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2021/2100(INI) Cohesion policy as an instrument to reduce healthcare disparities and enhance cross-border health cooperation

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead REGI SOKOL Tomislav (icon: EPP EPP) PENKOVA Tsvetelina (icon: S&D S&D), MITUȚA Alin (icon: Renew Renew), ROPĖ Bronis (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), PANZA Alessandro (icon: ID ID), KRUK Elżbieta (icon: ECR ECR), PAPADIMOULIS Dimitrios (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2022/03/08
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
Documents
2022/03/08
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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2022/03/07
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2022/02/14
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Regional Development adopted the own-initiative report by Tomislav SOKOL (EPP, HR) on cohesion policy as an instrument to reduce healthcare disparities and enhance cross-border health cooperation.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial importance of the health sector and exposed the healthcare disparities and inequalities between the Member States and within them, in particular in border, outermost, remote and rural regions, including in regions with low population density.

Cohesion policy, through the coronavirus response investment initiative (CRII) and the coronavirus response investment initiative plus (CRII+), was the first line of defence against the COVID-19 pandemic, thus proving that this policy can contribute significantly to reducing health inequalities through supporting advances in e-health, e-medicine and other forms of digitalisation.

Reducing healthcare disparities through cohesion policy

Members pointed out that access to public services is crucial for the 150 million-strong population of internal cross-border areas and is frequently hampered by numerous legal and administrative barriers. The Commission and the Member States are called on to maximise their efforts to remove these barriers, especially when related to health services, transport, education, labour mobility and the environment.

The EU should develop a strategic and integrated approach when it comes to major diseases by bringing together diverse resources from several funds , including cohesion funds. They also believe that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to build stronger and more resilient health systems by using the instruments of the cohesion policy. They support the Commission in creating a well-functioning European Health Union to unlock the huge potential of health cooperation.

The report highlighted that many NUTS level 2 regions with GDP per capita lower than 75 % of the EU-27 average and transition regions with GDP per capita between 75 % and 90 % of the EU-27 average, rural areas and areas with low population density do not uniformly match the standards of healthcare provision in comparison with the services available in more developed parts of the EU. Members called on the Commission and the Member States to cooperate in establishing minimal standards in both the health infrastructure and health services and to use EU funds to ensure equal access to minimum quality standards in all regions, and especially for pressing problems in the border areas.

The report called for better synergies and complementarities between cohesion policy programmes to be ensured, with the aim of reducing regional disparities, in particular in Horizon Europe which should generate new knowledge, and EU4Health, making the best possible use of this new knowledge for the benefit of citizens and health systems.

Members also stressed that in order to overcome the major obstacles that exist in terms of equality of access to healthcare in rural areas, wide use should be made of advanced technologies , such as e-health, robotic surgery and 3D printing as an integral part of the ‘smart villages’ concept, with the goal of improving access to healthcare and increasing efficiency and quality.

Cross-border cooperation on health

Members encouraged the use of NextGenerationEU funds and cohesion funds to radically upgrade the digital capabilities of healthcare systems. They called on the Commission and the Member States to use the cohesion policy instruments to promote the digitalisation of medication services in European hospitals, including traceability systems, in order to reduce medication errors, improve communication between care units and simplify bureaucracy.

Furthermore, the report called for enhanced focus on patients in the projects that will be financed through Interreg programmes in the new programming period and in projects focusing specifically on vulnerable and marginalised groups as well as on the gender-related health priorities of the EU gender equality strategy 2020-2025, including SRHR.

Lastly, Members highlighted that several Interreg projects have contributed to cross-border regions’ fight against COVID-19 throughout the EU, for example through the mobility of intensive care patients and healthcare professionals, as well as the provision of medical and personal protective equipment and PCR tests across borders, and through the exchange of information, or by offering legal advice.

