Workshop on “Preparedness of health care systems in CEE to cope with current and future health emergencies such as pandemics”

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In partnership with the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, GLOBSEC will hold on 14th March a workshop focused on discussing problems of public healthcare systems of CEE countries, availability of tools to measure and evaluate readiness of the systems, what indicators and data sets-sources to use, how to find potential solutions & learn from other EU countries’ best practices in the area of public health. By inspiring an exchange of best practices, consideration of the latest EU trends and scientific evidence, the aim of the event is to provide a platform for proposals that could create added value to the EU-level initiatives.

Venue: Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU (Avenue de Cortenbergh 79, 1000 Brussels)

Date and time: 14th March 2023, 15.30-18.00


  • Welcome and ppening by Mária Malová, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU
  • Keynote Speech by Róbert Babeľa, State Secretary, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic
  • Event Moderation by Roland Freudenstein, Vice President, Head of Brussels Office, GLOBSEC Think Tank
  • Introduction of the Healthcare Readiness Index 2021 (CEE Countries) by:
    Martin Smatana, GLOBSEC Associate Health Fellow, Health Analyst
    Michal Štofko, President, Slovak Health Insurance Association;
    Kamil Kouřil, Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager (Health), GLOBSEC Think Tank

  • Expert panel discussion with:
    Róbert Babeľa, State Secretary, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic;
    Representative of European Commission – TBC;
    Yannis Natsis, Director, European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP);
    Elizabeth Kuiper, Associate Director, European Policy Centre;
    Anett Ruszanov, Director of Policy and Programmes, European Health Management Association (EHMA)

Learn more in the programme and concept note below.