The European Union and Health

Good health for everybody

The Treaty of the European Union stipulates that a high-level of health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities.

Overall, EU health policies aim to:

  • prevent illnesses and diseases
  • promote healthier lifestyles
  • protect people from health threats such as pandemics.

In this context, the EU Delegation cooperates with health related international organisations based in Geneva to develop, implement, and promote the EU health agenda. In addition, considering that all EU policies are required to follow the so-called "Health in all Policies" approach, the EU Delegation has a role in contributing to ensure coherence between activities under different EU policies which take place in Geneva. These are in particular trade (to ensure more effective use of TRIPS provisions to increase the affordability and access to essential medicines), migration (availability of health professionals), security (global health threats), employment (occupational health, health at work) and research.

The EU can contribute to global health by:

  • sharing its values, experience and expertise,
  • playing a key role in the intergovernmental discussions on issues that affect health globally,
  • taking concrete steps to improve health.

Working with partners

The EU Delegation works together with the following Geneva-based health organisations:

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria

EU statements on health issues

You can find all EU statements delivered in Geneva on health issues here

Latest news on health issues

17/06/15 - Learning the lessons from Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa

11/06/15 - EU Health Award 2015 for NGOs - Making a difference in fighting Ebola

27/05/15 - Outcomes of the 68th World Health Assembly

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