Conference on Sustainable Societies: Health and Social Investment in the EU

24 June 2016





Sustainable Societies

Health and Social Investment in the EU

7 June 2016, 13:00 - 17:30 / Committee of the Regions, Brussels

The EuroHealthNet Conference on Sustainable Societies: Health and Social Investment in the EU, took take place on 7 June 2016.

The aim of this half-day event was to identify and discuss what we can do to achieve a more sustainable and healthier Europe for all EU citizens, regardless of their socio-economic background, gender or age. How can EU Member States and Regions innovate and legislate to ensure the wellbeing of future generations?

To view the conference report, please click here

Speakers included:

  • Mr Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg, Hors Class Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development, European Commission 
  • Dr Claudia Stein, WHO Europe, Director on Information and Innovation - Presentation
  • Ms Elena Andradas, Director General, Ministry of Health in Spain - Presentation
  • Ms Cathy Weatherup, Head of Health Inequalities and International Health, Welsh Government - Presentation
  • Ms Manuela Geleng, Acting Director / Head of Unit, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Mr Jürgen Scheftlein, Policy Officer, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Mr Thomas Dominique, Chair of the Social Protection Committee
  • Mr Jonas Frykman, Senior Advisor, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions - Presentation
  • Ms Elisabeth Rahmberg, Public Health Director, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden - Presentation
  • Ms. Nicoline Tamsma, President of EuroHealthNet and Coordinating Advisor for International Affairs at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands
  • Mr Bosse Pettersson, Vice-President of EuroHealthNet, Senior Public Health Policy Adviser, National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden
  • Ms Caroline Costongs, Managing Director of EuroHealthNet

To view the conference programme, please click here

More Information

Sustainable societies do better. EuroHealthNet research reinforces that universal, quality early childhood programmes that are responsive to need promote better and more equal outcomes in childhood and in later life. Policies that help re-integrate vulnerable groups into the labour market result in important returns rather than burdens on public spending. Improvements in the quality of work, particularly for people in lower occupational groups, contribute to a significantly healthier and more productive Europe.

Much work has already been done at different levels: the UN Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals last year; WHO Europe published their European Health Report to monitor progress on Health 2020 targets; the European Semester process will potentially include a European Pillar of Social Rights; and the European Commission has put forward proposals to simplify the European Social Fund, and make the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) more accessible for social and health stakeholders.  

Yet societies face many challenges when it comes to becoming more sustainable, providing equal opportunities and improving well-being. Such complex challenges can only be overcome by working together and sharing our knowledge and experience to identify and implement what works.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this event, please contact Rita Fober at EuroHealthNet on +32 (0)2 235 03 30.