Electing Health - The Europe We Want!

Wednesday, 01.10.2014 | 12:00 - 14:00

Organised by International Forum Gastein

This year's European Health Forum Gastein conference will reflect on the opportunities and risks for health in light of the outcomes of the recent European elections and will discuss during the course of two high-level plenary debates how to maintain and improve the health of European citizens in a newly structured political scene.

During the course of the conference and especially in the plenary sessions we would like to address the following questions:

  1. What are the possible developments of the European social model and its core values?
  2. After the first 20 years of an EU health mandate what should be the EU’s role in health and health systems in the next 20 years?
  3. In preparation for the next legislative period and the implementation of its Europe 2020 Growth Strategy, how will the current policy frameworks and instruments have to be used or reviewed in order for the EU to fulfill its role in promoting, protecting and restoring the health of its citizens?
  4. As European citizens demand more value for money in health care, what can the EU contribute to improving the performance and efficiency of Member States’ health systems?

Keynote speech:A united Social Europe – a new commitment based on our core values

George Papandreou, former Prime Minister, Greece; President, International Socialist

High level debate

Sabine Oberhauser, Minister of Health, Austria

George Papandreou, former Prime Minister, Greece; President, International Socialist

Agis Tsouros, Director of the Division Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe

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

Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Slovenia)

John Bowis, former Member of the European Parliament (UK)

Helmut Brand, President, International Forum Gastein


Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


Maggie Davies, Executive Director, HAPI and a member of the Young Forum Gastein Network

Paul Giepmans, Young Forum Gastein Network

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