Tuesday lunchtime at the chamber saw Gesine Meißner MEP join our members for a discussion on the Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Intellectual Property, particularly in relation to the SPC manufacturing waiver and also how Brexit will have an impact on the health industry.
With such a wide variety of topics for Mrs Meißner to cover, she came well prepared and delivered a very informative presentation on what the parliament has been doing regarding these topics. One of the main issues that came out of this discussion, and one that has come from other discussions we have had with MEPs, is that Parliament has managed to establish a position on the SPC waiver, yet they are waiting on the council to find theirs. This could lead to the ‘shelving’ of the proposal and it not being taken up in the next parliament.
Many other issues were discussed at the event, particularly when looking at member states and how they are resistant on numerous proposals regarding health initiatives, as several have their own. Of course one of the major issues that is concerning our members is Brexit. The impact of Brexit on the health industry is one that cannot be underestimated, particularly as we get closer to 29th March and we are yet to finalise a deal. Nikolaus Tacke, EU Committee Chair and Managing Director of Hering Schuppener, provided us with his opinion of the event “The chamber provides its members with a great platform to listen to speakers who are heavily involved with the legislative process and this time it was no different. Mrs Meißner is an experienced MEP with expertise in health issues and she was able to deliver lots of useful information for our members who attended the event. Anyone with an interest in parliamentary activities in the health sector was provided with an excellent opportunity to discuss the files covered in great detail and receive information that may be difficult to obtain elsewhere”
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Gesine Meißner has been member of the European Parliament since 2009. She is member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany, which is part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). She is member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), substitute member of both the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Mrs Meißner is also a member of the EU-Mexico Delegation and the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat). Furthermore, she is president of the European Parliament Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA) and federal deputy chair of the Liberal Women's Association in Germany. Before joining the European Parliament, Gesine Meißner was a member of the regional Parliament of Lower Saxony where she was chairing the Committee on Health and Social Affairs from 2003 to 2009. She also worked as a freelance communication trainer and was deputy director of the "Rural Adult Education Lower Saxony" association.