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Building health
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EuroHealthNet Annual Report June 2020-June 2021

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Building health promoting systems fit for the future.

EuroHealthNet Annual Report June 2020-June 2021

3. Policy

EuroHealthNet’s Policy Platform provides policy monitoring and analysis for its partners and international bodies, in line with the health in all policies approach. Our aim is to help partners shape, prepare for and respond to policy changes, and to make sure European policies meet their needs.

Our work this year covered

Providing expert analysis to partners: Analysing the changing policy landscape on topics as diverse as education, skills agenda, social protection, digital health literacy, children’s rights and fight against child poverty, cohesion policy, and economic policy

Engaging with and providing guidance to policy makers

Partnerships and networking for expertise to promote effective child policy, mental health at work, and more

Over the last 12 months, our work has focused on reforming and building health, social (including social protection) and care systems as a wellbeing economy to create systems fit for the future.

We covered changes in digital, education and skills policy, the European Pillar of Social Rights, new opportunities of European budgetary frameworks, and the post-pandemic recovery processes. We continued our work on equal opportunities and rights for children and young people. We exchanged on disability strategies, cancer prevention, and mental health.

Changing realities of work and an increase in teleworking, online presence and related psychosocial consequences all require rapid adjustments both in labour, up- and re-skilling and health ecosystems. The links between employment and health continue to be core to our work.

EuroHealthNet advocates, enables, and mediates to make sure that health and social equity are fully included in processes and programmes put forward by the EU and WHO. This is particularly relevant in the context of the post-pandemic recovery, future crisis preparedness, and more resilient societies and economies of wellbeing.

This work is crucial now as EU institutions set up proposals for a European Health Union, begin new EU programmes, and introduce a set of actions for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (including health).

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Providing expert analysis

We provide expert analysis and insight on contemporary issues for the public health community and for our members. Our aim is to help people and organisations prepare for future changes, and support action on health equity. This year we published analyses on:

Gender, inequalities, and health

Making the Link: Gender Equality and Health examines the pathways in which systematic disparities, such as the employment gap and the digital gender divide, lead to inequalities in health and social and economic wellbeing across the life course.

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European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)

The EuroHealthNet factsheet The European Pillar of Social Rights: A key vehicle to improving health for all, explains different elements of the pillar, what they mean for health, health inequalities, and a European Health Union.

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Improving Health and Health Equity through Strong Social Protection Systems

Social protection systems are systems which help people meet needs in life and protect them and their families against risks. Social protection measures can also include social investments in creating healthy, resilient, and equal societies and communities. In Making the link: Improving Health and Health Equity through Strong Social Protection Systems, EuroHealthNet explores how health can be improved and inequalities reduced through social protection systems.

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Recovering from the Covid-19 Pandemic and ensuring Health Equity – The Role of the European Semester

The analysis of the European Semester process 2020 by EuroHealthNet, in cooperation with the Joint Action on Health Equity (JAHEE) highlighted the potentially severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health inequalities.

Semester social

The analysis was a major exercise which focused on assessing health equity impacts of COVID-19. We assessed, in collaboration with JAHEE, inequalities on the basis of a selection of specific common indicators. We gathered quantitative evidence from selected Member agencies on how the pandemic was affecting their situation and specific needs. Specific in-depth interviews and analysis were conducted in seven countries: Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain. We provided feedback to the Commission on our recommendations and on how the Semester process overall could be strengthened further.

Analysis for member organisations

We publish briefings for members to help them stay informed and prepared for changes within the public health community. This year, we published members- only briefings on:

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    WHO European Programme of Work (EPW)

    The WHO Europe Regional committee has adopted the WHO European Programme of Work (EPW) for the next five years. The EuroHealthNet office and Executive Board have begun negotiation with the WHO Europe Regional Office about a Memorandum of Understanding to support mutual activities.  This briefing informed members about the EPW and what it can mean for them in the future.

