Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommends Ukrainian Parliament return draft law "On Coat of Arms of Ukraine" for further update

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommends Ukrainian Parliament return draft law “On Coat of Arms of Ukraine” for further update

The chairperson of the subcommittee on
administrative services, state symbols and awards O.Dekhtiarchuk said the draft
law No. 4035 offers to regulate the issue of description, order of use and
legal protection of the Coat of Arms of Ukraine, which includes Greater Coat of
Arms and Smaller Coat of Arms of Ukraine.

The
chairperson of the subcommittee noted that the Committee had received a letter
from the Ukrainian Heraldry Society all-Ukrainian non-government organization
that notes that the description of the Coat of Arms of Ukraine envisioned by
the draft law does not correspond to heraldic and legal requirements.

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Verkhovna Rada Committee on Construction, City Planning, and Housing-Public Utility Economy recommends Ukrainian Parliament adopt draft law "On amendments to Article 4 of Law of Ukraine "On counteraction to impact of world crisis on development of construction sector and housing construction" as a basis and in principle

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Verkhovna Rada Committee on Construction, City Planning, and Housing-Public Utility Economy recommends Ukrainian Parliament adopt draft law “On amendments to Article 4 of Law of Ukraine “On counteraction to impact of world crisis on development of construction sector and housing construction” as a basis and in principle

The draft law No. 4550 offers to provide
persons going under Items 19 and 20, Section 1 of Article 6 and Paragraphs 4, 6
and 8 of Item 1 of Article 10 of the Law of Ukraine “On status of war
veterans and guarantees of their social protection,” with state assistance
in construction of affordable housing (state funding of the construction of 50%
of the housing).

The participants in the meeting explained
the necessity for adoption of the draft law with the general need in
reformation of current housing programs and bringing them in line with current
conditions.

In compliance with the draft law the state
assistance worth 50% of the cost of the construction (acquisition) of
affordable housing and/or discount mortgage loans to persons going under the
Law of Ukraine “On status of war veterans and guarantees of their social
protection” will be rendered within funds envisioned by the Law of Ukraine
on the state budget of Ukraine for respective year for the implementation of
the State target socioeconomic program on the construction (acquisition) of
affordable housing for 2010-2017.

The
Committee members supported the draft law.

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Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision supports holding annual recalculation of pensions in view of increase of average wages in Ukraine

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provision supports holding annual recalculation of pensions in view of increase of average wages in Ukraine

The Committee members considers the draft
law No. 4318 “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine” (as
to resumption of annual March recalculation of pensions).

The draft law offers to raise wages every
March 1.

The draft law also urges the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine to ensure increase of pensions from March 2016 by at least
2%.

The parties of the discussion noted that
the amendments will allow annual increase of pensions by coefficient of
increase of average wages in Ukraine, which will contribute to gradual
“update” of earlier set pensions.

The Chairperson of the Committee Liudmyla
Denisova said that today it is very important to raise social standards for the
Ukrainian pensioners.

As a result of the discussion, the
Committee members took the decision to recommend that the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine adopt the draft law as a basis.

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Problems of national educational policy renovation by way of innovative technologies implementation discussed at roundtable entitled “Educational policy in conditions of informational society”

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Problems of national educational policy renovation by way of innovative technologies implementation discussed at roundtable entitled “Educational policy in conditions of informational society”

The Committee on Science and Education and
the Committee for Informatization and Communications jointly with Association
of Information Technology Enterprises of Ukraine carried out “round table”
meeting entitled: “Educational Policy in the Conditions of Informational
Society”. The goal of this event was renovation of national educational
policy by the way of implementation of innovative information &
communication technologies (ICT) and establishment of key areas for improvement
of regulatory support of this policy. Besides representatives of the mentioned
committees and Association of Information Technology Enterprises of Ukraine,
heads of International Research-Educational Centers, Institute of Higher
Education of National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine, and National
Technical University “KPI” were invited for participation.

The following issues were considered during
the “round table”: electronic education (e-education) as a priority of
information society development; the place of e-education in educational
system; the role of e-education in education quality improvement; IT
instruments for “conventional” education, remote education, and mass-involving
online courses etc. Electronic educational resources; e-education standards and
their implementation; increase of ICT-competence of teachers/lecturers;
private- and state partnership in e-education development; evaluation of ICT
implementation in education – key parameters; modernization of legislative
grounds of educational policy in informational society conditions.

Subsequent to consideration of problematic
issues, the event participants have approved the following decision:

1) Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has to:

During preparation for consideration and
elaboration of draft educational laws, regulate educational relations regarding
assurance of information rights, in particular, the right of access to
electronic educational resources and the right of access to electronic
communications, digital educational space for stimulation of the development of
digital educational space, creation of open educational resources and
databases, as well as internet resources on the activities of educational
institutions, education management authorities, assuring decision-making
transparency increase, as well as assurance of public control over the use of
ICT in this development area;

initiate development and approval of the
main grounds of national educational system development in informational
society conditions;

2) Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has to:

For the purpose of transition to an
innovative country development pathway, assure state educational policy
transformation by the way of accelerating ICT implementation and development of
national information resources in the area of education; in particular,
introduce relevant changes into education development strategies, and assure
development of relevant state target programs of ICT implementation in
educational area;

to develop state target programs aimed at
implementation of modern ICTs into educational process;

3) Ministry of Education and Science of
Ukraine has to:

Prepare the changes to National Education
Development Strategy in Ukraine for the period till 2021, approved by the Order
of the President of Ukraine dated June 25, 2013 No 344/2013, intended for
assurance of execution of the tasks of Ukraine transition to an innovative
development pathway by assurance of ICT implementation in education and
science; development of educational and research electronic information
resources based on the conducted analysis of educational institutions’
condition and needs, as well as relevant global development trends; develop the
plan of measures for achievement of the said goals and parameters;

prepare suggestions on formation and
implementation of national electronic education policy;

assure acceleration of creation of unified
national educational space;

5) The
Committee on Science and Education and the Committee for Informatization and
Communications have to consider the possibility of conducting committee
hearings on electronic education.

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Committee on Legal Policy and Justice holds roundtable entitled “Legal status of statutory instruments and prospects of its legislative regulation improvement”

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Committee on Legal Policy and Justice holds roundtable entitled “Legal status of statutory instruments and prospects of its legislative regulation improvement”

This event was participated by people’s
deputies, representatives of state authorities, expert and scientific branches.

Ihor Alekseev, Head of subcommittee on
justice agencies and enforcement of court decisions, opening the meeting,
reminded that the profile legislative act was approved by the parliament
several times, and veto was imposed on it by the President several times as
well. After that, it was attempted to enact some laws on statutory instruments,
which have passed the first reading, but their adoption was not achieved.

“Thus, we have a discussion with either
increasing or decreasing tone for almost 20 years”, he stressed.

I. Alekseev remarked that, at present,
requirements to statutory instruments are regulated by various legislative
acts. “We can see that, nowadays, issues of unified law-making and
policy-making process are split between different legislative acts and bylaws
of ministries and departments.

There are different approaches to policy
making process and certain disputable issues. All this dictates the need for
discussion and its urgency”, he said.

Andrii Rysheliuk, Deputy Head of the Main
Scientific-Expert Department of the Administration of the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine, called attention to the current absence of signals indicative of
urgent need in unified legislative act. He reminded that the last attempt to
adopt the law on statutory instruments has failed. According to him, “We see no
initiatives from the government, which is indicative of certain attitude of the
government machinery to this problem”.

“Nevertheless, certain factors are
indicative of the fact that a certain minimal body of statutory instruments
related with these issues is still needed”, A. Rysheliuk said.

He believes that this law is needed. But,
before initiating its specific development, it should be established what
number of regulations should be included to its text, and how detailed they
should be.

