Following the European Elections and the appointment of new European Commissioners, we prepared a ‘welcome package’ for the new legislators. This information pack offered help and advice to achieve best possible outcomes for the health, equity and wellbeing of EU citizens. We reiterated our commitment in supporting multilateral institutions and Member States in their work on addressing health inequalities, identifying innovative ways of investing in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as contributing to EU-led processes, such as the European Semester, the European Pillar for Social Rights, and the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
EuroHealthNet directs its expertise and advocates for greater health equity by issuing statements, joint letters and articles describing the partnership’s position on legislative developments and other relevant matters. Over the last year, 13 such statements were issued. Topics covered included European food policy, healthcare access for marginalised people, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, work/life balance, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups, children and families, and mental health.
When important developments for health equity occur, news releases are used to inform the public. Over the last year, 12 releases were sent out to raise awareness on, among other things, the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups, new tools such as our Policy Precis on digital health literacy, and the analysis of the European Semester from a health equity perspective.
As the EuroHealthNet partnership is widely-known for its expertise on health equity, its statements and news releases are regularly picked up by the media and other organisations. For instance, our seminar on the role of health care professionals in addressing health inequalities and the related statement was picked up by many media outlets. Over the last year, we have featured in channels such as Politico (Europe), Il Sole 25 Ore (Italy), and many Spanish publications.