On 9-10 June, the meeting of the Health, Welfare and Family Committee took place in Tallinn. The Baltic parliamentarians discussed the cooperation of the Baltic States in health care, focusing on cancer treatment, and joint projects and procurements.
President of the Baltic Assembly Jānis Vucāns highlighted that today’s meeting is the last Committee meeting of the Baltic Assembly in 2022; however, the work of the Baltic Assembly continues as the parliamentarians prepare for the Session of the Baltic Assembly to be held on 27-28 October in Riga, Latvia.
During the first session, the Baltic parliamentarians discussed the prospects of cooperation in cancer prevention and treatment. “Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in the European Union. The Baltic States have similar health outcomes in this area and regrettably are not at the EU top of providing the best care for cancer patients. For this reason, we need to understand what the Baltic States can do together to improve,” said Chair of the Committee Regīna Ločmele.
The parliamentarians of the Baltic States discussed a very promising project that could be an excellent cooperation project Advanced Particle Therapy Centre for the Baltic States. The overall idea behind the centre in the Baltic States is to provide innovative cancer treatment that is not available to patients in the Baltic region but also to provide infrastructure for new scientific research fields and possibilities.
During the meeting, parliamentarians discussed all the prospects for the cooperation of the Baltic States in health care, including further development of joint procurements of medicine, joint actions regarding work in international organisations, e-health and many other topics.
© Photos by the Parliament of Estonia (author: Erik Peinar)