WHO International Healthy Cities Conference

European funds for the new programming period 2014-2020 – opportunities for healthy municipalities

The Master class organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Health and coordinated by Zoë Rapti, originated an interesting debate for Greek delegates.

Vassilis Kontozamanis, Secretary General, Ministry of Health presented the situation in the Greek health system and the role of structural funds for the necessary reform, while Wim Van Lerberghe, Senior Adviser on Health Systems and Health Reform Support Programme, WHO Europe emphasised the importance of the investment in good primary care made possible with the support of structural funds. European Commission, Task Force for Greece representative Felix Mittermayer, presented the outline of the Partnership Agreement for Programme Period 2014-2020, which was also commented by George Zervos, Hellenic Ministry of Health, who stressed out the need for utilizing cities’ social & health services, under the ministry of Health coordination. Mayor of Philothei-Psychiko, Pantelis Xyridakis emphasized the value of a holistic approach on health by local authorities, the need for modernization and innovative solutions.

Brief interventions and commentaries were made among others by the Deputy Minister of Health Katerina Papakosta; Professor Aris Sissouras; Dasy Papathanasopoulou, National Coordinator of the Hellenic Healthy Cities Network; Sotiris Papaspyropoulos, Director of the Hellenic Healthy Cities Network, and Giorgos Makrynos, Vice-President of the Hellenic Healthy Cities Network.