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Media Partnership - Sustainable Health for Sustainable Growth: A Roadmap for European Policy


Media Partnership - Sustainable Health for Sustainable Growth: A Roadmap for European Policy

Registration for this event is by invitation only.

The Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR) is pleased to invite you to join the event “Sustainable Health for Sustainable Growth: A Roadmap for European Policy”. The event will take place on 18 April from 12h-14h CET in the European Parliament and will be hosted by MEP Kathleen Van Brempt in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

EU health systems are facing a multitude of interconnected challenges amid a shifting geopolitical landscape, ranging from budgetary pressures, healthcare workforce shortages and the rapidly escalating burden of chronic disease, compounded by an ageing population and the effects of climate change. At the same time, Europe is experiencing a drain in healthcare innovation investment, posing a threat to patient access and the EU’s life sciences competitiveness, and hinting at economic stagnation.

Recognising these pressing issues, the Belgian EU Presidency has prioritised enhancing the sustainability of health systems and healthy populations, including preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), devising strategies to bolster the EU's healthcare workforce, and improving access to funding for health initiatives. These efforts aim to address the complex challenges facing European health systems and capitalise on key opportunities to ensure the wellbeing of its citizens in the face of evolving pressures. This event will spotlight key findings and best practices derived from evidence-based research conducted by the PHSSR in the EU and Belgium across critical healthcare domains to inform the next policy cycle.

Organised by: AstraZeneca
Media partner: Euractiv


European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

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Mariam Zaidi


12:00 - 12:10
Opening remarks

- MEP Kathleen Van Brempt

12:10 - 12:55
Reflections on the Von der Leyen Commission and priorities of the Belgian EU Presidency to advance EU health systems

- Professor Philippe Kolh, Belgian Superior Health Council; Liège University; European Society for Vascular Surgery
- Professor Marco Varkevisser, Erasmus University
- Anne-Laure Dreno, AstraZeneca France
- Kathleen Depoorter, Pharmacist and MP in Federal Health Commission, Belgium

12:55 - 13:50
Overcoming Europe's NCD crisis: - key learnings from an EU and Belgian perspective for the next policy cycle

- Raymond Vanholder, European Kidney Health Alliance, European Chronic Disease Alliance and PHSSR EU Expert Advisory Group
- Chantal Mathieu, European Association for the Study of Diabetes
- Stefan Constantinescu, Federation of European Academies of Medicine
- Stefan Gijssels, Patient Expert Center

13:50 - 14:00
Closing remarks

Mariam Zaidi, Euractiv


Sébastien de Decker