EU Workforce for Health – Putting a Human Face to EU Policy-making


European Parliament (Brussels)

Room: A1G-2

Wednesday October 27th 2010

13:00 to 15:00

Co-Hosted by:

Oana Elena Antonescu MEP (Romania, EPP)

Jean Lambert MEP (UK, Greens/EFA)

Marisa Matias MEP (Portugal, GUE/NGL)

Antonyia Parvanova MEP (Bulgaria, ALDE)

Marc Tarabella MEP (Belgium, S&D)

Organised by:

EFN - European Federation of Nurses Associations

EPHA - European Public Health Alliance

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to this lunchtime debate "EU Workforce for Health - Putting a Human Face to EU Policy-making: Testimonies and Call for Action".

The EU Workforce for Health is an important issue for Europe, where rapid changes in demographics mean that a sustainable workforce in EU health systems, while responding to changing disease patterns, needs to be planned and integrated without resulting in any long-term shortages in workforce in areas of the EU and in developing countries. The current practice within the EU of recruiting health professionals from some European countries and the developing world to fill gaps in the workforce in other areas of Europe is unsustainable. The key EU solutions are therefore to plan the workforce, implement recruitment and retention strategies and develop a well-educated and motivated workforce.

In this context, this event will examine the extent of the challenge common for all European countries by bringing in personal testimonies of health professionals and patients from several European Member States. The personal testimonies will be followed by discussion with the EU representatives and civil society organisations. Please find enclosed a draft agenda of the debate. Please feel free to disseminate this invitation within your network.

We hope you join us during this event!

Individuals who wish to register please send your e-mail before 24 October to Ms Dorota Sienkiewicz and mention the following details: your full name, organisation and position within the organisation. Participants who need assistance with a badge to enter the European Parliament should in addition send in their date of birth and their current place of residence information. Or go directly to the registration link.

Yours sincerely,


Last modified on October 14 2010.