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Supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products

10-04-2019

On 13 February 2019, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on amending the EU rules on patent protection for generic and biosimilar medicines. Parliament is due to vote on the compromise text, approved by its Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), at its second plenary session in April.

On 13 February 2019, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on amending the EU rules on patent protection for generic and biosimilar medicines. Parliament is due to vote on the compromise text, approved by its Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), at its second plenary session in April.

EU Options for Improving Access to Medicines

12-09-2016

This document summarises the presentations and discussions of the workshop on access to medicines, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 14 July 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the latest trends and the current situation as regards the availability of affordable medicines in Europe, to present a range of EU initiatives, and to raise awareness on prices, accessibility, acceptability, affordability and availability of medicines in the EU. During the first part of ...

This document summarises the presentations and discussions of the workshop on access to medicines, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 14 July 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the latest trends and the current situation as regards the availability of affordable medicines in Europe, to present a range of EU initiatives, and to raise awareness on prices, accessibility, acceptability, affordability and availability of medicines in the EU. During the first part of the workshop, the current situation on access to medicines was analysed by different stakeholder groups. The second part of the workshop analysed pharmaceutical systems in the EU, covering topics such as intellectual property, pricing and reimbursement systems, and competition enforcement laws. The third part of the workshop concerned authorisation procedures and systems for pricing and reimbursement. Here, an overview of the role of the EMA, the benefits of health technology assessment and improving affordability were presented. Proposals to improve access to medicines were discussed in the final workshop session. This workshop and the respective document were prepared by the Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Išorės autorius

Paola Banfi, Rachel DEMPSEY, Manon EMONTS and Hana SPANIKOVA

EYE 2016 – Patents, pirates and fair play

28-04-2016

Today the internet is at the heart of the new digital society. It is a communication tool but it can also be used to offer and to access online a vast range of commercial and cultural services or content. Policy-makers are trying to clarify the respective rights and obligations of consumers, creators of content and intermediaries who interact on the internet, and to make sure that innovation and fair competition can flourish. This note has been prepared for the European Youth Event, taking place ...

Today the internet is at the heart of the new digital society. It is a communication tool but it can also be used to offer and to access online a vast range of commercial and cultural services or content. Policy-makers are trying to clarify the respective rights and obligations of consumers, creators of content and intermediaries who interact on the internet, and to make sure that innovation and fair competition can flourish. This note has been prepared for the European Youth Event, taking place in Strasbourg in May 2016. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format

Challenges for Competition Policy in a Digitalised Economy

15-07-2015

This study describes the challenges for competition policy in relation to the digital economy. It explores the specific characteristics of digital economy markets and how these characteristics impact competition policy. The study focusses on competition policy and its instruments such as anti-trust laws, merger regulation, State aid and sector regulation. Neighbouring policy fields such as copyright and data protection are outlined where important but not analysed in detail. This study was prepared ...

This study describes the challenges for competition policy in relation to the digital economy. It explores the specific characteristics of digital economy markets and how these characteristics impact competition policy. The study focusses on competition policy and its instruments such as anti-trust laws, merger regulation, State aid and sector regulation. Neighbouring policy fields such as copyright and data protection are outlined where important but not analysed in detail. This study was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

Išorės autorius

Nicolai VAN GORP (Ecorys Netherlands) and Olga BATURA (University of Bremen)

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