The ERNs Launch in Vilnius

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An important milestone in the history of EU cooperation in the field of healthcare has been marked in Vilnius, Lithuania, 9-10 March 2017.

The European Reference Networks Conference & ERN Kick-off meeting was held in the home country of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, organized by the European Commission Under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, and hosted by the Ministry of Health of Lithuania.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, opened the conference (through video message) and the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, followed reminding the audience that “six years after agreement on the EU Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare and following a long legal, political and organisational journey, we have come together today to formally launch 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) dealing with rare and low prevalence complex medical conditions. The ERNs will bring together 25 EU Member States plus Norway from more than 300 hospitals and almost 1000 healthcare units of expertise covering all major disease groups”.

This monumental success is the result of a true European team effort involving thousands of players – the Member States plus Norway, health professionals, researchers, patients and their organisations, assessment bodies and – at EU level – Members of the European Parliament and colleagues in the European Commission.

Our mission with the JARC partners includes complex tasks we have to deal with, including reaching a consensus across borders and different professional groups; bringing together different areas of expertise; and breaking down professional silos. We are all committed to transform this bold initiative into an outstanding success.

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