Digital, sustainability and health. The Brussels’ weekly agenda in a nutshell

The upcoming week in Brussels opens with preparations for the Strasbourg plenary, which will be held from 22 to 25 April and will be the last for this mandate, and the end of the mini plenary on 10-11 April. There are no particular commitments for the European institutions other than several programmes on the Council’s agenda.

HEALTH

Wednesday 17-Thursday 18 April.  The Belgian Presidency of the European Council has organised the conferenceHealthcare needs as drivers for healthcare policy and innovation” where paths towards more needs-oriented innovation and health policy, defined by concrete data and public resources directed towards the most pressing needs of patients and society, will be discussed.

Thursday 18-Friday 19 April. The second meeting of the Heads of Medicines, Agency (HMA), the network of the heads of the national medicines’ regulatory agencies, is planned. The HMA cooperates with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission in the operation of the European Medicines Regulatory Network and meets twice during each presidency to discuss strategic issues such as the coordination and coherence of the European medical regulatory system.

SUSTAINABILITY

Monday 15-Tuesday 16 April. This week’s agenda will open with an Informal meeting of energy ministers, which will bring together ministers from the 27 member states of the European Union, ministers from relevant third countries, as well as senior officials and personalities from the national and international political and academic sectors. This event will focus on a discussion on advancing sustainable energy infrastructure.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Wednesday 17-Thursday 18 April. The Special European Council will be held.