Public health

01-02-2018

The Treaty of Lisbon has enhanced the importance of health policy, stipulating that ‘a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities’. Primary responsibility for health protection and, in particular, healthcare systems continues to lie with the Member States. However, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between Member States. The EU has successfully implemented a comprehensive policy, through the ‘Health for Growth’ health strategy and its action programme (2014-2020) and a body of secondary legislation. The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) will continue to provide funding during the 2021-2027 programming period.

The Treaty of Lisbon has enhanced the importance of health policy, stipulating that ‘a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities’. Primary responsibility for health protection and, in particular, healthcare systems continues to lie with the Member States. However, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between Member States. The EU has successfully implemented a comprehensive policy, through the ‘Health for Growth’ health strategy and its action programme (2014-2020) and a body of secondary legislation. The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) will continue to provide funding during the 2021-2027 programming period.