Since the beginning of January 2017, Malta assumes the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time ever.
Among the health priorities of the Maltese Presidency, two areas of action are particularly of interest for the UEHP : enhancing cross-border cooperation and eHealth. «The Maltese Presidency will also focus on enhancing cross-border cooperation through the promotion of centres of excellence, for example in the area of rare diseases. With other EU initiatives such as the European Reference Networks kicking off in March, it is expected that cross-border cooperation will remain high on the EU health policy agenda throughout 2017.
Within the framework, the Maltese Presidency intends to launch a structured, cross-border post-graduate training programme for doctors that would support sustained cooperation between European hospitals. Finally, Malta will host an eHealth conference in Valletta, with a focus on Data for Health, in the context of the eHealth week in May.»
Health issues in the Council agenda :
– 1-2 March: Workshop on structured cooperation between health systems
– 10-12 May: eHealth week 2017