15 Jun: Council agreement paves way to reinforce European Medicines Agency

(Source: Council of the EU)

The Council has reached an agreement on draft rules to reinforce the role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in crisis preparedness and management for medicinal products and medical devices.

Although COVID-19 is still taking its toll, we need to be better prepared for when another health crisis strikes. A stronger European Medicines Agency will play a key role in this. It will help us to prevent shortages of critical medicines and medical devices and be faster in developing medicines to fight any disease causing a crisis.

Marta Temido, Minister for Health of Portugal

Member …

03 Jun: EU and UK reach agreement in principle on fishing opportunities for the remainder of 2021

(Source: European Commission)

The EU and the United Kingdom concluded today the negotiations on an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021. This was finalised  in a phone call this afternoon between Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP.

Today’s agreement closes the first ever annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The successful conclusion of the negotiations, which started in …

27 May: EIB and FIDIC sign five-year cooperation agreement

(Source: EIB)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation on shared objectives and on effective procurement and contract management.

The EIB and FIDIC will strengthen their collaboration to ensure transparency and upholding high social and environmental standards in the implementation of infrastructure projects. To achieve this, the two organisations will share best practices and will organise several activities – some of which are outlined below.

Dialogue and expert meetings between both partiesPromotion of knowledge sharing and cross-institutional learningParticipation in the main working groups…

18 May: Agreement on an improved EU admission system for highly qualified workers

(Source: European Parliament)

More flexible criteria for admission: a valid work contract or binding job offer of at least six monthsLower threshold for minimum salary that applicants must earn in order to qualifyExpanding the rights of beneficiaries with simplified intra-EU mobility and faster family reunification procedures

EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal to make the Blue Card system more attractive to highly qualified third-country nationals wishing to work in the EU.

Under the newly agreed rules, applicants – who will be able to apply also from within the EU territory – will need to present a work contract …