Blog "Brussels Background"
Unsere Politikexperten im Europa-Büro sortieren und bewerten in ihrem Blog "Brussels Background“ regelmäßig die europapolitischen Ereignisse.
08.06.2021 | Brussels Background
The Conference on the future of Europe – on a way to a healthier European Union?The “Conference on the Future of Europe” – a project that started with a year of delay and in the meantime caused a lot of power play between the political groups and the institutions. So, basically just another cute European initiative you think? Well, it might have bigger consequences than just having citizens “play Europe” – it could result in Treaty changes. And might also ruffle some feathers when it comes to the one competence that Member States hold so dear – health care.
26.04.2021 | Brussels Background
Green, Greener, Green Deal?Commission president Ursula von der Leyen described the Green Deal as “Europe’s man on the moon moment”. The Green Deal is the Commission’s concept with the overarching aim of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This may sound like a big chance for Europe, but could also turn out to be a massive economic burden – especially for Europe’s SMEs.
19.01.2021 | Brussels Background
New Year – not so old Challenges: Europe’s struggle to raise vaccine acceptance“Happy New Year” was probably never said more hopefully. After a challenging year which was mostly dominated by the still ongoing pandemic, many people in Europe and all over the world were happy to call an end to 2020. Thanks to all the vaccinations, we are a big step closer to a normal life. Nevertheless, the pandemic is not over yet. And one of the greatest challenges is still ahead of us: To convince the European citizen to get a jab.
02.09.2020 | Brussels Background
La Grande Rentrée – brace yourself, autumn is coming!This year has been more intense than what we ever experienced before. At least, the summer break has given us a short breather from the last few months. Much like on our private lives, the Corona pandemic also had a huge impact on the political Agenda. However, the show must go on.
26.06.2020 | Brussels Background
German Presidency – Making Europe (and healthcare) great again?It has been quiet around this space for some time. But what better reason to come back from hibernation than Germany taking over the Presidency of the Council. Thirteen years after Germany’s last term, this one will be completely different: A virus has brought the whole of Europe to its knees and casted its shadow on the Presidency. Will Germany be able to follow their ambitious healthcare agenda and manage to lead Europe out of an unprecedented crisis? We surely hope so!
01.10.2019 | Brussels Background
A Stella(r) moment for health?About this time around last year, the health care community in Brussels drew a very grim picture of the future of health care. “The end of DG SANTE” was proclaimed from the rooftops. Some tried to fight it with loud voices calling for more instead of less focus on health. And apparently these voices have been heard – Maybe a trained medical professional as European Commission President was exactly what we needed?
03.07.2019 | Brussels Background
The European vaccination dilemmaWhen it comes to the ongoing vaccination crisis the daily news look very grim. From Europe being the world’s most vaccine sceptic region to conspiracy theories spread by anti-vaxxers – the hopes are not too high that the situation will improve over night. But what can be done to change people’s minds and win back their trust? Is the introduction of mandatory vaccinations in many Member States the right way or do we need a stronger push at European level from the European Commission?
20.05.2019 | Brussels Background
European Elections – Healthcare’s time to shine Part IIIn our January edition we toyed with the idea that healthcare could become the superstar topic to win the voters’ hearts. And apparently we weren’t so wrong with that idea. From Manfred Weber’s “European Master Plan against cancer” to Jean-Claude Juncker’s recommendations for the new Commission not to drop health care topics – the awareness is there. But how do we move from mere awareness to tangible actions that improve the healthcare of EU citizens? The answer lies in the ballot on the 26th!
17.04.2019 | Brussels Background
European Health Care Funding - There´s more than meets the eyeThe European Parliament has just voted on the new Research Framework Program FP9, better known as Horizon Europe. The program shall foster research and innovation across the European Union and constitutes one of the big chunks of the next EU budget in the period of 2021-2027. Whereas many of the projects are concerned with innovation and the future of healthcare in Europe, the European Union does finance many more projects that directly affect the life and health of its citizens.
25.02.2019 | Brussels Background
If only they knew about it – why the cross border health care directive is the perfect example for the Commission’s comms problemThe Cross Border Health Care Directive could be the poster child when it comes to tangible benefits the European Union has to offer its citizens. Although already passed in 2011, European citizens hardly know anything about it and therefore hardly seize the opportunities they have. How is it possible that the EU only receives negative feedback while substantially improving the life of its citizens?