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Public Health priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union


The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union outlined its priorities and main events in the field of public health to the Working Party on Public Health. Despite not managing a legislative dossier for which the group would be competent, developments in the pipeline are relevant for civil society engagement. Inspired by the Third Union Programme for Action in the field of health (2014-2020), EU Health Strategy, World Health Organization reports, reflection processes on (...)
08/08/2014

[EPHA briefing] The Lithuanian EU presidency Health Priorities


On 1 July Lithuania took over the last full EU Council of Ministers Presidency before the European elections of 2014. The Lithuanian Presidency will focus its efforts in restoring EU’s economy credibility, attaining economic growth and better employment opportunities and reinforcing the EU as a model of openness and security, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Presentation - Health Priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency (...)
08/07/2013

Health priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council


The Lithuanian Presidency, which will be the last full EU Council presidency before the European elections of 2014, will focus its efforts in attaining a credible, growing and open Europe, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. Lithuania will focus its efforts in the following health issues. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Advancing legislative initiatives Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (high priority) Lithuania has confirmed its commitment to continue (...)
08/07/2013

[Update] EPHA briefing on cyber security and health technologies


Below is an updated version of the EPHA briefing on cyber security and health technologies, first published in September 2012, taking account of developments and further EPHA work since then. As noted in the EPHA briefing on data protection reform, the immediate problem presented by these technologies is the threat to privacy and the protection of personal information. However, the security risk presented – be it through malfunction or deliberate attack – is less widely (...)
10/04/2013

[EPHA Statement] General Data Protection Regulation & Implications for Health Research


Data for health research must remain available for the benefit of society as a whole, whilst respecting the rights of the individual. 27 February, Brussels - The European Commission proposal for a regulation concerning data protection, released in January 2013, contains a number of exemptions and provisions crucial to facilitating vital health research within a framework of individual rights and protections. The public health community welcomed the proposal and its recognition of the (...)
27/02/2013

Ireland’s Presidency Health Priorities presented


Ireland, in collaboration with its TRIO partners - Lithuania and Greece - has made a commitment to use its resources to prioritise solid progress on a number of key legislative dossiers in health and calls on member states to work together, sharing ideas, information and best practice. The Irish Presidency Programme, whose cornerstone is progressing the legislative agenda, contains a series of health priorities: on 23 January 2013 the Irish Minister of Health, James Reilly, presented them (...)
17/02/2013

Launch of EU Rapid Alert platform for human tissues and cells


On 1 February 2013 the European Commission launched a new Rapid Alert platform for Tissues and Cells (RATC) to exchange urgent information relating to human tissues or cells transferred across borders. In addition to tracking quality and safety defects in tissues and cells, the RATC can be used to raise the alarm on illegal and fraudulent activities, as well as on developing epidemiological situations (e.g. disease outbreaks) which may have cross-border implications. The Commission (...)
05/02/2013

European Commission publishes results of public consultation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA)


In December 2012 the European Commission released the results of its public consultation on stakeholder involvement in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), as envisaged by the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. Article 15 of Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patient rights in cross-border healthcare provides for the establishment of a permanent, voluntary Health Technology Assessment (HTA) network in the EU, connecting national authorities and bodies (...)
16/01/2013

eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020: More equality, less fragmentation?


On 7 December, the European Commission released its vision for the future deployment of innovative eHealth solutions in the form of the 2012-2020 eHealth Action Plan. This document outlines how the various barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe’s healthcare systems can be overcome by focusing on a number of key areas to speed up the process. The overall goal of the 2012-2020 eHealth Action Plan is threefold: to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give (...)
11/12/2012

EPHA position on General Data Protection Regulation


EPHA’s position on the General Data Protection Regulation highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the existing proposal from the perspective of the health community and lays out the key provisions in protecting patient safety, individual rights and public health. The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing its existing legal framework on data protection to ensure that the rules are fit for dealing with increasingly complex and sophisticated developments in technology and (...)
16/11/2012