COMMENTLast week's plenary session in Strasbourg marked the end of the parliamentary term. We look back at the successes and failures of the 2009-14 Parliament.
The European Union's Lisbon treaty entered into force in December 2009, half a year after elections to the European Parliament. (The sequence was supposed to be reversed, but Ireland's voters delayed things.) The treaty gave the MEPs elected in June 2009 unprecedented powers over legislation, budgets, trade deals and other [...] Read more
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Special report: Access to healthcare
Published Thursday, 10 April 2014
The strain on healthcare systems across the EU.
The financial crisis has put great strains on healthcare systems across the EU.
There are huge gaps between member states when it comes to healthcare provision.
EU moves towards a single market for medicines still face national obstacles.
Travelling across borders to receive treatment could become easier.
The EU is increasingly looking at ways to improve the quality of care in the member states.
Having the correct information about treatment can have life-or-death consequences, but patients are often left in the dark.
Much of the national and European policy that this special report examines has relied on a central assumption that greater access to healthcare [...]
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