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A new EU regulatory framework for medical devices - Ensuring safety and innovation
8 July 2014
Medical devices include a wide range of products, from contact lenses and bandages to pace-makers. There are more than 500,000 different types of devices on the market that are used in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring and treatment of diseases and in improving the quality of life of those with disabilities. As part of the drive to harmonise rules and procedures, impose stricter requirements for the assessment of medical devices and improve their traceability, the European Commission, in September 2012, adopted two legislative proposals on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices which will, once adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council, replace the existing directives.
New pact for Europe: What are Europe’s strategic options?
1 July 2014
The New Pact for Europe project is an initiative that aims to promote a transnational, Europe-wide debate on the future of Europe. In its first report, New Pact for Europe has identified five strategic options for the European Union: going back to basics, consolidating past achievements, moving ahead ambitiously, leaping forward and changing the more or less EU logic altogether.
Reducing Europe’s dependence – An opportunity for a more coherent, ambitious energy and climate policy
26 June 2014
Since the crisis in Ukraine, energy security has become one of the top priorities of the European Union and the question of how to reduce Europe’s energy dependence is more pressing than ever. Following a request from the European Council, the European Commission proposed an EU Energy Security Strategy, which includes both short and medium to long term measures to ensure a stable and abundant supply of energy to Europe’s citizens and economy.
Post-Health Council Briefing
23 June 2014
The Council of the European Union’s Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) met on 19 and 20 June. The main outcomes of this recent meeting were the signing of a joint-procurement agreement on pandemic vaccines, adoption of Council conclusions in nutrition and physical activity, and on the impacts of the economic crisis on healthcare.
Fighting corruption in global trade
19 June 2014
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is presently being negotiated between the EU and the US, aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors, making it easier to trade goods and services between the EU and the US. Transparency International believes that, due to the close relation between bribery and corruption on the one hand and international trade on the other, TTIP could be a major step forward in the fight against corruption and bribery in global trade.