EU in the world

International organisations

The EU cooperates with international organisations to develop, implement, and promote its public health agenda. Specific cooperation arrangements exist with the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe and are being developed with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

World Health Organization (WHO)

EU-WHO cooperation takes place in the framework of the 2010 Moscow Declaration in the areas of:

  • health security
  • health innovation
  • health systems strengthening
  • health inequalities
  • health information
  • cooperation between EU delegations and WHO offices in non‑EU countries.

Council of Europe

EU-Council of Europe cooperation covers a wide range of activities. In the area of health, the work focusses on pharmaceuticals and blood & organ donations.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

EU-OECD cooperation occurs regularly and includes coordination of their political and research agendas. The EU is a major contributor to the OECD budget and supports mutually beneficial projects in the areas of health accounts, healthcare indicators and health economics.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (EOHSP)

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (EOHSP) supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of healthcare systems in Europe. The European Commission has been an Observatory partner since 2009.