Benefits of health tech cooperation - EUbusiness Week newsletter 833
EUbusiness Week 833 top stories: Finance ministers agree lower VAT for e-publications; Progress on VAT reform and fight against fraud; Parliament raises CO2 emissions targets for cars; MEPs vote for 30 pct European content for on-demand TV; Brussels okays Slovakia state aid to Jaguar Land Rover; Ministers give backing to European supercomputer project
Better cooperation by EU member states on assessing new health
technologies, such as new medicines and new devices, would benefit
Europeans' health, say MEPs, who this week approved new rules to foster
innovation and help innovative health tools reach patients faster.
There is evidence, says Spanish MEP Soledad Cabezon Ruiz, that some
drugs approved for cancer treatments have not led to improvements in
survival rates - despite often high prices. Europe-level evaluation
would improve the quality of the available evidence as well as the
evaluation itself, she says. Being better able to quickly determine the
true contribution of new medical products will improve the
sustainability of European health care.
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1. Finance ministers agree lower VAT for e-publications
Ministers have agreed to allow EU states to apply reduced,
'super-reduced' or zero VAT rates to electronic publications, thereby
allowing alignment of VAT rules for electronic and physical
2. Progress on VAT reform and fight against fraud
The Ecofin Council also agreed new rules to exchange more information
and boost cooperation on criminal VAT fraud, as well as measures to cut
VAT compliance burdens for companies.
3. Parliament raises CO2 emissions targets for cars
Market uptake of electric and low- emission cars would accelerate
following a vote Wednesday by the EU Parliament to lower CO2 emissions
by 20% by 2025, and 40% by 2030.
4. MEPs vote for 30 pct European content for on-demand TV
The Parliament has voted updated rules on audiovisual media services,
protecting children better, with stricter rules on advertising, and 30%
European content in video-on-demand.
5. Brussels okays Slovakia state aid to Jaguar Land Rover
The Commission gave its approval Thursday to Slovakia's EUR 125 million
investment aid to Jaguar Land Rover, saying it is in line with EU State
aid rules, and will not unduly distort competition.
6. Ministers give backing to European supercomputer project
Research ministers have given their backing to the setting up of a new
European joint undertaking with the aim of overseeing the pooling of
resources into high-performance computing.
ECB bonds purchase: the decision of the European Central Bank to
establish a programme for the purchase of government bonds on secondary
markets is valid, in the Opinion of the top EU Court's Advocate-General.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Russian cyber attacks - VAT fraud: generalised, temporary reversal of
liability, short-term fixes, administrative cooperation - Controls on
cash entering and leaving EU - reduced VAT rates for e-books
Jaguar Land Rover state aid - European Court of Auditors signs off EU
accounts - humanitarian support to Afghanistan - Major EU investments in
Greece infrastructure - VAT reform - emergency aid for victims of
Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets to fight organised
crime - Eurojust to become more effective with new rules - Human Rights
breaches in China, Belarus and United Arab Emirates - Free flow of
non-personal data: Parliament approves EU's fifth freedom - cleaner cars
on EU roads by 2030 - joint assessment of medicines - Green light for
VAT overhaul to simplify system and cut fraud - New rules for
audiovisual media services approved by Parliament - Brexit and migration
dominate debate on EU summit
8 Oct: Security of personal data processing event
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11 Oct: Cybersecurity in the energy sector
11-12 Oct: Justice and Home Affairs Council
11 Oct: Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Council
11-12 Oct: Gender equality and YOU
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