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Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019 debates the future of “Social Europe”.

The Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth (ACIG) is an event organised by the European Commission, bringing together civil society organisations and policymakers to discuss how to achieve inclusive growth. EuroHealthNet always participates actively, as it did at the 2019 event held in Brussels, which focused on the current debates about future of “Social Europe”. 

As the EU 2020 Strategy is coming to an end, the European Pillar of Social Rights, the UN Agenda 2030 and the new multiannual financial framework (MFF) provide the structure for next steps on social and economic inclusion. EuroHealthNet’s office and some of our Members and Partners participated in the Convention, including our Policy Co-ordinator Dorota Sienkiewicz presenting outcomes of a workshop on the MFF. Promoting health and tackling disabilities via improving social inclusion and cohesion were prominent aspects throughout the event, which will be taken up in discussions at the EuroHealthNet Annual Meeting in Madrid in June. 

JAHEE delegation at the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019

The coordination team of the Joint Action on Health Equity in Europe (JAHEE) attended the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019. The delegation participated in workshops, highlighting the importance of addressing health equity and the social determinants of health through a holistic approach. Contributions were presented in the plenary session in the end of the meeting. 

EU leaders map future strategies, including for health, social and sustainable development priorities

EU heads of State and Government have adopted the Sibiu Declaration of principles they seek to apply in the next period of EU developments. The European Commission has also published a background document setting out numerous aspects of those developments, including how they envisage priorities in relevant fields for EuroHealthNet and its Partners, which will be taken into account at the EuroHealthNet Annual Meeting in Madrid in June. 

EuroHealthNet General Council meets in Madrid - and holds an Open Seminar on the role of health professionals in addressing health equity 

Tuesday 4 June 2019 – Madrid

Health professionals – as the front-line and face of the health system – are key actors in helping address health inequalities. How can their training and working environments support them to help people facing disadvantages live longer and healthier lives? Organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare for Spain, the Annual EuroHealthNet Seminar will address these issues in relation to the wider public health and social workforce. 

Participants will discuss and explore new solutions to tackling health inequalities, including integrated community-based approaches, adaptations to health professionals’ training, and good practice initiatives such as social prescribing. We will also consider the need to collect and interpret data, helping to forecast health equity and disease burden trends. These topics are increasingly important as European societies – including health professionals – will need to adapt to rapid technological, economic, and demographic shifts which threaten to increase health inequalities.

The seminar will be followed by the EuroHealthNet General Council meeting as part of the annual meeting of all Partners, which will consider progress and plans for our Policy, Practice and Research Platforms. For more information, to view the agenda, and to register, please visit the event page.

World Health Assembly meets

As Health Highlights is published, the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva. Main items discussed include progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage; Public Health Emergencies and Polio eradication. A resolution supported by several European states on transparency and other rules for medicines pricing and access is being considered. Further reports will be included in next editions of Health Highlights.

EU seeks experts to help shape next research programmes 

The European Commission has launched a call for experts to join 'Mission Boards', which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme. These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large. There will be five 'Mission Boards', one for each of the following areas:

  • Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation;
  • Cancer;
  • Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters;
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities;
  • Soil health and food.

The 'Mission Boards' will be comprised of independent experts, who will help shape the missions including their respective objectives, indicators and timelines. The Commission is looking for individuals who can bring strategic skills and expertise, from across the spectrum of possible fields to support the work of the missions, and with profiles from industry, innovation and business; academia and research; policy makers and practitioners; end-users and key stakeholders. Each of the 'Mission Boards' shall consist of up to 15 members.

The call for applications is available online. The deadline for applications is 11 June 2019.

More information:
Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation framework programme.