The European Parliament’s role in prioritising patients, public health and heath security across Europe

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The European Parliament’s role in prioritising patients, public health and heath security across Europe

27 September 2018 - 9:00 am - 11:00 pm CEST

The event will explore what pragmatic steps can be taken by EU decision-makers to ensure patients and public health are not forgotten during the Article 50 negotiations, regardless of how the talks progress. It will consider what can be done to ensure public health and health security are prioritised during those talks.

This event has been organised by 18 EU-level health organisations who have come together to ensure that the needs of patients are prioritised during the Brexit negotiations, and will discuss the following topics:

  • The patient organisation’s perspective
  • Importance of EU public health infrastructure
  • The critical value of collaboration in research
  • The value of collaboration across Europe in Horizon Europe
  • Access to and safety of medicines and medical technologies


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Gerd R. Burmester – Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Charité University Hospital, Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge – Associate Professor in Public Policy and the Programme Director for the MA in Public Policy
  • Yvonne Stewart – Head of Brexit Implementation at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Prof. Stafford Lightman – Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol and Director of the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology
  • Wilfried Ellmeier – Professor of Immunobiology at the Institute of Immunology, Medical University of Vienna
  • Derick Mitchell – Chief Executive of The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry
  • Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP – Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Detailed Agenda (lastest version)


Where and when

The event will take place on 27 September 9.00 – 11.00am, Room 4Q2, European Parliament. A programme for the event will be circulated nearer to the date.



If you would like to attend, please register your details by 20 September.

In compliance with the European Parliament’s internal security, registrations cannot be considered after this date.

Joint Press Release by the organisers


27 September 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 pm


European Parliament Room 4Q2
Place du Luxembourg
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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