A. Rysheliuk also mentioned that failures
to adopt the law on statutory instruments should be used to draw certain
conclusions, experience on the issues that have to be absent in the text in
order to make it advantageous. “It has to be free from political, departmental,
personal or scientific ambitions, as these would exert negative effect on it.
If we manage to develop an appropriate practical law, which does not claim to
perform a certain revolution or reform, and would just aim to generalize,
unify, and express the development of our legislative act forms which has
occurred during the last 25 years in the law text, we can get a successful
law”, he stressed.

Svitlana Mishura, Deputy Head of Main Legal
Department of the Administration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, a division
head, stated in her addressing that this law on statutory instruments is
actually needed. According to her, just adopting any law is not enough, the law
has to be a high-quality one.

S. Mishura expressed a thought that the
intervention into this law has to be carefully designed. She also mentioned
that its development should be started from general issued with further
refining.

Besides, the issues of urgency of statutory
regulation of policy-making and law-making processes in Ukraine in the current
conditions, advantages and drawbacks of a unified legislative act regarding
statutory instruments were discussed during the “round table”.

The event participants remarked that
adoption of a unified legislative act regarding statutory instruments may
become a secure foundation for formation of high-quality Ukrainian legislation
system.

Suggestions
on the contents of the law on statutory instruments, in particular, regarding
its system, types and hierarchy of statutory instruments; mechanism of
development, adoption, and enactment of statutory instruments; accounting of
statutory instruments etc. were made during the “round table”.

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Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommends Ukrainian Parliament return draft law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine (on honoring and establishing of additional guarantees to volunteers of anti-terrorist operation) for update

MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –

Headline: Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommends Ukrainian Parliament return draft law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine (on honoring and establishing of additional guarantees to volunteers of anti-terrorist operation) for update

O. Dekhtiarchuk, head of subcommittee on
administrative services, state symbols and rewards stated that a draft law (No 2837)
suggests to introduce changes to the Law of Ukraine “On State Rewards of
Ukraine” by introduction of “Good Will” order for reward of Ukrainian citizens
who voluntarily took direct participation in anti-terrorist operation in the
regions of its conduct, and to the Law of Ukraine “On the Status of War
Veterans, Their Social Protection Guarantees”, by equating individuals
decorated with this order to combat veterans, as well as to recognize coverage
of families of “Good Will” order recipients by this Law. Clause 2 of the
explanatory note mentions that “the main goal of the draft law is improvement
of martial spirit of anti-terrorist operation volunteers and establishment of
legal and organizational grounds for assurance of realization of rights of anti-terrorist
operation volunteers and their families”.

The head of the subcommittee has informed
that:

– The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget,
subsequent to the draft law review, stated in their conclusion that the draft
law affects the parameters of relevant budgets (by decreasing the revenue and
increasing the costs of state and local budgets), due to which the draft law
should be supplemented with financial-economic justification (with relevant
calculations) and suggestions regarding changes in legislative acts of Ukraine
on shortening of budget expenditures and/or sources of additional budget
revenues for achievement of its balance, as provided by part three of article 91
of the Regulation of  Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine and part one of article 27 of the Budget Code of Ukraine;

– The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine state
in their expert conclusion that the draft law enforcement shall require
additional financial resources. At the same time, due to the absence of source
data on the number of individuals who might be rewarded with the “Good Will”
order and shall attain the relevant status and rights for benefits and
guarantees, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine is devoid of the possibility to
provide financial assessment of the draft law. It was mentioned that, according
to preliminary calculations, costs of providing benefits in the current year
conditions should amount to about UAH 18 thou for combat veterans and UAH 15
thou for individuals covered by the Law of Ukraine “On the Status of War
Veterans, Their Social Protection Guarantees” (average annual amount per one
individual);

– The Verkhovna Rada Committee on
Corruption Prevention and Counteraction, subsequent to anti-corruption expert
assessment of this draft law, has concluded that this draft statutory act is
free from corruptogenic factors – the draft act conforms to anti-corruption
legislation requirements;

