Consultations Responses

2017

Consultation on health and care in the digital single market

EuroHealthNet responded to the public consultation on transformation of health and care in the
digital single market

Communication on Digital transformation of health and care in the context of the Digital Single Market

EuroHealthNet welcomes the consultation towards a Roadmap for the EC Communication on this subject. The collaboration between DGs CONNECT and SANTE is particularly important; however this should be extended to ensure cohesion with other relevant DGs and EU
instruments such as the EU Semester processes and the potential EU Pillar of Social Rights. Mention of the need to address health inequalities is welcome; however this is potentially both a key positive and negative factor and should be more prominent. Since the 2009 Communication Solidarity in Health it is increasingly recognised that health inequalities cost EU governments significantly: they reduce people’s ability to contribute to society, undermine economic growth and prosperity, and increase health, social care and wider public expenditures.

Digital technologies do offer new opportunities to transform health care systems, including new approaches to personalised prevention, treatments and care, independent living, integrated health and social care, accelerated scientific progress for early diagnosis and prevention of diseases. However, there are significant risks and obstacles of inequitable implementation including safety, access, effectiveness and authority.

Consultation on EU urban agenda

EuroHealthNet responded to the consultation on the EU urban agena in relation to air quality, inclusion of migrants & refugees, and urban poverty.

Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

EuroHealthNet responded to the EU survey Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

mid-term evaluation of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

EuroHealthNet responded to the mid-term evaluation of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

Public Consultation for the Evaluation of the EU Agencies: EUROFOUND, CEDEFOP, ETF and EUOSHA

EuroHealthNet responded to the Public Consultation for the Evaluation of the EU Agencies: EUROFOUND, CEDEFOP, ETF and EUOSHA

Public Consultation on the European Solidarity Corps

EuroHealthNet responded to the Public Consultation on the European Solidarity Corps

Tobacco Excise

EuroHealthNet responded to the Public consultation  on Excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco

Evaluation of the long-term unemployed recommendation

This feedback builds upon the impact long term unemployment (LTU) has on health inequalities (HI). HI cost EU governments significantly: they reduce people’s ability to contribute to society, undermine economic growth and prosperity, and increase health, social care and wider public expenditures.

The link between unemployment and ill health is well established. Unemployment has a higher negative on health for people from low socio-economic groups. Unsurprisingly, LTU sees effects on ill health compounded: people experience negative pressures on their physical
and mental health.

Mid-term evaluation of the Third Health Programme

EuroHealthNet contributed to the consultation on the Mid-term evaluation of the Third Health Programme (2014-2020)

Consultation on Digital Health Societies

Digital health is a potential set of tools and instruments within processes to tackle inequities. Digital health offers the advantage of increasing access to disadvantaged populations. However this is not only about access to services, but also an opportunity for empowerment, balancing collective rights (to organise systems for States, Authorities and providers) with individual rights (rights to care, treatment, protection and prevention as set out in the EU Treaty, Charter of Fundamental Rights and potential EU Pillar of Social Rights).

In that context digitalisation of health and care systems could be a key trigger for removing health inequalities, as foreseen in the 2009 EU Communication Solidarity in Health; in the UN Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the evidence and recommendations of the WHO Commission for Social Determinants of Health (SDH).

EuroHealthNet, the European Partnership for sustainable health promotion, wellbeing and social equity, has identified technological changes as one of the ten greatest priorities to be embraced and applied by public health and health promotion sectors towards 2030 objectives. EuroHealthNet is working with its national and regional members, EU Institutions and WHO Europe on sustainable health systems, health information systems, data use, health determinants and health literacy.

2016

Consultation on Evaluation of the Youth policy cooperation in the EU

EuroHealthNet responded to the public consultation on evaluation of the Youth policy cooperation in the EU

Possible action to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers

EuroHealthNet responded to the EU survey on possible action to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers

Consultation on the Energy Union

EuroHealthNet responded to the public consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union.

On the proposal by the European Commission to establish a potential European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)

EuroHealthNet has conditionally welcomed the European Commission (EC) initiative to establish a “European Pillar of Social Rights”. Announcing its overall position after a substantial consultation with members and partners in EU Member States, EuroHealthNet sees the Pillar as an opportunity to clarify unclear objectives and provisions in the EU Treaties and body of laws concerning equality, wellbeing and social determinants of health. EuroHeathNet has made concrete proposals for the implementation of the initiative.

EuroHealthNet warns against risks of increasing inequalities if Eurozone states are treated differently from others, but insists “There can be no EU without a social EU”. Its members feel that many health and social responsibilities should remain with States and sub-national authorities, but there is scope for improvements in existing legislation, plus some important new initiatives.

In particular, EuroHealthNet calls for numerous actions and investment directly related to social and economic factors causing ill-health, plus several innovative ideas for content of the potential Pillar:

  • An EC Vice President with responsibility to ensure implementation of social measures;
  • A new Directive on Social Sustainability using models in development in Sweden and elsewhere;
  • Improved measures to support States address health and social issues in the EU Semester;
  • Alignment of goals and targets with the global 2030 Sustainable Development commitments

Better Research for Better Health: EuroHealthNet's comments and recommendations

EuroHealthNet has been invited to respond in writing to a consultation on the European Commission's Scientific Panel for Health (SPH) Vision paper Better research for better health. The paper presents key recommendations for health and biomedical research under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

While acknowledging that the paper presents some interesting points, EuroHealthNet fears that the paper’s approach is almost exclusively from a biomedical point of view, and calls for a more holistic approach.

Through the consultation’s response, EuroHealthNet highlights how to achieve health and well-being for all the issue should be seen from a wider perspective that considers social and environmental determinants as having as much impact on health as biological and genetic factors.

To access the response from EuroHealthNet, click here.

2015

Consultation Response to the public consultation on long-term unemployment

While responding to this consultation, EuroHealthNet highlighted some of the most relevant evidence-based practices and findings of its FP7 DRIVERS project. Involving prominent research centres and public health, civil society and business organisations, DRIVERS’ goal was to find solutions to improve health equity through policy and practice in (among other areas of focus) fair employment, income and social protection.

This consultation response is an evidenced-based contribution resulting from EuroHealthNet’s FP7-funded DRIVERS project focused on links and best ways to tackle equity through policy in, amongst others, employment and working conditions.

To access the response from EuroHealthNet, click here.

2014

EuroHealthNet's response to public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy

The Europe 2020 strategy was launched in March 2010 as the EU's strategy for promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It aims to achieve a knowledge-based, competitive European economy while preserving the EU's social market economy model and improving resource efficiency. It was thus conceived as a partnership between the EU and its Member States driven by the promotion of growth and jobs.

After four years, the Commission has proposed, and the European Council of 20-21 March 2014 has agreed, to initiate a review of the Europe 2020 strategy. On 5 March 2014, the Commission adopted a Communication "Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth". drawing preliminary lessons on the first years of implementation of the strategy. Building on these first outcomes and in a context of a gradual recovery of the European economies, it is time to reflect on the design of the strategy for the coming years.

Through these questions, EuroHealthNet, its members and its partners suggest how health and systems can become part of the solution for Europe's ills rather than bes seen as part of the problem. 

Read EuroHealthNet's response to the public consultation on the Europe 2020 stragey here

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Green paper on mobile Health (mHealth)

Mobile Health (mHealth) is a relevant topic for EuroHealthNet as it bears great potential for novel means of health promotion, disease prevention and healthcare. The use of mobile and wireless technologies can support achievement of various health objectives.

However, EuroHealthNet wants to highlight that there are various aspects that have to be taken into consideration when designing and implementing mHealth solutions. One is that there are different levels of knowledge, skills and capabilities within the social groups, which play an important role in understanding new technologies and the messages it delivers. If they are ignored then mHealth promotion activities and mHealth treatment and monitoring will widen inequalities and create an even bigger health gap between advantaged and disadvantaged groups in society. It is therefore crucial to ensure that the design and application of mHealth is tailored accordingly to the needs and skills of different (social) groups, and that the merits of health technology benefit the whole society.

EuroHealthNet responds to the consultation by focusing and commenting particularly on the questions that are most relevant to health promotion and disease prevention from the social and health equity perspective.

2012

EuroHealthNet's response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Restructuring and anticipation of change: What lessons from recent experience?

EuroHealthnet - Demography Report 2010: Older, more numerous and diverse Europeans

2011

EuroHealthNet's response to the public consultation on the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020

EuroHealthNet’s comments on the EU Public Health Programme post-2013,

EuroHealthNet replies to the Commission Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding

EuroHealthNet's Summary - Synthesis report on the public consultation on the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

EuroHealthNet’s response to the consultation on the conclusions of the Fifth Report on Economic and Social Cohesion-January 2011

European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium’s (EPHAC) response to “The reform of the CAP towards 2020- Impact Assessment"

2010

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission’s Green Paper towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission consultation on the EU2020 strategy

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission pre-consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy

2009

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission communication on health inequalities

EuroHealthNet response to the European Commission consultation on the role of the EU in Global Health

2008

EuroHealthNet Response to "Modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion: taking forward the active inclusion of people furthest from the labour market."

2007

EuroHealthNet contribution to EC Social Reality Stocktaking Consultation

2006

EuroHealthNet Response to "Towards a reform of the common market organisation for the fresh and processed fruit and vegetable sectors"

2005

EuroHealthNet Response to the Commission Proposal for a joint Programme in the Field of Health and Consumer Protection (2007-2013)

EuroHealthNet response to EC Communication "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion Policy"

EuroHealthNet response to EC Communication "Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion Policy"

EuroHealthNet Response to the Communication from the Commission on "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations"