European Confederation of Care Home Organisations
Newsletter - Issue 2

The European Confederation of National care home
organisations and elderly care services
Its members take care now of more than 1,5 million elderly in care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres, teleassistance and employ 1,1 million staff.



19 May 2011 - Brussels - Health Policy Forum:

Follow-up on the work of the Council Working Group on Public Health at Senior Level and activities with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, evaluation of the current health programme and mid-term health strategy.
The Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is a pilot project for the implementation of the Europe 2020 Innovation Union flagship initiative, which was adopted on October 2010. The main aim is to find, together with Member States, innovative solutions for societal challenges caused by the aging population. Different funding sources will be pooled to jointly tackle hey issues for long-term care and chronic diseases mamagement.

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28 February 2011 - The Council has approved a directive on cross-border healthcare, promoting cooperation between member states.

Member states will have 30 months to transpose the directive’s provision into national legislation. Long-term care services, provided in residential homes, fall outside the scope of the directive.

 The new directive provides clarity about the rights of patients who seek healthcare in another member state and supplements the rights that patients already have at EU level through the legislation on the coordination of social security schemes.

It meets the Council's wish to fully respect the case law of the European Court of Justice on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare while preserving member states' rights to organise their own healthcare systems.

The Austrian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian delegations voted against. More specifically, the new directive contains the following provisions:

  • as a general rule, patients will be allowed to receive healthcare in another member state and be reimbursed up to the level of costs that would have been assumed by the member state of affiliation, if this healthcare had been provided on its territory;
  • instead of reimbursing the patient, member states of affiliation may also decide to pay the healthcare provider directly;
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26 November 2010. Report of Stakeholder Consultation Conference European Innovation on "Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing"

The event was a first occasion for stakeholders to put forward their views and, most importantly, their ideas on the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (the EIP, the Partnership). It gathered more than 150 stakeholders from along the entire innovation chain, including public authorities, patients and senior citizens' organisations, healty Ageih professionals associations, industry and other organisations active in aged related issues (among which Echo – The European Confederation of Care Home Organisations) who exchanged views on the need for the Partnership, possible areas where the Partnership could have an impact, what it could achieve and how.

Mrs Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Mr John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumers, as well as Mrs Máire Geoghegan‐Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science honoured the Conference with their presence and keynote addresses.

Mrs Paola Testori Coggi, Director‐General for Health and Consumers, and Mr Robert Madelin, Director‐General for Information Society and Media, moderated the discussions during morning and afternoon sessions.

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23 Noveber 2010. EU Commission. Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The EU Health Policy Forum:
  1. Has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to discussions on the proposed Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing as presented to the Forum on 21 October 2010 and explained in a Commission’s document entitled “European Innovation Partnerships, Aims and scope of a pilot European Innovation Partnership in the field of active and healthy ageing” and would like to congratulate the European Commission for setting up this initiative. In particular, the Forum acknowledges that health is the first matter addressed within the Europe 2020 flagship initiative, trusting that this demonstrates the Commission’s commitment to enhanced health policies and strategies for the benefit of European citizens;
  2. has welcomed the importance given to involving all relevant stakeholders to contribute to the Partnership’s proposed work areas;
  3. Has recognised that behind the Innovation Union there is a commitment at the highest levels of EU and Member State Government to focus on areas of society where EU policies promote innovative research, products, technologies and solutions that could help to generate European jobs and economic growth.
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Germany needs qualified care staff.

BPA welcomed the recent Government decision to improve procedures for recognition of foreign diplomas in nursing.

The bill for the recognition of foreign qualifications has passed on March 23rd in the Government. It provides uniform and transparent criteria for assessing professional qualifications obtained abroad. The draft, welcomed by the “Federal Association of Private Social Service Providers Association (BPA)”, is considered a contribution to address the looming shortage of skilled workers in German Lands.

"I think the overall draft, proposed for a better legislative approach to improve the recognition of professional qualifications obtained abroad, works to integrate more people with these qualifications in our sector in Germany"says Bernd Meurer. The BPA-President points out that necessary immigration of new workers would be facilitated. "This draft concerns particularly care industry, which faces major demographic challenges and global competition for a better elderly health care. We need currently more than ten thousands trained professionals, so we rely on this law framework. We need these people urgently in Germany" said Meurer.

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