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Year 3th, number 34 - December 2015



Officially launched the MEPs Interest Group on “European Patients' Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare”
Strengthen the protection of patients’ rights in the European framework, thanks to the cooperation between civic society, patient organizations and the Members of the EU Parliament. This is one of the aims of the Interest Group “European Patients' Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare” that has been officially launched on December 2nd in Brussels at the European Parliament. Hosted by MEP David Borrelli, the co-founder of the Interest Group, the meeting was attended, among others, by MEPs Therese Comodini Cachia (Malta), Piernicola Pedicini (Italy), Elena Gentile (Italy), Marju Lauristin (Estonia). All of them agreed that patients' rights are non-negotiable and universal values that must be guaranteed to all the European citizens and have underlined their commitment for the effective implementation of the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. Indeed, is first time that in this kind of documents appears the wording “patients’ rights”.

The video of the meeting is available (in IT & EN versions) on the official website of the Interest Group: www.interestgroup.activecitizenship.net.
To download the meeting minutes, click here

More information:
Updated list of MEPs supporters


Watch the interviews to David Borrelli, Co-Chair EFDD Group & Co- Founder of the Interest Group, Antonio Gaudioso, Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva Onlus and Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network.

Watch the videos by Italian MEPs Piernicola Pedicini and Sergio Cofferati on the EU Institutions' commitment about patients’ rights.

Watch the photo gallery of the event on the official fanpage of Active Citizenship Network on Facebook

More information:
One Year after the EU Patient Mobility Directive: Analysis in Holland, Italy and Croatia
By André den Exter, Alceste Santuari and Tomislav Sokol, published on the European Law Review Issue 2, 2015

Call to action

What can you do?

1. Following the example of the Maltese organizations, all the civic & patient organizations supporting the initiative are invited to call their national MEPs to join the Interest Group on Patients’ Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare. Please, find your MEPs here and use this letter to be co-signed together with Active Citizenship Network.

2. Take part to the European webinar titled “Improving patients’ rights in the EU: the Case History of Cross Border Healthcare Directive”. The initiative is organized by Active Citizenship Network in the framework of the EU project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)” and it is supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The initiative will be held next 4th March 2016 in Rome (Italy), to participate please contact us: mail@activecitizenship.net

3. In order to draw and maintain the highest level of attention on patients' rights, the Interest Group will promote in 2016 several initiatives. From your point of view, what topics are you interested to present within the Interest Group? Please let us know writing to brussels@activecitizenship.net

4. Record a video (max 30’’) with your smartphone, in English in your language, in which you agree with the key issues that the Interest Group will address: among others, to officially recognize the European Patients’ Rights Day, to establish the European Year of Patients' Rights in 2017, to support the implementation of the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. Explain why the European Patients’ Rights Day should be instituzionalized for you. Please, the only rule is: conclude your video by saying  “Make it official!”.
Send it to mail@activecitizenship.net

Press review

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Press Release (ENIT version)


January, 27-28, Brussels (Belgium): 2nd Annual COCIR eHealth Summit 2015
Active Citizenship Network is invited to participate to the second annual eHealth Summit. The event aims to provide key EU and national policy-makers and health stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss solutions on how to overcome these challenges and to achieve tangible outcomes that will provide a platform for action. This year, the main topic of discussion is Integrated Care: how can we break the silos which hinder efficiency in healthcare? Read more


Director and Editor in chief: Mariano Votta
Editors: Daniela Quaggia, Sonia Belfiore, Bianca Ferraiolo, Claudia Rompineve
Coordination and Production: Giacomo D'Orazio 

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