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Public Health (28-03-2007)

European Commission and WHO/Europe boost cooperation for health



Contracts for seven new joint projects were signed today in Brussels by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe).
The jointly funded projects will be implemented by WHO/Europe over a period of three years. They cover European health policy priorities on environment and health, injuries, equity in health, health security, health services, alcohol and emergency medical services. The overall budget of the package is €4,232,963. The European Union's Public Health Programme will cover 60% of the cost.
 The two organisations are increasing their cooperation in areas of European public health around common interests and challenges. They are also identifying potential for policy improvements through joint action. This cooperation on concrete issues also benefits national health policy-makers, because the 27 EU Member States are also members of the European Region of WHO. Partnership between these two international public health players, which is coordinated at political, technical and operational levels, means that all EU Member States' public health policies can be better supported.
 Concrete examples of policy areas addressed by the new projects, where both the European Commission and WHO/ Europe have recently adopted policy documents include: injury prevention; alcohol-related harm; and health security.
 The projects agreed today will help countries pull this work together into one coherent package. Thus, increasing international knowledge, guidance and support will be brought to countries in a more systematic and efficient way by implementing EU and WHO recommendations at national and sub-national level.
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