– The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Affairs
of Veterans, Combatants, ATO Participants and Disabled People supported the
draft law idea in their conclusion to the draft law; nevertheless, they stated
that the Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Changes to the Law of Ukraine “On
the Status of War Veterans, Their Social Protection Guarantees” Regarding the
Status of Individuals Protecting Independence, Sovereignty, and Territorial
Integrity” (No 291 dated 07.04.2015) assures complex regulation of the
issue of provision of the relevant status to the individuals participating in anti-terrorist
operation in volunteer battalions and their family members, i.e. the draft law
has no urgency in the part of introduction of changes to the Law of Ukraine “On
the Status of War Veterans, Their Social Protection Guarantees”. Thus, The
Verkhovna Rada Committee on Affairs of Veterans, Combatants, ATO Participants
and Disabled People, has decided to recommend the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to
return this draft law in the first reading to the holders of the right of
legislative initiative for refining;

– Ministry of Defense of Ukraine,
subsequent to the draft law review results, has informed of the absence of any
suggestions and remarks regarding it;

– The Main Scientific-Expert Department of
the Administration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, having evaluated the draft
law, expressed several remarks and suggestions to its provisions. First of all,
the Main Department believes that reward of Ukrainian citizens who voluntarily
took direct participation in anti-terrorist operation in the regions of its
conduct is possible without establishment of a new order, by the way of their
honoring with existing state rewards. The draft law provisions where it is suggested
to state that “holders of the “Good Will” order are citizens of Ukraine who selflessly
and duly served the Ukrainian people, voluntarily defended our homeland,
independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, took direct participation in
anti-terrorist operation in the regions of its conduct in accordance with
procedure established by the legislation”, at the opinion of the Main
Department, do not belong to the scope of legal regulation of article 6 “Individuals
belonging to combat veterans” of the Law of Ukraine On the Status of War
Veterans, Their Social Protection Guarantees” (clause 2 of Chapter І of the draft). Having
expressed other remarks to the draft law content, the Main Scientific-Expert
Department of the Administration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine found
expedient to defeat it in the first reading subsequent to its review results.

In review of this draft law, the Committee
also took into consideration ordinances of the President of Ukraine dated
February 17, 2016, No 53 “On honoring by the President of Ukraine “For
Participation in Anti-terrorist operation”” and No 54 “On honoring by the
President of Ukraine “For Humanitarian Participation in Anti-terrorist
operation””, which were established for the purpose of honoring individuals –
defenders of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine during anti-terrorist
operation in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, as well as employees of enterprises,
institutions, organizations, and other persons involved or voluntarily
supporting the conduct of anti-terrorist operation in Donetsk and Luhansk
Oblasts, performing volunteer activity, staying directly in anti-terrorist
operation conduct region during the relevant period.

O. Bereziuk, People’s Deputy of Ukraine,
suggested referral to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine with request to
provide the information on the amounts allocated from the state budget of
Ukraine in 2015 for improvement of housing conditions of anti-terrorist
operation participants, as well as the amounts provided by the state budget in
the current year, and measures provided for their use for the purpose of provision
of housing to individuals requiring the state support while defending the
integrity of Ukraine.

Subsequent
to general discussion, the following decision was taken: to recommend the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in accordance with clause 3, part one of article 114
of the Regulation of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, to return the draft law on
amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine (on honoring and establishing of
additional guarantees to volunteers of anti-terrorist operation) (registration
No 2837) to a holder of the right of legislative initiative for refining, and
to refer to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine with request to provide the
information on the amounts allocated from the state budget of Ukraine in 2015
for improvement of housing conditions of anti-terrorist operation participants,
as well as the amounts provided by the state budget in the current year, and
measures provided for their use for the purpose of provision of housing to
individuals requiring the state support while defending the integrity of
Ukraine.

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Полицейский из Абакана Александр Косолапов, спасший более 300 детей, награжден орденом Мужества (ФОТО)

MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs –

Headline: Полицейский из Абакана Александр Косолапов, спасший более 300 детей, награжден орденом Мужества (ФОТО)

В торжественной обстановке почетную государственную награду  командиру отдельной роты ОГИБДД УМВД России по г.Абакану Александру Косолапову вручил Министр внутренних дел по Хакасии Илья Ольховский.

