Media Partnership: European Health Union – not wishful thinking, but a reflection of Europeans' real concerns
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The time has come to make European health a priority. Health is defined as a Member State competence under the EU treaties. Statistics show there is a wide gap between the health systems of different EU Member States.
Healthcare expenditures per capita differ considerably. The situation has been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
According to Eurobarometer research, the majority of Europeans insist that healthcare should be included in the list of most important decisions.
Participants of the discussion will address:
- how current European health policy corresponds to the expectations of European citizens;
- proposals on how to improve the state of Europeans’ health;
- how to create a European Health Union and establish it in the Treaty on European Union;
- the dangers of postponing European Health issues for the future.
ORGANISED BY: The European Institute of Health and Sustainable Development and The Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
EU Transparency Register: 572881845186-86
MEDIA PARTNER: EURACTIV
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Brussels Network Office - International Press Centre
1 Bd Charlemagne // 2nd floor
Video statement from Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Former European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014-2019)
Prof. Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, Former Prime Minister of Italy and Former European Commissioner
Maria Joao Rodrigues, President of the European Foundation of Progressive Studies (FEPS)
Josep Figueras, Director European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Christine Berling, Head of International & European Affairs, Directorate General for Health - French Ministry of Solidarity and Health
Prof. Ilona Kickbusch, Founding Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
Prof. Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:00 - 15:30 CET
COVID-19 could be incentive to give EU more health powers
With citizens more concerned about health due to the pandemic, questions are raised as to whether the EU's current instruments are enough, or whether it is time to discuss member states sharing more health competencies with the EU.