1 December 2022 | 14:00-15:00 | Online
The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated what the EU can achieve in health and health systems. We have seen joint procurement of vaccines. The mandate of existing EU agencies like the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have been expanded. They have been joined by the Health Emergency and Response Authority (HERA) whose sole mission is to prepare for, and deal with, future health emergencies, and the expanded use of civil protection mechanisms and other important instruments. In March 2021, the European Parliament approved the EU4Health programme, with a budget of €5.3 billion, more than 10 times the budget of previous health programmes. And there is more to come including the new pharmaceutical strategy and the global health strategy.
So are we already on a road to a European Health Union that will strengthen the resilience of our health systems? Given the permacrisis we are facing, strengthening the resilience of health systems against external shocks is a priority. And the EU can play a central role in supporting its Member States to improve health system resilience. Various EU support tools are available to for this, but their uptake has varied between countries.
In this webinar we discussed how far we have come in establishing a European Health Union, what further support is needed from the perspective of Member States to strengthen the resilience of health systems, and how we can maintain the momentum for health and health systems in the EU.
This is the fourth installment in a series of webinars on the European Health Union initiative, aiming at advancing the European Health Union beyond crisis preparedness and adding value for societies and citizens. The webinars are jointly organised by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and, the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG).
Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria
Acting Director, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission
Ricardo Baptista Leite
Member of Parliament, Portugal
Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), Secretary General
Technical Officer, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Programme Manager, European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies
Secretary General, European Health Forum Gastein