This first EU summit on chronic diseases organised by the European Commission, took place on 2-3 April 2014 in Brussels. It enabled policy makers and other stakeholders from across the EU to discuss medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. In addition, CHRODIS Coordinator Juan Riese (ISCIII) presented the Joint Action during a workshop on “Effective frameworks for the prevention and management of major chronic diseases”.
Close to 500 participants discussed the added value of EU action in the area chronic diseases and identified FIVE KEY ISSUES that need to be addressed that concerned: 1) political leadership; 2) targeting societal challenges; 3) making more efficient use of available resources; 4) strengthening the involvement of stakeholders in policy development and implementation; 5) strengthening evidence and information. Participants called for a coalition involving all relevant sectors across society, patients and citizens to address chronic diseases.
Conference conclusions: http://ec.europa.eu/health/major_chronic_diseases/docs/ev_20140403_mi_en.pdf
Juan Riese’s presentation: http://ec.europa.eu/health/major_chronic_diseases/docs/ev_20140403_w3co02_en.pdf