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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 determinants of their citizens’ health, as well as the health of their system, are in part determined at European level.  This means that the work of the European institutions is not only relevant and important for them, but can be complementary for their own local and regional efforts.

Yet, the financial crisis has determined 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 the EUREGHA network have become crucial to ensuring that the local and regional perspective is represented, given the vital role that is played by these actors across the EU in the delivery and organisation of health services and/or the promotion of public health.

We all are aware of the pressures on healthcare services but the crisis presents 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.

The importance of local and regional authorities is central, as they represent the natural interface between citizens, national and European institutions and exert a pivotal role in improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare systems and services.

EUREGHA is the only European network that really represents regional and local authorities and understand their priorities and specific needs.

EUREGHA has four different categories of membership – for individuals  and organisations. Membership status and rights are dependent on membership fees.

Full members and Platform members could be:

  • Regional and local health ministers or equivalent representatives with a portfolio in health;
  • General Directors of local and regional health authorities;
  • Regional and local authorities competent to develop and implement policy and initiatives in health, public health, health care of countries of the European Union, or countries that are members of a European free trade agreement;
  • Brussels-based regional and local representative offices;
  • Brussels-based representative offices of local and regional health authorities;
  • Associations or platforms of sub-national authorities with activities in health;
  • Interregional cooperative groups focusing on health matters.

Honorary members and Observers could be:

  • Members of the European Parliaments interested in health;
  • Members of the Committee of the Regions interested in health;
  • Members of the European Commission;
  • Universities/academics/ public health institutes

The full members agree to contribute in species on a yearly basis. The membership fees are based on the type and size of the member entity as follows:

The MEMBERS’ SERVICES are offered to Full members and Platform members: