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Visualisation des données de santé © EU
04/05/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.

Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety © EU
27/04/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.

08/06/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.

27/04/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice © EU
30/03/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

22/02/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel
25/01/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health
A woman presenting her boarding pass © EU
25/01/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.

A researcher holding a syringe and a glass vaccine vial © EU
20/12/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.

21/12/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19
25/11/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

The European Commission has proposed to update the rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/11/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022.

Mobile phone and person holding smartwatch © EU
29/10/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has taken action to improve the cybersecurity of wireless devices available on the European market. As mobile phones, smart watches, fitness trackers and wireless toys are more and more present in our everyday life, cyber threats pose a growing risk for every consumer.

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22/10/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition.

Stella Kyriakides, Mariya Gabriel, Virginijus Sinkevičius © EU
29/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation

The Commission launches five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.

European Health Union illustration © EU
28/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health

As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.

A group of elderly women taking part in a sport exercise involving fitness balls © EU
24/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.

Medical staff in a laboratory © EU
16/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

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