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New EU Cybersecurity Strategy: Can the European Commission Shield Europe from Cyberattacks?

“Digitalisation and cyber are two sides of the same coin,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, while presenting her political priorities in July 2019. Data show that the EU has long been a primary target for cybercriminals and President von der Leyen signalled European Union’s intention to beef up its cybersecurity defence...
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The Digital Services Act: The New GDPR?

With the publication of the Digital Services Act (DSA) draft legislation on 15 December, the European Commission is now overhauling its framework for digital services, adopted in 2000 with the e-Commerce Directive...
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How Can We Make European Health Data Governance Models More Patient-Centric?

The COVID-19 crisis has been an eye-opener for many stakeholders, especially national governments, and has revealed that sharing health data is essential for enabling positive health outcomes and more sustainable health systems in Europe...
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The Digital Markets Act: More Politics in Competition Policy?

The DMA initiative won’t just be shaped in the technical environment of DG COMP, as is the norm, but also in a more political arena...
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Future-proofing the Orphan Regulation

The current Orphan Regulation was written at a time when nobody could have foreseen how medical science and digital technologies would transform health. The need for future-proofing the Regulation is clear...
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Down to the Wire

Every seven years the EU is convulsed by negotiations over its budget—the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). The narrative is familiar and repetitive: predictions of stalemate and catastrophic breakdown are at some stage transformed into grumpy acceptance of a new deal with sweeteners for everyone. The question is, when will that transformation happen?..
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Lessons from the Pandemic About How to Scale Up Digital Health in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the structural weaknesses and inefficiencies of health systems across Europe. This has increased public and political awareness about the need to invest more in health. The way the crisis was handled by national governments particularly fueled discussions about the digitalization of the health sector, in many cases proving that a transition to more digital health services and applications is possible when push comes to shove—at least temporarily...
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Advocacy and the EU Green Agenda in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has put most of Europe on lockdown over the past few months—EU advocacy, however, is going strong. Having quickly learned the rules of the new “virtual” normal, the wide range of EU interest groups have not missed the chance to use these unprecedented circumstances to defend their interests, some even more actively and vocally than ever. The kick-off of the German Presidency of the EU Council on 1 July is likely to open the window for engagement around the EU energy and sustainability policies even wider...
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COVID-19 Made the Case for More EU on Health, but will There be any Meaningful Changes?

The COVID-19 crisis has given a boost to those who want the EU to play a bigger role in health. Only time will tell if EU Member States are really willing to take the jump and commit to a true “Europe of Health.”..
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EU Pharma & the Environment: A piece of the PiE

Now that the EU's 'Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment’ Communication is here, what should the pharmaceutical sector expect?..
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