eu health summit

As we head towards the EU elections in 2019, citizens across Europe and our healthcare systems are facing unprecedented challenges from an ageing population, and increased prevalence of chronic disease driving rising demand on services. At the same time, rapidly advancing science is leading us into a new era of innovation from genomics to data analytics.

How we map the future of healthcare in Europe, making the most of the innovation at our fingertips in the context of health care systems struggling for resources, what is the role of the European Union in addressing these challenges and critically, how can different sectors converge to deliver the best outcomes for patients in Europe? These are the questions the EU Health Summit is aiming to answer.

It is a multi-stakeholder event organised from within and across the health community that seeks to bring together European leaders, policy makers and health stakeholders to discuss how Europe could develop and take the lead in areas such as research and innovation, health data and digital health, healthcare organisation and financing as well as health in all policies.

The aim of the Summit is to distil recommendations for the next European Commission and European Parliament to bring the necessary changes about.

Read the press release here: Stronger together for a healthier Europe.

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Karin Sipido

KU Leuven

Cristian Silviu Bușoi

Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Romania)

Marco Marsella

European Commission

Nicola Bedlington

European Patients' Forum

Line Linstad

Norwegian Centre for e-Health Research

Marleen De Smedt


Roberto Viola

European Commission

Wolfgang Burtscher

European Commission


We are a group of 28 stakeholders who share a commitment to a positive future for European health.


Ahead of the EU Health Summit, the partner organisations have put together recommendations for a shared vision for the future of health in Europe, calling upon the next European Commission and European Parliament to bring about necessary changes. In their recommendations, they call for the European Commission, in particular, to have the tools and governance in place, including at high level, for ensuring a health perspective in all their policies, believing that the EU has an important role to play in ensuring a healthy future for Europe.

Please find the recommendations here: key recommendations for a healthier Europe and recommendations in full.