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COVID-19: Joint letter to the European Commission 19-03-2020

 
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Statement on the current developments of the COVID-19 pandemic

On 18th March 2020, the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) signed a joint letter addressed to the European Commission on the response at EU level to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The statement was co-signed by AIM (the International Association of Health Care Mutuals and Health Care Funds), CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors) and HOPE (the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation).

ESIP, together the with co-signatories, welcome the ‘Corona Response Investment Initiative’ and offer their full support on the European Union’s efforts to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. While slowing down the spread of the virus, it is essential to ensure that healthcare professionals have access to suitable equipment and that patients receive appropriate treatment.  The discussion against vital medicine shortages in Europe remains important, in particular Europe’s dependency on single sourcing in the production and distribution chain of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

As European level representatives of the health care community, ESIP, AIM, CPME and HOPE remain at the disposal of the European Commission to provide any information and support they can in tackling this and similar health threats in the future.

Find out more in the statement.

Supporting gender equality in social security 10-03-2020

 
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EU gender equality strategy: the role of social protection systems

On 5 March, the European Commission published its Gender equality strategy for 2020 to 2025. ESIP welcomes this strategy which in some respects goes beyond the previous strategic engagement for gender equality for 2016 to 2019, with its broader approach to gender mainstreaming, to be included in all steps of EU policies. As recognised in the targeted actions proposed by the Commission on closing the gender employment, care and pension gaps, social protection systems have an important role to play to empower women, by supporting their participation in the labour market and compensating for the impact on their income of care responsibilities.

 

For a true “Health in all policies” approach 03-03-2020

 
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ESIP gives its feedback to the Roadmap on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

The European Commission recently published a roadmap outlining the main aspects of the future Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. ESIP welcomes this initiative as a way to raise the profile of health at EU level and gave its feedback to the roadmap.

Artificial intelligence & fundamental rights 19-02-2020

 
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ESIP's take on the recently published White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust

ESIP welcomes the discussion on an ethical European approach on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) launched with today’s publication of the White Paper.