EPSCO informal meeting

On 20 July an informal meeting of EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council configuration) in Tallinn, the EU ministers for health discussed the future of digital solutions in health.

At the EPSCO meeting were identified areas for closer collaboration among Member States and possible EU level actions to overcome the main challenges of data-driven digital innovation in health. This could be relevant as the EPSCO urges that digital technologies must support the overall health policy goals.

Possible areas of further cooperation include:

  • A better alignment of regulatory and data governance approaches when implementing the new EU Data Protection Regulation,
  • Extending the cross-border health data exchange
  • Building common data platforms to facilitate reuse of data for research and innovation.
  • Better prevention and treatment of diseases Digital Europe and free movement of data is one of the overall priorities of the Estonian presidency. With the spread of digital technologies, large amounts of data are produced in health sector, which could be used for advanced data analytics to support prevention and treatment of diseases and to contribute to the research and innovation.
  • To support the implementation of digital solutions, the EU funding mechanisms were found to play an important role in leveraging Member State investments in ICT solutions and eHealth.
  • Empowering patients, keeping health care systems sustainable European 21 for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis outlined the Commission's latest initiative in this area – the Communication on Digital Health and announced that a public consultation on the communication on digital health will be launched (see above)
  • Based on the discussions the Estonian Presidency plans to propose Council Conclusions to be adopted at Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) meeting in December in Brussels.


The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU member states. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings. There are four EPSCO meetings a year. Two of the meetings are generally devoted exclusively to employment and social policy topics.

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