Legal basis of EU policy

In November 2008, the Commission adopted a Communication and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on rare diseases. They set out an overall EU strategy to support Member States in diagnosing, treating and caring for the 36 million EU citizens with rare diseases.


Council Recommendation:

arrowCouncil Recommendation on an action in the field of rare diseasespdfbgcsdadeelenesetfifrhuitltlvmtnlptplroskslsv

Communication from the Commission

arrowCommunication on Rare Diseases: Europe's challengespdf(54 KB) 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)

Impact Assessment

arrowExecutive Summarypdf(50 KB) 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)
arrowImpact Assessmentpdf(785 KB)

Following from the European Parliament on the Council Recommendation
arrowOpinion of the European Parliament

Following from the European Economic and Social Committee on the Council Recommendation
arrowOpinion of the European Economic and Social Committeepdf(157 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Deutsch (de) español (es) français (fr)

Press releases

arrowCommission calls for a European focus on rare diseases
arrowQuestions and Answers on the EU Approach to Tackling Rare Diseases

Citizen's summary
arrowCitizen's summarypdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Consultation regarding Community action on rare diseases