European Health Policy as for the Start of the Conference on the Future of Europe
Starting time 25 of June 2021, 15.00 CET, end time 16.30 CET.
The May 2021 is reach in political initiatives with potentially strong long-term impact on European and global health policies.
• On 7th -8th of May Social Summit in Porto underlined the European pillar of Social Rights Action Plan based on the European Pillar of Social Rights. Porto Social Commitment-was approved.
• On 9th of May the Conference on the Future of Europe started by key note speeches of the European Parliament, European Commission, European Council and hosting country France
• On 21 May 2021 in Rome, the European Commission and Italy, as chair of the G20, co-hosted the Global Health Summit to share lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar planned for June 2021 has a purpose to reflect on results of these 3 ground-braking initiatives with emphasis on perspectives of a European Health union as well as European and global policies of healthcare workforce mobility.
The webinar is an integral part of a 3-year project “Working Together to Address Health Workforce Mobility in Europe”. Up to 12 webinars to address the unequal distribution of the health workforce in Europe, to participate in designing of policies to support regions that have difficulties in attracting health workers as well as promoting training and education of health professionals to common standards, coupled with measures to safeguard the rights of health workers from the rest of the world. are foreseen by the project.
The first webinar of 2021 was organised on 02.02.2021. Speakers investigated:
• recent tendencies in international mobility of health workers across Europe and the OECD;
• suboptimal allocation of healthcare work force in Member States and phenomenon of Medical deserts in Europe;
• tools (for example a system of health accounts) that provide an opportunity to better understand and manage international mobility of healthcare labour force;
• statistical trends that may change international migration patterns in European Union.
• For the recording of the first webinar see here.
• The second webinar of 2021 was organised on 30.03.2021. Speakers explored:
• the legacy of “WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel “
• legal provisions of the EU to work towards the balance between securing freedom of movement for workers and addressing the unequal distribution of the health workforce capacities in Europe;
• good European practices to manage local shortages of health professionals;
• private initiatives to provide needed professional qualifications and avoid brain drain from the East to the West of Europe;
• ways to fight shortages of health workforce as seen from the perspective of public economics.
The Third webinar of 2021 was organised on 27.04. 2021. Speakers looked at:
• policies of occupational health and safety for health workers with emphasis on issues highlighted by COVID-19;
• opportunities provided by e-health solutions for health promotion, disease prevention, cure, rehabilitation, and nursing
• modelling of healthcare workforce mobility
• internationalization of medical education with an emphasis on medical universities of Central and Eastern Europe as exporters of services
An emphasis of the forth webinar is on assessment of factors that in midterm perspective likely will affect European and global health policy.
Conclusions of the webinar are going to be developed and disseminated in 2 weeks after the webinar.
Moderated by a professional moderator Joe Lynam from BBC.
Panel of 4 speakers representing the following perspectives:
1. Ana-Carla Pereira, European Commission. Porto Social Summit and its impact on deepening the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at EU and national level.
2. Ilona Kickbusch. Global Health Summit: the background, deliverables, likely outcomes.
3. Jonathan Cohen. Global and European health policy from the perspective of a major international charity.
4. Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis. European Health Union as seen by the European Institutions. The reflection on the presentations during the opening session of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Speakers, and Moderator
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis served as European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in 2014-2019. Vytenis Andriukaitis has been practicing surgeon for more than 20 years. A Member of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for six mandates. Co-author of Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992. As a Deputy Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, he led national delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. Minister for Health of Republic of Lithuania in 2012-2014.
Ilona Kickbusch, Professor Ilona Kickbusch is known throughout the world for her expertise and is a sought after senior adviser and key note speaker. She is the founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization and Yale University. The Lancet has profiled her as a global health reformer.
Ana-Carla Pereira Cabinet expert, Cabinet of Nicolas Schmit Commissioner for Jobs & Social Rights
Jonathan Cohen, Public Health Program director, Open Society Foundations.
Moderator, Joe Lynam is a respected broadcaster and moderator who was the BBC’s senior Business Correspondent for a decade. He now presents the current affairs show ‘The Newsroom’ on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Joe has won many awards for his original journalism. He has presented and been a senior correspondent on the Today programme, Newsnight, BBC One Breakfast as well as Five Live and the BBC News Channel.
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