The Work Programme describes the key initiatives for the upcoming year, and it aims to deliver on the Commission’s six headline ambitions, one of which is "A Europe fit for the digital age".
On 19 October, Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič presented the European Commission’s Work Programme 2022 during the European Parliament plenary session. The Work Programme describes the key initiatives for the upcoming year. Vice-President Šefčovič remarked that the Work Programme aims to deliver on the Commission’s six headline ambitions, one of which is "A Europe fit for the digital age".
In line with the provisions of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, we can see among the new initiatives the proposal to update the Council Recommendation on cancer screening. Although this is the only cancer-related initiative included in the work programme, the Commission is on track to meet the legislative timelines and initiatives as defined in the Beating Cancer Plan. It is worth noting, however, that this was the only health file mentioned in Vice-President Šefčovič’s presentation.
The pharmaceutical legislation is also featured in the Commission Work Programme 2022 (Annex II) but since it was part of last year’s work programme, it now figures as one of the key pending Commission initiatives. There is a lot of activity around the revision of the legislation, with the EC’s public consultation currently open for feedback and the Report recently adopted by the ENVI Committee for the EP’s position on the Pharmaceutical strategy – soon to be voted in Plenary (22 November).
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