Health in EU initiatives

Many policies and actions have an impact on health and health systems across Europe. Broad policy approaches are therefore needed, to ensure that health is an integral part of all relevant policy areas, including environment, social and economic policies.

EU Health Strategy 2008-13

'Health in all policies' is one of the key principles of EU Health Strategy Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) . The intention is for health concerns to be an integral part of all policies at EU, national and regional level, including the use of impact assessments and evaluation tools.

Renewed social agenda

The renewed social agenda is a broad initiative which recognises health as a key issue for the well-being of EU citizens in the 21st century. It also stresses the importance of a coordinated approach of all relevant policy areas to the goal of longer and healthier lives.

"Health is wealth" – health and economic policy

  • The EU's economy strategy recognises the challenge of health in ageing societies for European welfare systems and for sustainable growth in the EU.
  • The Sustainable Development Strategypdf stresses the importance of health for sustainable development in Europe. Health promotion, the reduction of health inequalities and protection against health threats are its main objectives.

Cohesion policy

Health Programme and EU agencies