European Union of Private Hospitals

Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2024 – Priorities for Health

From 1 January 2024 Belgium will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the motto “A Europe that cares, prepares and protects”.

The Belgian Council Presidency presented its priorities in this document: https://belgian-presidency.consilium.europa.eu/media/3kajw1io/programme_en.pdf

Under its presidency, Belgium will endeavour to:

  1. finish the ongoing trilogues on the European Health Data Space and the Regulation on Substances of Human Origin
  2. move forward on the pharmaceutical legislation and the recommendation on vaccine preventable cancers
  3. shape the health agenda for the next European Commission (2024-2029)

Policy areas in focus:
– health workforce
– unmet needs
– prevention of non-communicable diseases
– EU capacity for large scale clinical trials
– antimicrobial resistance
– international health regulations
– medicine shortages

There is also an overview of planned events, including:
– High-level conference on the future EU Health Union (26-27/3)
– High-level conference on healthcare needs as drivers for healthcare policy and innovation (17-18/4)
– Integrating Care. Strengthening communities: the data connection (2-3/5)
– The Genome Data Infrastructure and Genome of Europe – towards R&I and healthcare of the future (28-29/5)