MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Oct 5, 2015

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Oct 5, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Experts and leaders from regulatory agencies, the health industry and academia will discuss how to improve healthcare regulation and medical products at an inaugural two-day scientific conference that starts on Monday.

The conference is organised by the Centre for Regulatory Excellence, which is part of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong will deliver a speech at the conference’s opening session, while other speakers include Dr Margaret Hamburg, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. 

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong will deliver a speech at the conference’s opening session on Monday. PHOTO: ST FILE


Fresh from victory in the Sept 20 Greek election, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will outline on Monday his government's four-year plan. PHOTO: EPA

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will outline his government’s four-year term plan in Parliament on Monday, fresh from victory in the Sept 20 snap election.

Tough decisions are expected to be made during the parliamentary debate on the government's new programmes, which will culminate in a confidence vote on Wednesday, as the 2015 Budget will be revised, taking into account the reforms in the bailout programme stipulated by the country's lenders.

Among other things, the government must overhaul Greece’s underfunded pension system to make it viable and introduce sweeping tax hikes. The government must also finalise a procedure to recapitalise Greek banks by December.


Migrants from Turkey making hot drinks at a checkpoint near Mithimna in Lesbos island, Greece. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on Greek islands in August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.  PHOTO: EPA

The European Union (EU) and Turkey could approve a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said the European Commission and Turkish government representatives agreed in principle to the plan on Friday (Oct 2), and that it would be approved during talks on Monday in Brussels between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU leaders.

Assuming there is an accord on Monday, the plan would go before EU leaders at the next summit in mid-October. The EU has long called on Turkey to do more to stem the tide of migrants making the dangerous crossing to Greece, with more than 500,000 having made it to Europe’s shores this year.