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European doctors send open letter on the effects of austerity on the health of people


On January 31, doctors from Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Greece sent an open letter to European political leaders and health authorities in which they deplore the effects that financial and economic decisions adopted as a response to the economic crisis are having on the health of the populations of their countries. They call on immediate action to reverse this situation. In each of the countries the letter has been signed by doctors in leading positions including the presidents of (...)
06/02/2013

Roundtable on Clinical Trials


Hosted by the European Policy Centre (EPC), this EPC’s Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) roundtable on the revision of the Clinical Trials legislation provided an opportunity for EPHA to present its Position on the policy dossier and exchange views with stakeholders including representatives of the European Commission, industry and an NGO representing older people. The roundtable was kicked off by Stefano Soro, Head of unit for Medicinal Products – quality, safety (...)
04/02/2013

Revised Digital Agenda aims to boost economic growth and innovation


Following a comprehensive policy review, the European Commission published an updated Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) on 18 December, which identifies seven new key areas to stimulate the conditions for creating growth and jobs in Europe. The focus is largely economic and eInclusion is not very pronounced, however it is hoped that in combination with the existing goals they can contribute to bridging the digital divide, especially for vulnerable groups and patients less likely or able to (...)
04/02/2013

Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee releases opinion on proposed Data Protection Regulation


The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee released its opinion on the proposed Data Protection Regulation on 23 January 2013. The opinion highlights the proposal’s potential for enhancing the internal market and creating a level playing field for businesses in the EU. The rapporteur - MEP Lara Comi (EPP, Italy) - focused on the definitions within the proposed Regulation, the rights of the data subject, the obligations of data controllers (...)
04/02/2013

European Parliament releases draft report on General Data Protection Regulation


The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) published its draft report amending the Commission’s proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation on 17 December 2012. In doing so, Rapporteur Jan Albrecht MEP (Green/EFA, Germany), has stuck to his ambitious goal of having an updated European data protection framework by the end of the current Parliamentary term. The report makes 350 amendments to the original Commission text, covering (...)
23/01/2013

Council conclusions on Healthy Ageing across the Lifecycle


The December meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted a set of conclusions on Healthy Ageing. It asks for a rethink of health systems towards more prevention. The Council also calls for a new Alcohol Strategy, to replace the current mandate which endsed in 2012. Europe’s population is rapidly ageing, which is challenging, among others, pillars of welfare , pensions, and healthcare systemss. The 2012 European Year for active ageing (...)
19/12/2012

Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union launches its vision for greater use of Pharmacists’ Competences


The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), an EPHA member, has recently adopted, during its General Assembly, the European Community Pharmacy Blueprint With a view to making better use of the competences of European pharmacists, the PGEU set out its vision on the European Community Pharmacy Blueprint. PGEU tried to compile in one document the European governments’ goals in terms of optimising the use of medicines, achieving better value from pharmacotherapy of patients, (...)
16/12/2012

High level conference discusses General Data Protection Regulation


On 4 December 2012 EPHA attended the 3rd annual Data Protection and Privacy Conference in Brussels. The event examined the Commission’s proposals for a revision of the data protection framework in the EU. The Data Protection and Privacy Conference brought together policy-makers, industry and regulators to discuss the principles and implications of the General Data Protection Regulation currently under discussion in the European Parliament and the Council. Vice-President and (...)
05/12/2012

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability


After being launched in February, the first conference of "The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability – Priorities and Delivery Mechanisms" took place on 19 November. Over the last years it has become increasingly evident that a new approach to agricultural innovation and research is needed if the European farming is to meet the challenge of producing under new constraints of resource availability and in line with multiple (...)
04/12/2012

Council conclusions on Literacy


The Council of the European Union adopted a couple of conclusions on literacy during the 3201st Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting on 26 and 27 November in Brussels. Levels of literacy remain stagnant in most European countries and one in five European citizens has inadequate literacy levels. Taking into account the fact that literacy is a crucial life competence which empowers the individual citizen and that low literacy levels hold back economic growth and reduces (...)
03/12/2012