iGEM at the European Health Parliament meeting
Nadine Bongaerts, iGEM '10 and After iGEM Representative, spoke at the recent European Health Parliament 3rd Edition in Brussels on 5 December 2017.
The European Health Parliament (EHP) is a platform of 55 young professionals/students from across Europe with a mix of diverse backgrounds (political studies, biomedical science, pharmacy, medicine, economics, international relations and others) and jobs (healthcare industry, students, European institutions, patient organization, civil society…). With the aim of shaping the future of healthcare in Europe, participants are working together over 6 months and they are brainstorming as a Parliament across 5 committees to develop political solutions around specific topics ranging from digital skills for the medical profession, prevention & self-care, antimicrobial resistance and others. During the project lifespan, four plenary sessions are organized to pull in expert feedback from the EU policymaking circle. The objective is to meet with key stakeholders and share ideas with EU officials, Members of the European Parliament, NGOs, media and interested public, in order to deliver policy-oriented recommendations. Once the papers are finalized and presented at the last plenary session, they are shared with policymakers and the healthcare community across the EU28. The ultimate goal is that the proposals can be implemented by the European Commission or any other national government as a possible legislative proposal.