Observatory Venice Summer School 2010

EU integration and health systems: challenges and opportunities for patients, professionals and policy-makers

(San Servolo, Venice, 25-31 July 2010)

The Observatory Venice Summer School brings together high-level policy-makers in a stimulating environment. It is organized by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and one of its partners, the Veneto Region of Italy. It draws on their experiences of promoting evidence-based policy-making and of providing a unique platform for European health policy debate in action.

This six-day course combines a core of formal teaching with a participative approach involving short presentations drawing on the experience of the participants, panel discussions and group work. The aim is to raise key issues, share and learn from each others’ experiences and insights as well as to build networks. The Summer School will rely on a combination of scientific studies on these subjects presented by academic experts as well as practical experience and insights from professionals with long-standing work experience in these fields.

The conference centre on the island of San Servolo, which is the property of the Province of Venice, also hosts the International University of Venice and offers a unique setting for mutual learning and informal exchange with mid-level and senior colleagues from various countries in Europe.

The Summer School is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and participation counts towards ongoing professional development in all EU Member States.
Recent Summer Schools have focused on Human Resources for Health (2007), Hospital Re-engineering (2008) and Health Technology Assessment (2009).


EU integration and health systems: challenges and opportunities for patients, professionals and policy-makers

The Summer School 2010 will look at the growing influence of European integration and regulation on health systems, and the practical opportunities and challenges that this creates for patients, professionals and policy-makers. It will explore different EU policy fields to identify links with health and assess their impact on health systems. The course will distinguish between policies that ‘directly’ and ‘indirectly’ relate to health policy, e.g. patient rights, cross-border care and patient mobility; professional education and movement; pharmaceutical licensing and evaluation; procurement of goods and services. The Summer School will focus on the implications for patients, professionals and policy-makers, and will also address the EU institutional framework, the process of policy development, the linkages with national and regional levels as well as the influence exerted by stakeholder and interest groups, following the approval of the Lisbon Treaty.

The main aim is to identify key issues where the EU creates challenges for national and regional health systems; share participants’ insights (whether they are health professionals, policy makers or analysts), and build contacts and networks to help respond.