All articles by Eugenie Ankowitsch

Cancer: announcement of code of conduct on the right to be forgotten
Before the end of the current legislative term, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides wants to develop a code of conduct on the right to be forgotten for former cancer patients. “The past few decades have seen enormous progress in childhood cancer survival, and today, we can cure up to 80 percent of childhood cancers,” Kyriakides […] continue reading →
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AI: Commission has European standards drawn up
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (Cenelec), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) are to develop European standards to support “secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence”, according to the EU Commission. This emerges from the Commission’s draft implementing decision. Accordingly, the political objectives in the area of artificial intelligence […] continue reading →
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Hotly debated topic: the EU Health Data Space
For Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, the European Health Data Space is "a milestone for our digital transformation and a real revolution in European medical history". Here in Germany, the announced revolution must first show whether it can stand up to the German reality of digitization. continue reading →
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AI Act: more time for amendments
There still seems to be a great need for discussion among the members of the two committees IMCO and LIBE around the provisions of the planned KI law. In any case, the deadline for submitting amendments to the draft report of the two rapporteurs Brando Benifei (IMCO) and Dragoş Tudorache (LIBE) on the AI Regulation […] continue reading →
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EU Health Data Space: Commission focuses on binding nature
The EU Commission's proposal for the European Health Data Space is on the table. According to Health Commissioner Kyriakides, the EU is thus taking a "truly historic step" on the road to digital healthcare. However, it will be a mammoth task. One of the sticking points is likely to be data protection. continue reading →
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Russian media: Everything is staged
More than two months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin's propaganda machinery is showing no signs of fatigue. On the contrary, the longer Putin's war in Ukraine lasts, the more propaganda efforts Russian television makes. There is no sign of de-escalation. continue reading →
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Pharma: Pressure grows continuously
The expectations that companies deal with sustainability risks are increasing. The pressure is also growing in the pharmaceutical industry. At first glance, the highly regulated industry does not need to worry too much in the so-called ESG area. However, controversies are looming, especially when it comes to social criteria. continue reading →
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Vaccine contracts: Green MEPs sue EU Commission
Greens/EFA members Jutta Paulus, Tilly Metz, Margrete Auken, Michèle Rivasi, and Kim van Sparrentak have filed a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice. They are demanding access to the full contracts for the purchase of Covid 19 vaccines, which so far are only available in redacted versions. “Secrecy is a […] continue reading →
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AI law: deputy warns of conflicting obligations
Existing legislation in the transport sector should be better reflected in the law on artificial intelligence. That was the call made by Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) rapporteur Josianne Cutajar (S&D) in her draft opinion on the AI law. She said it is important to ensure that the law does not overlap with sector-specific legislation […] continue reading →
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EU Special Committee on COVID-19 pandemic kicks off
The EU Special Committee on the “COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and recommendations for the future” (COVI) kicked off yesterday with an inaugural meeting. Equipped with a broad mandate, it will examine the European response to the pandemic in the areas of health, democracy and fundamental rights, economy and society, and the EU’s global relations. At […] continue reading →
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Escape to the future: Pharmaceutical industry wants to improve access to medicines
The EU Commission intends to revise European pharmaceutical legislation at the end of 2022. Even during the consultations at the end of 2021, the pharmaceutical industry did not see any fundamental need for improvement. However, now, it is taking the plunge and presenting its own proposals to make access to medicines faster and fairer for millions of patients in the EU. continue reading →
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EMA involved in the preparations for the HTA Regulation
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will work with the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) to prepare the new Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulation. The regulation is expected to enter into force in January 2025. In their joint work plan, the EMA and EUnetHTA announced their intention to focus, among other things, on relaunching […] continue reading →
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Health Data Space: Experts plead for one-stop shop
The EU Commission is still wrestling with a legal framework for the European Health Data Space. In this hot phase, the experts of the TEHDAS Joint Action are publishing one report after another to support the Commission in its efforts. In doing so, they advocate for one point of contact for health data per member state. continue reading →
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Industry and doctors warn: niche products disappear from the market
Medical professionals and Medtech manufacturers are sounding the alarm. Many medical devices for rare diseases could disappear from the market due to the stringent requirements of the new EU Medical Devices Regulation – at the expense of patients. Surgical instruments and implants for children appear to be particularly affected. continue reading →
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Calls for EU health fund for Ukraine refugees
Eleven EU countries that have so far borne the brunt of the wave of refugees from Ukraine called for a separate EU fund to support their health systems at yesterday’s meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels. The influx of people from Ukraine is increasing pressure on the health systems of countries already strained by […] continue reading →
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AI regulation: Parliament wants to process dossier at lightning speed
The European Parliament is beginning the real work on the artificial intelligence regulation: One committee meeting follows the next. The lead rapporteurs have presented an ambitious timetable. However, given the many open points, it is questionable whether this can be adhered to. continue reading →
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Antibiotic resistance: EU action needed more than ever
Death by tuberculosis, pneumonia, or typhoid fever? For most Europeans, this sounds like a horror story from the imperial era. But the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on the rise for years and disregards national borders. A joint European approach is, therefore, an obvious response. There are plenty of potential starting points. continue reading →
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AI Act: Germany wants an extra chapter for security agencies
Germany will refrain from using AI applications for remote biometric identification. This was confirmed by Christian Meyer-Seitz, Head of Department III in the Federal Ministry of Justice, at yesterday’s meeting of the Digital Committee in the Bundestag. It is true that use is permitted under the planned AI regulation for certain purposes, such as searching […] continue reading →
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