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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Katainen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001399/2019

The EU Member States are guided by the principles established in Article 35 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, ‘Everyone has the right of access to preventive healthcare and the right to benefit from medical treatment under the conditions established by national laws and practices’(1), and principle 16 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, ‘Everyone has the right to timely access to affordable, preventive and curative healthcare of good quality’(2).

According to Article 168(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(3), Member States are responsible for the definition of their health policy and for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care. The Commission is therefore not in a position to act as suggested by the Honourable Member.

The Commission can contribute, through cooperation mechanisms and support of the EU Health Programme(4), to support mutual learning and capacity building in the Member States to make health systems more effective, accessible and resilient(5).


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