     

    What does the ‘European Health Union’ mean for health promoting agencies?

    In Summer 2020, European Commission (EC) President von der Leyen announced an initiative for a new ‘European Health Union’ (EHU) in the State of the Union address in September.  This briefing gave members an overview of the plans, how they could be affected, and opportunities to engage in the process.

     

    A healthy EU budget for a healthy recovery? – Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

    The COVID-19 pandemic led to a substantial revision of the initial proposal of the EU’s long-term budget, (the ‘Multi-Annual Financial Framework’ (MFF)) and the EU’s overall budget during 2020. This was reflected in the creation of the new and ambitious EU4Health Programme. EuroHealthNet published a public briefing on what the MFF means for health which was publicly available, but a preview was made available to Members in advance.

     

    2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy unveils ties between European Semester and Recovery and Resilience Facility

    We provided members with a briefing on the new Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is at the core of the NextGenerationEU, the €750 billion recovery financial plan put in place by the European Commission to withstand the COVID-19 crisis and raise additional financing on the financial markets.

Providing guidance to policymakers

The European Commission and other stakeholders regularly organise and invite EuroHealthNet to take part and provide feedback on possible future policy and actions. EuroHealthNet collects evidence, opinions and practices on specific issues from its partnership, and compiles these into collective and coherent responses. In doing so, it strengthens their position at the policy-making environment at EU, national, and local levels. From June 2020 – May 2021, EuroHealthNet responded to 23 consultations.

EuroHealthNet dialogue on Health in the Social Pillar for EC DG Social Affairs
EuroHealthNet dialogue on Health in the Social Pillar for EC DG Social Affairs

Consultation responses

Contribution to the Action plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) sets out principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets as well as social protection and inclusion everywhere in Europe.

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    EuroHealthNet has shown the need for a stronger Action Plan to be implemented from 2021. The current fragility of many social rights has been exposed by the pandemic of infectious and non-communicable diseases, in the context of persistent and growing social and health inequalities. EuroHealthNet gave recommendations and evidence in the most relevant aspects from our perspective.

    Read the feedback in full (pdf)

    EuroHealthNet also worked on a joint response with the Alliance EU Alliance for Investing in children, which stressed the need to imbed actions to reduce child poverty throughout the social pillars. Find the joint response here.

The European Commission (EC) Roadmap consultation on the 8th progress report on economic, social and regional cohesion

EuroHealthNet believes that the 8th report on economic, social and territorial disparities should include a greater focus on health inequalities.

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    Health equity should be a key indicator of whether the investments being made to improve cohesion are truly benefiting the health of people and generating more well-being across societies. Find our response to the consultation here.

The Horizon Europe First Strategic Plan 2021-2024

EuroHealthNet continues to help shape the next EU Research & Innovation programme, ‘Horizon Europe’, through replying to a survey on the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan.

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    We highlighted  that “behavioural transformations” need to be encouraged with a solid understanding of the underlying socioeconomic determinants, and that research funding for health should not just support biomedical sciences, but also prioritise research that focuses on a psycho-social model of health, helping to generate specialist knowledge able to embrace the social determinants of health inequalities and place people at the centre.

    The response in full can be found here.

The future of the European Research Area

COVID-19 has demonstrated all too clearly the central role that public health plays in our societies, and of how economic growth depends on good health and wellbeing.

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    The European Research Area (ERA) was set up to boost EU coordination and competitiveness in medical, environmental and other types of research. It should therefore also include and coordinate research in the area of public health, prevention and health promotion as a crucial factor in and indicator of the effectiveness of measures to transition to more sustainable and inclusive societies.

    Read our full response here.

The EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child (2021 – 24)

Avoidable inequities are likely to grow in the context of the COVID-19 crisis; a more substantial and ambitious focus and investments in children and their living conditions is urgently needed.

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    The EU strategy on children’s rights (2021 – 24) will provide the framework for EU action to better promote and protect children’s rights. We indicated that improving in particular mothers’ educational levels and employment status, as well as targeted programmes offering intensive support to develop parenting skills have led to the best outcomes for children.

