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Recent publications, reports

EUREGIO III - Lessons learned about improving investment in regional health systems using structural funds.  Final report: Executive summary (2012)

This report outlines the evidence and learning prodiced by the EUREGIO III project (2009-2011). It explored and assessed  the use of SF for direct health investments in the 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 SF periods.


EUREGIOIII - Position statement: EU Structural Fund Strategy for the future (14 June 2011)

New perspectives on the application of healthcare related Structural Funds.


Council conclusions: Towards modern, responsive and sustainable health systems. (Council of the European Union, 6 June 2011)

The Council Conclusions draw attention to the importance of health continuing to deliver equitable access to high quality healthcare and making a measurable contribution to economic stability.


Final Report - PTOA Workshop on Health and Structural Funds - 12-13 May 2011, Rome, Italy (5 June 2011)

The purpose of this workshop was to provide initial support to the PTOA project drawing on the experience of the EUREGIO III project in using Structural Funds for health-related investment. While the workshop used case examples from other EU Member States, its focus reflects the Italian context of regionalization of health care delivery in Italy and the larger autonomy granted to hospitals and health care delivery servicesThe aim of the workshop was to review the overall framework of planning/ implementing Structural Funds for health investment in the context of the new Europe 2020 Agenda, post-2013 Cohesion Policy, Solidarity in Health as well as the interrelationship with national reform programs.


Jonathan Watson: How health systems can address health inequities through improved use of structural funds (2010)

This briefing on policy issues was commissioned by the WHO Regional Office for Europe as a deliverable for the WHO/European Commission joint project on equity in health (2006WHO03). This is one of six briefings on policy issues produced through the project, which has as its focus improving health intelligence, building capacity and know-how for policy-makers and practitioners on tackling socially determined health inequalities as part of health system performance. WHO partnership in this project is in keeping with strategic objective 7 of the WHO Medium-Term Strategic Plan (2008−2013). 


EUREGIO III Project: Venice Stakeholder Event Report (April 2010)

Within the European Union in recent years there has been growing recognition of the importance of sustainable regional development and the contribution of health to achieving it. This means health development leading to growth in social and human capital and the multiplier effect this can have in contributing massively to economic growth. This is reflected in the EU’s Cohesion Policy and the 2007-2013 round of Structural Funds which explicitly included health sector investment.

The Venice Stakeholder Event held 25-26 February 2010 in Venice, Italy was part of a critical conversation between key stakeholders and EUREGIO III project about to respond to these challenges effectively and sustainably.

The attached report is the summary of the discussions between the particiapants who represented key stakeholders working at (i) policy level (EU, national, regional); (ii) managing Structural Funds at national and regional levels (Opeartional Programme Managing Authorities and Programme Secretariats), as well as the end-users (organizations and intermediary bodies who seek access to SF for health-related investments).


Jonathan Watson: Health and Structural Funds in 2007-2013: Country and regional assessment, Directorate-General for Health & Consumer (2009)

This summary report reflects work regarding health investments and Structural Funds in the 2007-2013 period. Three main areas of investment are identified.

The first two areas of direct and indirect health investment indicated in the National Strategic Reference Frameworks (NSRFs) and Operational Programmes (OPs) for 2007-2013 include: health infrastructure, e-health, inpatient care, access to health care by vulnerable social groups, emergency care, medical equipment, screening, health and safety at work, health promotion and disease prevention, education and training for health professionals.

Overall, these investments and the third area “non-health sector investments” with potential health gain address the basic principles of the White Paper “Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013” adopted by the European commission in October 2007. Although many Europeans enjoy a longer and healthier life than previous generations, major inequities in health exist between and within Member States and regions, as well as globally. In particular, by using Structural Funds for health, the EU principle of “Health in all Policies” reaches a new dimension that can be systematically pursued within member states and regions.
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