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Commission proposes extension of "Europe against Aids" programme

The Commission of the European Communities has adopted a proposal to extend the Community programme "Europe against Aids" for a further year.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to grow despite huge efforts made in Europe and on a global scale. Stressing that prevention is both p...
The Commission of the European Communities has adopted a proposal to extend the Community programme "Europe against Aids" for a further year.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to grow despite huge efforts made in Europe and on a global scale. Stressing that prevention is both possible and effective, the Commission adopted the new proposal which seeks to extend until the end of 1994 the prevention, education and information actions at present carried out in the framework of the 1991-1993 "Europe against Aids" programme. To this end, an overall amount of ECU 9 million has been included in the draft budget approved by the Commission.

New measures proposed are intended to meet changes in the pattern of the epidemic and also to take account of the results of an interim evaluation of the present programme. In particular, newly proposed actions place emphasis on several issues of growing concern in the Member States:

- AIDS and drug abuse;
- HIV transmission in prisons;
- HIV transmission linked to travel and tourism;
- The increase in the numbers of women and children with the disease;
- Measures to fight discrimination against those infected.

The "Europe against Aids" programme is implemented mainly via supporting projects undertaken in the Member States in the various areas of activity identified in the programme. Projects submitted for funding are evaluated on the basis of criteria including their relevance for public health and their possible Community added value. Some 80 projects have received financial assistance in the period to 1992.

The Commission intends to draw up longer-term proposals with regard to the fight against AIDS. These will form part of the wider strategy on public health developed on the basis of the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) when this is ratified.

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