    Find our full response to the consultation here.

The Child Guarantee Targeted Consultations Questionnaire

The European Commission will adopt a proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Child Guarantee in 2021. In the area of health, action should be enlarged by including mental health support services to children and their parents/caregivers. Find our feedback here.

The provision of food information to consumers

EuroHealthNet welcomes the EC’s commitment to establishing harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling and nutrient profiles in the context of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy.

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    EuroHealthNet counsels however against a disproportionate focus on ‘downstream’ behaviour-change and lifestyle-oriented measures alone without a genuine appreciation of the underlying causes of poor nutritional choices, the socio-economic determinants. Issues of social fairness and deprivation, affordability, health- and digital literacy will be key in this transition.

    More information is available here.

The EC Roadmap consultation on EU farm and food product promotion

Today’s food systems are perpetuating and driving up health inequalities.

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     To this end, a pivotal role for a modern, fit-for-purpose EU promotion policy for agricultural products will be in supporting food environments where “a healthy and sustainable choice is an easy choice” for all, and where the agricultural sector is sufficiently geared towards this transition in line with the EU Green Deal’s ambitions. EuroHealthNet made key recommendations.

    More information is available here.

The 2030 Digital Targets

EuroHealthNet provided input on the European Commission’s Communication on Europe’s digital decade – 2030 digital targets.

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    Health and social inequalities are prevalent in most European societies, and the digital transformation offers an opportunity to tackle them. However, should challenges and barriers to inclusion not be addressed today, the digitisation process could exacerbate pre-existing inequalities and their manifestations among various population groups. In its response, EuroHealthNet sets out 7 recommendations to ensure that the strategy helps reduce rather than increase inequalities. Find the response here.

The European Commission’s Feedback to the European Health Data Space

The aim of the  European Health Data Space (EHDS) is “making the most of the potential of digital health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities”.

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    Improved safe health data collection and use could certainly improve monitoring and prevention systems, as well as enhance the ability of people to better understand and engage in their own wellbeing via multiple applications and tools. However, EuroHealthNet remarked that there are significant challenges to be addressed and safeguards to be ensured. Find the response here.

Green paper on ageing consultation – Demographic change in Europe

With demographic change causing Europe’s population to age, the European Commission plans to launch a green paper which will set out the key issues related to ageing.

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    In giving feedback on the plans for the green paper, EuroHealthNet highlighted that health promotion and prevention should be central to European and national efforts to assess, prepare and act in a timely way to keep people healthy. An assessment of the effects on equity and different groups of people should be central to all future actions and proposals

    Read our full response on Green Paper on Ageing – Roadmap consultation

The EC proposal on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

In its feedback, EuroHealthNet highlighted that the green transition is an area in which we need to strive for and can deliver a ‘triple-win’, promoting not just environmental sustainability but also health and health equity.

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    “Business as usual” is not an option, and EuroHealthNet highlighted the urgent need to enforce existing and amended legislations, rather than relying on self-regulation. Policymakers have a duty to facilitate the efforts of front-runner businesses, and to hold accountable those that harm the environment and public health.

    Read the full response to the proposal here.

The European Climate Pact

The European Climate Pact was one of the initiatives launched by the Commission in early 2020 as part of the European Green Deal.

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    It aims to engage citizens and stakeholders, build on existing initiatives, and encourage societal engagement through three main activity strands: talking about climate change; triggering action; and working together. EuroHealthNet provided input into the public consultation, helping to shape the final version of the Pact. Find EuroHealthNet’s response to the EU Climate Pact consultation here.

The EU Action Plan Towards A Zero Pollution Ambition For Air, Water And Soil

EuroHealthNet drew on its recent H2020 INHERIT initiative to provide feedback on the Zero Pollution action plan. We welcomed the Commission’s recognition of the inextricable links between a healthy planet and healthy people, and of the fact that “pollution often affects the most vulnerable people most seriously”.

