Blog "Brussels Background"
Unsere Politikexperten im Europa-Büro sortieren und bewerten in ihrem Blog "Brussels Background“ regelmäßig die europapolitischen Ereignisse.
28.02.2018 | Brussels Background
Parallel trade of medicines – Towards a parallel society when it comes to health?Some argue that it is just a manifestation of the core principles of the European Union, some say that the practice of parallel imports leads straight to a public health crisis in the Eastern European Member States. A prominent discussion, which will get even more heated now that Bulgaria starts its Presidency of the Council and is eager to put the topic higher on the agenda.
06.12.2017 | Brussels Background
Teaming up – Structured cooperation between Health Systems and the consequences for the IndustryCloser cooperation between Member States in the area of health systems seems to have become a very attractive thing, especially when it comes to pharmaceutical policies. The most prominent example may be BeNeLuxA, but other Member States are also teaming up. Might this development also offer chances to the pharmaceutical industry and can it even help to foster more sustainable health care in the future?
14.11.2017 | Brussels Background
Relocation of the European Medicines Agency: Preventing a Serious Risk to Public Health by Keeping the Agency Fully OperationalOn 20th November 2017 the General Affairs Council will vote on the relocation of the European Medicine Agency (EMA), which becomes necessary after the United Kingdom decided to withdraw from the European Union.
10.11.2017 | Brussels Background
The Future of Europe – The end of EU Health Policies?Ever since the Brexit became tangible and inevitable with negotiation rounds ongoing, the European Union had to start thinking about its future as the so-called EU 27. With Great Britain leaving the European Union the European Union loses a strong member state and –of course- budget. A lot has been discussed about the economic consequences to follow but what about the EU health policies?
21.08.2017 | Brussels Background
eHealth –A real opportunity for our healthcare systems or a hopeless vision?Although healthcare systems across Europe are increasingly struggling with many challenges, reforming the system has never been a game changer in any election campaign. EHealth seems to be a buzzword that may solve many existing challenges and therefore is seen in many election manifestos. Both candidates during the French elections, for instance promoted eHealth as a decisive tool to improve the health of elderly people. Not only in France, but also in Germany and the rest of the EU the concept of eHealth is constantly in the news, lately very popularly during last Month´s eHealth week in Malta organised under the Maltese Council presidency. Many things are happening around eHealth even at EU level. Since its first Action Plan in 2004 that was followed by a new Action Plan 2012-2020, the European Commission marked the importance of eHealth as a major tool for improving EU citizens’ health and well-being. In its newly released mid-term review of the Digital Single Market, the Commission, once again, emphasised the importance of fostering eHealth strategies in the near future. But why? Is eHealth really the solution to all our problems or do we simply overestimate its benefits?