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CED EU Info 2015/04

Issue 4 - December 2015



Agreement reached on new EU data protection legislation

On 15 December, European institutions concluded years-long negotiations on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation will replace existing legislation from 1995 and aims to harmonise data protection across the EU. New rules are expected to be in place from early 2018.

Dentists will be affected by the new legislation in their daily work. Read more

Circular economy: proposal could lead to more red tape for dentists

EU politicians are asking society to move to a circular economy. This means moving to a model that eliminates waste by design. One industry’s waste is another industry’s raw material. In nature there is no waste and everything is reused. Man is the only species in nature that produces and discards waste instead of reusing it. Read more

Medical Devices legislation still under discussion

The EU institutions continue their negotiation talks on the future Medical Devices Regulation. Some issues still remain conflicting and among them is the reprocessing of single-use medical devices. The talks will continue under the Dutch presidency of the EU Council during the first half of 2016. We encourage our members to contact their national governments in line with our mailing of 8 October and to contact the CED Office for further information.

Cross-Border Healthcare

A report about how EU citizens are using the opportunity to benefit cross-border healthcare was released on 4 September. In this report, the European Commission concludes that patients have to be better informed about the options they have and the procedures they need to follow in order to benefit from cross-border healthcare. Citizens should find out about their rights with the National Contact Points. At present, all EU Member States have at least one in place. Read more

TTIP update

During the last few months, transparency of TTIP negotiations has increased due to public and political pressure. At present, all relevant documents containing the EU position are available online. The same cannot be said with regards the US position, as the EU is bound to secrecy and the US has threatened to leave the deal if its position is disclosed. Read more

New Single Market Strategy

A new Single Market Strategy has been presented by the European Commission in October. The strategy foresees measures to be taken by the Commission in 2016 in order to deliver a deeper and fairer Single Market for the benefit of both consumers and businesses. To this end the Commission will  provide a regulatory framework fostering free movement of goods and services, remove existing barriers to intra-EU trade and prevent the creation of new ones, promote a consumer and business-friendly  environment based on transparent, simple and consistent rules offering legal clarity. Announced initiatives include more involvement of the Commission in national regulation of professions and preparation of a guidance for services standardization.

Health in the European Semester

The role of health in the European Semester was discussed by the Health Ministers at their informal meeting in Luxembourg in September. The European Semester is the EU's annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance. During the informal meeting in September the Ministers noted that health has been so far addressed in an unbalanced way in the European Semester. They call for a more comprehensive assessment of health systems not only limited to fiscal dimension (sustainability and cost-effectiveness of health systems) but also addressing access, effectiveness and quality of health systems. This would increase the impact the European Commission has on national health systems which are the responsibility of national governments according to EU Treaty.

Happy holidays from the CED Office

CED Office wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members and friends.

The Office will be closed until Monday, 4 January 2016. 

For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29

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