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This month – don’t miss out!

European Health Data Science – Public Debate
Date: 10 June 2021
Location: Online
Register: here
Description: The potential of data for research and innovation to improve the population`s health is immense, however, this comes with its own challenges. Improved policies in how to manage the use of data and encourage its optimal use are imperative. This group will try to unlock some of these challenges and come forward with suggestions.

The Oslo Medicines Initiative: a new social contract with pharma
Date: 15 June 2021
Location: Online
Register: here

  • The Oslo Medicines Initiative is a new vision for collaboration between the public and private sectors is a new initiative of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, developed together with the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Norwegian Medicines Agency.
  • The Initiative aims to provide a neutral platform for the public and private sectors to jointly outline a vision for equitable and sustainable access to effective, innovative and affordable medicines.
  • This discussion will review why a new social contract is needed to build an environment of mutual trust and cooperation between the pharmaceutical industry, governments and patients.

European Research and Innovation Days 2021
Date: 23 – 24 June 2021
Location: Online
Programme: here
Description: There will be over 60 live sessions, ranging from high-level plenaries to immersive panel discussions and workshops. Session topics include Horizon Europe, the new European Research and Innovation Programme, the EU’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, the European Research Area, and European Innovation Ecosystems.

Ensuring responsible antimicrobial use in EU food production: MEP Interest Group on AMR
Date: 29 June 2021 15:00 CET
Location: Online
Register: here
Description: The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy aims to further decrease antimicrobial sales for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 50% by 2030. The MEP Interest Group on AMR’s annual meeting will discuss opportunities for the transition to a sustainable model of food production that ensures responsible antimicrobial use and contributes to the global response to tackling AMR.

Competitive Europe Summit
Date: 29 – 30 June 2021
Location: Online
Register: here
Description: Some of the captivating sessions on ‘Europe in the New Global Order’ include:

  • “The new transatlantic agenda: A time for economic peace?”
  • “EU-China dream strategy: What does the future hold?”
  • “Searching for the meaning of Europe’s strategic autonomy”
  • “Big Tech: too big to care about Europe?”

Next coming months – mark your calendars!

Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health on the draft opinion on European solidarity in public health emergencies
Date: 5 July 2021, 10.00 – 12.00 CET
Location: Brussels (Online)
Register: here
Description: Building on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as on existing instruments, guidelines and recommendations, the Commission is seeking expert advice on strengthening EU solidarity in future health emergencies. The Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health has been asked by the European Commission to consider how we can plan and prepare for EU solidarity in health emergencies and how we can strengthen cross-border cooperation in future public health emergencies. In their upcoming opinion, the Panel will consider the limitations to EU level actions and how they can be overcome. They will elaborate on what transformation needs to take place at the EU, national and regional level to operationalise EU solidarity in public health emergencies.

Improving Europe’s Health Technology Assessments
Date: 14 July 2021
Location: Online
Register: here
Speakers: Tiemo Wölken, MEP

  • Europe’s health care systems aren’t feeling very well–something the current pandemic isn’t improving -and Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) are at the heart of the strategy to improve their quality, efficiency, and sustainability. They have been put in place to move towards more value-based and evidence-driven decision-making in health care, concerning everything from pharmaceuticals to devices and procedures.
  • While HTAs are key in ensuring new drugs and medical devices deliver meaningful innovation for patients and good value for money for health systems, cooperation between the more than 50 HTA bodies in the EU is still voluntary. The European Commission proposal to strengthen HTA cooperation between members states has been mired in talks since it was first put forward in 2018 —but trialogues with the Parliament and Council will finally open soon. If planned out successfully, this text could open the door to more cooperation, more efficiency, and a less fragmented internal market –resulting in a more competitive sector, and fair access to valuable drugs across the EU.
  • The negotiations on HTA cooperation in the EU are also a good opportunity to look at HTA processes more broadly: what works well, what needs to be improved to make them future proof, what are the best practices in the EU and how they can be used to improve HTAs across the bloc.

Future of Food and Farming Summit
Date: 23-34 September 2021
Location: Online
Register: here
Description: This summit will convene even higher level policymakers and industry leaders and farmers from across Europe and beyond to reflect on topics such as the CAP reform, the Farm to Fork Strategy, soil protection, resilience in Europe’s food systems, trade and more.

World Health Summit
Date: 24 – 26 October 2021
Location: Online
Register: here
Traditionally held under the patronage of Angela Merkel (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany); Emmanuel Macron (President of the French Republic); Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission); Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO))
Description: Every October, the World Health Summit draws international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society to Berlin. During the three-day summit, stakeholders and decision-makers from 100 countries and every field in healthcare work together to find solutions to global health challenges and set the agenda for a healthier future.

The World Health Summit was founded in 2009 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Berlin’s Charité Hospital and is traditionally held under the patronage of the German Chancellor, the President of the Republic of France, the President of the European Commission, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization.