Issue 397 | 22 September 2014
Gastein health forum, SMEs, key enabling technologies and more...
Outgoing EU health commissioner Tonio Borg kicks off our coverage of this year's European health forum Gastein by saying that health should be promoted as "a precondition for economic prosperity and social cohesion". "As I pass the baton to the next health commissioner," writes the Maltese official, "I am confident that solutions to today's healthcare and health systems-related challenges are well underway." Gastein president Helmut Brand says that "there is plenty of room for new ideas" in European health policy. He adds that, "In order to meet visions of a social and prosperous Europe, we need politicians and stakeholders who will champion smart, sustainable and inclusive policies while maintaining strong values."
Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the use of GMOs, Nathalie Moll calls for a shift to a more coherent and science-based approach to EU policymaking.
But policy incentives to take account of its environmental benefits are needed for the market to accelerate, argues Trevor Morgan.
Every fire victim is one too many, writes Quentin de Hults.