Webinar “Evidence based policies that work for optimal allocation of health personnel across the European Union”

Webinar on 28 March 2022 organized by European Institute for Health and Sustainable Development (EIHSD).

Recording of the webinar on Youtube

Scope and purpose


Years 2020 – 2021 will be remembered because of COVID-19. The year 2022 is about the war in Europe. People suffering from the war, no doubt, will receive help from the EU. The unprecedented pan-European action during the pandemic showed that the hearts and souls of Europeans and the minds of our political leaders are open for cooperation The support to Ukraine (critical medical supplies, health services for vulnerable in Ukraine and refugees) is proving that European solidarity goes beyond external borders of the bloc. The support to Ukraine is a test of the commitment of the EU for saving lives as well as the direction sign on the road map for the future of Europe. Europe is at a crossroads. There is a choice to move towards the order with more solidarity and cooperation for health on the national, EU, European levels or to submerge into rivalry, nationalism, and conflict. Up to now, the EU was a project of peace based on the creation of an internal market. Social Europe and its integral part of the European Health Union serve as a beacon during the darkness of the war and has the potential to enhance the European project after the active phase of the current military conflict will be over.

Pan-European cooperation in the training, recruitment and retainment of health personnel is one of the cornerstones of EHU. Recognizing the importance of the health workforce, the European Union and the Member States should work together to address the unequal distribution of the health workforce capacities in Europe, providing support to regions that have difficulties in attracting health workers as well as promoting training and education of health professionals to common standards, coupled with measures to safeguard the rights of health workers from the rest of the world.

The overall objective of the webinar is to discuss evidence-based bilateral and pan-European policies that work against the brain drain and brain waste and help to irrigate health deserts caused by the chaotic mobility of health professionals.

The webinar is an integral part of a 3-year project “Working Together to Address Health Workforce Mobility in Europe”.

Recordings of the first 6 events are available on the internet by links provided in annex 1.

The key speaker Annette Schrauwen – Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam

Gediminas Cerniauskas – EIHSD Experts’ Coordinator, professor of Economics

Markus Schneider- Ph.D., Director of German Consulting Company BASYS

Dominique Polton – Ph.D., Former Director of Strategy, National Health Insurance Fund of France for Salaried Workers (CNAM)

Audra Mykalauskaite – Chief advisor of EU investment department at Ministry of Labour and Health of Lithuania

Aysel Rahimli – HR for Health Coordinator at WEMOS, Netherlands

The moderator Vytenis Andriukaitis, former Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014-2019)

The pool of experts with a proven record in healthcare workforce policies.

Webinar Outline, time in total: 80 min.

Time Activity Who is leading and/or speaking? What’s on-screen for event participants?
5 min Introduction and opening, Objectives, and proceedings of the webinar

Presenting speakers

Moderator Moderator
5 min Short presentation on the previous webinars EIHSD representative EIHSD representative
20 min A key presentation EU and international mobility of health care workers: a metanalysis of the legal literature A.A.M. Schrauwen Moderator and speaker



10 min Q&A Moderator, speaker, experts Moderator and speaker
15 min The first round of interventions by experts up to 2 minutes each Moderator and experts Moderator and experts
15 min  The Second round of interventions by experts up to 2 minutes each



Moderator and experts Moderator and experts
5 min Final comments of the speaker Speaker Speaker
10 min Concluding remarks of experts up to 1 min. each and the moderator up to 5 minutes Experts, Moderator Experts, Moderator