EUREGHA’s high-level annual conference

EUREGHA’s high-level annual conference

Brian O’Connor will speak at the panel II “Building a common vision for health: a private, public, and patients’ dialogue” at 16:45, 5th December. 

EUREGHA – the reference network of European Regional and Local Health Authorities, is pleased to invite you to the event:

EUREGHA’s high-level annual conference

When: Thursday 5 December 2019, 15.00 – 18:00
EUREGHA’s office, Rond Point Schuman 11, Brussels 

On December 5, EUREGHA will host its high-level annual conference to take a step towards an EU wide multi-stakeholder debate around ESI Funds for health.

Even though health was not a specific priority among the 11 thematic objectives of the ESIF 2014-2020, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) covered health investments in improving access to healthcare, reducing health inequalities, and boosting healthcare reforms for around €9 billion.

With more than 7,000 health-related projects financed in the programming period 2014-2020, cohesion policy demonstrated its crucial contribution to supporting social and economic convergence around Europe and helping to ensure the health of EU citizens.

As cohesion policy is one of the main European policy and investment instrument to achieve the EU treaty objective of economic, social, and territorial cohesion, we believe significant resources should be allocated to investments in health prevention and promotion, health care and health infrastructures within the Multiannual financial period 2021-2027.

To this extent, it is important to foster a positive dialogue among European, national and regional public authorities, industry, and civil society to ensure these investments genuinely contribute towards more equitable access to healthcare and improved wellbeing for citizens, as well as more efficient, resilient and sustainable health systems.

The aim of the conference is to showcase examples of the best regional practices, followed by a discussion with representatives from industry, patients’ organisations, NGOs, and regions on the policies and investments needed for the healthcare of tomorrow.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nick Batey, Chair at EUREGHA / International healthcare, Welsh Government;
  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General, Director General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission;
  • Sylvain Giraud, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission;
  • Irina Kalderon Libal, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission;
  • Stijn Longin, Project Manager Digital Care and Support Plan, ICT-team Flanders Agency for Care and Health;
  • Teresa Vieri, Policy Officer, Directorate for Citizenship rights and social cohesion, Tuscany Region, Executive board member EUREGHA;
  • Mats Ulfendahl, Director of Research, Region Östergötland, Executive board member EUREGHA;
  • Thomas Allvin, Executive Director, Healthcare system, EFPIA, EU Health Coalition;
  • Brian O’Connor, Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance;
  • Cesar Velasco Muñoz, Director, Agency for Healthcare Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AquAS), Vice-chair EUREGHA;
  • Alison Maassen, Senior Coordinator at EuroHealthNet.

Find the full agenda here


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