Seminar Social Europe

Seminar 2 - Social Europe: Solidarity in health

In the framework of the seminar series entitled "European Parliament elections 2014 and a new agenda for health" organised by the Department of International Health the second seminar on “Social Europe – Solidarity in health” is taking place on 22 January 2013 from 12:30 to 15hrs in the European Parliament, Brussels. The seminar focusses on various issues around solidarity in health in Europe, e.g. financial crisis, intergenerational solidarity, health inequalities, etc. (see programme underneath). The topics will be discussed between different Members of the EP. Karin Kadenbach, MEP(S&D) is hosting the series and she will be among the panellists, too. Helmut Brand, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Health, will moderate the discussion. There will be a possibility for questions and answers and the debate will be supported by a pitch of Maastricht University students.

Travel by bus from Maastricht to Brussels and back to Maastricht, Randwijk Campus will be arranged. Departure around 9 a.m. in the morning and arrival back in Maastricht around 6 p.m.. Attendance and bus travel is free of charge. However, in case of no-show without giving notice, we will charge you the actual costs (€35).

Interested? Please send an email to

Please provide us with the following personal details:

  • name, surname
  • date of birth
  • address
  • name of institution/ organisation represented (most likely Maastricht University in your case)
  • identity number (as stated on your passport)
  • nationality

Please indicate in case you do not need travel arrangements from and back to Maastricht!

Without your personal details access to the European Parliament will not be permitted. Places on the bus will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve principle. Registration closes on 12 January 2014.


11.30-12.00hrs: Registration at the entrance of the EP
12.00-12.30hrs: Lunch
12.30-12.45hrs: Short Welcome by Karin Kadenbach and Helmut Brand
12.45-14.45hrs: Interactive Panel discussion with Members of the EP chaired by Helmut Brand

Topics to be discussed:           

  • Solidarity between generations and groups of society
  • The limits of solidarity between Member States
  • (Long-term) health system effects of the financial crisis
  • The EU’s approach addressing lifestyle factors and Health in all Policies


  • Student pitch on a provocative solution for a more social, solidary European Union: “Eurobonds in health – A minimal European health service basket backed by the EU”
  • Possibility for questions and comments by the audience


12.45-15.00hrs: Closing & invitation to the 3rd seminar