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EUREGHA as partner of the #EURegionsWeek 2018

euwrc 2018We are excited to announce that, together with the  European Committee of the Regions’ Interregional Group on Health and Well-being, EUREGHA will organise the high-level event “Global Challenges, Territorial Answers: the Future of Health in Europe” on 9 October 2018 within the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018.

The #EURegionsWeek is an annual Brussels-based four-day event during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics, can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. It is also an acknowledged platform for political communication in relation to the development of the EU Cohesion Policy, raising the awareness of decision-makers about the fact that regions and cities matter in EU policy-making.

Under the headline 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020', this year’s over 170 workshops, sessions and debates will revolve around key topics such as the Cohesion Policy and the important role played by regional and local authorities in its implementation, the ongoing discussions about the post-2020 EU budget, and the importance of building strong partnerships between the EU institutions and the subnational level for good European governance.

About our workshop:

Within the #EURegionsWeek EUREGHA is organizing a high-level event in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions’ Interregional Group on Health and Well-being and the European Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Natural Resources (NAT).

Distinguished speakers such as Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General of DG SANTE, European Commission, Birgitta Sacrédeus, member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Chair of the CoR Interregional Group on Health and Well-being, will discuss the role of the health sector as an important driver underpinning all European policies. Improving the quality of life of all Europeans and building a stronger, fairer and more inclusive European Union which leaves no one behind is essential to moving forward in the integration process and regional and local health authorities play a fundamental role in this.

Against this backdrop, the event aims to show the clear added value of European policies and programmes in improving public health and healthcare services across the EU at territorial level, with a focus on the Cohesion Policy.

Find the latest version of the agenda here.

Registrations are open until 28 September at the event website here.

Please note that the session capacity is limited and advance registration is required. On-the-spot registration will not be possible. So, be quick to register and secure your place and join us for a week full of networking and learning opportunities at the next #EURegionsWeek!

And last but not least, do not forget to follow us at @EUREGHA!



Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU



On 1 July 2018 Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov officially handed over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. As holder of the Presidency, Austria will contribute significantly to the legislative and political work of the Council for the next 6 months.




As the last member of the current “trio presidency” (Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria), Austria will have to work on a large number of complex and challenging dossiers, e.g. internal and external security, protection of external borders, reform of the Common European Asylum System, Digital Single Market, Energy Union, 2019 budget, post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, EU enlargement, European neighbourhood and conclusion of the negotiations about the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (Brexit).

After Austria, the next trio presidency will take over: Romania (first half of 2019), Finland (second half of 2019) and Croatia (first half of 2020).

During the Plenary session of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg on 3 July, Chancellor Kurz formally presented the key priorities of the Presidency and highlighted that the major mission will be “reducing tensions by bringing people together”, as Austria intends to be a “bridge builder”.

Mr Kurz informed the European Parliament that the Presidency will mainly focus on three key areas:
 
  • Building a “Europe that protects” and making sure that all Europeans feel protected against all kinds of threats;
  • Protecting European welfare systems by boosting competitiveness and making significant progress in the areas of automation and digitalization;
  • Looking at what the EU can do outside its borders to ensure stability, peace, and security in neighbouring countries
Finally, Mr Kurz announced that the Austrian Presidency will also work towards the EU accession for the Western Balkan countries.

As far as the health sector is concerned, Vienna is going to focus on 3 dossiers:

Download the full programme of the Austrian Presidency here

For further information about the Presidency, upcoming activities and how the Council works, you can visit the official website www.eu2018.at or the Council of the EU webpage
 


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
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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.



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