Social Europe & Well-being

Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES)

The Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) aims to promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue between health and non-health practitioners on topical health issues. CHES events and publications pay particular attention to ethical aspects of health and issues regarding access, affordability and patient choice.

CHES is a joint initiative by the EPC and Johnson & Johnson. Co-founded by Johnson & Johnson in 2002, it was formerly housed at the Madariaga European Foundation. Its activities are governed by a Steering Committee and managed by the EPC. CHES is independent of all stakeholders.

A series of dialogues are organised each year within the CHES framework. In the last few years, the CHES activities have been organised around annual themes. In 2010, the focus was on Health innovation, in 2011-2012, on Healthy and active ageing, and in 2013-2014, Economics of health and healthcare. In 2015-2017, the overall theme for CHES activities is Sustainability of health systems.

Previous speakers at CHES events have included Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety; Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission; Tonio Borg and John Dalli, former EU Health Commissioners; Neven Mimica, Former European Commissioner for Consumer Policy; Paola Testori-Coggi, Former Director-General of Health and Consumers at the European Commission as well as Robert Madelin, Former Director-General of Information Society and Media Directorate General at the European Commission. Reports summarising public CHES events can be found here.

Chair of the Steering Committee
Hans Martens, European Policy Centre

Steering Committee Members
Nicola Bedlington, European Patients' Forum
Florence Berteletti, Smoke Free Partnership
Helmut Brand, Maastricht University
Francesca Colombo, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Isabel de la Mata, European Commission
Christine Marking, External Health Policy Advisor
Linda Nielsen, University of Copenhagen
John Wynn Owen, expert and former leader of the Nuffield Trust
Willy Palm, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Nina Renshaw, European Public Health Alliance
Michael Rogers, External Health Policy Advisor
Tinne Vandensande, King Baudouin Foundation
Zeger Vercouteren, Johnson & Johnson

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Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES)