COVID-19 Recap

 

Orgalim continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. On this page, you can read about the latest policy initiatives and EU developments regarding the COVID-19 crisis that are affecting Europe's technology industries. 

In these difficult times Europe’s industry plays a crucial role in supporting society’s needs. We are therefore calling on Europe’s leaders to prioritise helping our industries, of which 90% are SMEs, to survive and regain their financial vigour.

 
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Vaccinations

On 8 January, the European Commission issued a series of Q&As on the developments in its COVID-19 vaccination policy, notably its purchasing policy and the coordination with the Member States.

 

Parliament services' "Ten issues to watch in 2021"

The European Parliament services have issued the fifth edition of their annual publication "Ten issues to watch in 2021" aimed at identifying and analysing some of the key issues and policy areas that are likely to appear prominently on the agenda of the EU over the coming year. The topics analysed are: the Covid-19 race for a vaccine; the EU recovery plan; access to food; inequality; challenges for culture and the performing arts; a digital boost for the circular economy; critical raw materials; border controls; Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean; and the new US administration.

 

EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

On 7 January, the Commission announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on the successful experience of a similar action on “interregional innovation projects” launched at the end of 2017, is to mobilise regional and national innovation actors to address the impact of coronavirus. Following a Commission's call for expression of interest launched in July 2020, four interregional partnerships were selected, with one or several coordinating regions in the lead:

  • País Vasco (ES), together with three regions, will focus on the support to an emerging industry sector for prediction and prevention of the coronavirus pandemic;
  • In the field of Circular Economy in Health, the RegioTex partnership on textile innovation involves 16 regions led by North Portugal (PT);
  • In the field of Sustainable and Digital Tourism, the partnership coordinated by the Time Machine Organisation, an international cooperation network in technology, science and cultural heritage, involves five regions and Cyprus, led by Thüringen (DE); 
  • In order to enable the development of innovative solutions based on Hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions with a broad geographical coverage, two partnerships will merge: the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership gathering 12 regions led by Aragon (ES), Auvergne Rhône Alpes (FR), Normandie (FR) and Northern Netherlands (NL), and the partnership led by Košice Region (SK) with four other regions.

 

On this page you can find news published in the last 14 days. If you would like to receive earlier policy updates or you have any other questions or would like to talk to a member of the team, please do get in touch: communications@orgalim.eu.