Conference: European Public Health

The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 introduced a health mandate for the European Union. Health policy at EU level has evolved at a rapid pace during the last twenty years, and is increasingly recognized as established policy field in the EU. During this conference international academics, representatives from the European institutions as well as national and regional decision makers took stock of past EU actions related to health and discussed how recent and future challenges should be tackled in Europe. What is the EU’s added value for public health? The conference took place the Statenzaal of the Province of Limburg, the place where the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992. We enjoyed  two inspiring days with enlightening discussions.

Conference contributions

Day 1: Taking stock of 20 years EU health actions

Opening presentations

  • Andrzej Rys: EU Health Policy (PDF, 022 MB)
  • Sophie Vanhoonacker: From Maastricht to Lisbon: a long and bouncy road

EU health policies in retrospect

  • Scott Greer: European Union health policies: the key Issues facing states (PDF, 032 MB)
  • Nicole Rosenkötter: Achievements, missed opportunity and failures of European public health:  a qualitative study on expert perceptions (PDF, 1,14 MB)

Past developments and drivers

  • Reinhard Busse: From Bismarck and Bevridge to the  „Bisridge“ type: developments and convergence in EU health systems (PDF, 1,07 MB)
  • Fernand Sauer: Enabling good health for all –  establishing EU Health policy (PDF, 0,22 MB)

Teaser for day 2

  • Timo Clemens: Young professionals’ visions on the EU role for public health (PDF, 0,22 MB)


Day 2: The future of EU health policy is built today

  • Harald Mollers: Politics meets Practice

Future needs and challenges

  • Roberto Bertollini: EU & WHO: Duplication or synergies? (PDF, 2,46 MB)
  • Natasha Muscat: A small country perspective on the future prospects of EU health policy (PDF, 0,53 MB)
  • Martin McKee: Public Health meets Politics (PDF, 1,26 MB)


The conference has been supported by:

Furthermore, the Department of International Health has partnered with:

  • the Province of Limburg
  • the Maastricht Centre for European Governance
  • the European Public Health Centre North-Rhine Westphalia
  • the Association of School of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)
  • the European Health Forum Gastein
  • euPrevent