State of Health in the EU

Voluntary exchanges

Health Ministries across the EU are encouraged to use the analysis and insights provided in Health at a Glance: Europe, the Country Health Profiles, and the Companion Report to inform decision making. With this in mind, voluntary exchanges can be requested with the experts responsible for conducting the analysis, drawing on their expertise to better understand the issues concerned, and develop possible policy responses.

The voluntary exchanges are organised by OECD and Observatory experts, in cooperation with the Commission, and in close liaison with the requesting EU country, to allow for a follow-up conversation at national level if and when deemed useful by the country concerned. It allows an individual EU country, or a small group of EU countries, to explore issues highlighted in the respective Country Health Profile(s), the Companion Report and Health at a Glance: Europe.

The voluntary exchanges are designed to facilitate dialogue and exchange – to provide a better understanding of underlying issues, share best practices and support national policy action if needed. The scope, content and format of each voluntary exchange are tailored to the specific needs and preferences of the country and may take the shape of a seminar, workshop, symposium or policy dialogue.

Voluntary exchanges can be requested from the Commission by national Health Ministries.