Tackling the societal challenges for health

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There is no better time than now to reflect on what the European Commission and the European Parliament could achieve for health at EU level. Health is a significant asset for Europe, but it is clear that despite facing shared challenges, the EU does not capitalise sufficiently on its health assets.

In 2014, Friends of Europe convened a Health Working Group in order to address the much needed changes to Europe’s health systems and policymaking. This working group brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from across Europe representing policymakers at EU and national level, international organisations, academia, health-related industries and non-governmental organisations.

The final report of this Health Working Group Adapting EU health policy to an evolving Europe, which is now presented and discussed with EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, features 21 key recommendations on what the EU should ‘Start’, ‘Stop’ or ‘Do Differently’ during this new mandate to improve the health status of Europeans.



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Tamsin Rose


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Tamsin Rose is a facilitator who was until recently a senior fellow for health at Friends of Europe. Having studied international relations, she has 25 years of experience working across the European continent from Ireland to Mongolia. A natural communicator, Tamsin has been a radio reporter, worked on press for the EU Delegation in Moscow and is currently a member of the external speaker team for the European Commission Directorate-General for Communication, describing how the EU works and key policies to visitor groups from around the world. Since 2002, she has specialised in public health and public participation issues, serving as the Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and providing strategic advice for health groups on how to engage successfully with the EU.

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