Expert group reports on mid-term success and challenges of European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

An expert group evaluating the second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) on the basis of its efficiency, relevance, coherence, appropriateness, effectiveness, and EU-added-value for 2014-2016 found overall positive results. However, the expert group urged the improvement of 1) integration, alignment, and coordination with partner states, 2) long-term strategic planning, 3) financial expectations for cooperation with other public and private partners, and 4) implementation of the portfolio approach to funding and partnerships. Several of these recommendations have been voiced previously by civil society stakeholders and partners.

Publication – European Commission


European Commission pre-publishes 2018-2020 EU work program on health research

The European Commission has pre-published a draft work programme on health, demographic change, and wellbeing research for 2018-2020. It includes calls for 1) proposals addressing infectious disease threats, neglected infectious diseases (NIDs), maternal and child health, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and/or hepatitis C (HCV) in specific target populations, 2) the establishment of an international network of social sciences research centers, 3) the creation of a European-wide sustainable clinical research network for infectious diseases, and 4) strategic collaboration in health research and innovation between EU and China. The draft has not been adopted or endorsed by the European Commission and its components may change before finalization. Once adopted, the finalized work program will be announced on the Horizon 2020 website.

Publication - European Commission


EU affirms commitment to human rights in development

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has issued conclusions affirming the EU’s commitment to human rights and a rights-based approach to development cooperation. With regard to the 2015-2019 mid-term review of the action plan on human rights and democracy, it finds that EU instruments have been increasingly coordinated and well-aligned, particularly its human rights dialogues, guidelines, and country strategies. The Council also reiterated its commitment to implementing the EU's Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy as an indispensable area of the EU’s foreign and security policy.

Press release - Council of the EU


African and European youth present demands for upcoming summit

Concluding a three-day Africa-Europe youth summit, members of youth organisations from Africa and Europe called on heads of state and government attending the 5th Africa-EU Summit in November 2017 to support and advance education, skills development, mobility and access to markets, youth participation, and young people’s access to rights, among things. 'Investing in Youth' will be an overarching theme of the Africa-EU Summit, and the youth summit aimed to strengthen the role of youth in the political processes in the lead up to the event.

Website - Africa-EU Partnership


European parliament committee acts on EU finances

After plenary debate, the European parliament budget committee voted in favor of resolutions addressing the future of EU finances and the 2018 budget. The resolution and budgetary amendments rescind cuts to development cooperation that had been proposed by both the Commission and the Council of the European Union. They will be voted in plenary session in Strasbourg on October 25, 2017. The first conciliation meeting between the Council and the Parliament is scheduled for November 6, 2017.

Website – Parliament budget committee


EU and partners launch call for health research proposals in African countries

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) have launched a call for proposals for implementation research on health in African countries. The call aims to strengthen capacity for implementation research conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programs. Diseases covered include malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases.

 Only WHO African Region residents are eligible to apply.

Website – EDCTP

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European Commission reports on public-private partnerships in EU research

The European Commission has published interim evaluation reports of the research initiatives created under Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which focuses on public-private partnerships. The evaluation finds that the main strengths of the EU’s 185 partnership programs is the provision of a long-term financial prospective, as well as the strengthening of transnational cooperation and the promotion of efficient governance. Challenges include stakeholder engagement around governance, a need to improve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and uneven participation by EU member states and partners.

Publication – European Commission

Publication – European Commission

Date: September 2017


EU funding generates knowledge on poverty-related and neglected diseases

The European Commission has published an impact review of the EU’s €1.45 billion spending for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) research from 1998­­-2013. The study finds that EU funding contributed significantly to basic/pre-clinical PRND research, and that the primary impact of the funds has been generating knowledge for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It also notes that more stakeholder input on PRNDs is needed, as well as improved coordination on awareness-raising and donor incentives.

Press release – European Commission

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European Fund for Sustainable Development board affirms five investment priorities

In its inaugural meeting, the Strategic Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) discussed "investment windows" that will define priority sectors. Five such windows, the first of which will be more precisely launched soon, were identified as essential: sustainable energy and sustainable connectivity; micro, small, and medium enterprise financing; sustainable agriculture, rural entrepreneurs, and agroindustry; sustainable cities; and digitalization for sustainable development.

The EFSD Strategic Board includes the EU Member States and the European Investment Bank, as well as the European Parliament as an observer. The EFSD starts with a €3.35 billion budget and is aiming to leverage up to €44 billion of investments.

Press release - European Commission


European parliamentarians publish motion to end child marriage

The European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) has published a motion for a resolution on ending child marriage. The motion calls on the EU and the Member States to work together with the UN and other partners to address child and early forced marriage by focusing on women’s empowerment and increasing access to health services.

Website – European Parliament