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EHU Podcast: Do we need a Treaty change for a true European Health Union?

EHU Podcast: Do we need a Treaty change for a true European Health Union?

17 June 2021

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union (EU) has often been criticised for not having reacted strongly enough and for not having taken more leadership in coordinating the response. On the other hand, the pioneering efforts around the negotiations and the purchasing of the COVID-19 vaccines have showcased that coordinated action of all EU Member States is not only possible but necessary in times of a pandemic. Yet, the EU is limited in what it can do regarding health under the current Treaty, and the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly revealed the weaknesses in the division of powers and competences between the EU and its Member States.

 

In this episode, European Health Union (EHU) initiators Dorli Kahr-Gottlieb and Anniek de Ruijter discuss the recently published position paper, by EHU initiative members, calling for for a Treaty change in order to fully reach a EHU.

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EHU PODCAST: A European Health Union for the people - civil society at the heart of Europe's future

EHU PODCAST: A European Health Union for the people - civil society at the heart of Europe's future

7 June 2021

Civil society has played a crucial role in advocating for better health in the EU during the COVID-19 crisis – but had already done that before. As we are moving towards a European Health Union (EHU) that works for all Europeans, strong partnerships and collaboration with civil society organisations are needed. Civil society organisations can play a fundamental role in bridging the gap between the EU and its citizens, thereby helping to make the EHU a truly transformative European effort.

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EHU PODCAST: Facing tomorrow’s health threats - a strong ECDC for a resilient Europe

EHU PODCAST: Facing tomorrow’s health threats - a strong ECDC for a resilient Europe

6 May 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening Europe’s resilience against current and future health threats has become a hot item on political agendas, as well as an essential concern for citizens.

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EHU Animatic: The case for a European Health Union

EHU Animatic: The case for a European Health Union

15 April 2021

"Health is not everything, but without health, everything is nothing", said 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Fast forward to 2021, and this old truth is painfully obvious. We must make a joint effort to refashion our health systems from the ground up until together we are fireproof.

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TOWARDS A EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION: Have we failed to protect Europe's people?

TOWARDS A EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION: Have we failed to protect Europe's people?

11 March 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the continent, it is hard to deny that our collective failings during the crisis have been massive. Fault lines in the current model of European collaboration are standing out starkly again in the struggle for timely and equitable vaccine roll-outs.

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EHU PODCAST: Vaccine nationalism - where is the solidarity now?

EHU PODCAST: Vaccine nationalism - where is the solidarity now?

6 February 2021

Europe seems to have forgotten that nobody is safe until everyone is safe. Does the current era of vaccine nationalism and its concomitant failure to demonstrate solidarity put a European Health Union at risk?

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TOWARDS A EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION: A vision for more EU in health

TOWARDS A EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION: A vision for more EU in health

9 December 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Europe and the world, the need for European cohesion and global solidarity in health has never been stronger. Building on the conversations started in the EHFG webinar series Gastein goes online: Policy debates during the pandemic, we are proud to present our first webinar in the framework of the European Health Union (EHU) initiative: Towards a European Health Union: A vision for more EU in health, which took place on December 9th 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET.

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