Documents
2022/01/25
   EP - Vote in committee
2021/10/29
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2021/09/22
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/07/08
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2021/04/22
   EP - SOKOL Tomislav (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in REGI

Documents

Votes

Politique de cohésion: réduire les disparités et renforcer la coopération transfrontière en matière de santé - Cohesion policy: reducing healthcare disparities and enhancing cross-border health cooperation - Kohäsionspolitik: Verringerung von Unterschieden bei der Gesundheitsversorgung und Verbesserung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit im Gesundheitsbereich - A9-0026/2022 - Tomislav Sokol - Proposition de résolution (ensemble du texte) #

2022/03/08 Outcome: +: 582, 0: 79, -: 35
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79
58
33
52
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29
20
20
19
17
21
21
13
11
12
13
13
19
8
8
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Netherlands The Left

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Lithuania NI

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Romania ECR

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Netherlands ECR

5

Bulgaria ECR

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Greece ECR

Abstain (1)

1
3

Lithuania ECR

1

Croatia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Latvia ECR

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AmendmentsDossier
189 2021/2100(INI)
2021/10/29 REGI 189 amendments...
source: 699.164

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  • The Committee on Regional Development adopted the own-initiative report by Tomislav SOKOL (EPP, HR) on cohesion policy as an instrument to reduce healthcare disparities and enhance cross-border health cooperation.
  • The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial importance of the health sector and exposed the healthcare disparities and inequalities between the Member States and within them, in particular in border, outermost, remote and rural regions, including in regions with low population density.
  • Cohesion policy, through the coronavirus response investment initiative (CRII) and the coronavirus response investment initiative plus (CRII+), was the first line of defence against the COVID-19 pandemic, thus proving that this policy can contribute significantly to reducing health inequalities through supporting advances in e-health, e-medicine and other forms of digitalisation.
  • Reducing healthcare disparities through cohesion policy
  • Members pointed out that access to public services is crucial for the 150 million-strong population of internal cross-border areas and is frequently hampered by numerous legal and administrative barriers. The Commission and the Member States are called on to maximise their efforts to remove these barriers, especially when related to health services, transport, education, labour mobility and the environment.
  • The EU should develop a strategic and integrated approach when it comes to major diseases by bringing together diverse resources from several funds , including cohesion funds. They also believe that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to build stronger and more resilient health systems by using the instruments of the cohesion policy. They support the Commission in creating a well-functioning European Health Union to unlock the huge potential of health cooperation.
  • The report highlighted that many NUTS level 2 regions with GDP per capita lower than 75 % of the EU-27 average and transition regions with GDP per capita between 75 % and 90 % of the EU-27 average, rural areas and areas with low population density do not uniformly match the standards of healthcare provision in comparison with the services available in more developed parts of the EU. Members called on the Commission and the Member States to cooperate in establishing minimal standards in both the health infrastructure and health services and to use EU funds to ensure equal access to minimum quality standards in all regions, and especially for pressing problems in the border areas.
  • The report called for better synergies and complementarities between cohesion policy programmes to be ensured, with the aim of reducing regional disparities, in particular in Horizon Europe which should generate new knowledge, and EU4Health, making the best possible use of this new knowledge for the benefit of citizens and health systems.
  • Members also stressed that in order to overcome the major obstacles that exist in terms of equality of access to healthcare in rural areas, wide use should be made of advanced technologies , such as e-health, robotic surgery and 3D printing as an integral part of the ‘smart villages’ concept, with the goal of improving access to healthcare and increasing efficiency and quality.
  • Cross-border cooperation on health
  • Members encouraged the use of NextGenerationEU funds and cohesion funds to radically upgrade the digital capabilities of healthcare systems. They called on the Commission and the Member States to use the cohesion policy instruments to promote the digitalisation of medication services in European hospitals, including traceability systems, in order to reduce medication errors, improve communication between care units and simplify bureaucracy.
  • Furthermore, the report called for enhanced focus on patients in the projects that will be financed through Interreg programmes in the new programming period and in projects focusing specifically on vulnerable and marginalised groups as well as on the gender-related health priorities of the EU gender equality strategy 2020-2025, including SRHR.
  • Lastly, Members highlighted that several Interreg projects have contributed to cross-border regions’ fight against COVID-19 throughout the EU, for example through the mobility of intensive care patients and healthcare professionals, as well as the provision of medical and personal protective equipment and PCR tests across borders, and through the exchange of information, or by offering legal advice.
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