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What is Europe doing?

On the research front

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Most babies born in Europe today can expect to live to celebrate their 80th birthday. Our standards of research, medicine and health-care rank amongst the best in the world. Not only do talented scientists from each member state continually push back the frontiers of medical knowledge and treatment, but through its biomedical and health programmes, Europe as a whole also puts a great deal of money into collaborative projects - ECU 360 million between 1994 and 1998. This is the 'icing on the cake' which enables individual countries to get the most from their efforts, by helping them to share information, expertise and facilities.
Scientists at the cutting edge of new treatments are sharing centralised European facilities and resources, and hospital networks throughout all the member states have been established to ensure consistently good standards of medical practice. The European Union has encouraged and assisted this important work through some 600 collaborative projects and concerted actions, contributing up to half the financial cost of the total research effort. It supports European medical researchers, physicians and practitioners to create a cost-effective environment in which medicine can be practised in the best interest of that very important end user - the patient. This support for European multidisciplinary and cooperative research will continue in a number of "key actions" related to health under the European Union's new 5-year framework programme on research launched in 1999.

 

 
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