Well-being as a priority for the next EU Commission

Building a resilient European Health Union

Thursday, 29 September 2022 | 11:00-12:30 | Conference Centre

Organised by All Policies for a Healthy Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic represented a watershed moment in demonstrating the fundamental need for transversal societal resilience in health. The EU was quick to rise to the occasion with tailored crisis preparedness and response measures as the first building blocks of a European Health Union. However, the crisis also led to the collective realisation that a focus on citizen wellbeing across all EU policymaking is possible and shows true promise.

Since then multiple crises have significantly altered the European political environment. The climate crisis and resulting natural disasters and migratory challenges, the war in Ukraine and resulting energy and economic crises, risk of pandemics and more represent a challenge for prioritising health and wellbeing.

In this context, the health community must ensure that health and wellbeing remain a priority for European policymakers. The 2024 European elections will be a milestone in this regard. If we are to ensure a resilient European Union in the face of ever-evolving global threats, the Commission must keep health as a priority ahead of the 2024 elections with a view to wellbeing becoming an integral objective of EU policymaking.

In this session, participants will reflect on what needs to be done to reaffirm the relevance of health at the EU level against a backdrop of the ongoing global climate, economic and health crises. Join us to work towards a healthier and more prosperous society by ensuring that health & wellbeing remain a central theme of the 2024 European elections!

Session recording

Speakers & panellists


  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Partner, European Institute for Health & Sustainable Development, Former EU Commissioner for Health
  • Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Director-General of the Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Elizabeth Kuiper, Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Wellbeing Programme, European Policy Centre
  • Susanne Schlagl, Head of Vodafone Centre for Health with Deloitte, Vodafone
  • Kunegonde Carpentier, Sr Director External Affairs and Strategic Alliances Government Affairs & Policy EMEA, Johnson & Johnson


  • Matthias Wismar, Programme Manager, European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies

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