Health in EU initiatives
The key role of health has been broadly recognised and is an integral element in most major EU strategic initiatives – such as its strategies for growth and jobs and sustainable development.
Coordination among policy areas
Health determinants cannot be influenced by health policy on its own - there is a need for coordinated action, joint strategies and initiatives with other health-related policy areas in order to ensure that health concerns are being addressed adequately.
Impact of EU policies and action
Most Commission initiatives must comply with official impact assessment guidelines, requiring them to (also) consider potential impacts on health or health systems when formulating new policies.
EU agencies carry out specific technical, scientific or managerial tasks. They are governed by European public law and have their own legal personality, but are separate from the EU institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission, etc.).