The 2021 European innovation scoreboard is now available, showing that the bloc's innovation performance continues to improve. Innovation performance across the EU has increased by 12.5% on average since 2014, while the 2021 innovation leader was named as Sweden.
The new authority HERA will oversee the development, production and distribution of medicines, vaccines and other medical countermeasures, like PPE, that were seen to be lacking during the first phase of Europe's coronavirus response.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive is an EU tool to protect the marine environment. Following a report in 2020 revealing persistent challenges, a review is now ongoing into the directive including a public consultation to gather views on how to overcome these challenges.