Brussels’ Pulse – Final Part


The European Health Data Space will be a health-specific ecosystem. Practicall speaking, the space covers a wide range of actions, including: Rules; Common standards and practices: Infrastructures; Governance. The European Commission’s proposal for European Health Data Space has three main aims. The space aims to: support individuals to take control of their own health data; support the use of health data in four ways (for better healthcare delivery, better research, better innovation, and better policy making); enable the European Union to make full use of the potential offered by the safe and secure exchange, use and reuse of health data. More: here


As announced in the Commission’s Media and Audiovisual Action Plan, the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Industrial Coalition is organising workshops with stakeholders from November 2021 to February 2022.During the 5th workshop, 20 participants from different segments of the creative and cultural and media industries got together to discuss current trends as well as desired industry and policy actions needed to strengthen the European VR/AR ecosystem. Many innovative VR/AR applications and areas for intervention were discussed, highlighting which actors between policymakers and industry are best placed to take action. More: here


The European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy unveiled the renewed EU agenda on International Ocean Governance (IOG), proposing actions for a secure, clean and sustainably managed ocean. With this policy, the EU confirms its active role in international ocean governance and its commitment to strengthen implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Life Below Water. The new agenda has an important role in delivering on the blue part of the European Green Deal. More: here


Following up on the Council adoption of its general approaches on key ‘Fit for 55’ files, the European Committee of the Regions adopted four opinions directly related to the role of cities and regions in delivering the European Green Deal – the EU’s growth strategy to reach climate neutrality by 2050. From economic and financial measures to increase local green budgets, to the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the need to develop social measures to protect the most vulnerable and reinforce the role of citizens in the green transition. More: here