Towards the Economy of Wellbeing

People, money and EU policies in the 2020s

Thursday, 3 October 2019 | 9.00-11.30 |

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 it 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 Wellbeing approach to policymaking. The Economy of Wellbeing 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.

Speakers & panellists


ESKO AHO, CEO, Verbatum (former Prime Minister, Finland)


PASI MUSTONEN, Counsellor (health), Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU

TUIJA BRAX, General Secretary, Finnish Heart Association and Board Member, European Heart Network (former Minister of Justice, Finland)

IRENE KEINHORST, Head of Division “EU-Presidency“, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany

ORTWIN SCHULTE, Head of Unit Health Policy, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union


PÄIVI SILLANAUKEE, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

JOSEP FIGUERAS, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


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