Ensuring a high level of social protection 30-11-2020


ESIP puts forward its proposals for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

ESIP supported the goal of achieving renewed convergence towards a high level of social protection in its response to the public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The reply is focused on the principles 9 to 18 of the EPSR, relevant to social security.

New Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe 25-11-2020


Shaping future pharma policies for increased accessibility and affordability of medicines

On November 25 the European Commission released the new Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe. The Strategy is intended as a roadmap for future action in the pharmaceutical sector, detailing a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives for the coming years. Such actions should be deployed jointly with Member States.

Paving the way for ambitious EU health budget 13-11-2020


ESIP welcomes the political agreement for a reinforced EU4Health Programme

On November 10 the European Parliament and the German Presidency of the Council reached a political agreement on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) and recovery package. The new political package includes a budget reinforcement of EUR 15 billion. More precisely the envelope for EU4Health would be tripled compared to the budget set by the Council in July, reaching a final amount of EUR 5.1 billion. This increase was hailed by the European Parliament and Commission as a major victory. Furthermore, on November 13 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU4Health programme, calling to use EU funds to increase disease prevention, foster the digital transformation of health systems, and improve crisis-preparedness with a view to mitigating shortages of medicines and medical devices. 

Towards a strong EU Health Union? 11-11-2020


ESIP first reaction to the new EU Health Package on preparedness to cross-border threats

On November 11 the Commission released a package of three legislative proposals on Building a European Health Union: Reinforcing the EU’s resilience for cross-border health threats. The proposals are a new Regulation on serious cross-border threats to health, and two Regulations on reinforced roles for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The three initiatives are accompanied by a Communication on Building a European Health Union.