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Meeting of AEBR Task Force Cross-Border Health

After quite some time without a formal meeting, AEBR Task Force Cross-Border Health was reactivated through an online event on Wednesday, 3 February, at 10:00 CET, where more than thirty participants started a first analysis of the situation of healthcare in border regions in times of pandemic.

We also presented the recent contract with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Santé) to provide an overview of cross-border patient mobility and the reimbursement system used for planned healthcare treatment in a number of border regions, so to complement the data on cross-border healthcare collected for the purposes of the CB Health Directive (2011/24/EU) and the Social Security Regulations (883/2004 and 987/2009).


10:00 Introduction and welcome by AEBR Secretary-General and Dr Jacques Scheres (AEBR TF CB Health)

10:05 Round of presentations by the participants, introducing their organisations and briefly explaining how COVID-19 has affected their territories/organisations. Various AEBR members and partners  made brief presentations:

  • Valentina Polylas, Director, EUREGHA Secretariat
  • Julia Winkler, Health Across (AT)
  • Henri Lewalle, Health Working Group, Economic and Social Committee of the Greater Region (BE/DE/FR/LU)
  • Fred Reinders, European Patients Empowerment for Customized Solutions (EPECS)
  • Frédéric Siebenhaar and Niels Herbst, EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA (DE/FR)
  • Agnés Chapelle, Health Working Group, Greater Region (BE/DE/FR/LU)
  • Luisa Poclen (Regione Friuli-Venezia-Giulia)
  • Thea Remers and Sina Hoch (Euregio Rhine-Waal)
  • Rudolf Godesar (Euregio Meuse-Rhine)

Exchange of views about the different expectations on the work of the Task Force in the coming months.

11:00 Break

11:10 Presentation of the project Cross-border patient mobility in selected EU regions

  • Brief introduction: AEBR Secretary-General, project director
  • Presentation of the initiative by Caroline Hager, Team Leader  for Cross-Border Healthcare at the unit B2: Cross-border healthcare and  tobacco control, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Presentation of AEBR’s role by Caitriona Mullan, AEBR external expert and project manager
  • The importance of data, by Petra WilsonHealth Connect Partners, AEBR external expert

12:00 Exchange with the participants

12:30 Closing

Main presentations are linked in the programme above, and additional presentations by our partners are linked below.

For any comment, question or remark, you can contact, or directly AEBR Secretary-General (, who coordinates this Task Force.

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