Working together to Address Healthcare Workforce Mobility in Europe

The overall objective is to convene a series of high-level political dialogues to codify the role of all EU member states in combatting health workforce shortages resulting from mass migration of health professionals from newer member States of Central and Eastern Europe to those in Western Europe.


The capacity of health systems to deliver health services and meet the changing demands of care strongly depends on the availability of a workforce with the right skills and flexibility. Health systems that support high levels of initial education and training, as well as consistent investment in continuous professional development, are better equipped to develop innovative and integrated solutions to respond to the major challenges that the EU is facing.
The State of the Health in the EU and its companion report highlight the importance of promoting reforms aimed  at tackling critical health workforce issues such as supply, distribution and a traditional skill mix, in order to strengthen prevention, primary care and integrated service delivery.

The European Commission encourages EU-wide activities in health workforce planning and forecasting, so as to support EU countries in applying theory to practice in building national capacities.Since 2012, it has contributed to addressing the challenges and demands through the following initiatives: