Before the chamber closes for Christmas, we were fortunate enough to welcome the Romanian Health Attaché, Mr Stefan Staicu to a lunchtime Task Force Briefing, in order to discuss the Health Priorities of the Romanian Presidency with him.
The event was a great opportunity for members as many of the details that were discussed have not been fully released to the public. These details outlined the presidency’s aims in the health department and which issues will be focused on. The Health Technology assessment (HTA) was discussed as it is one of the key files in the current legislation process, and many have argued that HTA has become far too political. It appears as though the Romanian presidency will look to tackle the technical issues before trying to solve the political ones that prevent the passing of the legislation.
In addition, we discussed the way in which the presidency will operate in the terms of long-term impact. This will be done by working within the ‘trio’ of upcoming presidencies. The event also saw digital health discussed, alongside the impact of the private sector in digital health and how the council plans on working with private businesses in this area.
Sebastian Emig, Food, Health and Consumer Task Force Member and European Snacks Association representative provided us with his thoughts on the event: “The Romanian presidency has the important and challenging task to set the scene for the trio. It was excellent to have Mr Stefan Staicu in the room to provide very profound and forward-looking information. This helps us and our members to prepare even better for future political challenges and opportunities. We, at the European Snacks Association, value very much the work of the British Chamber to offer these kind of events!”
Health Attaché | Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU
Stefan-Gheorge Staicu is a Health Attaché for the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU, who is in charge of health policies in human health, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has worked on EU legislative files and will chair the Working Party on Public Health of the Council in the first semester of 2019, during the RO Presidency. He has previously been a Minister for Health of Romania and has graduated from the Economics University of Bucharest (ASE), with a master degree in EU policies (SNSPA) and a master in International relations (Diplomatic Academy), and also has a PhD in economic engineering.