Social Europe and Well-Being

Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES)

The Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) aims to promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue between health and non-health practitioners on topical health issues. CHES events and publications pay particular attention to the ethical aspects of health and issues regarding access to healthcare, affordability and patient choice.

CHES is a joint initiative by the EPC and Johnson & Johnson. Co-founded by Johnson & Johnson in 2002, it was formerly housed at the Madariaga European Foundation. Its activities are governed by a Steering Committee and managed by the EPC. CHES is independent of all stakeholders.

A series of events are organised each year within the CHES framework. In the last few years, the CHES activities have been organised around annual themes. In the past few years, the focus has been on health innovation, healthy and active ageing, the economics of health and healthcare, and in 2015-2017, on the sustainability of health systems. In 2018-2019, the overarching theme for CHES activities is ‘Empowering Citizens for Better Health’. It will look at how citizens can gain more knowledge of and control over their own health and how patients’ needs and preferences can be better integrated in the delivery of healthcare and the design of public policies.

In the context of the 2019 elections of the European Parliament, the EPC will organise interviews with Members of the European Parliament who have been active in the area of health, shed light on the role of the European Parliament in health policies and encourage citizens to vote and have a say on how health issues will be addressed at the European level. These interviews will give more prominence to health-related questions in the electoral campaign.

The CHES platform regularly hosts high-level speakers. Previous speakers have included Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety; Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission; Servaas Deroose, Deputy Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission; Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Head of the World Health Organisation European Centre on Health Policy; Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Christopher Fearne, Minister for Health of Malta; and Margaret Chan, former Director-General of the World Health Organisation.


Chair of the Steering Committee

Hans Martens, European Policy Centre

Steering Committee members

Nicola Bedlington, European Patients' Forum
Florence Berteletti, Smoke Free Partnership
Helmut Brand, Maastricht University
Francesca Colombo, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Isabel de la Mata, European Commission
Christine Marking, External Health Policy Advisor
Linda Nielsen, University of Copenhagen
John Wynn Owen, expert and former leader of the Nuffield Trust
Willy Palm, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Michael Rogers, External Health Policy Advisor
Tinne Vandensande, King Baudouin Foundation
Zeger Vercouteren, Johnson & Johnson

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Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES)