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Other Issues (07-10-2008)

Health Village of the 2008 Open Days

"Regions working for sustainable health systems: a shift towards preventive care"
The 2008 European Week of Regions and Cities, also known as the "Open Days", will take place from 6 to 9 October in Brussels. This is the largest annual gathering of EU and regional policy-makers as well as representatives from the  private sector and civil society. This year, 217 regions and cities from 32 countries and 7,500 participants are expected to take part in the event.
For the second consecutive year, the Directorate General of Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is co-organizing the "Health Village" of the Open Days. The Opening Session of the Health Village takes place on 7 October with the title: "Regions working for sustainable health systems: a shift towards preventive care". Speakers include: EU Commissioner for Health Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, the Director General of Health and Consumers Directorate General Mr. Robert Madelin, as well as regional health ministers from Veneto, Flanders and Catalunya. High level representatives from the private sector will also participate.
Director General of DG Health and Consumers, Mr Robert Madelin said "We will achieve the agreed EU goals of longer healthier lives for all our fellow citizens if, but only if, regional and national actors are fully engaged. I am determined to work very closely indeed with EU regional and local health authorities in delivering on this crucial goal."
The Health village includes 8 workshops on a range of topics including; health promotion and prevention, health care financing, reengineering hospitals and ehealth. There will also be an exhibition space with information on EU health policies and actions.
The co-organisers of the Health Village are:
- European Commission, DG Health and Consumers and DG Information Society
- EUREGHA: EU Regional and Local Health Authorities.
- COCIR: European Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry.
To download the Health Village programme.
For more information on the Open Days see the following website: