The VPH Policy Affairs Working Group (PAWG) has obtained a copy of the 2015 draft work programme, which at the time of publication of this article was not yet made public. Some interesting remarks for VPH are included in the news below.
The Work Programme sets out the Commission's plans for the 12 months ahead. It identifies actions which will make a positive difference for jobs, growth and investment in 2015. For the upcoming year, Juncker, the President of the Commission, has heavily focused the Programme on employment and labour mobility with several new initiatives foreseen including:
Health and research is absent from this 2015 work plan. This is not unexpected however and it must also be remembered that this work plan is merely for 2015 and does not reflect on the other 4 years of the Commission’s mandate.
A review of copyright legislation as part of the digital single market package may be of interest to VPH members as this will very likely deal with the IPR of software – an area seen as fragmented and in need of policy attention.
The digital single market also includes the digital agenda which in turn includes eHealth. However it is unclear whether eHealth will be a topic to be addressed in 2015.
More information will be made available in the coming weeks and will feature in the next edition of the VPH newsletter.
To view the full 2015 Work Programme visit the official website