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Elizabeth Kuiper
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme
Elizabeth Kuiper is Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well- being programme at the European Policy Centre.  
Beyond her role as an Associate Director, Elizabeth heads the EPC's Social Europe and Well-being programme. Her focus is on EU health policy and further developing the concept of the economy of well-being, linking up the EPC's research on health care, social equality, sustainability and economic governance.  
Before joining the EPC, Elizabeth was Executive Director Public Affairs at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where she was leading the organisation’s advocacy and external engagement strategy and maintained a strong network of contacts with policymakers and other stakeholders. Amongst others, she led the industry’s Brexit Task Force and created the Brexit4Patients multistakeholder coalition, to ensure that patients’ interest were put first in the Brexit negotiations.   
In 2010, Elizabeth transferred to the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in Brussels. There, she represented the Netherlands’ interests on health policies, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She led negotiations on (inter alia) the Clinical Trials regulation, the Medical Devices Regulation and the Transparency Directive; and followed the European Semester process, including the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations at national level. During her tenure at the Permanent Representation, she was responsible for briefing the Coreper-I Ambassador on healthcare related files and advised and supported senior officials and government Ministers before, during, and after EU negotiations. She also represented the Netherlands at relevant public/stakeholder events. 
Early in her career, she served as a political advisor to the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Balkenende-IV cabinet. She was responsible for managing relations with Members of Parliament and offered political advice and support to the Minister of Health on issues related to healthcare and social policy. In this role, Elizabeth regularly accompanied and assisted the Minister to Brussels for EPSCO Councils, as well as to Members States holding the Council of the Presidency of the European Union for so-called informal meetings of Health Ministers. She also assisted the Minister of Health in his engagement with US policymakers in the context of ongoing discussions about the Health Care Reform legislation, eventually leading to the adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.  
Elizabeth lives in Brussels and enjoys reading political biographies and visiting contemporary art exhibitions as much as she can. She also fights fast fashion in her capacity as Brand Ambassador for a sustainable fashion brand.  


Social Europe and Well-Being


Areas of expertise

Health care, Social Europe, well-being

Current positions

Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme


Master in Modern Literature and Philosophy, Utrecht University


Dutch, English, French, German



Health & healthcare / DISCUSSION PAPER
Is the European Health Union ready for the challenges of the 21st century?
By Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 12/09/2023
Going Erasmus on green cities
By Elizabeth Kuiper , Gianluca Spinaci - 05/09/2023
Well-being / COMMENTARY
Wanted: An Executive Vice President for the Well-being Economy
By Aileen McLeod , Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 25/04/2023
Inequality / COMMENTARY
Gender equality: No time to rest
By Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady , Victoria Pedjasaar - 08/03/2023
What now for the future of Ukraine’s healthcare system?
By Elizabeth Kuiper - 20/02/2023


Putting Health on the Agenda: Practitioner Perspectives from Elizabeth Kuiper
Elizabeth Kuiper participated in EUHealthGov's third Practitioner Perspective to discuss the evolving place of health on policy agendas. 

Watch the recording here
Read the summary here.

Putting Health on the Agenda: Practitioner Perspectives from Elizabeth Kuiper
19 July 2023 - ,
Experter om det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet: ”En framgång”
Elizabeth Kuiper was asked by Altinget to provide an evaluation of the Swedish Council Presidency, its priorities and achievements. 

Read the article here. (In Swedish)

Experter om det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet: ”En framgång”
30 June 2023 - ,
Interview with Sveriges Radio
Elizabeth Kuiper was interviewed by Sveriges Radio on the Swedish Presidency of the European Council. The interview provided an evaluation on the Presidency's achievements and priorities. 

Listen to the report here. (In Sweden)

Interview with Sveriges Radio
26 June 2023 - ,
Sveriges Radio

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