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Month  Date  Event 
October  
1-3 European Health Forum Gastein
6-9
Open Days
7 LGBT for an Inclusive Europe
  14 EUREGHA Executive Board
  29 EIP-AHA B3 Action Group Meeting
November  5
Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe

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Health is central in people's lives and needs to be supported by effective policies and actions in Member States, at European Union (EU) level and at a global level.  The area of health is essentially the responsibility of the Member States, the role of the EU, as laid down in European treaties, is to undertake measures to supplement the work of the Member States, whilst providing European added value, particularly with regard to major health threats, issues that have a cross-border or international impact and questions relating to the free movement of goods, services and people.  Accordingly, a cross-sectoral approach is required and all Community policies must therefore play a role in health protection.

The EU health strategy, set out in the Commission White Paper Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008 - 2013, focuses mainly on strengthening cooperation and coordination, supporting the exchange of evidence-based information and knowledge, and assisting with national decision-making. To this end, the EU is developing a comprehensive health information system to provide EU-wide access to reliable and up-to-date information on key health-related topics, and hence a basis for a common analysis of the factors affecting public health.

Secondly, the EU wishes to enhance the capability for responding rapidly to health threats. This is why it is strengthening the epidemiological surveillance and control of infectious diseases. Further aims are ensuring patient safety and the quality of healthcare to facilitate cross-border healthcare, as well as the mobility of health professionals and patients.

Health and consumer protection policies are particularly closely linked. The safety of products and services — including food safety and rapid food alerts — are key priorities here. There are other policy areas of particular relevance to ensuring a high level of health protection. Health and safety at work aims at ensuring protection against workplace risks, work accidents and occupational diseases. Environmental and health policies also need to work in tandem to achieve a high level of health protection. Technological developments and information society programmes include work relevant to health systems and public health. Regional investments in health are being supported through Structural funds with a view to contributing to reduce health inequalities between and within Member states and thus to foster social and economic cohesion across Europe. Several specific research projects are designed to provide scientific support to health-related challenges. The evaluation and authorisation of medicinal products is another key related topic.

The current EU health programme funds projects and actions from 2008 to 2013. The annual objectives are shared with those of the Europe 2020 Strategy : investing in health and addressing the issue of the ageing society are priorities. Criteria for funding actions under the programme are set out each year in a workplan, followed by calls for proposals for projects, operating grants, conferences and joint actions. The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) assists the Commission in implementing the programme.

On 9 November 2011, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for the 3rd multi-annual programme: Health for Growth (2014-2020). The new programme will help EU countries respond to economic and demographic challenges facing their health systems and enable citizens to stay healthy for longer.

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Creating an European regional health network.
Find out about EUREGHA - who we are, what we do, what we aim for and how to become member of our regional EU health network.

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Better health for Europe.
Find out about European policies and actions that are related to healthcare and health systems. Learn how EUREGHA contributes to EU health policies.

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Citizens' health and safety is a core EU priority.
Find out how EU health policy gives everyone the right to the same high standards of healthcare and access to quality healthcare.