In the field of health, there are several initiatives mentioned for next year:

  • Review of the Thematic Strategy on air pollution and associated legislation - assess the implementation and achievements of current air pollution and include legislative proposals to revise NEC Directive and other air quality legislation as appropriate.
  • Communication on the EU position on following up Rio+20 including the development of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Communication on the EU position on the Post-2015 development framework
  • Proposals for reinforced partnering in research and innovation under Horizon 2020 through the renewal and creation of public-private partnerships in key industrial sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, energy, transport, aeronautics, electronics, air traffic management and bio-based products. Partnership ICT-based products and services for the elderly and for the fight against poverty-related diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In order to support Member States’ policies on employment and job creation, there will be a youth guarantee in partnership with Member States and social partners.
  • Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion Package in order to provide guidance on increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and adequacy of social protection systems; improving activating and enabling policies; social inclusion and adequate livelihoods. The Communication will feed into the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Semester to foster a social dimension in structural reforms.
  • Recommendation on integration of the Roma to foster the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies, based on the work of a Pilot Group of Member States representing a geographical balance and the diverse situations concerning Roma within the EU and identifying good practices and effective approaches to Roma Integration.
  • Review of EU political and legal framework for organic production to:
    - establish a sustainable management system for agriculture and; produce high quality products and a large variety of products responding to consumers’ demand for processes that are non-detrimental to the environment, health, or animal welfare. The review will verify whether they are still relevant and adapted to the future evolution of organic production.

- You can find the Commission work programme for next year here.

During the debate in Strasbourg, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D, Spain), Andrew Duff (ALDE,UK), Michele Rivasi (Greens/EFA, France), and Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL Ireland), on behalf of their groups, asked the Commission to swiftly release the tobacco products directive for the current Parliament to legislate.

Commissioner Šefčovič, -a Commission Vice-president, and Commissioner for inter-institutional relations and administration- responded that it is absolutely vital that this legislator, this Parliament, work on the tobacco directive. He assured MEPs that it is a top priority for the Commission to present the tobacco directive in time for this Parliament to decide upon it.

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Last modified on November 4 2012.