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White Paper - Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013 (presented by the Commission) COM(2007) 630 final

Funded under: FP7-HEALTH


Health is central in people's lives and needs to be supported by effective policies and actions in Member States, at EC level and at global level.
Member States have the main responsibility for health policy and provision of healthcare to European citizens. The EC's role is not to mirror or duplicate their work. However, there are areas where Member States cannot act alone effectively and where cooperative action at Community level is indispensable. These include major health threats and issues with a crossborder or international impact, such as pandemics and bioterrorism, as well as those relating to free movement of goods, services and people.
To carry out this role, cross-sectoral work is required. Article 152 of the EC Treaty says that a "high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities". This Strategy reinforces the importance of health in policies such as the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, emphasising the links between health and economic prosperity, and the Citizens' Agenda, recognising people's right to be empowered in relation to their health and healthcare. Actions in the Strategy represent work on health across all sectors. Health is found in Treaty articles on the Internal Market, Environment, Consumer Protection, Social Affairs including the Safety and Health of Workers, Development Policy, and Research, amongst many others.

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Record Number: 8734 / Last updated on: 2007-11-07