The impact assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment clearly defines the problem, as well as the general and specific objectives. However, the IA does not appear to have succeeded in presenting a very convincing range of options. The analysis of impacts focuses on the economic dimension, which is consistent with the manner in which the problems have been defined. In light of the reported concentration of SMEs in the medical technologies sector (95 %), more emphasis could have been put on analysing the impacts of the retained options on them. The stakeholders’ views have been illustrated in a satisfactory way. The evidence included or referenced in the IA is copious and up to date. The IA appears to have addressed most of the RSB’s recommendations. Finally, the legislative proposal appears to be consistent with the analysis carried out in the IA.
Political dialogue and mutual respect should remain at the core of the future EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific partnership from 2020, MEPs said on Thursday.
MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session.
After the informative workshop held by the committee on crypto currencies, digitalisation and the European Semester, next 21 June 2018, in the morning, the committee will host a hearing entitled “Lesson learnt from the Paradise Papers”. The hearing will be structured in two panels.