European Health Union – not wishful thinking, but a reflection of Europeans’ real concerns

The time has come to make European health a priority. Health is defined as a Member State competence under the EU treaties. Statistics show there is a wide gap between the health systems of different EU Member States.

Healthcare expenditures per capita differ considerably. The situation has been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.

According to Eurobarometer research, the majority of Europeans insist that healthcare should be included in the list of most important decisions.

Participants of the discussion will address:

– how current European health policy corresponds to the expectations of European citizens;
– proposals on how to improve the state of Europeans’ health;
– how to create a European Health Union and establish it in the Treaty on European Union;
– the dangers of postponing European Health issues for the future.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Former European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014-2019)
  • Joseph Figueras PhD (econ), Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • Prof. Ilona Kickbusch, Founding Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
  • Prof. Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Anniek de Ruijter, Associate Professor in Health Law specializing in European Law at the University of Amsterdam
  • Christine Berling, Head of International & European Affairs, Directorate General for Health – French Ministry of Solidarity and Health
  • Maria Joao Rodrigues, President of the European Foundation of Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Organised by: EIHSD (European Institute of Health and Sustainable Development) and The Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Media Partner: EURACTIV

Register for the webinar here.