The meeting hosted by Mr Alejandro Cercas, MEP (Spain,S&D) and by the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group) served to assess the impact of cost-containment policies put in place in some EU member states. Participants debated which role new innovation models and instruments could play in ensuring the affordability of medicines.

The seminar brought together actors and institutions that do not traditionally meet or exchange ideas. The event put forward a set of recommendations on how multilateral institutions, ministries of finance, research and health can join forces to prevent that the current crisis on access to medicaments spirals out of control.


There are many ways in which you can learn about the main issues discussed in this seminar:


- Watch the seminar recorded

- Retreieve the Tweeter conversation at the conferece’s Twitter hashtag #access2medicinesEU

- Read the conference’s press statement - Access to medicines in Europe: The EU cannot save banks while sacrificing people’s health

- Download the SPEAKERS’ PRESENTATIONS (pdf files):



To know more about the topic of access to medicines in the context of the economic crisis, read EPHA briefing on access to medicines in Times of Austerity



Last modified on June 6 2013.