Health in All Policies

Thursday, 01.10.2015 | 14:30 - 16:00

There is scarcely a single policy area that is not somehow affected by health and vice versa. Not only is the good health of European citizens a value in itself, but it is also essential for social cohesion. A healthy workforce is the cornerstone of a productive economy, and the health sector can be an important driver for growth and innovation. Health is also an important aspect of foreign and development policies.

As well known demographic trends begin to take effect, it is vital that Europe's approach to health policy is able to both enhance health promotion and prevention of illness as well as ensuring a high level of health security and the delivery of high quality universal care.

This session will explore how to achieve greater coherence in European health policy with senior European policy-makers.

The round-table discussion with senior representatives of the European Commission, the WHO and the healthcare industry will focus on the following questions:

  • Are the EU institutions and national governments sufficiently taking into account the HiAP principle – is more cross-sectoral coordination needed?
  • Is the European Semester process properly taking into account health policy goals?
  • Health as cost vs. health as investment - where does European policy stand today in principle and practice?
  • Should health policy objectives have a more central role in the impact assessment of EU and national policies?
  • How can the WHO and the EU assist national governments in implementing health in all policies?

Keynote address (a video message)

Hans Jörg Schelling, Federal Minister of Finance, Austria


Richard Bergström, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Nina Renshaw, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance

Piroska Östlin, Acting Director, Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Andrzej Rys, Director, Health Systems and Products Directorate, DG SANTE, European Commission

Christoph Schwierz, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission

Terje Peetso, Policy Officer, Health and Well-being Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Newsroom team

Maggie Davies, Health Action Partnership International (HAPI)

Siobhán O'Connor, University of Glasgow, UK

Floris Oudshoorn, Conference Cartoonist, ComicHouse


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

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