State councilor with the Presidential Administration Diana Paun said on Monday that taking over the presidency of the EU Council is a great opportunity for Romania, but its tenure will not be an easy one."(...) Romania's tenure will not be easy, considering the context. On the one hand, there are the elections to the European Parliament and the implementation of the new guidelines for evolution, as well as the savings that are required; let us not forget the EU budget that includes healthcare for reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, obesity. In addition, the entire Europe has been witnessing a particularly significant demographic decline and the aging of the population; beyond the aspects involved in other areas we have to admit that all these aspects are interconnected with health indicators. I mean here life expectancy, birth rate, fertility, mortality, all areas where Romania is not faring well, plus access to services, adjusting healthcare services for the elderly, the healthcare human resources. This is the general framework, an extremely sophisticated one, and therefore the responsibility incumbent on Romania is a major one. Taking over the Presidency of the EU Council is a great opportunity for Romania, but if we are not well prepared, we can be very wrong," Paun told an event called ThinkHealth- Inflection Point - discussions on Romania's healthcare design for its presidency of the EU Council in 2019.
According to Paun, rigorous planning, coordination and synergy of all players in the healthcare system are very important.
She added that as far as healthcare is concerned, the presidency of the EU Council is involved in "two major areas": public health and pharma.