1 DECEMBER 2020 – VIRTUAL EVENT
3400 participants – 17 high-level panels & interactive interviews – 45 prominent speakers
The European Health Summit took place on 1st December 2020 and came at a critical juncture. More than ever, stimulating discussions, sharing of experiences and creating new partnerships is key to building a more resilient model of healthcare in Europe, ensuring the continued well-being of its citizens. By creating this new platform, EBS supported a high-level dialogue among key stakeholders in both policy and business to strengthen Europe’s healthcare systems.
Among the highlights of the EHS 2020 edition
– We were honoured by the attendance of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians at the session “A conversation on mental health”: “To address mental distress, we need to start with prevention and promotion of a healthy lifestyle and further develop counselling & tailored interventions.”
– Peter Piot, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission, underlined: “Crisis expose the fault lines in society. Social protection and safety nets differ complety from one region of the world to another. The positive aspect of this crisis is the solidarity it has generated across Europe. We need to seize this opportunity to develop a European Health Union and ensure we are better prepared for a future pandemic.”
– “I am proud of the EU’s ability to place orders with several laboratories by ensuring a fair distribution of vaccines throughout Europe and being supportive of poorer countries,” said Olivier Véran, French Minister of Solidarity and Health on the COVID-19 vaccine.
– Sandra Gallina, DG SANTE Director-General highlighted: “One of the most important elements of the pandemic is that Europe has spoken with one voice. While going forward with the vaccine strategy we need to ensure that vaccines are affordable and accessible to all member states.”
– Regarding the health data ecosystem, Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice declared: “Trust is key. We must build trust between the consumers and the producers, between the citizens and the authorities.”
New EBS Task Force European Health Union
This first edition of the European Health Summit is also the start of a new EHS Task Force dedicated to the European Health Union. Through a programme of conferences, live debates and working group meetings, this task force will bring together EU policy-makers, national authorities and regulators, industry representatives, academics and civil society to discuss the priorities of the new Health Union, share ideas, studies and analysis, and articulate policy recommendations. This new project aims at contributing to the realisation of the ambition to make the Union more resilient and consolidated.