The EU approach to the challenge of chronic diseases requires an integrated response focusing on risk factors across sectors and policy fields, and on prevention, combined with efforts to strengthen health systems.
National governments meeting in the Council have invited EU countries and the European Commission to:
- initiate a reflection process on chronic diseases, in order to identify ways to optimize the response to chronic diseases and the cooperation between EU countries
- lead that reflection process in close dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including patients, professionals, healthcare payers and providers
- take into account e‑health and the potential contribution of other policy areas, in particular employment, disability, education and housing.