2014 marks a significant year in EU politics. In May of this year, European Citizens will be electing a new European Parliament with drastic changes expected in the formulation of the European Parliament.
With the election of the new Parliament, the balance of power is expected to shift considerably in France, the UK and Poland, all of which affects how policy is made in the EU.
These changes also bring opportunities however and with a Parliament that is expected to compose of 1/3 new Members after the election, there is room to spread the word further about what VPH has to offer.
An election year is also chaotic when it comes to EU policy and the Policy Affairs Working Group (PAWG) will be taking this into account when planning its activities for 2014. Gains made through the recognition of the Institute in the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020, provide a strong basis for opening up new dialogue with the European Commission.
Similar opportunities arise here and it is sometimes forgotten that a new European Commission must also be elected.
Over the course of 2014, the PAWG will be working hard to ensure that all Members are kept abreast of the policy and political developments that could affect their work and advocating with renewed vigour at EU level, to ensure the continued support of VPH so that research for all members can continue.
If you are interested to join the group and collaborate with the policy activities of the Institute, please contact us.