Legal accessibility – 2nd seminar on cross-border ambulance services

We organized the 2nd International seminar on cross-border ambulance services on 30th September 2019 within the framework of the 4th milestone of the Legal accessibility project. Professionals from Austria, Slovakia, Romania and Croatia, in addition representatives from the National Ambulance Service, the National Healthcare Services Center and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary took part in the discussion.

The seminar was opened by Dr Gábor Csató, Director General of the National Ambulance Service who highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation. Then Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General of CESCI presented the Legal accessibility initiative giving the framework of this project. After him, Enikő Hüse-Nyerges, project manager and dr Tamás Balogh, expert of CESCI introduced the past and recent activities and results of the sub-project on ambulance services. They spoke about the overall study and proposals on the Hungarian legal and administrative framework of cross-border ambulance services elaborated in 2017 and the cornerstones of a new draft state treaty to be elaborated until the end of the year.

Following the introduction of the participants, Susanne Ottendorfer and Siegfried Weinert, representatives of the Notruf NÖ presented the cooperation model between Lower Austria and the Czech Republic. They spoke about the history, the legal and administrative frames, and the practical details of the cooperation. At the end of the section the participants had the opportunity to ask questions from the speakers. The targeted topics were about the solving of practical problems, financing and institutional agreements.

After the lunch break, within the framework of the interactive session the representatives of the countries had the opportunity to share their views and ideas along the relevant topics. The conversation focused on questions about the relevant institutional scope of the potential cross-border cooperation and the territorial aspects, the communication and data protection issues, as well as the financing needs.

At the end of the seminar to promote cooperation, Gyula Ocskay pledged to develop a model framework agreement; in addition he offered CESCI’s assistance in organizing bilateral professional meetings and a study tour to Lower Austria in order to provide participants with a better understanding of the Austrian-Czech good practice.