Building EU health policy

Wednesday, 01.10.2014 | 14:30 - 17:30

Organised by the DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

Session 1 | European Union's role in global health

This session will focus on global health, analysing it with a European perspective, mindful of EU interests, values, expertise and instruments.

The topic will be approached from the three different angles:

  • global health governance, referring mainly to those institutions and processes of governance which are related to an explicit health mandate, such as the WHO;
  • global governance for health, referring mainly to those institutions and policies of global governance which have an impact on health, such as international trade or development policies; and
  • governance for global health, referring to the governance mechanisms established that contribute to global health.

The starting point of the second session of the forum is that to be effective, modern health policy needs to involve partners across society in policy development and implementation. This is all the more relevant at EU level. The session will look at stakeholder involvement and at the link between science, evidence and policy through the role of the independent Scientific Committees.


Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

Panel 1: Global health governance: the EU working “with and at” WHO

The first panel will assess the role played by the EU in the WHO governing bodies at a time when the WHO is in the middle of its reform process. It will also consider the cooperation processes put in place by the European Commission and the WHO.

Setting the scene

Louise van Schaik, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute


Lourdes Chamorro, Health and Social Affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Leen Meulenbergs, Executive Manager, Strategic Partnerships, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Panel 2: Global governance for health: EU trade and health policies

The second panel will look at how other global policy areas have direct and indirect effects on global health. International trade and regulatory cooperation will be taken as an illustration of that process in the particular context of the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Setting the scene

Meri Koivusalo, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


Ratso Signe, DG TRADE, European Commission

Emma Woodford, Interim Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance

Panel 3: Governance for global health: EU and national strategies for global health

The third panel will look at the mechanisms and policies designed by health authorities, both at EU and Member States’ levels, to achieve coherence between internal and external policies through global health strategies. The 2010 Commission Communication on global health and some of the national strategies will be assessed and discussed and common goals and values will be highlighted.

Setting the scene

Mathias Bonk, Researcher, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Kevin McCarthy, DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, European Commission

Björn Kümmel, Ministry of Health, Germany


Young Forum Gastein perspective: Christoph Aluttis, PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, the Netherlands


Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

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