Future EU investments in health

In the context of the roundtable held at the Commission with health associations such as European Health Management Association and EuroHealthNet, the Commissioners launched a pilot project to improve cross-border emergency services in the Pyrenees between the border regions of France, Spain and the Principality of Andorra. They also announced that health will be this Read more about Future EU investments in health[…]

Proportion of women in managerial occupations

Nearly 9.4 million persons hold a managerial position in the European Union (EU): 6.0 million men (64% of all managers) and 3.4 million women (36%). In addition, women account for a little over one quarter of board members of publicly listed companies in the EU (27%), and for less than one fifth of senior executives Read more about Proportion of women in managerial occupations[…]

Pharmaceuticals in the environment

The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining a set of actions addressing the multifaceted challenges that the release of pharmaceuticals poses to the environment. The “Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment” that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be Read more about Pharmaceuticals in the environment[…]

Preparing the future of EU investments in health

Today, Commissioners Crețu and Andriukaitis have brought together health professionals to kick-start the reflection on future EU investments in health under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the context of the roundtable held today at the Commission with health associations such as European Health Management Association and EuroHealthNet, the Commissioners launched a pilot project to Read more about Preparing the future of EU investments in health[…]

Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union yesterday reached a provisional political agreement on the first-ever Digital Europe programme, part of the EU’s long-term budget presented by the Commission. The programme, proposed  in June 2018, will invest in five key digital sectors: high performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and trust, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the Read more about Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027[…]

Why does the EU need to set rules increasing fairness and transparency for online platforms?

Online platforms provide entrepreneurs with vast opportunities for fast and efficient access to EU consumer markets, which is why they have become the go-to place for millions of businesses, big and small, in sectors ranging from online retailing, professional services and app development, to transport and hospitality. In addition, online search engines and platforms generate Read more about Why does the EU need to set rules increasing fairness and transparency for online platforms?[…]

Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients’ safety

The falsification of medicines has remained a serious threat to public health in the EU for too long. As of tomorrow, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply. From now on, the industry will have to affix a 2-D barcode and an anti-tampering device on the box Read more about Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients’ safety[…]

General state of children’s health in EU Member States

In 2017, more than 95% of children in the European Union (EU) were considered to be in good or very good general health. This percentage changes only slightly by age group, from 96.5% for those aged under five, to95.9% for those aged five to nine and 95.2% for those aged ten to fifteen. The percentage Read more about General state of children’s health in EU Member States[…]

European Fund for Strategic Investments: Action needed to make EFSI a full success

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has been effective in raising finance for investments in the EU, but the amounts of investment mobilised may be overstated, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The auditors also found that some EFSI support just replaced other financing from the EU and the Read more about European Fund for Strategic Investments: Action needed to make EFSI a full success[…]

Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030

As part of the debate on the future of Europe, launched with the Commission’s White Paper of 1 March 2017, the Commission is today publishing a Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. Announced as a follow-up to President Juncker’s 2017 State of the Union Address, today’s Paper forms part of the EU’s firm commitment Read more about Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030[…]

The European Commission report shows fair prices for medicines

The European Commission has published a report showing that active competition law enforcement, at EU and national level, in the pharmaceutical sector contributes to delivering more affordable medicines and more choice to patients and healthcare systems, and promotes further innovation. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said “Giving European patients and healthcare systems access Read more about The European Commission report shows fair prices for medicines[…]