The EU workshop “Towards country-observatories for vaccination promotion: the role of civic and patient organisations” organized in Brussels by Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network on 26 June in the framework of the EU-funded project co-OPERATOR, aimed at laying the groundwork for the involvement in the project of civic and patient organisations committed to vaccination policies at European level. To this end, good practices implemented in this field by the Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Malta, Croatia, Ireland and Poland were presented.

EU workshop

Brussels, 26 June 2024 | 9:00 – 12:00



Moderator: Bianca Ferraiolo, Head of the Representative Office to the EU – Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network

9:00 – 9:20 Introduction
Mariano Votta, Responsible for EU Affairs – Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network, Italy

9:20 – 10:30 Informative session (including Q&A)
Tackling vaccination hesitancy for promoting vaccination messages to the population
Angelos Kassianos, Lecturer in Health Psychology and Director of Behavioral Science in Health - Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

The role of PAGs & NGO in the Policy Labs
Timo Clemens, Associate Professor - Department of International Health, Maastricht University, The Netherlands


10:30 – 11:45 Advocacy session (including Q&A)
Sharing good practices for vaccination promotion at national level
Marleen Struss, EPECS & euPrevent, the Netherlands
Andreas Christodoulou, Cyprus Federation of Patients’ Associations (CyFPA), Cyprus
Ioanna Liatsou, Hellenic Liver Patients Association “Prometheus’’, Greece
Stephen Mcmahon, Irish Patients Association, Ireland
Christine Baluci, Malta Health Network, Malta
Marta Kulpa, Institute for Patients' Rights and Health Education, Poland
Reneta Ilieva, Bulgarian Association for Patients' Defense (BAPD), Bulgaria
Jasna Karačić Zanetti, Croatian Association for the Promotion of patient rights, Croatia
Bianca Ferraiolo, Cittadinanzattiva-Active Citizenship Network, Italy

11:45 – 12:00 Next steps

To download the participants' list, click here

To watch the full recording of the meeting, click here

To watch the photo gallery on Active Citizenship Network’s LinkedIn page, click here

To know more about the Project, click here


eu co funded

co-OPERATOR is a Horizon EU4Health project funded by the European Union. Project Number: 101133251

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