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    EuroHealthNet suggested a focus away from economic growth, and towards a regenerative and redistributive economy of “wellbeing”, which is good for people and good for the planet. We highlighted Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economy as an essential model, which the Commission could use to further build on the Finnish Presidency’s Council Conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing.

    The feedback in full can be found here.

The EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work

Most people spend a very large proportion of their lives at work, therefore workplaces are key settings to safeguard mental health and that doing so and investing in the workplace as health-enhancing settings can generate large returns on productivity and, reduce health and social costs.

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    The new EU OSH strategy will need to align with a number of other EU initiatives to amplify impacts, notably EU Pact for Skills, EU Digital Targets 2030, work on platform economy, but also with measures supporting the green transition. A joint statement with the EU MH Alliance (The European Alliance for Mental Health – Employment & Work), is available here.

The Roadmap for the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work (2021-2027)

EuroHealthNet, in the name of The EU Mental Health Alliance for Work and Employment, welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for the new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work (OHS) (2021-2027) as a necessary step in improving the working conditions across the EU. We however regret seeing no reference made to psychosocial factors behind work-related illnesses.

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    Mental health of workers across different categories requires protection especially given the realities of the changing world of work (e.g. platform workers, gig economy). Good mental health and wellbeing at work is fundamental to ensure quality of life for every worker – and their family – as well as positive economic outcomes for society as a whole.

    Read the full response here.

The EU Pact for Skills

EuroHealthNet responded to a consultation on the EU Pact for Skills and about different options to strengthen it. Skills anticipation should also include equity and wellbeing needs, including health literacy and preparedness. EuroHealthNet also joined the Pact for Skills.

Contribution to the draft opinion on the Organisation of Resilient Health and Social Care following the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH)

While social care is explicitly mentioned in the Opinion, EuroHealthNet recommended to broaden its strategic focus onto education, social protection, employment and housing. These sectors can also play supportive and integrative roles in delivery of health and social care in modern public policy systems. The feedback in full can be found here.

The EU strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030

Plans for the post-pandemic recovery and resilience of health and social care systems in Europe should fully include the rights of people with disabilities.

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    This can be linked with the EU investments and technical support within the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Semester process, and plans for the European Health Union in the making. Furthermore, considering the recent speed of transition and transformation of the delivery of health and care towards one that’s increasingly digital and commercial, we urge stepping up investments in digital and health literacy, skills and competences needed for healthy lives.

    The feedback in full can be found here.

Revision of Directive 2011/64/EU on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco: Inception Impact Assessment

EuroHealthNet responded to the Commission consultation on the Revision of Directive 2011/64/EU on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco: Inception Impact Assessment.

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    EuroHealthNet supports comprehensive and effective regulatory and taxation measures that reduce the consumption of manufactured tobacco and novel tobacco products as a matter of health equity in Europe.

    The feedback in full can be found here.

The draft WHO European Programme of Work 2020-2025

EuroHealthNet has responded to the draft WHO European Programme of Work 2020-2025 – United action for better health in Europe.

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    In the response, EuroHealthNet has highlighted the need to strengthen health promotion, to invest in the social side of health crisis preparedness, and to work better together toward ambitious outcomes by 2025. Read our full response here.

The EU debates and consultations on the expanded mandate of the ECDC

Our contribution to the ongoing debate on the revised ECDC’s mandate stresses that its future remit should extend to prevention and surveillance of chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as well as respond to our long-standing calls for comparable disaggregated data and indicators to monitor, inform and promote evidence-based policies and act on health inequalities and determinants of health across the EU.

Read the contribution in full

The European Commission’s consultation on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

In its response to the Commission’s consultation, EuroHealthNet mainly focused on the new Agency’s activities which could be potentially relevant for addressing health inequalities, supporting activities in Member States in NCDs prevention and addressing psychosocial aspects of the future preparedness and response approaches. We also highlighted issues of strengthening capacities of public health systems in Member States.

