Public hearing on "Towards a European Health Union and European Global Health Strategy fully inclusive of Persons with Disabilities"

Remote meeeting via Interactio video conference system – EESC - JDE 61 - Tuesday, 7 March 2023 from 9:30 to 13:00

09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m. | Testing connections

09.30 a.m. - 09.40 a.m. | Introduction

  • Pietro Barbieri, President of the EESC Permanent Group on Disability rights (PG DIS)

09.40 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. | Panel I - Access to health for pwd in the EU

This first panel will explore the barriers to healthcare faced by persons with disabilities and measures taken at the EU level to ensure better access. 

Moderator: Marie Zvolská, EESC PG DIS Member

  • Setting the scene: healthcare needs and barriers faced by persons with disabilities –Hannah Kuper, researcher
  • Mental health is health: for a strategy on mental health – Guadalupe Morales, Mental Health Europe
  • EU actions to ensure the right to health of persons with disabilities - Christine Redecker, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • The importance of involving persons with disabilities: Pirkko Mahlamäki, European Disability Forum

Questions and answers

11.15 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. | Break

11.30 a.m. - 12.55 p.m. | Panel II - Access to health for pwd outside the EU:  EU Global Health

The second panel will present the new EU Strategy on Global Health. How does the EU plan to match its commitments under the European Health Union with its global responsibilities under the European Global Health Strategy? How will it include the voices and the participation of persons with disabilities? How will it continue strengthening its strategic dialogue with WHO and the EU member states to ensure global health for all?

Moderator: Hana Popelkova, EESC PG DIS Member

  • Setting the scene: global health for all, including persons with disabilities – Sarah Collinson, International Disability Development Consortium (IDDC)
  • What does the WHO plan to bring us closer to a disability inclusive global health order – Satish Mishra, World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • EU Global Health Strategy: how it plans to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in access to health globally - DG International Partnership and DG Health – Marten Kivi, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • National health strategies: how will it align with the EUs commitments - Jesús María Martín Blanco, Spanish Ministry for Social Affairs

Questions and answers

12.55 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Pietro Barbieri, President of the EESC Permanent Group on Disability rights (PG DIS)

Participants can speak French, English, Italian, Czech, Lithuanian, Polish and Romanian and listen to French, English, Italian, Czech (tbc)



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