Romanian Presidency: January – June 2019
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The presidency is responsible for the overall functioning of the Council, EU legislature, chairing the meetings and its agendas, setting up work programmes, plans and strategies for the upcoming six months. Currently, the presidency is held by Romania and here are their top health priorities and plans:
- Antimicrobial resistance and associated infections: attention will be paid to preventive measures aim at reducing infections in humans and animals, the use of antimicrobials in the human and veterinary sector and antimicrobial resistance in all domains à Romanian Presidency will introduce a set of Conclusions of the EU Council on combating antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections.
- The global problem of antimicrobial resistance and the increasing number of infections caused by multi-resistant microbes has significant social and economic impacts. The main cause of antimicrobial resistance is the use of antibiotics and the transfer of resistant microbes between humans, animals and the environment.
- Vaccination: focus on identifying strategies on how to increase vaccine coverage in the context of increasing threats in the public health sector à facilitating an exchange of best practices and expertise between the Member States.
- This is an important topic, since most of the Member States are currently facing the rise of vaccine preventable diseases as Measles.
- Patient access to medicines and mobility of the patients: ensuring sustainable access to medicines for all European citizens and facilitating access to high quality and safe treatments for all EU citizens à access to medicines for those patients who have been diagnosed with a rare disease, the patient should have access to treatment in another Member States.
- Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare sets out the conditions under which a patient may travel to another EU country to receive medical care and reimbursement, as well as the methods of reimbursement of such care. It covers healthcare costs, as well as the prescription and delivery of medications and medical devices.
- Digital Health: transform digital health and care into the digital single market and ensure access to electronic data on health, improve data interoperability to support integrated research and care, and the use of digital instruments to boost the promotion of patient-centered care are fundamental priorities for progress in the field.
- Health technology assessment and continues the discussion on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU.