• MEPs back joint assessment of medicines

      MEPs back joint assessment of medicines

      Health Committee MEPs backed plans to boost joint assessment of medicines. The legislative report was adopted with 40 votes to 3, with 2 abstentions. It will be put to a vote by the full House during its 1-4 October plenary session in Strasbourg. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. 

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    • MEPs slash dual quality goods

      MEPs slash dual quality goods

      At the plenary session on 13 September in Strasbourg MEPs overwhelmingly backed the non-legislative resolution that firmly opposes the scandalous practice of dual quality products. Over years, consumers from Central and Eastern European countries are buying well-known brands of food - including for babies, as well as cosmetics and detergents, among others, with dubious content and quality, often at very high prices, sometimes even higher than in the Western countries.

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    • MEPs to boost joint assessment of medicines

      MEPs to boost joint assessment of medicines

      Health Committee MEPs backed plans to boost joint assessment of medicines. The legislative report was adopted with 40 votes to 3, with 2 abstentions. It will be put to a vote by the full House during its 1-4 October plenary session in Strasbourg. The new law aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine’s added value that help EU countries decide on pricing and reimbursement. 

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    • MEPs held debate on the situation in Hungary

      MEPs held debate on the situation in Hungary

      Every nation and Member State has the right to decide on how to organise its life in its own country, said Hungarian PM Viktor Orban during the debate on 11 September at the plenary in Strasbourg on the report of Green Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini on the situation with the rule of law in Hungary. The rapporteur suggests the need of triggering of an Article 7 process that could strip the country from voting rights in the Council.

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    • Europe faces an existential crisis

      Europe faces an existential crisis

      Europe could face an existential crisis over nationalism unless it owned up to its failure to handle a fiscal crisis and deal with an influx of migrants effectively, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday during a debate in the EP plenary. The economic austerity pursued by European governments had fostered fear, racism and the emergence of the far right, he told lawmakers.

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    • Clean water for all Europeans

      Clean water for all Europeans

      Member States should promote universal access to clean water for all in the EU, the EP Environment Committee said last Monday voting on new rules. The proposed legislation tightens the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), PFAS, harmful bacteria, and introduces new caps for certain endocrine disruptors. It also monitors levels of microplastics, which has already caused concern.

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    • EU Parliament holds 'last chance' vote on copyright

      EU Parliament holds 'last chance' vote on copyright

      The European Parliament will vote today on a contentious copyright law, which has provoked one of the most intense lobbying wars in European Union history. Rejected in July, the reform has been amended in hope of answering the fears of advocates of internet freedom who helped sink the law in the first place. Now, amid last-minute writing and rewriting of more than 203 amendments, the final outcome seems unpredictable.

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