Extensive briefing on the public health situation in Serbia
Client: European Parliament
A briefing was requested by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, following an agreement by the Coordinators of the political groups represented in ENVI. The briefing provided Members of the European Parliament with an overview of the situation in the field of public health in Serbia in light of the accession process.
The briefing looked at the following topics:
1. a general presentation of the health situation in Serbia and the health status of the population (including main types of diseases, life expectancy, morbidity, etc.);
2. an indication of the main determinants of health (including education, employment, income and addictions);
3. an overview of the public health system in the country and its main trends, including key indicators such as health services coverage and population access, health spending and financing, health professions, etc;
4. comparison in selected areas between the situation in Serbia and that of the EU;
5. status of preparation of Serbia (based on the acquis communautaire) in the area of public health;
6. challenges for the health sector posed by the accession of Serbia to the EU;
7. main likely scenarios for the health sector in Serbia in the coming years, also taking into account the present economic crisis.
The briefing summarised the main findings and the policy options relevant for the EU in its negotiations with Serbia, in the health sector and the delegation travelled to Serbia from 28 to 30 October 2013.