Public Policy Dynamics EU #8

by RPP colleagues

Health and Politics in the European Union

  • The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe announced on 19 April that it will be launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe. As such, it has invited all EU citizens to contribute to this platform by sharing their ideas through online events. In other news, on 21 April, the European Commission announced that it has put forward new rules and actions with the aim of fostering excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Commission has published a public consultation on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), which is open between 31 March and 12 May. With the aim of emulating the US BARDA model, the HERA would contribute to the EU’s preparedness and response systems to health threats, by facilitating the rapid availability, access and distribution of necessary countermeasures
  • On 15 April, DG SANTE published a discussion paper on EU health preparedness, particularly with respect to the possible uses for Covid-19 certificates, as agreed by the Health Security Committee (HSC) on 30 March 2021. This also ties with the agreement by EU ambassadors on 14 April to pursue negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposal for a Digital Green Certificate, with the aim of facilitating safe and free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Politics

  • The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, which is made up of representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, announced on 19 April that it will be launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe. In this regard, it has invited all EU citizens to contribute to this platform by sharing their ideas through online events. European Parliament President David Sassoli noted that the platform will give citizens a say on the Future of Europe, whilst European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the platform will engage people across Europe.
  • In other news, on 21 April, the European Commission announced that it has put forward new rules and actions, with the aim of fostering excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence. The first-ever cross-disciplinary legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will safeguard the safety and fundamental rights of Europeans, whilst also increasing EU-wide AI uptake, investment and innovation.

 

Health

  • As part of the European Health Union package, the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) was proposed as a key initiative to equip the EU against serious cross-border health threats. In an endeavour to establish such an agency, the Commission published a public consultation on the HERA - open between 31 March and 12 May. With the aim of emulating the US BARDA model, the HERA would contribute to the EU’s preparedness and response systems to health threats, by facilitating the rapid availability, access and distribution of necessary countermeasures.
  • The consultation explores the possible work streams that could be undertaken by HERA, and amongst others, calls upon stakeholders to provide their opinion on what could be the EU added value of HERA in view of existing medical countermeasure capacities to address serious cross-border health threats.

 

Covid-19

  • In response to blood clot reports potentially associated with the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a press statement on a possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets. On 20 April, the EMA Safety Committee (PRAC) noted that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen, and such events should be listed as a very rare side effect.
  • In a similar vein, the EMA is also currently monitoring the rare blood clots with low blood platelets that occurred after vaccination with the AstraZeneca jab, and is undertaking a review of vaccination data.
  • On 15 April, DG SANTE published a discussion paper on EU health preparedness, particularly with respect to the possible uses for Covid-19 certificates, as agreed by the Health Security Committee (HSC) on 30 March 2021. Through the HSC, the aim of the document is to achieve an understanding of the current Member State position on the prospective use of Covid-19 certificates. It further noted the importance of a united approach and that the opinions of the HSC would be serve as additional guidance on the topic in question. Moreover, the discussion would also be applied to an expanded scope, possibly including vaccination certifications for uses other than medical.
  • This also ties with the agreement by EU ambassadors on 14 April to pursue negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposal for a Digital Green Certificate, with the aim of facilitating safe and free movement during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cookie-Settings

At rpp-group.com we use cookies (e.g. tracking and analytical cookies), which enable us to analyse and measure user data. Further information can be found here: