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Call for Tenders n°Chafea/2016/Health/34, concerning the study of the socio-economic impacts of potential HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STIs and TB

Call for Tenders n°Chafea/2016/Health/34, concerning the study of the socio-economic impacts of potential HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STIs and TB

Dear colleagues,
The new version of the call for tender n°Chafea/2016/Health/34, concerning the study of the socio-economic impacts of potential HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmissible infections and tuberculosis was published.
The main purpose of this contract is to carry out a study and produce a report in order to collect evidence and provide an assessment of the […]

European Parliament approve EU Budget and R&D Programme for 2014-2020

European Parliament approve EU Budget and R&D Programme for 2014-2020

After months of ongoing negotiations, the European Parliament formally approved two central pieces of legislation for the European Union this week. Deals were reached both on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF – or the EU Budget) and for Horizon 2020 (the EU’s programme for research and innovation).
The MFF for 2014-2020 totals about €960 billion, which, […]

MEPs unhappy with EU budget deal

MEPs unhappy with EU budget deal

As we mentioned in our blogpost on Wednesday, the leaders of the 27 member states finally reached an agreement on the next 7 years of funding for the EU budget. While President Van Rompuy concluded the meeting stating that the final budget is both balanced and growth-oriented, MEPs disagree.
One area for particular concern is the […]

European Union leaders reach deal on EU budget

European Union leaders reach deal on EU budget

Breakdown of the budget, development aid comes under 'EU as a global player'
Last week 27 EU heads of state met in Brussels to finally agree a deal on the next 7 years of spending in the Multi-Annual Financial Framework – otherwise known as the EU Budget. The agreement is notable for being the first time […]

European Parliament adopts Horizon 2020 package with clear language on Global Health R&D

European Parliament adopts Horizon 2020 package with clear language on Global Health R&D

On November 28th, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee adopted its negotiating mandate on the Horizon 2020 Package (the proposed EU Research and Innovation Programme for the years 2014-2020). The programme brings together all existing Union research and innovation funding, which is currently estimated at €87 billion.
Building on the Commission’s original proposal, […]

EP Working Group leads field visit in Suriname

EP Working Group leads field visit in Suriname

The 24th session of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific countries) and EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly took place this year in Paramaribo, Suriname from the 27th to 29th November. The Secretariat of the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases was present and hosted an information stand with reports and […]

European Parliament discusses rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe

European Parliament discusses rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Europe

The following post is brought to you by Steve Lewis, the Global Health Advocacy Manager at RESULTS UK, who last week attended a hearing in European Parliament on ‘Funding crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and its impact on EU countries most affected by multi-drug resistant TB, in particular Romania’:
Last […]

Budget cuts proposed for EU development aid

Budget cuts proposed for EU development aid

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, has this week announced proposals for deep cuts to planned development aid spending. Ahead of a special EU budget summit next week Van Rompuy has proposed significant cuts to the European Commission’s 2014-2020 budget blueprint that pose a threat to the prospects of millions of lives throughout […]

European Commission adopts new strategy to support civil society

European Commission adopts new strategy to support civil society

Yesterday we posted a blog highlighting the importance of civil society organisations in the fight against tuberculosis. In light of this we wholeheartedly welcome news that the European Commission (EC) is to adopt a new strategy to support civil society in partner countries.
A new Communication produced by the EC, ‘The roots of democracy and sustainable […]

TB vaccine one step closer as a result of effective EU research and development

TB vaccine one step closer as a result of effective EU research and development

European scientists are one step closer to delivering a new, safe and more effective vaccine against tuberculosis developed through EU research funding, according to a press release from the European Commission published yesterday. 
The live vaccine, MTBCAC, is the  first to be based on Mycobacterium tuberculosis; a strongly weakened version of the bacterium that causes TB. […]

Take action and protect the EU development budget!

Take action and protect the EU development budget!

ONE, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, has launched a petition encouraging people to take action and help protect lifesaving European aid.
European leaders are currently negotiating the next seven years of the EU budget, including the amount dedicated to EU development aid. While €60 billion per year has been proposed for […]

EU must do more in poverty-related and neglected disease research and development

EU must do more in poverty-related and neglected disease research and development

The critical role played by the EU in research and development (R&D) of poverty-related and neglected diseases has been highlighted in an engaging report and accompanying video, released last week. Significant strides made over the past few decades in the developing world are recognised as a direct result of the EU’s commitment to both world […]

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