Croatian Minister of Environmental Protection Zeljana Zovko and Tonino Picula supported the suspension of patents for the covid-19 vaccine last Friday, which will be debated by the European Parliament (EP) next week.
India and South Africa have proposed to suspend vaccine patents to allow them to be produced globally and prevent the spread of the disease, and their initiatives have been supported by hundreds of countries.
Although US President Joe Biden has changed his mind and is now proposing suspension, the proposal has been opposed by drug manufacturers and wealthy countries including the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
MPŽeljana Zovko (HDZ, EPP) stated that she will support the abolition of patents, although this is not the position of the majority representative club of the European People’s Party to which she belongs.
“Personally, I temporarily support the initiative to abolish intellectual property rights. From my personal experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have seen that the countries bordering the EU can only fend for themselves. We have seen the catastrophic situation in India, Brazil and Latin America. “Zovko said. Online press conference of Croatian EP office.
Tonino Picula (SDP, S&D) said that the revocation of the patent would show solidarity with countries suffering from epidemics like India.
Picula said: “Europe needs to show more solidarity because it is about public funding. We are not sure, no matter how many vaccines we get, until most of the world’s population is vaccinated.”
The EP’s plenary meeting began on May 17, and was originally scheduled to vote on the proposal to revoke the patent in June.
Members of the European Parliament should also discuss the role of EU funds in recovering from the crisis and adopt a new generation of “Creative Europe” programs to support cultural and creative industries. The 17.5 billion euro aid program is expected to support the transition to a green economy.
There will also be discussions on EP’s role in assessing national plans, recovery and resilience, corporate responsibility to the environment, revised European industrial strategies, new opportunities for legal immigration, and EU assistance to immigrants.
It is also expected to pass the Erasmus+ program of education, training, youth and sports, and the European Solidarity Force program.