ESIP High-level conference on the digitalisation of social security

On 22 September, ESIP hosted the High-level Conference on "E-Social Security 2.0" under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event successfully gathered 20 speakers, 130 participants in person and more than 50 online. Members of the ESIP community, the European Commission (EC), Member States and many others from the Brussels stakeholder pool were in the audience.

The programme of the event is available here

This was a major opportunity to launch the ESIP Statement on Digitalisation summarising ESIP Members’ reflection on digital social security leading towards the conference.

The discussion in a nutshell:

The morning panels discussed digital social security at the service of mobile citizens and how to facilitate exchange of information among competent institutions. COVID-19 significantly boosted digitalisation and made it crucial to ensure a good interlinkage of social security services, building on digital solutions. The need to promote digital literacy among users and to strengthen the digital infrastructure within social security institutions was stressed. Representatives from the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament agreed with ESIP members that all EU-level digital projects on social security should be well coordinated and integrated, while mutual learning remains crucial. The importance of involving social security experts was also underlined.

The afternoon panels discussed the digital transformation of healthcare. The ESIP community reflected on the uptake of digital health solutions that bring real added value for patients. The need to maintain complementarity of physical and digital services was also addressed. The ESIP ‘cautious ambitions’ for the digital transformation of healthcare also meet the objective of the recently published WHO digital health action plan, presented during the conference. Finally, the ESIP community exchanged with the European Commission and important stakeholders on the recent proposal for a European Health Data Space.

To learn more from the discussions, rewatch the recordings on our YouTube channel.

The discussion on #DigitalSocialSecurity continues: follow our Twitter account @ESIP_EU to learn more. 

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