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Expert Groups

Introduction

As stipulated in the Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, “in order to carry out its tasks the Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) may establish expert groups, consisting of experts from interested Partners and Participants and other international experts, as appropriate. Under the guidance of the CSR, such expert groups may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership, including Work Programmes. The expert groups may facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise. As given by the CSR, within its mandate an expert group will organise its own work.” The NDPHS expert-level structures include Expert Groups (to see a graphical presentation of the organisational structure of the NDPHS, please view the organigram).Their establishment has been foreseen by the Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, which inter alia stipulates that “in order to carry out its tasks the Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) may establish expert groups, consisting of experts from interested Partners and Participants and other international experts, as appropriate. Under the guidance of the CSR, such expert groups may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership, including Work Programmes. The expert groups may facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise. As given by the CSR, within its mandate an expert group will organise its own work.”

Also, certain organisational aspects regarding the establishment, operation and dissemination of the Expert Groups are regulated by the “Rules regarding NDPHS Expert Groups.”

Expert Groups

Since late 2015, there are seven Expert Groups operating within the framework of the NDPHS:


These Expert Groups build on the formerly operating NDPHS Expert Groups and Task Groups (to access the documents and minutes of the former Expert Groups and Task Groups, click here). They have been established following the adoption of the new NDPHS Strategy 2020 and contribute to the NDPHS' activities in its capacity as the Policy Area “Health” Coordinator within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. They are meant to be result-oriented structures, which, in accordance with their Terms of Reference adopted by the Committee of Senior Representatives, focus on facilitating and implementing objectives and activities that have been assigned to them in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it.

Each Expert Group has a Lead Partner whose role is to initiate and lead the group’s activities as well as to provide financial support to prompt activities. Expert Groups are headed by Chairs, who are supported by vice-Chairs and assisted by International Technical Advisers (ITAs).

As provided for in the Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS and their own Terms of Reference, the Expert Groups determine their methods of working (for more details visit the Expert Groups’ web pages). This includes, but is not limited to the preparation of activity plans, strategy papers, development and facilitation of projects, etc., and, finally, the organisation of Expert Group meetings (held two to three times per year, on average).

Associated Expert Groups

As stipulated in the Oslo Declaration, Expert Groups and networks already existing within the Northern Dimension area may be invited by the CSR to also function as an Expert Group under the Partnership in a way that is consistent with their original mandates and the objectives of the Partnership. They may also apply for an Associated Expert Group status within the NDPHS. The procedure of association is regulated by the Rules of procedure for approval of new NDPHS Associated Expert Groups.

Currently, the Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety (BSN) and the eHealth for Regions Network function as Associated Expert Groups within the NDPHS framework (BSN is directly involved in the Expert Group on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH EG)).

Documents

Every year the Expert Groups prepare progress reports on their activities. The progress reports take stock of the achievements made, describe enabling factors, strengths, obstacles and constraints regarding each Group’s work, and also present various recommendations to the CSR and/or PAC. The progress reports of the Expert Groups are available as annexes to the NDPHS Annual Progress Reports.

The Expert Groups also produce annual work plans setting goals and outlining activities for the upcoming year. These work plans are developed following the Elements for the development of NDPHS EG/TG Annual Work Plans. Past work plans are available as annexes to the NDPHS Annual Work Plans.

Documents submitted to Expert Group meetings as well as meeting minutes can be found here (those of the formerly operating Expert Group and Task Groups can be accessed here and here, respectively). All these documents can also be accessed through the “Meetings” button on the top menu bar.

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