Подвиг Александра Косолапова летом прошлого года прогремел на всю Россию. Напомним, 25 июля Александр сопровождал колонну из девяти автобусов, перевозившую более 300 детей, возвращавшихся из летнего оздоровительного лагеря. На трассе Абакан – Ак-Довурак на встречную полосу на большой скорости вылетела иномарка.

Избежать страшной аварии с участием детей удалось лишь благодаря грамотным и своевременным действиям полицейского.

Мгновенно оценив ситуацию, рискуя собственной жизнью, он сумел предотвратить лобовое столкновение, приняв весь удар на себя. Путь вылетевшей на встречную полосу иномарке Александр Косолапов преградил служебным автомобилем.

В результате сильнейшего удара патрульная машина превратилась в груду металла. Сам полицейский с многочисленными серьезными травмами был доставлен в Абаканскую городскую клиническую больницу.

Водитель и четыре пассажира иномарки, среди которых находился десятилетний ребёнок, также получили различные травмы и были госпитализированы. Несовершеннолетние пассажиры автобусов и взрослые не пострадали.

В адрес Министерства внутренних дел и Правительства Республики сотнями приходили письма благодарности, не только от жителей Хакасии, но и из других регионов России.

Александру Косолапову потребовалось более полугода, чтобы восстановить здоровье. Сейчас он вернулся на службу.

Вручая орден Мужества Александру Владимировичу, глава республиканского МВД, пожелал ему здоровья, а также отметил:

– Я горжусь тем, что в рядах наших есть такие сотрудники, которые способны принимать единственно верное решение. Желаю и впредь с честью нести гордое звание полицейского.

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Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the press conference in Bogota, Colombia

MIL OSI – Source: European Union –

Headline: Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the press conference in Bogota, Colombia

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First of all, I’m really glad to be here. For me this is something special. I was here in my previous capacity for the inauguration of President Santos, but this is my first visit in Colombia in my capacity as the High Representative of the European Union. But this does not mean that this is the first contact with the country.

Actually, Colombia is the Latin America country with which the European Union has had the most frequent exchanges at the highest possible level.
I met 5 times with President Santos in the past year. With minister Holguín, we met many many times.
This is a sign of friendship and a fact that we are really close partners and somehow that Colombia is in our hearts.
 
We have a very high interest to see the peace process being finalised and we are extremely committed in accompanying and supporting Colombia in the implementation of the post-conflict.
 
For this, we will sign another important agreement today on some financial support that we will provide.

But I would like to underline the political support. As Europeans,  we are together with Colombia in the peace process. We see that Colombia needs to find the peace, to put an end to a conflict that has cost so much to all its citizens: I was thinking that the majority of the citizens of the country were born as this conflict was already ongoing. So this is an opportunity for the country to open up from the conflict and bring peace, but also for the economy; peace brings more jobs, economic and trade possibilities.

We also support this process because the world needs peace in Colombia. This could be the good news of the year, the good news that shows to the world that a conflict that has lasted so long can finish through negotiations and in peace.
 
Believe me when I tell you that is the news that the world is waiting for. You have a big responsibility on your shoulders. But we also think we have the responsibility to accompany you in these steps. Again, you will have us by your side. Always.
 
Having said that, we come here not only for the peace. Our work is also on global issues such as trade, and especially focusing on exports from both sides.
 
There is also something very important that we finalised recently: it is the visa waiver agreement that we signed a few months ago in Brussels and that has allowed, already over the last four months, more than 48,000 Colombian citizens to travel without visa to Europe.
 
This is a big change and a sign of the results of our strong partnership, that,  I am sure will continue.
 
And by the way, Colombia is also a great partner in the region for the European Union. It is extremely important to maintain our exchange and relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean in the framework of bilateral coordination and to receive information of what is happening in Latin America. We value the role of Colombia in this and as a strong partner.
 
