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What is happening at the European level

 15th May 2018
EUPHA Statement on proposal for the next EU budget 2021-2027
On May 2nd, 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented the proposal for the post-2020 European Union (EU) budget. We believe that European funding for (public) health remains as important as ever and are convinced that it has significant added value. Reflecting on the published proposal, we are pleased to see that the Health Programme will at least be partially continued, even if we are disappointed that the word ‘health’ is almost absent throughout the budget proposal. Read our statement for more reflections on the post-2020 budget proposal.
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 22nd Apr 2018
DG SANTE launches 'Best Practice Portals
The best practice portal on health promotion, diseases prevention and management of non-communicable diseases is online now. It brings together good practices collected in previous Health Programme actions in the different fields: nutrition, physical activity, mental health, health inequalities, reducing alcohol related harm and integrated care. It also allows submission of practices for evaluation to select the "best". All practices assessed as "best" will be shared with the Member States' Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.
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 3rd Apr 2018
Conclusions from the conference "Healthy Future for Europe: Healthy Nutrition for Children" , a part of the calendar within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU (6 February 2018, Sofia)
On February 6, 2018 a conference under the title “Healthy Future for Europe: Healthy Nutrition in Children“, a part of the calendar within the Bulgarian Presidency was held in the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. In the link you can read the conclusions of this conference. 
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 8th Mar 2018
Health as the Real Winner: Presidency conference on options to provide better medicines for all
Patients’ confidence should be increased and they should be given an informed access to medicines, experts underlined at an international conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event, part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the health sector, took place on 6 March 2018 in the National Palace of Culture.Read a report on the conference here.
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 8th Mar 2018
Healthy Nutrition for Children - conference within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
Healthy nutrition for children was the topic of an international conference at expert level within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, held on 6 February 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Read the report on the conference here.
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 9th Feb 2018
Healthcare in the EU: Expert Panel on Health publishes 3 opinions to help guide policy makers
The independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health has adopted three Opinions related to access to healthcare, innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines and performance of primary care.
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 8th Feb 2018
3rd Mental Health Compass Forum, 8-9 February, Luxembourg
The third EU Compass Forum on mental health and well-being took place 8-9 February in Luxembourg.  The conference brought together Member States' representatives, NGO's, experts in mental health, and representatives from WHO and the Commission to share their experiences and knowledge in addressing mental health issues. This year, the particular focus of the forum was on providing community-based mental health services and mental health in all policies.
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 2nd Feb 2018
EUPHA at Health4LGBTI conference
On February 1st and 2nd, the Health4LGBTI final conference took place in Brussels. During this conference, Arjan van der Star represented the EUPHA section on Sexual & Gender Minority Health.   The conference was the final part of an EU-funded project on reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI individuals. The project itself focused mainly on healthcare and aimed to raise awareness, increase understanding and provide healthcare professionals with helpful tools. Besides a literature review and focus group interviews, the project resulted in a full training course for healthcare professionals in order to raise the awareness of LGBTI health inequalities and reduce barriers for LGBTI individuals while accessing healthcare.   During the conference, attendees - representing various NGOs, academia, and civil society – familiarised themselves with the outcomes of the project and the training. The delegates participated in the training sessions and provided extensive feedback to the project's materials. Furthermore, the last sessions of the conference focused on discussing the next steps of the project and its implementations across Europe. Moreover, the importance of the continuation of the project's work was stressed. Future efforts should focus on better understanding the root causes of LGBTI health inequalities, the barriers as experienced in other sectors, and also take a health prevention and promotion perspective into account.  
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 31st Jan 2018
EU TABLE TOP Exercise on hybrid threats
On 30-31 January 2018 the Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management unit of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission organized an intersectoral table-top exercise on hybrid threats. The exercise aimed to improve preparedness and response planning to serious cross-border health threats, and raise awareness of and resilience to hybrid threats resulting from the convergence and interconnection of different elements such as communicable diseases, other biological or chemical threats, and attacks on critical infrastructures with a public health relevance involving the health, civil protection and security sectors. It also focussed on fostering coherence, interoperability and coordination among sectors at EU and national level, and collaboration with international partners.
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 26th Jan 2018
CHAFEA: call for proposals under the 3rd programme for health
The Call is based on the third programme for the Union's action in the field of health (2014-2020) and the Annual Work-Programme 2018. The 2018 Work Programme sets out details of the financing mechanisms and priority areas for action to implement the programme. Proposals can be submitted electronically via the Electronic Exchange System of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. The deadline for submission of proposals is 26 April 2018.
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 1st Jan 2018
Bulgaria takes over EU Council presidency in 2018
As of 1 January 2018, Bulgaria has taken over the EU presidency from Estonia. Bulgaria's priorities are: The future of Europe and of the young people – economic growth and social cohesion European Perspective and Connectivity of the Western Balkans Security and stability in a strong and united Europe Digital economy and skills for the future
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 13th Dec 2017
Health Programme 2014-2020 - Work Programme for 2018 to focus resources on European Reference Networks for rare diseases, health promotion and mitigating cross-border health threats
Today the Commission adopted the Health Programme's Work Programme for 2018 (WP 2018) setting out the priorities and actions to be undertaken during that year. The overall budget for 2018 is just over €62 million, with 64% being allocated to grants, 24% to procurement and 12% to other actions including prizes. The WP 2018 will focus on priority areas such as: Support to the European Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases (29% of the budget); The promotion of health and prevention of chronic and major diseases (15%); Strengthening preparedness and response to serious cross-border health threats (15%); and The implementation of EU legislation on medical devices (7%)
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 6th Dec 2017
European Commission: DG Sante publishes a Roadmap on Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases
DG Sante is inviting experts, organisations, individuals to provide input for this roadmap. All input will be taken into consideration in the next planning of this initiative. Feedback can be given until the 1st of January 2018.
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