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On 4 February 2014, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, was invited at the European Policy Centre (EPC) to speak at a conference entitled “The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?”. According to Oranje-Nassau, it is currently incorrect to talk about a “finishing line” since the information and communication technologies (ICTs), on which the Digital Agenda relies on, are still at (...)
The European Commission introduced its proposal for a revision of the data protection regulations of the EU two years ago, yet despite agreement on a compromise text by the European Parliament in October 2013, completion of a finalised General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been delayed until after the May elections.
An agreement reached on 22 January between EU Justice Commissioner, Vivian Reding, and representatives of the Greek and incoming Italian Presidency, has set the new (...)
On 14 January, MEPs voted on a resolution in support of the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020, with the aim of improving healthcare for the benefit of patients, giving them more control of their care and bringing down healthcare costs through ICT: innovative and user-friendly eHealth and mHealth tools. While the benefits of ICT have been widely reported, what about the link between eHealth and health inequalities?
Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (...)
On 23 January, the ’Equity Action’ Final Conference was hosted by the European Commission, marking the end of the Joint Action on Health Inequalities and expressing hope and determination that this will the beginning of further coordinated action at all levels.
EC Flash report: Health inequalities conference – Charlemagne conference centre 23 January 2014
Equity Action aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional (...)
On 3rd December 2013, different stakeholders of the healthcare system including nurses, social care workers, doctors, patients, citizens, researchers and industry met in Warsaw for the kick-off meeting of the ENS4Care project, with the ambition of developing together evidence based guidelines on eHealth services for nursing and social care.
Although most of the stakeholders met yesterday for the first time, the dynamism, creativity and commitment to work together in designing guidelines (...)
The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment.
The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)
1 October, Brussels -Scientists, public health researchers and NGOs have reacted with grave concern in light of leaked copies of the European Commission’s proposed Health Research Programme 2014-2015 (part of Horizon2020) circulating in Brussels. They have raised questions regarding the preparation of this draft, given its failure to address the major personal, social, environmental and occupational risk factors of disease in favour of narrow research parameters focusing on (...)
The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee vote on the proposals for Regulations on Medical Devices and InVitro Medical Devices has been postponed for the second time. There are rising concerns by health stakeholders regarding the speed of the process, as ongoing delays undermine public trust in the EU’s ability to create legislation that will adequately protect patients.
On Wednesday 18 September, the ENVI committee postponed the vote on the Medical Devices Regulations for the (...)
Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate.
Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be defined as the (...)
Ageing and Older People
Originally scheduled to take place in April, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is now set to vote on the General Data Protection Regulation in October. This article provides a brief update on the events which have hindered the file’s progress and the current state of legislative deliberation.
Progress to date
Following the publication of the European Commission’s proposals to revise and update the EU’s data (...)