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08:00 - 09:00

Registration and breakfast

  • Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Paulette Lenert, Minister of Health of Luxembourg

Activities and expectations of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic (COVI) – Kathleen Van Brempt, European Parliament COVI Chair

Chair: Sandra Gallina, Director General of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

  • New regulation on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 1082/2013/EU - John F. Ryan, DG SANTE
  • New regulation on a framework of measures for ensuring the supply of crisis-relevant medical countermeasures in the event of a public health emergency at Union level - Wolfgang Philipp, DG HERA
  • New regulation on European Medicines Agency - Emer Cooke, EMA
  • New regulation on European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - Andrea Ammon, ECDC

Panel 1:

  • Rui Portugal, Ministry of Health of Portugal
  • Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Ministry of Health, Slovenia
  • Jérôme Salomon, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France
  • Sara Byfors, Public Health Agency of Sweden


11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break

  • Interlinkages between the EU Health Security Framework and the International Health Regulations – Francisco Pérez-Cañado, DG SANTE
  • The Global Pandemic Treaty and the revisions of the International Health Regulations – Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
12:45 - 14:00


First lessons from government evaluations of COVID-19 responses: A synthesis – Francesca  Colombo, Head of the Health Division, OECD

How the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped global collaboration in health – example of the G7 - Christophe Bayer, Head of Division Health Security, International Crisis Management, Ministry of Health, Germany

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

Chair: Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC)

  1. Surveillance – Thomas Dentzer, Ministry of Health of Luxembourg
  2. Modelling and forecasting - Tyra Grove Krause, Statens Serum Institute, Denmark
  3. One Health Approach – Flavia Riccardo, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy


Wrapping up & closing by Sandra Gallina, Director General of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

Interactive word-cloud via Slido: What are the top priorities in the post-pandemic period?

Panel 3: Responding to COVID-19

Chair: Elizabeth Adams – President European Federation of Nurses Associations

  1. Front-line physician – Thérèse Staub, Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg [TBC]
  2. Front-line nurse – Olivier Babel, Community Nurse, France
  3. Long-term care facility – Alenka Oven, Institute for Long-term Care, Slovenia
  4. Patients – Marco Greco, European Patients Forum


10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

  1. Long covid-19 – Paul Wilmes, University of Luxembourg
  2. Impact on health inequalities – Guiseppe Costa, Turin University Medical School and the San Luigi Hospital Epidemiology Unit
  3. Impact on mental health – Claudia Marinetti, Mental Health Europe
  4.  Impact on reduced access to healthcare services – the case of cancer screening – Mike Morrissey, European Cancer Organisation
  5. Digital tools in a pandemic: use of contact tracing apps, digital certificates – Olivier Jankovec, European Region of the Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE)
12:00 - 13:30


Experience on the EU level – Anne Calteux, European Commission Representation Office in Luxembourg

Experiences of three Member States

  • Tom Rausch and Laura Valli, Ministry of Health, Luxembourg
  • Sergio Iavicoli, Ministry of Health, Italy
  • Eva Lehtla, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia



Chair: Richard Pebody – WHO Euro Team Leader for Infection Hazard Management

  • Vaccination – Hanna Nohynek, National Institute for Health and Welfare, NITAG, Finland
  • Using behavioural sciences in addressing COVID-19 pandemic - Mariken Leurs, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands
  • Sentinel surveillance and continued testing – Bruno Ciancio, European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Research and Innovation on the EU level – Irene Norstedt, Director of People Directorate, DG Research and Innovation


16:00 - 16:15

Results of the word cloud and remerciements


John Ryan, Acting Deputy Director General Health and Director Public health at the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

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