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#EAPM - Il-Kummissarji (u Boris) jieħdu l-ġurnata tagħhom fil-'qorti '



While the British government awaits a UK Supreme Court ruling over whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled the Queen over the proroguing of Parliament, the Ursula von der Leyen team of would-be Commissioners await their turn for a grilling by MEPs, jikteb Alleanza Ewropea għar personalizzati Mediċina (EAPM) Direttur Eżekuttiv Denis Horgan.

L Ewropea Parlament bħalissa plans to hold two hearings on 30 September, six on 1 October, another six on both 2 and 3 October, and three on 7 Ottubru.

The three proposed Commission executive vice-presidents will take their turns on 8 October, with l- final vote on the kollu Kummissjoni ppjanati fo23 Ottubru.

Kif ukoll facing tough questioning from deputati, von der Leyen and some candidates could also  be questioned by law enforcement authorities and parliamentary committees undertaking investigations. It’s generally thought that not every candidate will survive the process (we’re talking about Rovana Plumb(Romania), Poland"s Janusz Wojciechowski u L-Ungerija"s László Trócsányi).

Even without such looming shadows, the hurdles for commissioners-designate to vault over are high. European Parliament rules require a majority of at least two thirds among the most influential MEPs, li tfisserthe political groupscommittee coordinators, for an immediate ‘pass’.

The rules state that: “If co-ordinators cannot reach a majority of at least two-thirds of the committee membership to approve the candidate”, he or she mustanswer additional questions in written form or reappear before the committee. If a two-thirds majorityis still not reached, a simple majority in a full committee vote wouldnormalmentbiżżejjed.

Even before the upcoming grilling for each, it seems all is not well. MPE aħdar Karima Delli, Min hu chair of the transport committee, this week gaineda significant majority backing a request that Parliament send a letter to the Commission president-elect calling for the renamingof Vice President-designate Margaritis Schinasportfolio, currently titled “protecting the European way of lifeli includes the migration file. 

Delli waded straight in and called itan "insult to EU values”. Oopsie! Let’s see where that goes…

New jobs for the…ladies

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Margrethe Vestager is in charge of “a Europe fit for the digital age”, which means she has plenty to oversee, not least in the realm of the sharing of important medical data in the personalised medicine age, including genomes exchanges and, of course, e-health records.

Elevating three executive vice-presidents from an eight-strong group of VPs is without doubt the biggest structural change Li von der Leyen announced earlier this week, at the same time as describing her Commission as a “geopolitical” one.

As one commissioner-designate put it (Valdis Dombrovskis, who is a former prime minister of Latvia), the von der Leyen Commission aims “to be leaders rather than followersin light of an expected "Trasformazzjoni radikaliof EU economies and societies.

Dombrovskis has a huge portfolio, handling: “economy, social policy, social dialogue, investment...financial stability, financial services”. Good luck with all that, Valdis.

Incoming Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides (Cyrpus) has already, we’re happy to note, emphasized priorities includingthe supply of affordable medicinesthe implementation of the new medical devices regulation,and the creation of a European Health Data Space.

She also highlighted antimicrobial resistance, vaccination and a European plan to beat cancer.

As promised, vdL has tasked Kyriakides with formulating the cancer plan, which would support Member States in improvingprevention and care. 

Meantime, Bulgarian Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will take the innovation and youth portfolio for her second stint in the Berlaymont. This covers research policy and the Horizon Europe programme. Go Mariya! 

EAPM joins the show

And in the heart of EAPM Land, the Alliance is organising a roundtable on 8 ottubru from 8h onwards in the European Parliament, not long after major meeting we’ll be holding at the ESMO Congress in Barcelona.

Said EAPM Executive Director Denis Horgan: “Of course, we’ll be walking the hallways to the MEPsuffiċċjus long qabel the meeting, but this roundtable in early October obviously comes at an important time.

“Topics up for discussion on the morning of the 8th will include  time given our planned, ongoing engagement with certain new commissioners,” Horgan explained.

He went on to emphasize that the crucial topics on the table at the morning meeting on the 8th will include realizing the potential in the declaration of cooperation for the One Million Genomes project,with a focus on the issues relating to real-world evidence.

Also up for discussion will be cancer and rare diseases,with a specific focus on lung and prostate cancers,in terms of early diagnosis.

Linked to the above se jkun the subject of molecular diagnostics and biomarkers with a view to formulating a workable qafas to facilitate their optimal use, and what Denis describes as “positioning EU leadership in the area of personalised health care”. AI is also on the table for the gathering.

Survival rates on the up

And while we’re talking about cancer, survival rates have been improving over two decades in a number of developed countries, including some in the EU, according to a report published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The report says that “Over 1995–2014, one-sena u ħamsa-sena ta 'sopravvivenza netta żdiedet f'kull pajjiż fit-tipi kollha ta' kanċer,” and added dik is-sopravivenza tal-kanċer tar-rektar ta 'ħames snin żdiedet aktar minn 13%in Denmark, Ireland, and the UK.

Ir-rapport’s authors say that these improvements probably result from major healthcare reforms and technological advances jippermettu earlier diagnosis, Flimkien ma ' more effective and tailored treatment;, Kif ukoll better patient management.

And finally...

When the chips are down, or in this case up, you can always count on your elected representatives to swing into action. Are you sitting down? Because here comes a real scandal - the cost of French fries in the MEPs’ Brussels canteen has risen.

Yes, we know. it beggars belief. Especially as chips are fattening, right?

Read this shocked and outraged message from the staff committee, which we reproduce here (with due-and-fair warning to frite-heads everywhere): “On 5 August, when most of us were away on holiday, canteen prices in Brussels skyrocketed. 

"The average price hike was 12% overnight. And over the last two years, some products have got way more expensive. Coffee has gone up 25%, salad 37% and French fries a massive 67%. In Belgium!"

Armin Machmer, Parliament"s director of logistics (which includes the canteens), will appear before the staff committee next week to answer questions about the price hikes.

Doubtless von der Leyen will be watching the process from afar with considerable interest. Bon appétit!


Il-MPE jaħsbuha lid-direttur tal-Frontex dwar ir-rwol tal-aġenzija fl-irtirar ta 'dawk li jfittxu l-ażil



Il-Parlament Ewropew se jaħdem lid-direttur tal-Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, fuq allegazzjonijiet tal-involviment tal-persunal tal-aġenzija fi pushbacks illegali ta ’persuni li jfittxu ażil mill-gwardja tal-fruntiera Griega se jkunu l-fokus ta’ dibattitu fil-Kumitat għal-Libertajiet Ċivili tal-Parlament Ewropew nhar it-Tlieta.

Il-MPE huma mistennija jitolbu tweġibiet mid-Direttur Eżekuttiv tal-Aġenzija Ewropea għall-Gwardja tal-Fruntiera u tal-Kosta rigward l-inċidenti li fihom il-gwardji tal-kosta Griegi huma allegatament li waqqfu lill-migranti jippruvaw jaslu max-xtut tal-UE u bagħtuhom lura fl-ilmijiet Torok. X’aktarx li jistaqsu dwar ir-riżultat tal-inkjesta interna mwettqa mill-aġenzija tal-fruntieri tal-UE u l-laqgħa tal-bord imsejħa fuq talba tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea.

F'Ottubru li għadda, qabel ir-rivelazzjonijiet tal-midja, il-forum konsultattiv tal-Frontex - li jiġbor, fost oħrajn, rappreżentanti tal-Uffiċċju Ewropew ta 'Appoġġ fil-Qasam tal-Asil (EASO), l-Aġenzija tal-UE għad-Drittijiet Fundamentali (FRA), l-UNHCR, il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa u l-IOM tħassib fir-rapport annwali tagħha. Il-forum indika n-nuqqas ta 'sistema effettiva ta' monitoraġġ ta 'ksur potenzjali tad-drittijiet fundamentali fl-attivitajiet tal-Aġenzija.

Fis-6 ta ’Lulju, f’laqgħa oħra tal-Kumitat għal-Libertajiet Ċivili, Fabrice Leggeri assigura lill-MPE li l-persunal tal-Frontex ma kien involut fl-ebda pushbacks u ddeskriva inċident bl-ekwipaġġ Daniż abbord wieħed mill-bastimenti tal-aġenzija bħala“ nuqqas ta ’ftehim”.

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Soros jitlob li l-UE toħroġ 'bonds perpetwi' permezz ta 'kooperazzjoni msaħħa



F'opinjoni ta 'opinjoni fi Sindakat tal-Proġett, George Soros spjega l-idea tiegħu ta 'kif l-impass attwali mal-Polonja u l-Ungerija fuq il-kundizzjonalità tal-istat tad-dritt jista' jiġi megħlub. 

Soros jattribwixxi l-veto tal-Ungerija għall-baġit tal-UE u l-fond ta ’rkupru COVID-19 għat-tħassib tal-Prim Ministru Viktor Orbán li l-kundizzjonalità l-ġdida tal-istat tad-dritt tal-UE marbuta mal-baġit“ timponi limiti prattiċi fuq il-korruzzjoni personali u politika tiegħu [...] Huwa [ Orbán] tant huwa inkwetat li kkonkluda ftehim ta 'kooperazzjoni vinkolanti mal-Polonja, u ġib miegħu lil dak il-pajjiż' l isfel ”.

Soros jgħid li tista 'tintuża l-proċedura ta' "kooperazzjoni msaħħa" introdotta fit-Trattat ta 'Lisbona biex "tipprovdi bażi legali għal aktar integrazzjoni taż-żona tal-euro". 

Kooperazzjoni msaħħa tippermetti grupp ta 'mill-inqas disa' nazzjonijiet li jimplimentaw miżuri jekk l-istati membri kollha jonqsu milli jilħqu ftehim, pajjiżi oħra jistgħu jissieħbu aktar tard jekk iridu. Il-proċedura hija mfassla biex tegħleb il-paraliżi. Soros targumenta li "sottogrupp ta 'stati membri" jista' jistabbilixxi baġit u jaqbel dwar mod kif jiffinanzjah - bħal permezz ta '"bond konġunt".

Soros qabel argumenta li l-UE għandha toħroġ bonds perpetwi, iżda issa tqis dan bħala impossibbli, "minħabba nuqqas ta 'fidi fost l-investituri li l-UE se tibqa' ħajja." Huwa jgħid li dawn il-bonds ikunu "aċċettati faċilment minn investituri fit-tul bħal kumpaniji tal-assigurazzjoni tal-ħajja". 

Soros ipoġġi wkoll ftit mill-ħtija fil-bieb tal-hekk imsejħa Frugal Five (l-Awstrija, id-Danimarka, il-Ġermanja, l-Olanda u l-Iżvezja) li huma "aktar interessati li jiffrankaw il-flus milli jikkontribwixxu għall-ġid komuni". 

L-Italja, skond Soros, teħtieġ il-benefiċċji minn bonds perpetwi aktar minn pajjiżi oħra, iżda "mhijiex ixxurtjata biżżejjed" biex tkun tista 'toħroġhom f'isimha stess. Ikun "ġest mill-isbaħ ta 'solidarjetà", u jżid li l-Italja hija wkoll it-tielet l-akbar ekonomija ta' l-UE: "Fejn tkun l-UE mingħajr l-Italja?" 

Il-provvediment tal-kura tas-saħħa u l-qawmien mill-ġdid tal-ekonomija, jgħid Soros, se jirrikjedu ħafna iktar minn € 1.8 triljun ($ 2.2 triljun) allokati fil-baġit u l-fond ta ’rkupru tal-UE tal-Ġenerazzjoni li Jmiss il-ġdida.

George Soros huwa Chairman ta 'Soros Fund Management u l-Open Society Foundations. Pijunier tal-industrija tal-hedge-funds, huwa l-awtur ta ’The Alchemy of Finance, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, u, l-aktar reċenti, In Defence of Open Society.

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Il-ftehim UE / SU se jafferma mill-ġdid il-kooperazzjoni ta 'soċjetajiet miftuħa



Illum (30 ta 'Novembru) l-ambaxxaturi se jinġabru fi Brussell biex iħejju għall-Kunsill ta' l-Affarijiet Barranin u l-Kunsill Ewropew tal-kapijiet tal-gvern tal-ġimgħa d-dieħla. Il-quċċata tal-lista se tkun il-futur tar-relazzjonijiet bejn l-UE u l-Istati Uniti.

Id-diskussjonijiet se jiffokaw fuq ħames pedamenti: Il-Ġlieda kontra l-COVID-19; it-titjib tal-irkupru ekonomiku; il-ġlieda kontra t-tibdil fil-klima; il-ħarsien tal-multilateraliżmu; u, tippromwovi l-paċi u s-sigurtà. 

Dokument ta ’strateġija jpoġġi l-enfasi fuq il-kooperazzjoni ta’ soċjetajiet demokratiċi miftuħa u ekonomiji tas-suq, bħala mod kif tiġi indirizzata l-isfida strateġika ppreżentata mill-assertività internazzjonali dejjem tikber taċ-Ċina.

Il-president tal-Kunsill Ewropew Charles Michel se jkun qed jikkonsulta mal-mexxejja matul il-ġimgħa d-dieħla u se jikkoordina wkoll man-NATO biex jippjana summit fl-ewwel nofs tal-2021.

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