Principles

The EU Health Strategy is based on 4 core principles:

  • shared health values
  • health is the greatest wealth
  • health in all polices
  • strengthening the EU's voice in global health

A strategy based on shared health values

The EU statement on common values for healthpdf (2006) identifies the following values:

  • universality
  • access to good quality care
  • equity and solidarity in EU healthcare systems.

Concrete themes identified in the EU Health Strategy include:

  • empowering citizens – putting patients at the heart of the system and encouraging them to be involved in managing their own healthcare needs
  • evidence-based policy making – basing health policy on the best advice derived from sound scientific evidence and reliable data
  • reducing health inequalities between and within member countries – addressing health gaps which hold back the social and economic development of the EU.

Shared health values – action at EU level

Health is the greatest wealth

Europe's healthcare is a growing sector for the EU economy, based on its:

  • high level of innovation
  • skilled workforce
  • strong pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.

Investing in health can help reach the Europe 2020 targets for education, employment, social inclusion, research and development, and reduce the burden ill health places on the economy.

Investing in health – action at EU level

Health in all policies

Health is largely determined by factors beyond the scope of health specialists. An effective health policy requires a holistic approach and coordination across all relevant policy fields 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) , such as:

  • social and regional policy
  • taxation
  • environment
  • transport
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • energy
  • agriculture
  • education and research.

Policymakers should assess the impact of initiatives on health 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) and health systems, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of policy options.

Health in all policies – action at EU level

Strengthening the EU's voice in global health

In our interconnected world, global health issues impact on internal EU policy, and vice‑versa – so health policy requires a global approach to tackle common health challenges. The EU is working to strengthen the dialogue with non‑EU countries and international organisations and to ensure a consistent approach to promoting EU health principles, standards and legislation around the world.

Global health – action at EU level