The EU’s public health programme, launched on 18 March, has a budget of over 312 million to improve health information and rapid reaction to health threats, as well as to address health determinants.
The three key priorities of the programme are:
- improving health information and knowledge by creating an integrated EU health information system;
- ensuring rapid reaction to health threats through reinforcing the European Network on Communicable Deseases and the EU’s rapid alert system for possible bio-terrorist attacks;
- addressing health determinants, which are factors that influence people’s health, such as lifestyles, social conditions, the environment and working conditions.
The programme also addresses a number of “cross-cutting” issues that link the three main priority objectives, such asageing and health,inequalitites and health,health impact assessment, as well ashealth in the accession countries.