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1 October 2014, Brussels - By European Parliament standards, Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis’ performance could be judged to be “satisfactory”. He showed his commitment to protect European citizens’ health and well-being, and improve underlying determinants of health and physical environment. Now we will really have to see how he intends to turn words into concrete action. He was very outspoken on the issues of prevention, promotion and protection of (...)
September 29 2014, Brussels - When questioning the EU Commissioners-designate this week, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) should reject the decision by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect, to move pharmaceutical policy from the health to the enterprise portfolio (1). The main driver of EU policies concerning pharmaceuticals and health technologies should be promoting and protecting health and patient safety, not simply boosting the competitiveness of the (...)
Vytenis Andriukaitis - European Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety
Elżbieta Bieńkowska » European Commissioner-designate for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Cecilia Malmström » European Commissioner-designate for Trade
Pierre Moscovici » Commissioner-designate for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
Phil Hogan » European Commissioner-designate for Agriculture
Marianne Thyssen » European Commissioner-designate for (...)
From 1 November 2014, Cecilia Malmström will take office as the new Commissioner for Trade, under the Juncker Commission. The appointment of Swedish native Ms. Malmstrom implies that the President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, would like to further promote discussion with the U.S. on the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
By Leonardo Palumbo, EPHA Policy Coordinator for EU Affairs and Arthur Matthews, Policy Assistant
For the crucial Commissioner portfolio comprising Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has nominated Marianne Thyssen from Belgium. As part of her designated responsibilities, Ms Thyssen’s responsibilities will include issues related to the free movement of workers and migration, skills development and promotion of lifelong learning, to ensure that European labour markets are able to deliver jobs and growth.
By Sascha Marschang, (...)
Frans Timmermans has been officially designated to be one of the six Vice-Presidents and the First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights – a newly installed Directorate General.
By Dorota Sienkiewicz, EPHA Health Equity and Policy Coherence Coordinator
Putting in place this brand new DG reflects the EU’s new strategy to focus on areas where it can make a difference (in its own (...)
After months of inaction and neglect from the international community, the Ebola epidemic in west Africa has now spiralled utterly out of control. Today, the virus is a threat not only to the countries where the outbreak has overwhelmed the capacity of national health systems, but also to the entire world.
We urge our governments to mobilise all possible resources to assist west Africa in controlling this horrific epidemic. Based on our (...)
A study in Germany, France and the Netherlands highlights an alarming trend: the majority of medicines granted marketing authorisation has no added therapeutic value (ATV) compared to medicines already on the market. In some cases the new medicine even did more harm than good. These are the results of a research conducted by Wemos and EPHA. The figures are based on evaluations of several international drug bulletins.
1st October 2014, Brussels - The French drug bulletin La Revue Prescrire (...)
The president of the European Parliament has called for a "satisfactory response" from Mr Juncker before the commissioner hearings begin. MEPs from several political groups and the Belgian Minister of Health joined the public health community in calling for medicinal products and health technology to be moved back in to the health portfolio of the European Commission. This adds to the voices of European and global players representing various branches of healthcare that expressed concerns (...)
24 September 2014, Brussels – The European Union (EU) should leave behind its economic growth obsession and focus instead on more transparent and sustainable policies, according to hundreds of people gathered at the flagship European Citizens summit event (1) in Brussels. The event comes as new European Commissioner candidates are set to be questioned by MEPs next week.
A recurring question surrounding the Parliament elections in May was whether and how the EU will be able to regain (...)