Public Health in the EU: state-of-play and key policy challenges

A number of developments are changing the public health landscape in Europe.

These include demographic changes and the impact of the economic crisis on health budgets, particularly those related to prevention and health promotion. While EU public health policy complements national policies, it encourages cooperation across countries and facilitates coordination. Particularly, EU public health policy generates economies of scale by pooling resources to tackle common challenges, such as pandemics or the risk factors associated with chronic diseases. This report provides a snapshot and illustrative examples of issues that are currently on the EU policy agenda. It includes an overview of current challenges, and sets out how these are being addressed through the EU institutional frameworks, its legislation and policy programmes. The report is available here  on www.europarl.europa.eu