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Next Meeting of the CoR Interregional Group on Health and Well-being

The next meeting of the Committee of the Regions Interregional Group on Health & Well-being will take place on Thursday 5 July at 8h00-9h00 at the Committee of the Regions building, room JDE 60.

EUREGHA, acting as the Secretariat of the group, is delighted to announce the topic of the upcoming meeting:

“Big data and the health sector: the way forward”

The event will involve a presentation by Mr Arnaud Senn, European Commission DG CNECT, on the use of big data and their potential for the future of health in the EU, and a presentation of a regional best practice delivered by Mr Toni Dedeu, Director at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia, focusing on health data analytics for research and innovation.

The healthcare industry produces large amounts of clinical, financial, administrative, and genomic data. Making best use of these data is key in order to improve patient outcomes, enhance clinical decision support and models of personalised medicine. In line with the recently-published European Commission Communication on “Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market”, it is now of paramount importance to enhance the digitalization of the health care sector across the EU in order to take full advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.

To this end, the Communication identifies three main priorities around which activities must be developed at local, regional, national, and European level:

  • Securing data access and sharing
  • Pooling health data for research, faster diagnosis and improved health
  • Digital tools and data for citizen empowerment and person-centred health care

Against this backdrop, the aim of the meeting is to present the main advantages of the use of big data in the health and care sector and give the floor to regional experiences and viewpoints on the matter. 

The meeting will conclude with a contribution by Professor Josep Redón, Head of the Internal Medicine Institute, University Clinic Hospital of Valencia on the use of big data to tackle non-communicable chronic diseases.

To review the agenda, please follow this link

If you are interested in attending the event, you can register at this link by Thursday 28 June 2018

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Health policies in the future EU budget (2021-2027)

Following the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027 on 2 May, the European Commission has been unveiling its legislative proposals for the next generation of spending programmes.

Health will have a strong dimension in the next EU budget, as health-related resources will fall under several priority areas, such as social protection, research and innovation, the digitalization of society, cohesion and global responsibility.

Health policies will get EU funding through various instruments:

More specifically, with an overall budget of EUR 101,2 billion, the new ESF+ will embed the next EU Health Programme with a proposed budget of EUR 413 billion.

The health strand of the ESF+ will be under direct management and will focus on health promotion and disease prevention, contribute to the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of health systems, make healthcare safer, reduce health inequalities, protect citizens from cross-border health threats, and support EU health legislation as well as integrated work (e.g. European Reference Networks, Health Technology Assessment and implementation of best practices to support structural innovation in public health).

Integrating health in the ESF+ will lead to new and stronger synergies with the other building blocks of the European Pillar of Social Rights. It will also support the integration of health in other related policies and the coordination between complementary health-related lines, thus boosting the impact of the future EU budget on health policies.

Meeting of the CoR Interregional Group on Health and Well-being

The next meeting of the Committee of the Regions Interregional Group on Health & Well-being will take place on Thursday 17 May at 8h00-9h00 at the Committee of the Regions building, room JDE 52.

EUREGHA, acting as the Secretariat of the group, is delighted to announce the topic of the upcoming meeting:

Precision Medicine, HTA and Future European Scenarios”

The event will involve a presentation by Ms Irene Norstedt, European Commission DG RTD, on the role of precision medicine and its contribution for the future of Health in Europe, and a presentation by Prof Andrés CervantesUniversity Clinic Hospital of Valencia, on liquid biopsies as a tool to foster precision medicine.

Healthcare services requiring the use of precision medicine are becoming more and more available in everyday clinical practice. More patients are now benefitting from using cutting-edge drug therapies to treat conditions diagnosed through the latest testing technologies. Today, genomic medicine and personalized therapies are benefitting significant numbers of patients and leading to new drug discoveries.

In this context, Europe is taking a leading role, helping to drive a transformation in care for people with chronic conditions or those at risk of developing them. This shows that, despite the fragmented nature of healthcare systems in Europe, collaboration among different countries and regions is possible and is often the key to success.

Against this backdrop, the aim of the meeting is to present the main features of precision medicine in the EU and give the floor to regional experiences and viewpoints on the matter.

The event will conclude with an overview on the state of play of the discussion about the European Commission proposal for a regulation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), given by Ms Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the proposal.

The European Commission has proposed a regulation which seeks to strengthen EU cooperation on HTA. It should assess the added value of products and bring comparison with other technologies, overcoming the fragmentation across the EU. The proposed new model of EU cooperation aims to help national health authorities identify innovative technology and reward it, thus enabling patients to access the best treatment available for their specific condition.

The proposal will also affect the regional dimension in countries where regions have legislative competence in the field. The meeting will provide an opportunity to engage in a fruitful debate on the potential and implications of this new model of EU cooperation on HTA.

To review the event agenda, please follow this link.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can register at the following link by Wednesday 9 May 2018: https://bit.ly/2IdTSSY

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presentation of BOOST project at Brussels dissemination event

“Building a Brighter Future: Promoting, Protecting and Improving Young People’s Mental Health in Europe”

On 28 March 2018, EUREGHA presented the BOOST project at the Public Policy Exchange event on the promotion of young people’s mental health. The event focused on mental health policies for young people at EU level and best practices in the field of prevention and early intervention. Distinguished speakers set the context for discussion and shared good practices in the field. Panelists emphasized that mental health is a human right and that it is as important as physical health. The importance of the deinstitutionalization process was also mentioned as a means to avoid the segregation of people with mental issues and integrate them into society. Among the many frameworks acknowledging the importance of mental health, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 3 in particular, and the  European Pillar of Social Rights can be beneficial tools for the promotion of mental health worldwide. All speakers agreed that mental health is a cross-cutting issue which must be tackled across different policy areas.

Among the many good practices and innovative approaches to support young people’s mental health in family, school settings, and the workplace, Ms Valentina Polylas, EUREGHA, presented the BOOST project. BOOST is an Horizon 2020-funded project aiming to build social and emotional skills to BOOST mental health resilience in children and young people in Europe. Social and emotional skills are key to promote mental health and wellbeing and many school-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs have proven effective in increasing social well-being and academic achievement in children. However, a number of shortcomings have been identified in these programs. One criticism is that they are time-consuming and compromise academic teaching time. Furthermore, they are often implemented by external experts, and not by the regular schoolteachers, and as such are not integrated into general teaching. These elements may compromise the programs' sustainability and long-term effect. 

The project will address the issue by developing a new approach integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in teachers' pedagogical skills and classroom interaction and designing a tool for organizational development to facilitate implementation and uptake of the approach in classrooms, schools and among school owners.

This holistic combination of teacher's empowerment and organizational development will go beyond the current models for social and emotional learning (SEL) and will be referred to as the “BOOST approach”.

During the dissemination event, the social media activity of the BOOST project was officially launched.
Follow BOOST on Twitter at
@BOOST_MHealth and on Linkedin at BOOST project for further information on developments and results as the project unfolds.

Scotland has officially joined EUREGHA

Gradient 002 002We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Government has officially joined EUREGHA and is now a full member. The Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate is now fully on board and we are very much looking forward to working together on shared interests and priorities.

We are convinced Scotland will benefit from the EU-level cooperation among regional and local authorities provided through EUREGHA, especially in a moment when key priorities and objectives for the public health sector are being redefined and new financial programmes revised for the future programming period. At the same time, EUREGHA and all its members will be able to learn from new good practices and ways to face common challenges through fruitful exchanges with the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate. Together, we will make sure the highest quality of health and social care services are delivered to people in Scotland and across the EU, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care.

EUREGHA is growing as a reference network and is establishing closer and stronger collaborations with EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders, making the voice of regional and local health authorities heard at EU level.

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