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Medical University of Varna hosted the working meeting on health workforce planning and forecasting within an international EC project

The Medical University of Varna organized a working meeting within the Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning & Forecasting in the framework of “Health” Programme of the European Commission on November 11th 2015.

The Vice Rector of Varna Medical University Prof. Todorka Kostadinova who is the leader of WP 7 "Sustainability" and the Programme Manager of the project eng. Michel Van Hoargaerden were moderators of the event. Caroline Hager from the European Commission also took part in the meeting. The Programme manager in health workforce at the WHO office for Europe Dr. Galina Perfilieva, leaders and experts from all the work packages from the different countries participating in the project as well as experts from the Ministry of Health in Spain Carlos J. Moreno Sánchez and Carolina Rodriguez Gay and Cris Scotter from the Ministry of Health in the United Kingdom were actively involved in the discussions.

There were two main emphases during this meeting – the first one was on the preparation of recommendations to the European Commission, and the second – on the structuring of a sustainability vision. The recommendations are divided into two groups – technical and political. They will be submitted to the European Commission after the completion of the project together with the idea of establishing a network of experts on health workforce planning. They are involved in the solution of specific tasks in healthcare in the various countries throughout Europe as well as policy making concerning the shortage of health specialists.

At the end of the meeting the team from the Medical University of Varna organized an evening dedicated to international culture at the venue of the event called "Health, innovation and sustainability" at which the international partners enjoyed the Bulgarian bagpipe, learned what a wild geranium is, tried the sun-shaped Bulgarian round bread with salt and pepper, learned some Bulgarian words and history. The evening was kindly hosted by "Graffit Galley" Hotel in Varna.

The concluding conference in the Joint Action project will be held in February 2016 in the Bulgarian maritime capital and will be attended by the participants from all the EU countries, including all the professional associations in the field of healthcare.