The extraordinary breatdth of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014/2015 and the repercussions it had at international level has substantially changed our perception and understanding of global health security. This is why the Luxembourg Presidency and the European Commission are jointly organizing this high-level conference: to analyse the impact of the Ebola outbreak on health security.
The aim of this conference is to identify learning points arising from the Ebola epidemic which will be crucial to strengthen health security within the European Union, enhance the preparedness and response capacities of EU Member States and put us in the position to respond rapidly, flexibly and effectively to emergencies and disease outbreaks in the future.
The ministers of Health and high representatives of the Member states, the European Commission, the WHO (World Health Organisation) as well as NGO’s will meet on this occasion to discuss this issue.
An award ceremony to grant the European Health Prize - devoted this year to NGOs which have been active in fighting Ebola - will complete the opening part.
Press representatives are invited to assist at the first day of the conference (plenary meeting) and will have opportunities to interview attending personalities. For reasons of organisation, they are asked to confirm their presence by email.