Press release - Government of Spain joins the Observatory partnership

26 February 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Spanish Government is joining the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The Observatory is an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization that supports and promotes evidence-informed policy-making in the field of health.

The decision to join was taken by Spain’s Minister of Health, María Luisa Carcedo, a few months ago following the launch of the Observatory’s new review on the Spanish health system. She emphasized the importance for Spain of being part of this international network: "Spain has a lot to gain from knowledge exchange and the experience from other countries to inform our own health policy-making. But even more so, this gives us the opportunity to help shape the international research agenda to better fit the needs of policy-makers as well as to internationalize the capabilities of the Spanish national health system."

The Observatory's Steering Committee, where all of its institutional partners are represented and which determines its strategic directions, welcomed and approved Spain’s request to re-join the partnership at its last meeting in December 2018. Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Chair of the Steering Committee, expressed her great satisfaction with this decision: "Spain was among the founding partners establishing the Observatory in 1998. Having withdrawn in 2012 following the financial crisis, we are delighted that we can welcome our Spanish colleagues back, especially now that we are celebrating the Observatory's 20th anniversary. I am convinced that they will add value to our discussions on defining the analytic priorities for the Observatory's work and that they will help us to better link with the policy experience and evidence needs from the southern part of Europe."