Q&A

 

Q1 on the kidnapping of Spanish journalist

First of all, I would like to say that, for us, this is a case that is extremely important and that we follow very closely. This is not something that only concerns Europeans, but also Colombians and journalists. For us, this is a matter of concern for the safety of the persons but also for the freedom of the press that is a fundamental principle of any democratic society.
We have exchanged on the latest news, not only with María Ángela but also with the vice-minister of Defence. I know the minister of Defence is in these hours on the ground.
So not only do we follow the case, we get information as they come. We have full confidence that the Colombian authorities will do all that they can to solve this case and reach a happy ending.
 
Question 2 on the Peace process negotiations 

 
HR/VP Mogherini: creo que sí.
I have being following personally the negotiations and dialogues of the process all along this year. I am really confident that we are close to the finalization.
I would like to add a message for the Colombians. I know from a personal experience in other kind of negotiations that the closest we get to the final stance of the negotiations, the hardest it becomes.
But once the agreement is done, that is the moment when the benefits will come.
And, again, I was looking at the number of victims, number of people wounded and number of communities really affected. It is time to put an end to this. Count on all of Europe, we will be with you at all times. This is the right thing to do and it has been done in the right way.
Sometimes we get confused and we think that we need strong leaders to go at war but the European history tells us that, actually, we need strong leaderships for the peace. I think this is what Colombia needs: great leaders for peace.
 

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– Bunte: Deutscher Filmnachwuchs mit New Faces Award geehrt

MIL OSI – Source: Hubert Burda Media –

Headline: – Bunte: Deutscher Filmnachwuchs mit New Faces Award geehrt

Das People-Magazin Bunte zeichnete am Donnerstagabend zum 18. Mal die Nachwuchstalente des deutschen Films aus. Rund 650 Gäste aus Film, Wirtschaft, Kultur und Gesellschaft kamen zur Verleihung ins Berliner ewerk. Die Gewinner des Bunte New Faces Award Film 2016 sind Lea van Acken, Lucas Reiber und Theresa von Eltz. 

Eine Expertenjury – darunter Bunte-Chefredakteurin Patricia Riekel, die Filmproduzenten Jakob Claussen und Lena Schömann, Oliver Fock, Geschäftsführer der CineStar Gruppe, sowie die Schauspieler Anna Maria Mühe und Florian David Fitz – wählten die diesjährigen Sieger aus.

Bunte-Chefredakteurin Patricia Riekel: „Der Bunte New Faces Award Film bietet außergewöhnlichen Talenten eine mediale Bühne und hat bereits zahlreichen Jungstars zu großen Karrieren verholfen. Die heute prämierten zehn Jungschauspieler und Regisseure verdienen es, ins Rampenlicht gestellt zu werden – sie sind die Stars von morgen.”

In der Kategorie „Beste Nachwuchsschauspielerin“ wurde Lea van Acken für ihre Darstellung der Anne Frank in der Literaturverfilmung „Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank“ mit dem New Faces Award ausgezeichnet. Die Jury sagt: „Lea van Acken bringt all die breiten Gegensätze und Facetten der Anne Frank mit außergewöhnlicher Strahlkraft eindringlich zum Ausdruck. Sie trägt ihre Zuseher als Schlüsselfigur durch den tief berührenden Film; dabei gelingt es ihr, dem historisch bedeutenden Stoff durch ihre differenzierte Darstellung und den gewählten Blickwinkel erneut Aktualität zu verleihen.“

Lucas Reiber überzeugte die Juroren mit seiner Rolle des geistig behinderten jungen Mannes Matis in „Die Mutter des Mörders“ und nahm den roten Panther in der Kategorie „Bester Nachwuchsschauspieler“ entgegen. „Lucas Reiber überzeugt durch Einfühlungsvermögen und starke Präsenz. Die Figur eines geistig Behinderten, der unter Mordverdacht gerät, wird dank ihm zum klaren Sympathieträger“, erklärt die Jury.

