The workshop was organized by the European Commission TAIEX Office with the kind support of the Ministry of Health of the host country and the SEE Regional Health Development Centre (RHDC) and Observatory on Health Workforce.
The participants, the SEE Health Network and the local organizers in the Republic of Moldova (Ministry of Health, and the RHDC on HRH), express to TAIEX their gratitude for its support to the multi-country workshop on “Harmonization and mutual recognition of health professionals’ qualifications in Europe”.
The active and constant participation of the Minister of Health of Moldova, Dr. ANDREI USATII in the workshop is highly commended. The workshop was attended by over 50 experts and participants from Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania and Slovenia, as well as all the South-Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) countries. The workshop highlighted the key significance of the European Commission Directive EC2005/36 examined at the Workshop in relation to the regulated professions (with special reference to medical doctors) and provided a better insight into the legal and practical aspects of its implementation in the EU Members States and the current state of play in the countries of the SEEHN.
This examination highlighted the importance of this Directive in relation to:
- further enhancing the quality of health care and safety of patients in all the countries of the SEEHN, and providing high quality health services to the populations;
- ensuring good quality and competent health care to all people traveling between and to the countries of the SEEHN;
- the appropriate management of the mobility of medical doctors into and out of the countries of the SEEHN.
The TAIEX meeting also discussed the recently initiated European Commission (DG SANCO) funded three years “Joint Action on European Workforce Planning and Forecasting” part of the Action Plan for the "EU Health Workforce – improving workforce planning” adopted by the European Commission in April 2012.
The participants considered that this initiative is closely related to the health workforce concerns of the countries of the SEEHN and recommended that a close relation be established, possibly in the form of Memorandum of Understanding between this EU initiative and the SEEHN, following the positive preliminary discussions with the leaders of this initiative – the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium.
Following the TAIEX meeting, at the 31st Plenary Meeting of the SEEHN under the Presidency of Moldova on June 20 and 21, a Decision was adopted in line with the conclusions and requests formulated at this present TAIEX meeting.
- Ms. Dora Kostadinova, Medical University, Bulgaria
- Ms. Sabina Trokic, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia
- Ms. Beatrice Nimereanu, Ministry of Health, Romania
- EurHeCA representative
- Selected Experts from EU Member States
- Panel of national experts (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Medical University, Professional associations)