The European health data space will: promote safe exchange of patients’ data (including when they travel abroad) and citizens’ control over their health data; support research on treatments, medicines, medical devices and outcomes; encourage the access to and use of health data for research, policy-making and regulation, with a trusted governance framework and upholding data-protection rules; support digital health services; and clarify the safety and liability of artificial intelligence in health. Due date: July 28th.
EU rules govern the taxation of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Tax structure rules have recently been amended, but excise duty rates have not been amended since 1992. The evaluation will examine if excise duty rates on alcohol and alcoholic beverages have contributed to the proper functioning of the EU single market. The evaluation will inform the planned initiative. A public consultation is planned for the first half of 2022. Due date: July 4th.
The Waste Framework Directive protects public health and the environment through the proper management of waste. This is done by applying the EU’s waste hierarchy, which promotes waste prevention and re-use over waste recovery and disposal. This initiative will improve waste management by reducing waste generation including through re-use of products or components, and by reducing mixed waste and increasing preparation for re-use or recycling of waste by improving separate collection. Due date: August 16th, 2022
Under the current geopolitical circumstances, many European companies are facing supply chain disruptions. As a follow-up on their recent survey that considered these questions, this platform would like to hear now from European companies about their ideas for solutions to build supply chain resilience. The survey is organised on behalf of the European Commission by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), in collaboration with the Enterprises Europe Network. Due date: June 6th, 2022
Nutrients (nitrogen & phosphorus) are essential for life and important natural resources. Yet nutrient loss leads to air, soil and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and a wide range of climate-change impacts. Existing legislation has helped address this problem in recent decades. However, nutrient pollution and inefficiencies in the nutrient cycle require additional action at EU level to improve food security, protect human health and preserve the ecosystem. Due date: August 26th.
The report on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation aims to evaluate how effectively it contributes to enforcing EU consumer laws; as well as to inform possible future reflections on how to strengthen the CPC pan-European enforcement network to increase cross-border enforcement no matter where a trader is based, tackle unfair practices affecting certain business sectors, and make the network more resilient in a crisis (e.g. COVID-19). Due date: June 27th, 2022.
This initiative, the single market emergency instrument (SMEI), aims to put in place a flexible and transparent mechanism to respond quickly to emergencies and crises that threaten the functioning of the single market. The initiative will ensure the coordination, solidarity and coherence of the EU crisis response and protect the single market’s functioning, ensuring: continued free movement of goods, services & people; smooth-running supply chains; and availability and access to goods & services. Due date: July 4th, 2022.
Once on the EU market, a medicine’s safety is monitored throughout its entire lifespan through the EU system of pharmacovigilance. EU rules (Regulation 658/2014) require that pharmaceutical companies pay the European Medicines Agency a fee to carry out such monitoring activities. This update is to increase these fees in line with inflation. Due date: May 4th, 2022.
The final evaluation of the 3rd health programme that ran from 2014 to 2020 will assess: its results and the impact of those results; as well as its effectiveness, cost-efficiency and EU-added value; and finally what worked well and what did not. The lessons learnt from the evaluation will be used to improve the implementation of the 4th health programme that will run from 2021 to 2027. Due date June 3rd, 2022.
A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a standard-essential patent (SEP). Patent-holders commit to licence their SEPs to users of the standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. However, some users have found that the system for licensing SEPs is not transparent, predictable or efficient. This initiative seeks to create a fair and balanced licensing framework and may combine legislative and non-legislative action. Due date May 9th, 2022.
Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are intellectual property rights extending patent protection for specific medicinal and plant protection products. While this regime is fit for purpose, differences between EU countries in its administration and enforcement create inefficiencies. This initiative will put in place a unitary SPC and/or a single (‘unified’) procedure for granting national SPCs. This will make SPCs more accessible and efficient, and benefit the health sector. Due date: April 5th, 2022
This initiative will improve workers’ health and safety by revising Directive 2009/148/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work. The update takes into account the latest scientific and technical developments. Due date: March 22nd, 2022.