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No time for stagnation, Europe needs capital investment now, says Invest Europe [Advocacy Lab Content] - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 03:29
Scalability for Europe’s innovators requires private capital - climate change and digitalisation demand that capital quickly. Europe needs more and better investment in key sectors to drive Europe’s place in the world, says Invest Europe.
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Swedish medicines regulator seeks stronger mandate to combat drug shortages [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 22:14
The Swedish Medical Products Agency is seeking a new mandate to address drug shortages. It wants to take charge of redistributing critical medicines to pharmacies and setting up a stock-based situational awareness system.
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Hungarian hospitals drowning in debt, suppliers risk bankruptcy, services compromised [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 22:03
Hospitals in Hungary are sounding alarm as rising debts restrict operations, with officials reporting there are very few medical interventions for which the available funding provides sufficient financial coverage.
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Warsaw reallocates drug production funds, provokes pharma industry criticism [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 21:37
The Polish government has reallocated €139.5 million from the National Recovery Plan to support the zero-emission economy. The move upset the Polish pharmaceutical sector as the funds were originally intended for drug production.
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Belgium’s fragmented healthcare system facing reorganisation [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 21:16
Belgium's political landscape is undergoing a reshuffle, raising critical questions about how the new Belgian government will address the fragmented state of healthcare. Re-federalisation of the healthcare system is an idea gaining traction.
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Taliban’s opium crackdown could have spillover effect on Europe - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 18:43
The EU should prepare for the consequences of a future heroin shortage, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has warned, following the Taliban crackdown on opium in Afghanistan.
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No alliance with Le Pen: German conservatives threaten to kick Les Republicains out of EPP - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 18:03
The potential team-up of the French conservative Les Républicains (LR) with the far-right party of Marine le Pen is also making waves in Germany, with the conservative CDU/CSU threatening to kick them out from their common EU-party, the EPP.
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Von der Leyen will be re-elected Commission President, says EU’s longest-serving Commissioner - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 17:49
“To be honest, I don’t expect anything else than the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen,” European Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (11 June), adding that he was he was “very optimistic” that the European Parliament will confirm her appointment in July.
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Implosion of the French right, the president of the Republicans supports the RN - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 17:35
On Tuesday (June 11), Éric Ciotti, president of the French Republicans (LR), announced that he would be joining forces with the National Rally (RN) for the legislative elections, while most of the Gaullist party's executives are calling for his resignation.
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Russia-friendly German lawmakers boycott Zelenskyy’s Bundestag speech - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 17:15
Emboldened by gains in Sunday's (9 June) EU elections, German far-right lawmakers boycotted the speech by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Bundestag on Tuesday, saying he should stop the war and reach a peaceful settlement with Moscow.
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Wake-up call: Danish PM Frederiksen’s first interview after the attack - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 17:10
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the recent assault on her in Copenhagen was proof that the boundaries in society are changing fast, spurred on by social media, and described the disappointing results for her coalition in the European election as a “wake-up call”.
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OpenAI, Apple deal raises questions about enforcement of EU antitrust rules - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 16:56
ChatGPT integration into Apple's operating service iOS later this year could trigger an update of EU's digital antitrust regulation by the European Commission, a spokesperson said.
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French snap elections: New far-right MEPs go back to campaigning - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 16:28
The dissolution of the French National Assembly has given EU lawmakers from the far-right Rassemblement national a dilemma over whether they should run in the national parliamentary election later this month and enter the French assembly rather than the European one. 
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The Brief – The kids are federalist now - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 16:20
Young voters in Western Europe turned out surprisingly in favour of a 'United States of Europe' in the European elections, paving the way for passing the torch in the EU's dusty federalist circles.
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New Czech Medicines Act takes force, boosting pharma efficency, tackling shortages [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 15:58
Czechia has enforced new legislation since 1 June aimed at reducing the impact of drug shortages on patients while enhancing the efficiency of the pharmaceutical market.
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Whooping cough on the rise in Sweden [Advocacy Lab Content] - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 15:49
Whooping cough incidence in Sweden is on the rise. The Swedish chief epidemiologist advises parents to keep their babies away from people with cold symptoms - similar trends are now seen in other parts of Europe.
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French left-wing parties build ‘Front populaire’ for Macron’s snap elections - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 15:36
After President Emmanuel Macron shocked France by calling snap elections on Sunday, national left-wing parties called in a joint appeal on Monday (10 June) for “the formation of a new popular front” to change the country's political course.  
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Portugal backpedals on Nutri-score food labelling system - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 15:29
The Lisbon government clarified on Tuesday (11 June) that the previous executive's recommendation to adopt the controversial traffic light food labelling system had been issued without proper consultation with food authorities.
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France’s Macron rules out resigning ‘whatever the result’ of snap elections - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 15:20
French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out resigning, no matter what the result will be of the snap elections he called, to combat the rise of the far-right National Rally (RN), in an interview published on Tuesday (11 June)
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Influencer sweeps Cyprus EU elections, acts as a bulwark against far right - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 14:07
As Cypriot members of the European Parliament (MEPs) formally dressed in suits, commentated on the results of the European Parliament on national TV, one newly-elected parliamentarian, celebrated with a ‘dab’.
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