News from the Capitals #15
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
The government won on its social care reform amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill this week by just 26 votes, indicating some unrest within the Tory party with several MP’s abstaining and rebelling. This builds on a tough couple of weeks for the Tories following the ongoing sleaze scandals, retraction of manifesto promises and suspected tension between No. 10 and the Treasury.
Around 30 people have died in the channel this week, attempting to cross from France to the UK. The UK Government has suggested that more must be done on the French border to prevent dangerous crossings and have suggested supporting efforts by sending British police and Border Force to France.
The coalition agreement of the red-green-yellow government was presented yesterday, 24.11.2021, at a press conference in Berlin. The agreement places a strong focus on the areas of science and research policy, European coordination and networking. The new federal government plans to invest 1 billion euros into creating better working conditions for the nursing stuff in the hospitals as well as increase funding for research and development to 3.5 % of the gross domestic product (GDP) and to further strengthen those regions in Germany leading in innovation.
The epidemiological situation in Belgium is deteriorating rapidly. The average number of hospital admissions is now above the peak of the third wave and the current trend (+19.4% per week) does not suggest any imminent improvement. In view of the alarming health situation, the federal and federated entities will meet in a new Consultation Committee (Codeco) this Friday morning, 26 November, at 8 am. In recent days, many experts have suggested that the current health measures are not sufficient. With regards to new measures, the Prime Minister Alexander De Croo wants to work on three axes: the acceleration of vaccinations/boosters, measures to relieve the health care sector and several non-medical measures.