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Healthier, safer, more confident citizens: a Health and Consumer protection Strategy, Proposal for a decision [...] establishing a Programme of Community action in the field [...]COM(2005) 115 final

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS

Abstract

EU citizens want to live healthily and safely wherever and whoever they are and to have confidence in the products and services they consume. They also want a say in the decisions that affect their health and their consumer interests. The EU, national and regional authorities, businesses and civil society must play a part to respond to these concerns, but there are common health and consumer policy challenges that only EU level action can tackle.
This Communication sets out how the EU intends to improve health and consumer confidence using the Treaty provisions1. By doing so it will help to bring Europe closer to its citizens and contribute to enhancing its competitiveness. Better health contributes to Europe�s productivity, labour force participation and sustainable growth. Bad health drives up costs and is a burden on the economy. Equally, achieving an Internal Market in goods and services that responds to consumer needs and demands will improve competitiveness.

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