Archive for December, 2016

European Commission appoints members of the Expert Panel on Health for its new term

The European Commission appointed on the 25th of November the new fifteen members of its Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, which is renewed for three years. The members were selected following the related call for expression of interest to participate in the panel, addressed towards health or therapeutic specific experts. Members of the Panel will serve for a three year term until May 2019, to advise the European Commission, via the development of Opinions, on a wide range of health topics, with the overall aim to guide the definition and implementation of EU health policies and activities, to drive improved and more sustainable health systems. The Opinions of the former Panel, which run until May 2016, are available here and issues covered include disruptive innovation in health, access to health services in the EU, or cross-border cooperation.
Six former members were renewed for the new term, including Prof. Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof. Walter Ricciardi from the Italian Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Prof. Lasse Lehtonen from the HUS (Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa) and University of Helsinki, Prof Margaret Barry from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Prof. Werner Brouwer from the Dutch Erasmus University Rotterdam and former Chair Prof. Jan De Maeseneer from the Belgian Ghent University. The full list of members is available here.

The European Response to Chronic Diseases – the Role of Civil Society


In the past decade, international leaders and health advocates have consistently fought to put Non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) on the global agenda, not only the health agenda, but on top of the priorities that must be tackled with a Whole-of-Society, “health in all policies” approach. It resulted in a UN resolution, a WHO action plan and various other initiatives at regional (Europe) and international level. Member States and the European Union (EU) have committed to a 25% reduction of preventable NCDs by 2025.
However, the latest monitoring data show that most countries are lagging behind in the majority of the dedicated actions to address NCDs and that the targets will not be met, if we don’t take action now.
What shall be the role of civil society and non-governmental organisations, including patient and health professional organisations, in helping countries’ leaders and the UN deliver and fulfil their commitments?
With the aim to answer this question, the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) and the NCD Alliance (NCDA), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, hold a two-day meeting on 12 and 13 December 2016 in Brussels, to reflect on how to form a more unified and stronger NCD civil society movement in the European region, to define common regional advocacy priorities and lay plans for strengthening civil society in-country NCD networks in the long term. The NGOs working within a network or alliances of NCDs associations will better contribute to the implementation of the newly adopted 2016-2025 WHO European Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, once they have identified strategies for greater alignment and collaboration. The meeting will also allow for the different civil-society organisations’ platforms working on NCDs across both the EU and the broader WHO European Region to share experiences and strengthen their capacity to drive advocacy and policy actions.
Together participants from all over Europe, representing health advocates, NGOs leaders, and decisions makers will reiterate their commitment to work together to tackle NCDS for enhanced prevention, better care and ultimately a healthier Europe.

More information: Agenda European Meeting I Concept Note I +32 (0) 2 274 10 70