Local and regional health authorities across Europe are becoming increasingly engaged in EU health policy, legislation and funding activities. Many regions are realising that the health of their citizens and system is determined by policies created at the EU level. This means that the work of the European institutions is not only relevant to them, but can also complement their own local and regional efforts.
The importance of local and regional authorities is central, as they represent the natural interface between citizens, national and European institutions. This means that the local and regional authorities exert a pivotal role in improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare systems and services.
Yet, the financial crisis has brought budget cuts that have hindered the capacity of many regional and local authorities to get involved in the European arena. In this context, the activities of EUREGHA have become crucial to ensuring that the local and regional perspective is well represented at EU level, given their vital role in the delivery and organisation of health services and/or the promotion of public health.
Healthcare services are now facing unprecedented challenges. Nevertheless, these challenges present an opportunity to rethink the status quo in healthcare and assess policy options in more depth: what are the risks and benefits of the various approaches? Which areas are the most efficient? How can sustainability be ensured? In EUREGHA, we believe that the response must be based on cross-sectoral collaboration, integrated approaches, and innovative methods to mainstream health in all policies.
EUREGHA is the only European network that really represents regional and local authorities and works to understand their specific needs and priorities.
WHAT WE DO
Organising meetings with National Permanent Representations in Brussels on the health priorities of the Presidencies of the Council of the EU.
Collaborating with different European Commission’s Directorates-General (DG), mainly the DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), the DG Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and the DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT).
We organise meetings with the European Commission’s officials, attend high-level conferences, take part in the European Union Institutions’ stakeholders’ fora (especially in the definition of their opinions on the legislative proposals) and explore funding opportunities.
Collaborating with coalitions and other networks to strengthen the role of EUREGHA in the EU health stakeholder environment (EU Health Coalition).
EU Platforms: in 2019, EUREGHA led a Thematic Network on the EU Health Policy Platform. For more information you may download the EUREGHA ‘s Joint Statement on Healthcare in Cross-border regions.
Monitoring all health-related policy issues: in order to deliver early intelligence to our full members, EUREGHA monitors all health-related EU policy issues such as in the areas of employment, health, social affairs, research, agriculture, environment, education and cross-cutting initiatives.