Social determinants and health inequalities

Commission Communication - Solidarity in Health: Reducing Health Inequalities in the EU

The Communication sets out actions that the European Commission will take to help address health inequalities including:

  • Collaboration with national authorities, regions and other bodies
  • assessment of the impact of EU policies on health inequalities to ensure that they help reduce them where possible.
  • regular statistics and reporting on the size of inequalities in the EU and on successful strategies to reduce them.
  • better information on EU funding to help national authorities and other bodies address the inequalities.


arrowCommunication from the Commission on Solidarity in health: Reducing health inequalities in the EU

Citizen's Summary

arrowCitizen's Summary 

Background information

arrowPress release 

arrowBackground document

arrowQuestions and answers

arrowProjects on health inequalities supported by the public health programme

arrowProjects on health inequalities supported by the 7th Research Framework programme

Impact Assessment

arrowImpact Assessment

arrowSummary of impact assessment 


arrowExtracts from the press conference by Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Health and Vladimir SPIDLA, European Commissioner for Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities

Consultation on the Communication

arrowconsultation document - EU action to reduce health inequalities

arrowReport of the consultation