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Commission adopts new EU Health Strategy 2008-2013

Brussels, October 23. The European Commission has adopted a Health Strategy setting out the direction for Community Health action in the years to come. 'Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013'. The Strategy aims to provide an overarching strategic framework spanning core issues in health as well as health in all policies and global health issues. The Strategy aims 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.

More information on the Health Strategy can be found at: