Health Archives

  • Sport and the EU treaties

    Sports 19-10-2009

    So far, the EU's involvement in sport policy has revolved around its economic aspects but with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, Europe now has a legal base to provide a supporting role to member states in the social, educational and cultural aspects of sport.

  • eHealth


    eHealth, one of the priorities of the EU's i2010 programme to boost innovation and jobs, aims to provide user-friendly and interoperable information systems for patients and health professionals across Europe.

  • EU sport policy

    Sports 12-03-2009

    Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU is starting major preparations to successfully implement Europe's new competence on sport and develop the bloc's first sports programme, to be launched in 2012. 

  • Energy pricing: Fixed rate or free-market?

    Energy 12-02-2009

    As electricity and gas markets slowly open up to competition, EU countries with fixed pricing policies are coming under growing pressure to let market forces decide prices. But opponents point to the potentially high social consequences of the measure.

  • Aviation security

    Transport 05-09-2008

    Tighter security measures in airports and planes were adopted to fend off terrorist threats, but airlines warn they could also result in higher costs for passengers at a time when soaring fuel bills are already driving up prices.

  • Personalised healthcare


    The European Commission is promoting hi-tech solutions to prevent chronic diseases and meet the health challenges of the 21st century. 

  • Patient mobility


    Increased cross-border patient mobility has public finance implications but better co-ordination of national health policies and more co-operation at European level is expected to bring benefits both to patients and health systems. However, the directive on cross-border healthcare remains blocked at European Council level.

  • Consumer communications: A more popular EU?

    Public Affairs 17-05-2008

    Consumer policy is moving up the European Commission's agenda as the EU becomes increasingly concerned about its popularity level among citizens.

  • Sport and Intercultural Dialogue

    Sports 25-03-2008

    Already accepted as a tool for social integration, sport is also seen as a means of promoting intercultural understanding in an increasingly diverse Europe.

  • Women and Sport

    Sports 01-02-2008

    Men rule in sports, both as athletes and coaches as well as consumers of the sports entertainment industry. Encouraging women and girls - who often drop out of sport too early - to get more involved is a challenge.

  • eCommerce: A market without borders?

    Brexit 21-01-2008

    Although eCommerce in Europe doubles every three years, sales remain primarily at national level due to low consumer trust in cross-border purchases. The European Commission and the European Parliament are carrying out legislative reviews of the EU's eCommerce Directive to address shortfalls.

  • Consumer credit

    Euro & Finance 17-01-2008

    Following years of negotiations, EU member states found an agreement to amend the consumer credit directive, harmonising credit rules across the Union and allowing consumers to choose the best deal.

  • Electronic Health Records

    Digital & Media 19-12-2007

    Patients' health records saved in databases could boost the efficiency of health markets in the EU but pose major challenges regarding interoperability and safeguarding patient privacy. 

  • Sport and disability

    Sports 30-11-2007

    In spite of efforts to promote equal opportunities in Europe, many children and adults with disabilities still do not exercise their full rights to perform sport and physical activities at their desired levels.



    HIV/AIDS is still prevalent, not only in developing countries but also in Europe. The number of reported HIV cases in EU member states has doubled since 1998 and half of the new cases affect people aged 15-25. A number of EU initiatives aim to increase understanding and awareness of HIV/AIDS issues and bring relief to the third world.

  • Quality of Life


    Well-being and quality of life in a population, which are linked to factors such as standard of living, happiness, freedom and environmental health, are essential to economics and political science. Politicians are showing an increasing interest in developing a 'Gross National Happiness' index, similar to GDP.

  • Fight against obesity

    Special Report | Sports 17-10-2007

    Sedentary modern lifestyles and over-eating have raised obesity to the number one public health challenge of the 21st century, with rapidly increasing childhood obesity of particular concern to western nations. The Commission has given the food industry and advertising sector until 2010 to clean up its act.

  • Avian influenza


    The highly pathogenic avian flu strain H5N1 has ravaged poultry populations in many parts of Asia and killed over 60 people in Southeast Asia since 2003. Even before it reached in Europe in October 2005 the Commission together with the member states had joined the worldwide race against time to combat the disease that may well trigger the first pandemic of the 21 century.

  • Sports and development policy

    Sports 06-06-2007

    Sport has become a global language and is internationally recognised as a way of reducing poverty and boosting development. The Commission has joined forces with FIFA to promote football as a factor for development in the ACP countries and the White Paper on Sport announces a more general use of sport as a tool in the EU development policy.

  • Boosting sports participation in the EU

    Sports 15-04-2007

    Sport brings health benefits and plays a social and educational role. However, statistics show that an average EU citizen spends more than six hours per day seated and that close to 50% take no exercise whatsoever.

  • Advanced therapies


    Advanced therapies - gene therapy, somatic cell therapy and human tissue engineering - are new approaches of modern medicine that are expected to result in revolutionary treatments to a number of diseases and injuries.

  • Mobile phones and health

    Digital & Media 31-01-2007

    The explosion in the use of mobile phones during the past decade has been accompanied by much debate on their potential side-effects. A number of studies have been carried out in an attempt to ascertain whether using mobile phones has an adverse effect on health. While it is difficult to disprove health risks, industry points out the inconclusiveness of the majority of studies undertaken thus far.

  • Volunteer work and sport

    Sports 02-11-2006

    Most sport in the EU member states is run by volunteers. The EU sport ministers agreed, in November 2006, to set up a working group to review the status of amateur non-profit seeking sport organisations in relation to Community law, which currently makes no difference between voluntary and professional sports organisations.

  • Sport and social inclusion

    Sports 01-08-2006

    A declaration annexed to the Amsterdam Treaty emphasises "the social significance of sport, in particular its role in forging identity and bringing people together" and the EU institutions along many NGOs now emphasise the role of sports as a tool for social integration and fighting intolerance.