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Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union



The European Union is actively promoting sexual health and encouraging the development of a safe-sex culture. This objective is included in the EU Public Health Programme for 2003-2008. In this framework, the Union wants to develop health promotion strategies and define best practices for major concerns such as teenage pregnancies, family planning and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Chlamydia. The strategies shall take account of specific target groups, encourage gender equality and fully respect cultural differences. The Union is also striving to create a European partnership to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people and vulnerable groups in Europe.