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Workshop: How should Europe prepare and respond to cross-border health threats: HERA?, 31st January – 13:00 – 16:00 (CET)

How should Europe prepare and respond to cross-border health  threats: HERA?
31 January 2022
13:00 – 16:00 CET
Registration: here

At this event, high-level European and French Government Representatives will discuss implications of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) and of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) under the seal of the French Presidency of the Council of Europe starting in January until July 2022.

As a result of a collaboration between the four French Academies of Medicine, of Veterinary Sciences, of Pharmacy and of Agriculture with the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), this workshop aims to bring insights to be further developed and strengthened during an International Symposium on “One Health” in Spring 2022, with its main messages being articulated into a joint report informing the French policy work on the matter.

In the context of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on better preparedness and response regarding health threats seems crucial. The relationship between the EU decision-making level and national involvement is another milestone to be carefully addressed. A statement summarising FEAM’s positions on the files composing the EU Health Union will be shared ahead of the workshop.


Moderator: Dr. Olivier Mariotte, Journalist

13:00 Opening and welcome
Prof. Bernard Charpentier
President of the French Academy of Medicine; former President of FEAM; Honorary Dean and Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Sud; former Head of the Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation at the Bicêtre University Hospital

13:10 A European Health Union: the strengths of FEAM and its Academies in informing its development
Prof. Stefan Constantinescu
FEAM President, President elect of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine (ARMB), Member of the Romanian Academy of Medicine; Head of the Cell Signalling Pole, de Duve Institute, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussel; Director of Research (Honorary), Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium; Member, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Brussels, Belgium

13:30 Added value of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Reponses Authority
Pierre Delsaux, Director-General of HERA, European Commission

14:00 Pandemic preparedness and response: a French perspective
Prof. Jean-Louis Touraine
Deputy of the French National Assembly and Member of the French Commission of Social Affairs

14:20 The role of the European Parliament in pandemic preparedness and response
MEP Véronique Trillet-Lenoir

14:40 The enhanced role of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control 

15:00 Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Oliver Mariotte

– Prof. Jean-Louis Touraine (Deputy, French National Assembly)
– Dr. Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (Member of the European Parliament)
– Prof. Stefan Constantinescu (Belgian and Romanian Academies of Medicine)
– Prof. Didier Houssin (Member of the French Academy of Medicine; former French Director General for Health; President of the COVID-19 Emergency Committee of WHO)
– Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
– Dr. Bruno Bonnemain (Vice-President of the French Academy of Pharmacy and President of the Academy’s Committee on Shortages of Medicines)
– Prof. Stephan Zientara (Member of the French Academies of Veterinary Sciences and of Medicine; Director UMR Virology at Alfort National Veterinary School)
– Prof. Arlette Laval (Honorary Member of the French Academy of Agriculture; Veterinary Doctor, Associate Professor of Medicine of livestock)
– Prof. Emília Monteiro (Treasurer of the Portuguese Academy of Medical Sciences; Professor of Pharmacology, CEDOC-Chronic Diseases Research Centre, NOVA Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
– Prof. Michal Andel (President of the Czech Medical Academy; Head of Center for Research of Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague)
– Dr. Catherine Guinard (Head of EU Affairs, Wellcome Trust)

15:45 Key conclusions and next steps
Prof. George Griffin
Chair of the FEAM One Health Committee; Immediate Past President of FEAM; Member of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences; Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases at St. George’s University of London
Prof. Stefan Constantinescu
FEAM President

15:55 Closing remarks
Prof. Bernard Charpentier
President of the French Academy of Medicine

16:00 Meeting closed

Practical matters

The three-hour workshop will be organized in a hybrid form: a panel at the French Academy of Medicine (16 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France) and virtually via Zoom. While registering, please select how you want to follow the event. A simultaneous translation in French and English will be organized.

Join this discussion and register for the event, here.

If you have any queries please contact Rúben Castro: ruben.castro@feam.eu

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