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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 15 January, the European Parliament voted in plenary to endorse the new EU rules on public procurement. The awarding of public contracts may from now on take into account social and environmental considerations, as well as innovation criteria, but does this really mean that Europeans will benefit from quality services that meet their needs?
European Parliament MEPs voted in favour of the public procurement and awarding of concessions directives, as agreed in June 2013 at the Council of (...)
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 (...)
Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (1), an initiative to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance (AMR), one of today’s most serious public health threats not only in Europe but worldwide. Over recent decades, growing mobility of the global population has increased the risk and incidence of cross-border diseases, and antimicrobials have been instrumental in preventing and treating such infections.
AMR results from the overuse or (...)
The transposition period for the Cross-border Healthcare Directive came to an end on 25 October, however it has been reported that many Member States are not prepared and have not set up vital information and control resources.
An article published on Euractiv on 24 October revealed that some EU countries are falling so far behind that it could take years for them to fully comply with the new EU legislation and create the required control centres and information websites. Such Member (...)
Prior to the European Parliament vote on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices, concerns have been voiced surrounding Amendment 40 and the potential ban of self-testing kits, such as those for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as this would reduce vital additional testing opportunities for people.
In September 2012, the European Commission launched a renewed legislative package for medical devices and In Vitro diagnostic medical devices. The procedure is now approaching (...)