01. Opening Plenary - Visions of a better future for Europe

Organised by European Health Forum Gastein While efforts to foster inter-sectoral cooperation on health have been successful at times, real challenges remain. The discussions at the 20th European Health Forum Gastein will aim to dig deeper, taking the technocratic concept of Health in All Policies to the political level of policy implementation – Health in All Politics. Against a background of increasing populism and a post-truth era across Europe and beyond, the challenge to the EHFG on its twentieth anniversary is to build bridges between the different policy areas, guided by the European values of universality, access to good quality care, equity and solidarity. Our plenary sessions this year will thus look at the politics of health in the EU and its Member States, considering the past, sounding out the present, and testing the future. In this session, we will briefly reflect on the past 20 years of the EHFG, while allocating more time to a forward-look of the important future work needed to realise our motto of “Creating a better future for health in Europe”, from the perspective of members of our Young Forum Gastein Network and through the outcomes of a recent EHFG project on visualising Health Futures. We will then invite politicians and policy-makers representing the Presidency Trio of the Council of the European Union as well as inter-governmental organisations and the European institutions, to discuss the past, current and forthcoming health priorities of the presidency programme and the conference theme of “Health in All Politics”. EUROPEAN HEALTH AWARD CEREMONY Presentation of the short-listed projects and the winner of this year’s European Health Award including prize money of € 10.000. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know the most innovative cross-border health initiatives in Europe. The European Health Award is kindly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health and Woman’s Affairs of Austria and the Forum of the Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry in Austria (FOPI). Full programme available online: https://www.ehfg.org/archive/2017/conference/ehfg2017/p1/