Data Protection To Help In War Against Coronavirus

The European Commission has published guidance on the development of new apps that support the fight against coronavirus in relation to data protection. The development of such apps and their take up by citizens can have a significant impact on the treatment of the virus and can play an important role in the strategy to…

Global Health Security – Taiwan calls for Inclusion

By Dr. CHEN Shih-chung The threat of emerging infectious diseases to global health and the economy, trade, and tourism has never abated. Pandemics can spread rapidly around the world because of the ease of international transportation. Among the most salient examples are the Spanish flu of 1918, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of…

Picula Report on Balkan Enlargement Adopted

Following debate in the EP Foreign Affairs Committee this afternoon, the Picula Report was adopted and its key recommendations agreed. These include the requirement for the EU to ensure that its enlargement methodology supports reforms and sustains fully-fledged membership as the final goal for accession countries. The report was adopted with 58 votes for, 7 against…

EU COVID-19 Fighting Fund

Parliament approved €3.08 billion in EU aid on Friday including more tests, help for doctors and nurses to care for the sick. The EU funds should directly support healthcare systems in EU member states in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  The initiative should allow the EU to buy urgent medical supplies, such as masks…

The EU Needs Solidarity to Tackle a Virus That Knows No Borders

European Parliament Leaders issued the following statement this morning. “The pandemic knows no borders. Our defences against the virus are only as strong as those of the weakest countries.” “We, in our capacity as the Chairs of Parliament’s bodies responsible for EU foreign policy and action, fully support all the efforts of the EU institutions…

EP Postpones Medical Devices Regulation

To prevent shortages or delays in getting key medical devices on the market, Parliament has decided to postpone the application of the Medical Devices Regulation. Parliament adopted the Commission proposal last Friday, by urgent procedure with 693 votes to 1 and 2 abstentions, allowing the application of the MDR to be postponed by one year…

EU Brings Home Stranded Citizens

In what the EU calls an unprecedented repatriation effort, the EU has managed to bring home over half a million of its citizens who were affected by coronavirus travel restrictions across the world.  At the beginning of the outbreak, around 600,000 EU citizens declared themselves stranded outside the EU.  Most of them in the Asia-Pacific…

Austria Goes Coal-Free

Austria has shut down its last coal-fired plant in Mellach (Styria) thereby ending its energy generation from coal.  This makes Austria the eighth coal-free EU member state. The Mellach 246 MW coal plant was commissioned in 1986 and provided the city of Graz with heat. It has closed after this winter’s heating season.  “The end of…