Improving patients’ rights in the age of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive

An European debate and webinar among Institutions, experts, civic & patient organizations

4th March 2016 - Rome (Italy)

Framework
Active Citizenship Network, European branch on the Italian NGO of Cittadinanzattiva, is participating at the European project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)” supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in nine European countries (Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Spain)  in order to increase the impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the European Union. In this context ACN will organize a conference in Rome in the first half of 2016 on the topic of “Improving EU Citizens’ Rights in the European Union”. As the topic is very broad, Active Citizenship Network will  focus on one of its expertise: strengthening and protecting patients’ rights, as it is officially recognized by the EU Commission-DG Santé in the EU Health Policy Forum as European stakeholder in the fields of public health and healthcare.

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From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)

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Active Citizenship Network is participating at the European project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)” supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in nine European countries in order to increase the impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the European Union. It is the extension of the EU Project “Joint Citizen Action for a Stronger, Citizen-Friendly Union (JoiEU)”.

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Joint Citizen Action for a Stronger, Citizen-Friendly Union (JoiEU)

The EU project coordinates citizen debate and action in 11 EU member states, one candidate and one potential candidate countries on a set of issues focused on increased and better informed citizen participation in the democratic life of the EU and aims at strengthening the citizen base of deeper European integration. The project is funded by the European Union through the Europe for Citizens Programme and is implemented by a group of civic organizations.
JoiEU comprises of a series of transnational debates mobilizing citizen participation and the use of innovative communications and advocacy strategies and tools culminating in joint policy initiatives for greater citizen participation in the decision-making process in the EU.

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Active for Young Professionals

Since 2014, Active Citizenship Network has launched both in Italy and abroad an action and awareness programme called “Active for Young Professionals”, whose main targets are university students and graduates. This led us to:

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European Charter of Active Citizenship

The Charter aims to bridge the gap existing in the Community rules about the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities of civic organisations acting in the public policies cycle. The Charter was drawn up on the basis of an analysis of 50 good practices in the relationship between citizens' organisations and institutions gathered in 10 European Union countries and of the comments, feedback and suggestions of scholars, citizens' organisations, and public institutions.

Download the European Charter of Active Citizenship (English version) – (Italian version)

Rationale of the project
The role of citizens and citizens' organizations as actors in public policy making in Europe is growing in the last 30 years.
Nevertheless, neither the Constitution nor the European legal systems of nation-states define exactly their role as participants in the political life as a fundamental right of the citizens themselves.
For this reason Active Citizenship Network together with Active Citizenship Foundation-FONDACA have decided to promote the drafting of a European Charter of Active Citizenship, which sets out the rights and duties of civic organizations that participate in the decision-making processes related to public policies.

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