EUREGIO II (2008-2011)

Project title: EUREGIO II (2008-2011) - Solutions for improving health care cooperation in border regions
Project number: Grant Agreement No 20077118
Project starting date: 01.12.2008
Project end date: 30.11.2011
Project duration: 36 months


The project "Solutions for improving health care cooperation in border regions" (EUREGIO II) aims to support health and health service related cross-border activities in border regions.

The project is a successor of the project "Evaluation of cross border activities in the European Union" (EUREGIO, 2004-2007). It is complementary to the project "Health investments in Structural Funds 2000-2006: learning lessons to inform regions in the 2007-2013 period" (EUREGIO III).

All projects have received funding under the Health Programme of the European Union.


Beside the level of the nation states, the regional level is highly relevant to master the challenges of population health and health services. The INTERREG IV A programme supports activities in border regions.

Border regions are confronted with specific challenges (e.g. wage gaps, cost differentials, language barriers, etc.), but they are also practice laboratories for the ongoing European integration.

While some border regions can build their cross-border activities on a huge amount of experiences collected over decades, other regions have not so much experiences yet. Closing information gaps, identifying good practice, developing tools for the planning and realization of programmes and projects as well as capacity building and enabling mutual learning can motivate for action and support good practice exchange.

EUREGIO II will support the exchange of information and experiences on good practice. It will support the establishment of networks.


Desktop research and interviews with experts and those with responsibilities for realising cross-border activities will be used to identify opportunities and challenges for health care cooperation in border regions.

The assessment of information and support needs will be used for the development of

  • a handbook for the effective use of EU Structural Funds (especially INTERREG IVa),
  • a guideline for the utilization of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) applications in small size settings with multiple health care systems,
  • egal expertise about the exchange of data and information as well as tort rights in the provision of cross border health care services.

The deliverables will be disseminated across Europe, e.g. by the Association of European Border Regions and the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation.

The EUREGIO II working group:

  • Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Germany (Martín Guillermo Ramírez)
  • Center for Health Policies and Services, Romania (Ioana Daramus)
  • Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT), North-Ireland (Sadie Bergin)
  • Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information (DIMDI), Germany (Hans-Peter Dauben)
  • ECORYS Netherlands BV, The Netherlands (Wija Oortwijn)
  • Euregio Rhein-Waal (ERW), Germany (Thea Remers)
  • European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), Belgium (Pascal Garrel, Gloria Lombardi)
  • Gesundheitsmanagement Burger-Wieland, Austria (Renate Burger, Martin Wieland)
  • HealthClusterNet, Hungary (Jonathan Watson)
  • Kreis Heinsberg, Germany (Karl-Heinz Feldhoff, Gudrun Schössler)
  • Landesinstitut für Gesundheit und Arbeit NRW (LIGA.NRW), Germany (Alfons Hollederer, Gudula Ward)
  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands (Helmut Brand, Kai Michelsen, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Angela Brand, Tobias Schulte in den Bäumen)
  • Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria (Kancho Tchamov, Alex Zhekov)
  • Regione del Veneto, Italy (Luigi Bertinato, Daniela Negri)
  • WHO Office for Europe, Copenhagen (Shouka Pelaseyed)

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