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CED EU INFO 2014/04


Issue 4 - December 2014 - Christmas Special

 

SECTION I - EU TOPICS RELEVANT TO THE DENTAL PROFESSION

NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION: HEALTH COMMUNITY CONCERNED ABOUT ALLOCATION OF PORTFOLIOS

On 1 November, the new European Commission under the President Jean-Claude Juncker took office. Its term will run until 31 October 2019.

The Commission is composed of the President, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, six other Vice-Presidents and twenty Commissioners. More information about the structure of the Commission and allocation of portfolios is available here.

The EU health community expressed strong concern over the decision of the President to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of health to the Commissioner in charge of internal market and industry. Read more

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ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

On 10 November, the British Dental Association held an expert summit on antimicrobial resistance in dentistry. It was the first dentistry-specific event in the UK, bringing together key players to debate possible ways in which the profession, policy makers, educators, service commissioners and regulators could minimise inappropriate prescribing and contribute to national and global efforts to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. The summit was attended by the CED Policy Officer Aleksandra Sanak. Further information here.

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ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS

On 18 November, the EU celebrated the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EEAD). To mark the event, the CED published a joint leaflet with European associations of doctors (CPME) and veterinarians (FVE), providing advice and raising awareness of primary care prescribers on prudent and responsible use of antibiotics. A joint press release was also issued. The CED also participated in the global and European Twitter chats. The previous day, Dr. Hans Göransson, the President of the Swedish Dental Association attended the annual EEAD event in Stockholm on behalf of the CED.

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COMMISSION'S TRANSPARENCY EXERCISE LOOKS AT DENTAL HYGIENISTS

The European Commission is carrying out a transparency exercise to screen and evaluate national requirements/regulations governing the access to regulated professions or professional titles with the principles of non-discrimination, justification and proportionality. It has grouped the professions into 2 clusters and healthcare is dealt with in the 2nd cluster. Read more

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GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 4 December, ministers reached a partial general approach on specific issues of the draft Regulation which relate to the public sector and to specific processing situation (Chapter IX). They also held a debate on the "one-stop-shop" mechanism, on the basis of a proposal presented by the Italian Presidency. Read more

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MINAMATA CONVENTION

On 14 November the public consultation on the EU ratification of the Minamata Convention was closed.  The results of the consultation launched by the European Commission’s DG Environment will support the preparation of a Minamata ratification package in early 2015. The CED replied to the consultation.

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SCENIHR OPINION ON SAFETY OF DENTAL AMALGAM

On 16 November the public consultation launched by DG SANCO on the preliminary opinion on “the safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users” was closed. Read more

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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS RELATED TO DENTISTRY

The CED Brussels Office compiled a series of questions related to dentistry brought forward by Members of the European Parliament to the Commission in 2014. These questions are available here.

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EXPERT PANEL ON EFFECTIVE WAYS OF INVESTING IN HEALTH

Established by Commission Decision 2012/C 198/06 to provide sound and timely scientific advice on effective ways of investing in health, the Expert Panel published on 14 October its final opinion on the Future EU agenda on quality of healthcare with a special emphasis on patient safety. The opinion identified commonly accepted dimensions of quality and safety applicable to all health services.

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4th EUROPEAN CODE AGAINST CANCER

The fourth edition of the European Code against Cancer was launched on 14 October. The Code provides 12 recommendations on how citizens can reduce their risk of developing cancer.

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SCENIHR MANDATE FOR TOBACCO ADDITIVES

The European Commission requested the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to draft an opinion on additives used in tobacco products. The new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) entered into force on 19 May 2014. It strengthens the rules governing reporting and composition of tobacco products and regulates the levels of permissible additives used. According to the TPD, the Commission has to develop and update a priority list of at least 15 additives contained in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco by May 2016. The aim of the opinion is to help the Commission identify the additives which should be put on the priority list.

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NEW RAPPORTEUR ON MEDICAL DEVICES

Following this year’s elections to the European Parliament, the Parliament’s Public Health (ENVI) Committee appointed on 17 September MEP Glenis Willmott (S&D, UK) as a new rapporteur for the medical devices dossier.

On 6 November the new rapporteur received the mandate to enter into interinstitutional negotiations.

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eSKILLS AND HEALTH WORKFORCE

On 27 November, the European Commission published a report on ‘eSkills and Health Workforce’ prepared by the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a Commission’s advisory body in which the CED participates. The report aims at providing a better understanding of different issues which impact the development of eSkills and the needs in the area of eHealth within the EU health workforce. Read more

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ePRESCRIPTION GUIDELINES

During its 6th meeting on 18 November in Brussels, the eHealth Network adopted guidelines on ePrescriptions. The guidelines were adopted for the purpose of interoperability among Member States and to ensure that they are safely used. The guidelines outline the type of data needed for cross-border use of ePrescriptions and how the data should be transferred. The transfer of data will take place as long as the patient consents to use the ePrescription service. Member States can use these guidelines on a voluntary basis.  

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COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS ON PATIENT SAFETY

On 1 December, the Council of the EU adopted Conclusions on patient safety and quality of care, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Among other issues, the Council welcomed the work of the Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (JA PaSQ)* with regard to exchange and implementation of good practices in Member States, and recognises a need for continued and sustainable collaboration at EU level on patient safety and quality of care.

* PaSQ receives funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme, and the CED is an associated partner.
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HEALTH AT A GLANCE

The third edition of ‘Health at a Glance: Europe 2014’ was pub-lished on 3 December. The publication is a result of collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission with the help of national data correspondents. It presents the latest information on health and health systems in 35 European countries.
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COMPETITIVENESS COUNCIL

At the Competitiveness Council on 4-5 December ministers agreed on priorities for enhancing the internal market, among them the further use and application of the mutual recognition principle and the reduction of regulatory burden. They called on the Commission to present in 2015 the renewed strategy on services. They also adopted Council Conclusions on smart regulation, aiming to foster competitiveness, growth and jobs while taking into account proper protection of consumers, health and environment. Further information is available here

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SECTION II - GENERAL EU POLICY

NEW COUNCIL VOTING RULES

On 1 November the new rules for the calculation of a qualified majority in the Council came into force. The Lisbon Treaty established that qualified majority voting needs at least 55% of Member States (i.e. in the EU 28 at least 16 Member States) representing at least 65% of the EU population. A blocking minority will have to include at least four Member States, otherwise the qualified majority shall be deemed attained. Further information here.

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TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (TTIP)

On 21 November, the Foreign Affairs Council confirmed the Council’s determination to conclude the agreement with the US as soon as possible. Ministers said that TTIP should provide significant new opportunities for citizens and companies in the EU and the US, and that it must respect EU standards on quality and Member States’ legislation.

TTIP aims to remove trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US. Opponents of the agreement warned that the deal could lead to more privatisation of public health services, creating uncertainties regarding the quality of service provided and employment conditions in services sectors. Read more

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EPSCO COUNCIL MEETING

On 1 December, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and the Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held a meeting in Brussels. The Council discussed the progress made on the draft regulation on medical devices and concluded that further discussions are needed for the Council to agree its position. Read more

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LATVIAN PRESIDENCY OF EU COUNCIL

On 1 January 2015 Latvia will take over the Presidency of the EU Council for the next 6 months. Latvia’s Presidency motto reflects its main priorities for the semester: “Competitive Europe, Digital Europe, Engaged Europe”. Latvia also in-tends to advance on TTIP negotiations, conclude CETA (EU-Canada trade treaty), and reach a common general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation. The 18-month programme of the Italian, Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies is available here.

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EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE (ECJ) RULING

On 9 October, the ECJ issued a judgement (C-268/13) related to the Cross-Border Directive. The Court concluded that the reimbursement of medical expenses incurred in another Member State cannot be refused where a lack of basic medical supplies and infrastructure makes it impossible for the insured person to receive hospital treatment in good time in his Member State of residence. Read more

NEXT EU EVENTS

Next EU events
  • Working Party on Public Health at Senior Level on 17 February 2015
  • High Level Conference on Healthy Lifestyle on 23 - 24 February, Riga
  • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on 9 March
  • Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 12 March
  • Cluster 2 meeting (EC transparency exercise under Directive 2005/36/EC) on 15 April
  • Informal meeting of EU Health ministers on 21 - 22 April, Riga
  • Health attachés meeting on 23 April, Riga
  • eHealth week on 11 - 13 May, Riga

For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29
ced@eudental.eu
http://www.eudental.eu

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