Regisseurin Theresa von Eltz erhielt die Auszeichnung für ihr Werk „4 Könige“ in der Kategorie „Bester Debütfilm“, verbunden mit einem Fördergeld von 10.000 Euro für ihre nächste Filmproduktion. In „4 Könige“ erzählt von Eltz sensibel und reduziert über vier Jugendliche, die Weihnachten in der Psychiatrie verbringen. Die Jury begründet ihre Entscheidung: „Theresa von Eltz schafft mit ihrer spannenden Besetzung und ihrer genauen Figurenzeichnung ein sensibles und kurzatmiges Kammerspiel. Interessant und komödiantisch in absurden Momenten ist es ein runder und gelungener Film.“

Mit einem Sonderpreis wurde der TV-Erfolg „Der Club der roten Bänder“ prämiert. Die Schauspieler Luise Befort, Timur Bartels, Damian Hardung, Ivo Kortlang, Nick Julius Schuck und Tim Oliver Schultz nahmen die begehrte Trophäe in Form des roten Panthers entgegen.

Durch den Abend führte Moderator Jochen Schropp. Die Partner des Bunte New Faces Award Film sind Moroccanoil, neubau eyewear und Opel.

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Medical devices: agreement on new European rules

MIL OSI – Source: European Union –

Headline: Medical devices: agreement on new European rules

On 25 May the Council of the European Union, under its current Dutch Presidency, and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic products. The agreement still has to be formally approved by the Council and the European Parliament. The aim of the new rules is to ensure that medical devices and in vitro diagnostics products are safe and to give patients fast access to new innovative devices.

Photographer: Bert de Jong 

Creating conditions for the internal market

Medical devices and in vitro diagnostics products range from sticking plasters, artificial hips and pacemakers to laboratory tests and home pregnancy tests. ‘This is an important step for all people in Europe,’ said Dutch health minister Edith Schippers, ‘because sooner or later we all need medical devices. Safe, innovative medical devices improve patients’ quality of life and health. The new rules will also create the conditions needed for a properly functioning internal market for the 25,000 manufacturers of medical devices in the EU, many of them SMEs, which employ over half a million people.’

Strengthening the system

The new rules will guarantee the safety of medical devices in two ways: by introducing stricter rules on the marketing of devices and closer monitoring once they are on the market. The requirements for the notified bodies responsible for market authorisation will be tightened up, as will supervision of these organisations. They must have well-qualified, independent staff to properly assess new devices and conduct unannounced inspections of manufacturers.

Clear responsibilities for manufacturers

Clear rules have also been set out for manufacturers to guarantee the quality, performance and safety of devices once they have been granted market access. This will enable rapid intervention, and provide information that can be used for product improvement. Manufacturers and other commercial parties will also be given other clear responsibilities, concerning matters such as liability and the registering of complaints about their devices.

Stricter requirements for clinical trials

The new regulations will also introduce stricter requirements for clinical trials and performance testing. This will make more reliable clinical data available on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic products. Protection of human subjects in clinical trials is another key focus.

More stringent rules for high-risk devices

Extra testing by experts may be required before some high-risk medical devices, such as implants and in vitro diagnostic products for life-threatening diseases, can be marketed. Panels of independent experts and laboratories will play an important role in the future legislative system. If necessary, they can give designated bodies, competent authorities and manufacturers expertise and advice on the clinical aspects of medical devices. Certain high-risk products that are similar to medical devices but are not currently subject to any rules, such as wrinkle fillers and coloured contact lenses, will also be covered by the regulation.

More transparency for patients and better traceability

Transparency on medical devices will be hugely improved, with a large database of devices containing a host of information about manufacturers, importers, distributors, notified bodies, market surveillance data, clinical trial results and certificates. Patients, healthcare professionals and the general public will have access to detailed information about products available on the European market, allowing them to make better-informed choices. Patients with an implant will also be given specific information about the product, including any necessary precautions. Manufacturers will be obliged to give their device a unique identification code, making it more traceable throughout the entire distribution chain, so that action can be taken more quickly should any risks become apparent.

Next steps

The Presidency will present the outcome of the negotiations to the member states for their approval in mid-June. The European Parliament will probably vote on it in a plenary session in the autumn. The new rules for medical devices will come into force three years after publication, those for medical devices for in vitro diagnostic products five years after publication.

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