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CED EU INFO 2015/01

Issue 1 - February 2015



Endocrine Disruptors and Antimicrobial Resistance Health Commissioner's Priorities

Endocrine disruptors and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) have been identified by the European Commissioner for Health, Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, as two priorities for his mandate. The Commissioner spoke about the start of his mandate and his plans for the future in “100 first days of Vytenis Andriukaitis, as Member of the EC”, a video available online. On 26 February, the Commission published a report on its five year Action Plan on AMR, confirming that AMR will remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016. 

On 2 February, the European Commission published the responses to the public consultation on defining criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the context of the implementation of the plant protection product regulation and the biocidal products regulation. More than 27.000 responses were submitted. A feedback report to the consultation will be issued once the replies are assessed. Read more

Workshop and Report on Patient Safety and Antimicrobial Resistance

On 24 February, the CED Policy Officer Aleksandra Sanak attended a workshop on 'Safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance' organised by the Policy Department A: Economy and Scientific Policy, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament. The event gathered Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as well as various stakeholders.  Read more

No Action Plans Submitted Under Commission's Transparency Exercise

On 9 February, the European Commission replied to a written question by MEP Jérôme Lavrilleux (PPE, France) concerning the state of play of the Commission’s mutual evaluation and transparency exercise of regulated professions. MEP  Lavrilleux requested information on whether Member States, in particular France, had already submitted any action plans and respective recommendations. The Commission replied that Member States were still providing justifications for their regulations, particularly for their compliance with the principles of necessity and proportionality.  No action plans had been submitted so far.

Waste Directive Withdrawn

On 22 January, the European Commission confirmed its decision to withdraw the Circular Economy package of waste laws. Both Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and EU environment ministers had expressed their support for the package but failed to reach an agreement on a joint resolution (European Parliament) or on sending a formal message to the Commission (Council). Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised that ‘a more ambitious’ package would be tabled in 2015. Read more

Bisphenol A Exposure No Risk At Current Levels

The European Food Safety Authority conducted a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity due to the significant number of new research studies carried out over the last years. The findings, published on 21 January, concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI). For further information see the Authority's press release.

Report on Bologna Process

On 4 February, MEP Krystyna Łybacka (S&D, Poland), published a draft report following up on the implementation of the Bologna process. This is an own initiative procedure (non-legislative) which will be presented to the Culture and Education Committee on 26 February.

CHRODIS Stakeholder Forum

On 19 February, the CED Policy Officer Aleksandra Sanak attended the 2nd Stakeholder Forum held by the Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing Across the Life Cycle (JA-CHRODIS). Read more

Health Priorities of Latvian Presidency

Latvia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2015. In the area of health, the Presidency will work towards reaching an agreement on the proposed medical devices legislation in the Council, a precondition for starting negotiations with the European Parliament. Read more

TTIP Negotiations Continue

The 8th round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations took place on 2-6 February. The discussions concerned market access (tariffs, services, etc.) and regulatory cooperation, in particular the creation of a Regulatory Cooperation Council. EU consumer groups expressed particular concerns in connection to regulatory cooperation, as attested by a recent blog by Monique Goyens of the European Consumer Organisation BEUC. Read more

EU Ombudsman Calls For More Transparency On EU Expert Groups

On 30 January, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, presented proposals to the European Commission on how to make its expert groups more balanced and transparent. The Commission administrates numerous expert groups which play an important role in the development of the EU legislation and policy. Read more


European Summit on Innovation for Healthy and Active Ageing, 9-10 March, Brussels
EU Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ), 5th coordination meeting, 12-13 March, Brussels
ESCO Reference Group Human Healthcare and Social Services, 12-13 March, Brussels
EU Joint Action on Health Workforce, 23-24 March, Madrid

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