|High Level Conference – EU Health Programmes: results and perspectives Brussels, 3 May 2012|
The conference was organised jointly by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and its Executive Agency.
On this occasion the results and success stories from the first and second Health Programmes were presented. The conference was also an opportunity to share views and build consensus for the future third programme.
More than 400 people have participated in the conference, including policy makers, key actors from the health sector, NGOs, Patient Groups, Member States and European institutions, health programmes' beneficiaries, scientists and academics from EU and third countries, participating in the Health Programme.
Brendan Gilligan, President of the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association and EHLTF Managing Committee member, attended this conference.
Here are his report and observations:
This conference was attended by 450 delegates from across Europe and the first hour or so was an overview of the success of the European Health Programmes. Among the speakers was a young lady from Italy who was a Double Lung Recipient who gave a good insight into her experience of undergoing a double lung transplant.
It was also mentioned that the first two periods of the Health Programme 2003 -2008 ( Budget 312 million Euros) and 2009-2013 (Budget321 million Euros) have been an outstanding success in both cross border facilitation of Organ Procurement and Transplantation and in other areas of medicine and health care. The proposed budget for the third period 2014 -2020 is 461 Million Euros.