Seminar: Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe – What can the EU do to support the work done at the regional and local level?

05 November 2014

Health is a value in itself as well as a prerequisite for the achievement of the EU 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. People´s health influences economic outcomes in terms of productivity, labour supply, human capital and public spending. In many of the member states of the European Union, however, health inequalities are increasing. This is a joint challenge for society that needs to be addressed and tackled by all levels of government.

This seminar focus on the role of local and regional authorities, the need to recognize the EU-level and its impact, possibilities and obstacles when it comes to tackling health inequalities in Europe.

The target audience of the seminar are decisions makers and officers in the European Parliament, European Commission and organizations representing local, regional and national authorities and organizations involved in public health, health promotion and sustainable development. 

At the seminar five draft recommendations were presented for the European Institutions when it comes to tackling inequalities in health in Europe and meaningfully involving local and regional authorities. These recommendations have been adjusted and are now final:

1. Recognize the key role of local and regional authorities

2. Recognize the need of a whole-of-government approach to health equity

3. Highlight the reduction of health inequalities in EU policies and programmes

4. Facilitate increased engagement of local and regional authorities

5. Further engage with WHO Europe and its networks

Date and venue

  • Wednesday November 5, 10.00 AM - 13.30 PM
  • At the permanent representation of Sweden to the European Union, Square de Meeûs 30  - 1000 Bruxelles
  • The seminar is free of charge. Please register at latest by 27 October 2014 .

More information and registration, click here

The presentations and summary of the seminar are available here