On 27-28 of November EPF and the VALUE+ Consortium had
organized a seminar for patients’ leaders representing
patients’ organizations from Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, the
Czech Republic and Latvia.
The seminar took place in Vilnius, Lithuania and was hosted
by the Health Policy Center of Lithuania (SPC).
Four highly successful European seminars have taken place to
date. These seminars have reached out through patients’ leaders
to the patient community throughout Europe, and particularly the
new member states to enhance knowledge on health issues at
European Union level and to build capacity on how to engage.
One of the outcomes of the evaluations was the need to hold such
seminars on a regional basis to enable a broader section of the
patients’ community to benefit. The purpose, location and
audience of the seminar in Vilnius address this need: it brings
together leading players of national patient organisations who
do not have many opportunities to attend a European seminar in
Brussels, to enhance their capacity to contribute effectively to
the policy and strategic work EPF is undertaking at EU level and
to explore and review progress within the EPF Value + project.
The purpose of the seminar:
• Build knowledge and know-how on working at European Union (EU)
level through and with EPF and influencing effectively the EU
health policy debate through initiatives at national and
• Explore initial findings from the VALUE+ project, compare
this with examples of patient involvement in national and
regional health projects, and glean feedback from grassroots
The seminar will have contributions from representatives from
the European Parliament, the European Council, the European
Commissions, the Czech Presidency, the Directorate General for
Health and Consumers and its Executive Agency, and patients’
Attached Documents and Presentations:
Plenary Session Presentations: