Towards the Economy of Well-being

People, money and EU policies in the 2020s

Thursday, 3 October 2019 | 09:00-11:30 | Room 1

Organised by Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland, in collaboration with European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Human well-being is a value in itself, and is at the very core of EU values and treaties and of the UN Agenda 2030. To tackle the political, economic and societal challenges of the 2020s, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is introducing the Economy of Well-being approach to policymaking. The Economy of Well-being aims at increasing the understanding of how investing in well-being enhances productivity and generates economic growth. This session will provide food for thought by facilitating discussion on how people-centred well-being policies are essential in promoting social cohesion, resilience and competitiveness - both nationally and at the EU level. Keynote speakers will provide the evidence behind this approach, and point to the knowledge-brokering and implementation challenges calling for disruptive policy actions. A chat show format will focus on examples and personal experiences, and participants will be able to contribute their views and expertise in an interactive setting.

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Speakers & panellists

Keynote Address

  • Aho Esko, CEO, former Prime Minister, Finland, Verbatum

Input from

  • Eila Makipaa
  • Mate Car, Assistant Minister, Min. of Health
  • Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Sarah Thomson, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director General and CMO, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  • Jonathan Cylus, Technical Officer and Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Tuija Brax, Gen Secretary, Former Minister of Justice FI, FinHeartAssoc, Board Mem EU Heart Network
  • Antti Kivelä, Director, FI Innov Fund SITRA
  • Ortwin Schulte, Head of Unit Health Policy, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union
  • Pasi Mustonen, Health Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU


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