Vytenis Andriukatis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (EPHA evaluation of his hearing)

  • To put more emphasis on prevention and healthy living
  • to protect citizens from any health or food crisis that may arise
  • to make health systems more efficient and innovative by providing equitable healthcare to all citizens, while remaining financially sustainable
  • to ensure the implementation of the directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare
  • to ensure that every initiative on health contributed to bridging the wide inequalities in health that persist in Europe

At a more concrete level, he committed himself to:

  • Regarding tobacco, closely monitoring the transposition of the Tobacco Products Directive
  • regarding food safety, endeavouring high levels of animal and plant health by, for instance, strict controls on the safety of imported products
  • regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reviewing, within the first six months of the mandate, the decision-making process around them

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (EPHA evaluation of her hearing)

Light on commitments on public health, with the exception of the question of moving the lead on pharmaceuticals policy out of the Directorate-General for Health to the Directorate-General for Industry. Ms Bienkowska stressed that health, consumer satisfaction and quality of medicines would be a priority, and defended the (since reversed) move of pharmaceuticals. Industry will retin the lead on medical devices and Ms Bienkowska called for rapid adoption of the revised medical device legislation.

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Marianne Thyssen, faces, as her major responsibilities, issues related to the free movement of workers and migration, skills development and promotion of lifelong learning, to ensure that European labour markets are able to deliver jobs and growth.

Mrs. Thyssen’s commitments:

  • Contribute actively in the project to rebalance and reinforce the European Semester, in particular to ensure that employment and social policies are duly taken into account.
  • social impact assessment - there is a need for developing social impact assessment for any future conditional stability support programme for Euro area countries in difficulty
  • to give social indicators more weight
  • to take into account, at all levels, the social impact measures proposed by the Commission
  • to develop effective tools for the recognition of skills and qualifications and for the anticipation of skills needs, in particular in sectors with a strong job creation potential (including the health sector)

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Last modified on November 28 2014.