Technical Working Groups (TWIGS)

In 2015, six Technical Working Groups (TWIGs) were launched for member and partner organisations of EuroHealthNet. The purpose of the Technical Working Groups is to liaise with expert colleagues in your organizations, to exchange evidence and experiences, to highlight your good practices at EU level, to analyse specific European developments in more detail and to work together on common positions and activities. The six current TWIGs are as follows:

Chronic Diseases (NCDs) – to take forward our commitment of the EU Platform on Diet and Physical Activity, to respond to WHO initiatives on nutrition, physical activity and alcohol, to exchange approaches and follow up on CHRODIS & RAHRA joint actions.

A complete description of the NCD TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Cristina Chiotan

Tobacco – to take forward the implementation of the WHO road map, the FCTC Framework Convention and the EU Tobacco Products Directive and to respond to activities of the Smoke Free Partnership Coalition ( of which EuroHealthNet is a partner.

A complete description of the Tobacco TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Clive Needle

Mental Health – to contribute to the Mental Health Implementation Alliance, the Healthy Workplaces without stress OSHA campaign, to monitor the EU Mental Health Compass,  and to organise a EuroHealthNet Mental Health in the Workplace seminar.

A complete description of the Mental Health TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Claudia Marinetti 

Health Systems – to develop work on health promotion, social determinants and equity as part of Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA),  to further identify examples of integrated health and social services & equity of access issues.

A complete description of the Health Systems TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Cathrine Festersen

Healthy Ageing – to respond to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), to build on the learning from IROHLA, support AFE INNOVNET and WHO on age-friendly environments and to make links to the Health and Long term care agenda. The group can use as their main communication channel.

A complete description of the Healthy Ageing TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Anne Pierson

Sustainable Development - to identify synergies between sustainable lifestyles, the environment and health which are relevant for key EU-level policy developments. To discuss new insights and evidence on how health in all policies approaches and inter-sector work can contribute to a new sustainable development goals framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals and support health equity-related indicators inclusion in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

A complete description of the Sustainable Development TWIG is available here.

TWIG facilitator: Caroline Costongs

To register for one or more TWIGs, please follow this link.