EUREGHA’s proposal to create a new Thematic Network on Healthcare in Cross-border Regions in the framework of the EU Health Policy Platform , submitted in cooperation with our member Region Lower Austria, has passed!
The EU Health Policy Platform is a collaborative initiative to ease the communication and provide a framework for dialogue between the European Commission and health stakeholders. Every year, three thematic networks are launched within the Health Policy Platform with the aim to promote discussion in specific health fields.
As a result of the high interest expressed by the stakeholder community in the poll that called for support to the 2019 Thematic Network proposals, the European Commission decided to launch four thematic networks:
- Improving access to healthcare for vulnerable and underserved groups by No Body Left Outside Platform (NLO)
- Improving INtegrated people-centered Solutions Health Care Solutions (INCASO) by Mattone Internazionale Salute Programme (ProMIS)
- Improving Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU by the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA)
- Healthcare in cross-border regions by the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)
The socio-economic development of border regions is often hampered because of their peripheral location and the differences in legislation compared to their neighbouring countries. All these factors significantly affect healthcare systems in border regions. The thematic network proposal from Lower Austria and EUREGHA aims to create synergies and build upon the already-existing different tools in order to come up with a Joint statement which can support the European Commission in its exercise of mapping and building cross-border and regional cooperation in healthcare.
As the current 2018 cycle of Thematic Networks is calling for endorsement until 25 January 2019, the new Thematic Networks will only be created early February 2019. We will then kick off the production of our Joint Statement. This is a collaborative process, which involves the drafting of a Joint Statement and build-up of a strong stakeholder community, therefore, we invite to you stay tuned and participate in the process!