What the Commission is doing

EU health policy focuses on prevention, equal chances of good health and quality healthcare for all, and tackling serious EU-wide health threats. A population in good health is also good for the economy, and therefore the Commission's ambition is to ensure the accessibility, effectiveness and resilience of health systems in the EU.

The EU is active in many different areas, such as pooling knowledge on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, promoting a healthy diet and exercise, and combating smoking through legislation on tobacco products and advertising.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control assesses emerging threats so the EU and national health authorities can respond rapidly.

To protect citizens and ensure they get the best treatment, all medicines in the EU must be approved at national or EU level, through the European Medicines Agency, before going on the market.

Objectives
  • protect European Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • contribute to efficient, accessible and resilient health systems
  • facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens
  • promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles