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Informal meeting of health ministers (EPSCO)

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)


Informal meeting of health ministers (EPSCO) agenda

On Thursday 20 July and Friday 21 July the informal meeting of the health ministers is being held at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel). The primary topics to under discussion are digital innovation in health, including free movement of data and alcohol policy in the EU.

Digital Europe and Free Movement of Data is one of the overall priorities of the Estonian Presidency. Greater access to and secure use of health data together with new technologies and processes can positively impact citizens' health and support value-based and sustainable healthcare systems.

Ministers are invited to share their views on how to improve citizens’ access to their own health data and what kind of tools are needed to enable people to better control and manage their data in a secure and convenient manner. Access and sharing of health data is also crucial to enable research and innovation. To set the agenda for the coming years, ministers are invited to share their opinion on areas where member states could work together more effectively and where EU actions could add value to support member states' efforts in overcoming the main challenges and barriers to data-driven digital innovation in health.

The harmful use of alcohol has a negative impact on the health of individuals and their families, but also on societies as a whole. In a more globalised world, some alcohol related problems are not easily solved with measures only at national level. The EU can play a role here. During the meeting, ministers are invited to discuss about recent developments on alcohol policy in the EU. Discussions also focus on the most important aspects of alcohol policy at the EU level for member states, especially cross-border issues. The aim of the discussions is to identify the main gaps and challenges the EU is faced with and what the next steps should be in tackling cross-border issues of alcohol policy at the EU level during the coming years. The European Commission also provides an overview, under AOB, of the new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) adopted on 29 June 2017.

Photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

Traffic changes

Information about the traffic changes related to the meeting is available on the website of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.



Official welcome by Minister for Health and Labour, Jevgeni Ossinovski


Lunch buffet


Session I: Digital health and data-driven healthcare innovation

  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions

Presentations by:

  • Clemens Auer, Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs, Austria 'EU cooperation in eHealth – achievements and prospects'
  • Erik Gerritsen, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Netherlands 'Patient empowerment and access to data – lessons learned in the Netherlands'
  • Miklós Szócska, Semmelweis University, Health Services Management Training Centre 'Big data applications for healthcare planning – experience of Hungary'


Coffee break


Press conference


Session I (continues)


Session II: Tackling harmful use of alcohol

  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Ewa-May Karlsson, European Committee of the Regions

Presentations by:

  • Gauden Galea, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 'Alcohol labelling: a review of policy options'
  • Maris Jesse, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia 'Cross-border issues of alcohol policy: the perspective of responsible officials'


Coffee break


Session II (continues)


Family photo


Lunch buffet



Information from the Commission
European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Information from the Irish delegation
The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) in Dublin,13-17 November 2017



Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn 10415, Estonia




Annikky Lamp

Annikky Lamp

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU / Spokesperson (Coreper I)

+32 22273910 permrep.eu@mfa.ee


Eva Lehtla

Eva Lehtla

Ministry of Social Affairs / Spokesperson (health policy)


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