The coronavirus pandemic puts massive
pressure on European health and social systems and poses enormous challenges
for the European Union. To ensure that people can still be provided with good
care tomorrow, the right decisions must be made today. Sustainable solutions
for organising care and financing the systems are required.
The European Representation of the German
Social Insurance (DSV) will address two relevant topics at an online conference
on 28 October 2020. Discussions will take place with high-ranking political
decision-makers from Brussels and Berlin, industry and the German Social
Insurance. The detailed programme can be found here.
Medicines for future generations – greater supply reliability through strategic independence?
Following a keynote speech by Tiemo Wölken,
Member of the European Parliament, Dr Doris Pfeiffer, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds
(GKV-Spitzenverband), Sylvain Giraud, Department Head of the European
Commission for Medical Devices, Dr Günther Sidl, Member of the European
Parliament and Nathalie Moll, Director General of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical
Industries and Associations, will discuss the current situation on the
pharmaceutical market, existing challenges and possible solutions in a panel
discussion. Among other things, the wish for greater safety, increased
stockpiling of key pharmaceuticals and protective equipment as well as greater
independence from production in third countries is addressed and perspectives
Self-employed persons under the pressure of the pandemic: What does social security for the next generation look like?
During the crisis, existing gaps in social
protection have also become more visible, for example among the self-employed
people and the platform workers. In order to be able to close them, the
financing of the social security systems must be secured sustainably.
Following a keynote speech by Nicolas
Schmit, the EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Björn Böhning,
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, Gundula
Roßbach, President of the German Pension Insurance Association, Dr Edlyn
Höller, Deputy Managing Director of the German Statutory Accident Insurance,
and Dennis Radtke, Member of the European Parliament, will discuss the topic
from the perspective of European and Member State policies and the German
social insurance institutions. The digitisation of the world of work and its
consequences as well as the role of European minimum social standards will be
Further details on participation
Participation in the DSV's online
conference "Securing Health and Social Systems for the Next
Generation" is open to all those interested in Europe and to take part just click here. The event is part of the associated programme of the Federal
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs within the framework of the German EU
Council Presidency 2020.