Tackling health threats such as avian flu and ensuring safe, efficient and equitable access to cross-border healtcare will be top priorities of the EU public health policy agenda in the years to come, predicted the Commission's public health director Andrzej Ry? in an interview with EURACTIV.
Tackling health threats such as avian flu and ensuring safe, efficient and equitable access to cross-border healtcare will be top priorities of the EU public health policy agenda in the years to come, predicted the Commission's public health director, Andrzej Ry?, in an interview with EURACTIV.
EU health ministers call for broad action to tackle lack of physical activity, smoking, unhealthy diets and other 'societal' health determinants, as individuals' capacity to control them is sometimes limited.
In addition to promoting 'Health in all Policies', the Finnish Presidency is expected to hammer out political agreements on Health programme 2007-2013, medical devices and advanced therapies.
Two EP committees agree with health and consumer stakeholders that the Commission proposal to merge health and consumer protection programmes should be rejected.
National and European level consumer organisations have opposing views on the EU's future health and consumer protection programme.
The Commission proposal for the EU Health programme 2007-2013 aligns future health action with the overall EU objectives of prosperity, solidarity and security and aims to further exploit synergies with other policies.
In their contributions to the consultation on future EU health strategy, stakeholders have called for better co-ordination between public health and other policy areas, the need for more comparable data on the impact of investments in health and further debate on healthcare.
The Public Health Commissioner has launched a reflection process on
the future of EU health policy.
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.
On 8 May 2002, the conciliation committee of the European Parliament and the Council agreed on a new EU programme on public health which will replace the existing eight programmes.
The Parliament's environment committee wants to increase the funding for the new Community action programme for public health (2001-2006). In its second reading on 20 November 2001, the EP committee went against the Council's common position and demanded an increase of the funding for this programme to 380 million euro.
Health ministers adopt common position on new Community action programme for public health and issue recommendation on alcohol