At its 1664th meeting, the Council and the Ministers for Health meeting within the Council (Brussels, 27.5.1993) adopted a Resolution on future action in the field of public health. In general, the objective of future cooperation and Community action in this field must be based on the principles of adding years to life (increasing life expectancy) and adding life to years (increasing the number of years that can be lived free of illness). The Council notes that some of the most important health-related aspects include research and the environment (among others), therefore there is a need to ensure that health-policy considerations are duly taken into account in these areas. In the context of the "Europe against AIDS" programme, the Council called upon the Commission to ensure the programme can continue during 1994, and asked that a report on the implementation of the 1991-1993 plan of action is submitted in the first half of 1994. The adoption of conclusions on the implementation and impact of the programme was postponed until the next session of the Council and Ministers for Health. With regard to the "Europe against Cancer" programme, the Council, examining the Commission's report on the evaluation of Community action in this area, considered that it is advisable to provide sufficient funds for the 1994 financial year in order to maintain activity comparable to that of previous years. A Decision was adopted raising the overall Community contribution estimated necessary for the 1990-1994 action plan from ECU 50 million to ECU 55 million.
Policy making and guidelines
5 October 1993