Share your Thoughs on Health: The Conference on the Future of Europe
What do you want for the future of health in the European Union? The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. No matter where you are from or what you do, this is the place to think about what future you want for the European Union.
The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have committed to listen to Europeans and to follow up, within their sphere of competences, on the recommendations made. By spring 2022, the Conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance on the future of Europe.
The hub of the Conference is a digital platform: the place to get involved and speak up. Here you can share your thoughts on Europe and the changes which need to happen, see what others have to say, find events near you, organise your own event and follow the progress and the outcome of the Conference.
Healthcare, well-being and a healthy lifestyle are vital for all of us. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a need to work together to build stronger health systems and protect European’s physical and mental health.
While national governments are primarily responsible for healthcare and medical services, European Union health policies can support and strengthen this action. By voicing your opinions, hopes and concerns, you can influence the way healthcare is provided in Europe.
What is the EU doing?
Through joint action to fight coronavirus and protect people’s health, the EU has already demonstrated how much more we can do in the area of public health. Some of the ways we do this include securing vaccines, ensuring the availability of affordable medicines, treatments and medical equipment, and helping countries work together to coordinate their responses.
Looking to the future, the coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for a European Health Union, stronger Europe-wide coordination, more resilient health systems and better preparation for possible future crises. Our goal is to protect you with high-quality care in the event of a crisis, and provide the tools needed to prevent and manage health emergencies that affect the whole continent.
While fighting the pandemic and leading an emergency response, the European Union continues to act in other health-related areas, including improving preventive care, treatment and aftercare for major diseases such as cancer.
Who can take part?
European citizens, from all walks of life and corners of the Union, with young people playing a central role in shaping the future of the European project.
European, national, regional and local authorities, as well as civil society and other organisations who want to organise events and contribute ideas.