Anti-discrimination in health

Thursday, 03.10.2013 | 18:00 - 19:30

Organised by DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission

EU Session on improving access and combating discrimination in healthcare with a focus on vulnerable groups.

This session will explore the two aspects of discrimination in healthcare and improving access to healthcare. In this context the main objectives are:

• To identify issues in relation to discrimination in the access to healthcare in the EU.
• To highlight the European Commission's commitment to the promotion and protection of fundamental rights in access to healthcare
• To discuss EU and Member States’ possible actions on improving the access to healthcare in the EU, identifying gaps and challenges and highlighting evidence and best practices.

The session will present a range of perspectives of what the current issues are as well as panel discussions on actions.

Opening speech

T Borg, EU Commissioner for Health, European Commission

Facts: Report of studies carried out by Fundamental Rights agency

M Kjaerum, Director, Fundamental Rights Agency

What is the EU doing?

M Cashman, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, UK)

What is the EC doing?

A Ciobanu-Dordea, Director, DG Justice, European Commission

Panel discussion

G Mitchell, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Ireland)

A Athanasiu, European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe

F Vanbiervliet, European Advocacy Officer, Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World)

M Kosinska, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

R Petrova-Benedict, International Organisation for Migration

C Gréboval, Secretary General, European Women's Lobby

S Aujean, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

L Mendao, EATG, European AIDS Treatment Group

Representative of the European Disability Forum (tbc)


J Cohen, Open Society Foundations

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