All articles by Eugenie Ankowitsch

AI Regulation: ENVI wants to strengthen environmental protection
The Commission’s proposed regulation on artificial intelligence (AI Regulation) does not provide sufficient protection for the environment. This is the conclusion reached by Renew MEP Susana Solís Pérez in her draft opinion. This is to be presented in the spring to the lead committees for Internal Market and Consumer Protection and Civil Liberties, Justice, and […] continue reading →
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Health policy outlook 2022: crises and data
In the coming months, the focus will be on better preparing the EU for future health threats. The EU Commission's planned proposal for a European health data area will also cause plenty of discussion. continue reading →
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Medical devices: State politics jump to the industry’s aid
The EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) should increase the safety and transparency of medical devices. But manufacturers and doctors warn that many products could disappear from the market. Now German state politicians are standing up for the economically important industry. continue reading →
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EU authorities discuss, HERA works
While the EU institutions argued for weeks about the governance structures of the new crisis agency HERA, it has long since begun its work. In the fight against the spread of the highly contagious Omicron virus variant, the agency is taking on its first coordination tasks. continue reading →
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Fourth COVID wave generates new unilateral action by member states
Yesterday's EU summit was supposed to be about a coordinated approach by the member states to the pandemic. Yet, some countries are already implementing their own measures. The Commission fears a "fragmentation" of the rules. continue reading →
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EU HTA Regulation comes in light version
The controversial project of an EU-wide clinical evaluation of medicinal products and medical devices (Health Technology Assessment, HTA) is coming to an end after years of wrangling. The agreement reached between Parliament and the Council in the summer has now been formally confirmed by the European Parliament. However, there will be no binding assessment of clinical benefit for all member states. continue reading →
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Council and Parliament put the brakes on HERA
The European Union has responded to the COVID pandemic with a comprehensive package of measures. Most recently, a new health authority with the divine name HERA was established to make provisions for future emergencies. However, at yesterday's Council meeting of health ministers, there was headwind against the EU Commission's so-called HERA crisis regulation. There is also harsh criticism from the European Parliament. continue reading →
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