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Elizabeth Kuiper
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme
Elizabeth Kuiper is Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well- being programme at the European Policy Centre.  
Beyond her role as an Associate Director, Elizabeth heads the EPC's Social Europe and Well-being programme. Her focus is on EU health policy and further developing the concept of the economy of well-being, linking up the EPC's research on health care, social equality, sustainability and economic governance.  
Before joining the EPC, Elizabeth was Executive Director Public Affairs at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where she was leading the organisation’s advocacy and external engagement strategy and maintained a strong network of contacts with policymakers and other stakeholders. Amongst others, she led the industry’s Brexit Task Force and created the Brexit4Patients multistakeholder coalition, to ensure that patients’ interest were put first in the Brexit negotiations.   
In 2010, Elizabeth transferred to the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in Brussels. There, she represented the Netherlands’ interests on health policies, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She led negotiations on (inter alia) the Clinical Trials regulation, the Medical Devices Regulation and the Transparency Directive; and followed the European Semester process, including the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations at national level. During her tenure at the Permanent Representation, she was responsible for briefing the Coreper-I Ambassador on healthcare related files and advised and supported senior officials and government Ministers before, during, and after EU negotiations. She also represented the Netherlands at relevant public/stakeholder events. 
Early in her career, she served as a political advisor to the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Balkenende-IV cabinet. She was responsible for managing relations with Members of Parliament and offered political advice and support to the Minister of Health on issues related to healthcare and social policy. In this role, Elizabeth regularly accompanied and assisted the Minister to Brussels for EPSCO Councils, as well as to Members States holding the Council of the Presidency of the European Union for so-called informal meetings of Health Ministers. She also assisted the Minister of Health in his engagement with US policymakers in the context of ongoing discussions about the Health Care Reform legislation, eventually leading to the adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.  
Elizabeth lives in Brussels and enjoys reading political biographies and visiting contemporary art exhibitions as much as she can. She also fights fast fashion in her capacity as Brand Ambassador for a sustainable fashion brand.  


Social Europe and Well-Being


Areas of expertise

Health care, Social Europe, well-being

Current positions

Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme


Master in Modern Literature and Philosophy, Utrecht University


Dutch, English, French, German



A reaction to the Dutch elections
By Elizabeth Kuiper - 24/11/2023
Social Europe / COMMENTARY
Enhancing social policy objectives in EU policymaking
By Lieve Fransen , Elizabeth Kuiper - 15/11/2023
Health & healthcare / DISCUSSION PAPER
Ending the HIV epidemic in Europe: Moving toward the 2030 sustainable development goals
By Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 14/11/2023
Mental health / EPC FLASH ANALYSIS
Well-being first: Redefining priorities for Europe’s mental health
By Laura Rayner , Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady - 10/10/2023


Netherlands / INTERVIEW
Wilders' victory strikes fear in Brussels
Elizabeth Kuiper was interviewed by Dagens industri on the Dutch election's results and their implications for the future of the EU. 

Read the article here. (In Swedish)

Wilders' victory strikes fear in Brussels
23 November 2023 - ,
Dagens industri
Netherlands / INTERVIEW
Brussels Dutch the day after: 'I didn't think Wilders would become so big'
Elizabeth Kuiper was interviewed by Bruzz on the Dutch election's results and the threat of 'Nexit'. 

Read the article here. (In Dutch)

Brussels Dutch the day after: 'I didn't think Wilders would become so big'
23 November 2023 - ,
Netherlands / INTERVIEW
Interview with Lusa
Elizabeth Kuiper was interviewed by Lusa on the upcoming Dutch Elections and its implications for the EU. 

Read the article here. (In Portuguese)

Interview with Lusa
17 November 2023 - ,

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