June 16, 2021

EHP6 Highlights: A trilogue advocating for meaningful change

On June 15, 2021 the final plenary of the sixth edition of the European Health Parliament (#EHP6) took place online. EU40 is one of the founding partners of the initiative, along with College of Europe and Johnson & Johnson. 

The EHP6 addressed the following topics, of which each had a dedicated committee who presented their policy recommendations: Telemedicine and Patient-Centred Care; European Health Data Co-operation; Resilient Supply Chains; Health and the Green Transition; Healthy Economies. 

Of these, MEPs and EU40 Board Members Tomislav Sokol (EPP) and Sara Cerdas (S&D) took part in the conversation in the European Health Data Co-operation and Resilient Supply Chains committees respectively. 

Outlining the importance of health data for the next generation. In the digital ecosystem – especially within the context of EU health data management – Researchers, practitioners, citizens & developers must work together to meet the needs of the future.

Inequalities were aggravated during the COVID19 pandemic – accessibility to & availability of medical products & medicines were effected; patients’ health was compromised; there was increased burden in the health systems. There were calls for more diversification in the industries. 

EHP also had the pleasure to listen to a video message by Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, former EU Commissioner chief for Health and Food Safety, and now special envoy for the World Health Organistion Europe. Are we ready to create a real and genuine EuropeanHealthUnion? There is a need for strong young voices alongside the Conference on the Future of Europe, to address pressing health issues & encourage citizen participation.

The grand finale of the plenary brought together a trilogue of EU institution representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the upcoming Slovenian Council presidency. 

The trilogue then began, and included speakers Alessandra Moretti, MEP (S&D); Andrzej Rys, Director for Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation at DG SANTE; Gabrijela Korze, Head of Health of the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU; and  Dušan Jošar, Councilor, Public Health and Healthcare for the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU. It was was moderated by Alessandro Da Rold, EU40 Managing Director. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the entirety of #EHP6 below, recorded and published on YouTube.