European Medicine Agency: Keeping it safe

Did you know that the brightest medicine experts with diverse specialised knowledge in the world work to keep medicines safe across the European Union? On 7 May 2019, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) launched a social media campaign to highlight how the European medicines regulatory network keeps medicines available in Europe safe and effective.

EMA’s visuals describe the added value of European cooperation in keeping medicines safe, from the pooling of resources to better monitoring and analysing safety information across the EU, to raising safety standards and allowing patients to directly report side effects and identify legally operating online pharmacies and retailers.

‘Keeping medicines safe’ is a priority for EMA, the European Commission and the network of national competent authorities which provides the Agency with the best-available scientific expertise in the EU for the regulation of medicines.

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Work-life balance: AGE supports the adoption in Open Letter

AGE has co-signed an open letter to the Council of Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumers (the EPSCO Council), to support the adoption of the directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. The directive will introduce major improvements for carers, such as a right to request carers’ leave of five days per year and workers and the right to request flexible working arrangements. Also, the directives encourages men to take up more family leaves throught the introduction of 10 days of paid paternity leave and the remuneration of two months of parental leave per parent, which will not be transferrable between parents. Two additional months per parent do not have minimum standards for remuneration.

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Members of the European Parliament support the ‘Ageing Equal’ campaign

The Members of the European Parliament Intergroup Subgroup on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations release and endorse the joint statement below for the International Day of Older Persons and the kick-off of the “Ageing Equal” campaign.

  • VAN NISTELROOIJ Lambert (EPP/Christen Democratisch Appèl, Netherlands, Co-Chair
  • BECKER Heinz K. (EPP/Österreichische Volkspartei, Austria), Co-Chair
  • KUKAN Eduard (EPP/Independent, Slovakia), Vice-Chair
  • VAJGL Ivo (ALDE/DeSUS, Slovenia), Vice-Chair
  • ENIFEI Brando (S&D/Partido Democratico, Italy)
  • KONEČNÁ Kateřina (GUE-NGL/Komunistická strana Cech a Moravy, Czech Republic)
  • PIETIKÄINEN Sirpa (EPP/Kansallinen Kokoomus, Finland)
  • RIBEIRO Sofia (EPP/Partido Social Democrata, Portugal)

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a great reminder that human rights remain equally valid as the time passes. Similarly, no one should be denied her or his human rights because of age.

Building on the momentum of the celebrations surrounding this 70th anniversary, the “Ageing Equal” campaign kicking off today, on the International Day of Older Persons, gives the European Parliament the occasion to take a strong stand against ageism.

Several policy initiatives – first and foremost the European Pillar of Social Rights – give the European Union the opportunity to take action to protect and promote older persons’ rights and equality in old age.

Members of the European Parliament, in particular of the Intergroup Subgroup on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, warmly welcome these 70 days of debate and action that will invite all Europeans to reflect and challenge the perceptions of society on ageing. Time has come to ensure that social justice and equality apply to all of us also when we reach old age!

More information about the ‘Ageing Equal’ campaign