Read the response in full

Stronger together

Partnerships and Alliances

EuroHealthNet concentrates on building alliances that help us get results. We prioritise those partnerships that have common goals, as well as those where our involvement adds value for the ‘greater good’ of improved health and wellbeing.

WHO Europe

meeting between leadership of WHO-Europe and EuroHealthNet to discuss cooperation

EuroHealthNet is an accredited non-state partner to WHO Europe

In 2020, EuroHealthNet presented two statements to the 70th WHO Regional committee meeting, one on the state of health in the WHO European Region, including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the European Programme of Work, 2020–2025 – “United Action for Better Health in Europe’.

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    A key meeting took place between WHO Europe Senior Leadership, including Regional Director Hans Kluge, and EuroHealthNet Senior Leaders and Executive Board Members in September 2020, to discuss a potential Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen a strategic partnership.

    EuroHealthNet further engages with the various WHO Europe offices in Copenhagen, Venice, Bonn and Brussels (Observatory). We coordinated a joint workshop with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Investment in Health in Wales and the WHO Office on Investment for Health Equity in Venice at a IANPHI event.

EU Alliance for Investing in Children

The European Alliance for Investing in Children promotes effective, child-centred policies and practice to tackle child poverty and promote child wellbeing.

In the last year we contributed towards a process of developing an EU Child Guarantee, as well as the European Child Rights Strategy. This would help ensure that every child in Europe at risk of poverty or social exclusion has access to:

  • free healthcare,
  • free education,
  • free early childhood education and care,
  • decent housing,
  • adequate nutrition.
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    EuroHealthNet argued that the EU Child Guarantee should encourage community-based primary care, with strong prevention and health promotion measures for children especially. Not only vaccination and screening, but also measures that help healthy nutrition, sports and physical activity, healthy and accessible physical environments, and social and emotional support. It should invest in health literacy among families and children and support Member States in exploring how to achieve universal health coverage, free health care for all children, including dental care and of mental health services.

    The Alliance has also published several joint statements on the proposed EU Child Guarantee in April 2021 on the European Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing the Child Guarantee, March 2021 on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, February 2021 on the ESF+ political agreement, July 2020 on Prioritisation of child poverty reduction in the European Parliament’s Resolution on the Recovery Package and the 2021-2027 EU MFF. We also participated in two meetings with EPSCO Council social attachés presenting our calls for an ambitious EU action on child poverty, as a social determinant of child health. They also welcome the European Social Fund+ allocations for the fight against child poverty, prioritisation of the issue in the new EU budgetary programmes and the Recovery Funds.

    As part of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, EuroHealthNet welcomed the Trio Presidency (Portugal, Slovenia, Germany) and the Joint Declaration on overcoming child and family poverty and social exclusion that was signed by the EPSCO Ministers. In particular, we welcome the acknowledgement of the dramatic impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children, the commitment expressed by the Member States to urgently prioritise the fight against child poverty and the call for the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and holistic approach in tackling child poverty through the European Child Guarantee. Finally, we welcome the Ministers’ call for a strong social dimension in the Europe 2030 Strategy, which is demanded from the European Commission to be put forward.

    On 4 May 2021, ahead of the EU Porto Social Summit the European Parliament’s Child Rights Intergroup and the EU Alliance for Investing in Children launch a Manifesto on Child Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU. EuroHealthNet contributed to the development of the manifesto with public health and health equity-added value messages.

EuroHealthNet Stakeholder exchange on principle 16 of the European Pillar on Social Rights

In 2020 we hosted a policy-practice dialogue for members and public health experts on how to make better use of the 16th Principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights and its Action Plan – on access to health care. The aim was to bring out the views of a range of health stakeholders in the ‘ecosystem’, to increase ownership of this process and reflect real needs, including understanding the views of officials from the European Commission’s DG SANTE and DG EMPL. Thirty professionals attended the consultative dialogue. This was also an opportunity to work with networks like EPF, EPHA, CPME, AGE, etc. EuroHealthNet used the input to refine our response to the Commission’s public consultation on the EPSR Action Plan.

