EU: Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013

Published on: 23/10/2007
Last update: 10/12/2007
European Commission

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On 23 October 2007 the European Commission adopted a new Health Strategy, ‘Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013’. Building on current work, this Strategy aims to provide, for the first time, an overarching strategic framework spanning core issues in health as well as health in all policies and global health issues. The Strategy is intended to set clear objectives to guide future work on health at the European level, and to put in place an implementation mechanism to achieve those objectives, working in partnership with Member States.

The Strategy focuses on four principles and three strategic themes for improving health in the EU. The principles include taking a value-driven approach, recognising the links between health and economic prosperity, integrating health in all policies, and strengthening the EU's voice in global health. The strategic themes include Fostering Good Health in an Ageing Europe, Protecting Citizens from Health Threats, and Dynamic Health Systems and New Technologies.

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