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The Minister of Health was in favor of the proposal to reform the EU legislation on medicines

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The Commission's proposal for a new incentive system for the pharmaceutical sector was supported by the Minister of Health, Michalis Damianos, who participated in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council held in Luxembourg on Friday.

According to a statement released by the ITP, the main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Ministers of Health was the revision of the EU pharmaceutical legislation. The Ministers of Health also adopted a Council recommendation on the cancers treated by vaccination.

Mr. Damianos in his intervention was in favor of the new incentive system proposed by the Commission for the pharmaceutical sector, however with a maximum protection period of 11 instead of 12 years.

In terms of providing incentives for placing medicinal products on the market, he argued that these should be governed by a legally binding obligation for marketing authorization holders to make the medicinal product available in all Member States, so that there is equal access for EU patients in all innovative pharmaceutical products.

According to the announcement the Ministers also approved conclusions on the future of the European Health Union, which aim at “a Europe that cares, prepares and protects”.

Mr. Damianos emphasized that health should be kept high on the agenda of the new Commission.

Following the initiative of Spain, action was also taken to deal with the health crisis that has been caused in the Gaza Strip due to the attacks of the Israeli forces against Hamas.

The Minister of Health advocated a coordinated effort by the Commission and EU Member States to address the needs arising for the transfer of injured children from the Gaza Strip to the EU for treatment based on national capabilities and informed about Cyprus' initiative to humanitarian sea corridor operation.

The Ministers of Health also exchanged views on the basis of a document submitted by Latvia, which was also signed by Cyprus, on the protection of young people from harm caused by new tobacco and nicotine products, and on the basis of a document submitted by Denmark on aid efforts to protect children from the direct marketing and sale of tobacco and nicotine products, in particular on digital platforms.

At the working lunch, Ministers exchanged views on equal access to health services in EU member states.

Mr. Damianos argued that in order to ensure access to high-quality health care, the excess demand for services should be properly managed, the effective regulation and monitoring of various services and sectors should be strengthened through legislation, and the shortage of specialized health workforce should be addressed , mainly nurses, and to ensure the financial autonomy of public hospitals.

He also noted that the use of the Technical Support Tool of the EU in health and how funding should be maximized.Finally, he welcomed the creation of the Health Investment Hub as it offers Member States the opportunity to test investment solutions and maximize the impact of EU support for strategic investments and quality spending.

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Source: reporter.com.cy

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