EU4Health Civil Society Alliance

In our collaboration within the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance we supported the work around a manifesto for a European Health Union, and called for an ambitious EU4Health Programme.

 

Cooperation with other networks

We have collaborated, supported and exchanged information with:

  • European Forum for Primary Care – EFPC
  • Smoke Free Partnership – SFP
  • South-Eastern European Health Network – SEEHN
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Prevention – IUHPE
  • Wellbeing Economy Alliance – WEALL
  • EU4Health Civil Society Alliance

EuroHealthNet supported the European Accreditation Agency for Public Health – APHEA as an advisor

Engaging with policy-makers

Throughout the year, EuroHealthNet held strategic meetings with European Commission officials, including from Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL), the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), the cabinet of the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights and of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. Those meetings served to exchange on core priorities and areas of complementary activity. Discussions with DG EMPL, for example, focused on the EU Skills agenda, especially health literacy and digital transitions, as well as the future of work and mental health aspects. 

Discussions with DG SANTE focused mainly on the design of the EU4Health Programme, and the importance of a specific focus on the social determinants of health and health inequalities, as well as on mental health and psychosocial issues (in addition to largely predominant focus on bio-medical issues, in the face of and following the COVID-19 pandemic.) Other important points included the further capacity building needs of public health authorities to implement actions that address health inequalities. At the EU4Health workshop ‘potential solutions for a healthier European Union’, Director Caroline Costongs presented what can be done to enable national health authorities to invest more and better in prevention and health promotion.

We were active, inter alia, in the DG EMPL Strategic Dialogues on the Action plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). EuroHealthNet also met with officials from DG ECFIN in the framework of the Steering Board for Social Investment, and with the Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM).

We engaged with the EU Health Policy Platform, the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (SGHPP), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health. We also met with a number of MEPs over the year, and health attaches.

We spoke at the European Economic and Social Committee working (EESC) group meeting on the European Health Union

Politico Health Care Summit
Politico Health Care Summit

Events

EuroHealthNet staff and members actively contributed to strategic dialogues, reviews and experts’ exchanges, spoke at and moderated several important events.

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    June 2020

    • EuroHealthNet General Council meeting
    • CHES Event on Health and Wellbeing as Drivers of Social Prosperity
    • EP rapporteur on EU4Health programme hearing
    • EuroHealthNet/RIVM foresight workshop
    • EU level policy dialogue on funding health promotion and disease prevention
    • Europarc webinar: nature and health in a COVID-19 world

    July 2020

    • EuroHealthNet/Mindmap Urban Ageing and Health Webinar
    • PROMIS webinar on mental heatlh

    September 2020

    • EuroParc Annual Conference
    • WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting
    • 2020 Roger Jowell Memorial lecture – Michael Marmot
    • Cohesion policy and health preparatory call with Euregha and CoR
    • EHFG and OBS High level Policy Dialogue

    October 2020

    • German presidency event on resilient health systems
    • Closing the evidence-practice gap on NCDs
    • EHFG Session: Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on health inequalities (EuroHealthNet, The Health Foundation, Trimbos)
      Call with Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic (DG EMPL)
    • Call with ASPHER
    • EuroHealthNet communication network meeting
    • World Congress on Public Health (WCPH)
    • Cohesion Policy and Health event EU Regions Week
    • WCPH: Countries Combatting health Inequalities WLD (JAHEE)
    • COVID-19 in Marginalised Groups – Challenges, actions and voices
    • DG EMPL consultative dialogue on EPSR
    • ENOS and IGOT event: the power of the outdoors
    • IANPHI Meeting and Workshop with PHW and WHO Venice Office: Investment for Wellbeing and Health Equity in the Context of COVID-19
    • Funding Health Promotion and Health Promoting Services? Unpackaging new EU Funds and Exploring Other Financing Solutions
    • JA CHRODIS PLUS final conference

    November 2020

    • Presentation for European Regions Research and Innov Network (ERRIN)
    • EuroHealthNet/RIVM foresight workshop
    • European Policy Centre and FPI Consulting
    • POLITICO Health Summit
    • EuroHealthNet webinar on European Semester
    • EuroHealthnet consultative meeting on EPSR Action Plan principle 16 on access to health Prevention – Dialogue and Workshop, England
    • Financing Prevention in the Netherlands – Conference

    December 2020

    • Skills for health: up- and re-skilling for healthy recovery
    • Second eHealth Stakeholder Group meeting
    • National Public Health Meeting, Slovenia (NIJZ)
    • UNESCO Global Chair Webinar with CHAIN (social vaccine)

    January 2021

    • SmokeFreePartnership annual planning meeting 2021
    • DG SANTE webinar on EU4Health
    • Swedish national Conference on health and sustainablity with SALER and Federal Public Health Agency
    • BZgA symposium on Facts and Fake news

    February 2021

    • DG SANTE webinar Building a European Health Union for stronger EU preparedness and response for health crises
    • DG SANTE HSPA Policy focus group -Patient Vignette
    • Launch event HorizonEurope by the Portuguese Presidency
    • Launch of the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan
    • DG EMPL online conference closing the second phase of the Preparatory Action for a Child Guarantee
    • DG Sante, DG EMPL, DG GROW High Level Roundtable on skills for health workforce
    • Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC join action), conference on Cancer Prevention in the 2020s finding sustainable solutions
    • EuroHealthNet Policy & Strategy meeting
    • EUFIC Food Systems Summit dialogue
    • EIP healthy and active ageing and digital solutions NESTORE final project event

    March 2021

    • Expert workshop of KNAW/ALLEA on evaluating policies and interventions to reduce health inequalities
    • EU Health Policy Platform Annual Meeting (EU Healths award and thematic networks)
    • High Level Conference PT Presidency – Future of Work; Remote Work: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities
    • APHEA stakeholders platform meeting
    • Digital Days
    • DG SANTE workshop EU4Health
    • EESC Public hearing on Building a European Health Union
    • High Level Conference on the protection of vulnerable adults within the EU – the way forward, PT Presidency

    April 2021

    • EU Social Attaches meeting on the EU Child Guarantee
    • Mental health and COVID-19 health emergency: needs and opportunities emerging in the second phase of the pandemic
    • Strategic Dialogue online meeting on the 2021 Work Programme of the ESF+ EaSI strand
    • RCPE Symposium: The Public’s Health after COVID: science and social justice
    • High-level conference on the European Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • EIGE expert consultation Gender and Health Inequalities
    • Global Health Summit civil society consultation
    • Strategic Dialogue online meeting on the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-30
    • DG EMPL strategic dialogue European Child Guarantee
    • Strategic Dialogue on the European Child Guarantee

    May 2021

    • Ehealth stakeholder meeting DG Connect
    • CoE Development Bank webinar: Health and Climate Change
    • Porto Social Summit/launch EPSR Implementation Action Plan
    • Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting!
    • European networks in the social-health sector: structure, objectives and activities
    • EUPHA PH week webinar: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities: applying the lessons to deliver change
    • ProMIS webinar: Gender, health and inequalities before and during the Covid-19 pandemic
    • EuroHealthnet Communication’s Network meeting
    • ICF/DG EMPL Civil Society seminar on the European Semester
    • EPALE Discussion: developing skills for a healthy life in the COVID era
    • COVID-19 and Health Inequalities: applying the lessons to deliver change Webinar
    • RIVM workshop on Foresight methodologies
    • Exploring how the Recovery Plans can contribute to health equity and sustainability objectives

     

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