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Health is absolutely and unequivocally a core business of the EU

What are we asking for?

We call on the European Commission to step up coordinated EU action to tackle cross-border health challenges.

Supporting Organisations

Who is on board?

Access to Medicines Ireland

Active Sobriety, Friendship and Peace

AGE Platform Europe

Alcohol Action Ireland

Alzheimer Europe

Alzheimer Nederland

Alzheimer Portugal

Angioedema Belgium

Anonymous AIDS Association

Asociación en defensa de la Sanidad Publica de Castellón (ACDESA – Castellón)

Asociatia Centrul Rromilor “Amare Rromentza”

Asociatia de Sprijin Pentru Grupuri Expuse Riscului de Excluziune Sociala (ASGERES)

Asociatia Evanghelie Zappa-Brosteni

Asociatia Partida Romilor Pro-Europa

Asociatia pentru Incluziune Sociala “Proetnica”

Asociatiei Nationale Miastenia Gravis Romania

Associaçao Portuguesa Hospitalização Privada (APHP)

Associação Protetora dos Diabéticos de Portugal (APDP)

Association Fibrose Pulmonaire Idiopathique Pierre Enjalran (APEFPI)

Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC)

Association for Inherited Metabolic Diseases “Aspida Zois”

Association for Natural Medicine in Europe (ANME)

Association Française du Syndrome Phelan-McDermid

Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM)

Association nationale de prévention en alcoologie et addictologie (ANPAA)

Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)

Associazione Italiana Chiropratici (AIC)

Azienda ULSS n.3 “Serenissima” Venezia

Belgian Association of Public Health

Bulgarian Society of Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Cancer Research UK

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Rome

Center for Education and Human Rights

Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota (CZR)

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES)

CHEM Trust

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Center for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation (STUDIORUM)

Center of Allergy & Immunology

Center of Resources fo Social Inclusion (CRIS)

Center of Resources for Community

Center Women and Modern World (WMW)

CLCV Oise France

Cyprus Federation of Patient organisations

Debra Belgium

Duchenne Parent Project


Dutch Liver Patients Association

eHealth Forum



European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)

European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP)

European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)

European Alliance of Neuromuscular Disorders Associations (EAMDA)

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

European Association for Senior Hospital Physicians (AEMH)

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP)

European Association of Primary Care Partners (EAPCP)

European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)

European CanCer Organisation (ECCO)

European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)

European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH)

European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU)

European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)

European COPD Coalition (ECC)

European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

European Critical Care Foundation (ECCF)

European Digital Peer Citizen Patients Alliance (EuDiPPA)

European Disability Forum (EDF)

European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA)

European Forum For Primary Care (EFPC)

European Federation of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI)

European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM)

European Federation of Salaried Doctors (FEMS)

European Fresh Produce Association (Freshfel Europe)

European Haemophilia Consortium (EHC)

European Health Management Association (EHMA)

European Hematology Association (EHA)

European Heart Network (EHN)

European Institute for Women’s Health (EIWH)

European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA)

European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA)

European Medical Students’ Association

European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP)

European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA)

European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health (EuroNet MRPH)

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)

European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA)

European Partnership for Improving Health, Equity & Wellbeing (EuroHealthNet)

European Patients’ Forum (EPF)

European Pharmaceutical Students´ Organisation (EPSA)

European Platform Patient Organisations Science and Industry (EPPOSI)

European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

European Public Health Centre (EPHC)

European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

EURORDIS Rare Diseases Europe

European Region of the World Confederation for Physiotherapy

European Respiratory Society (ERS)

European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)

European Society of Anaesthesiology

European Shiatsu Federation

European Specialist Nurses Organisations

European Umbrella Organisation for Psoriasis Movements (EUROPSO)

European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP)

Fertility Europe

France Assos Santé

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Friends of the Earth Europe

Fundación de Ciencias del Medicamento y productos sanitarios (FUNDAMED)

Fundación Secretariado Gitano

Fundatia Baylor Marea Neagra

GesundheitsAkademie e.V. Bielefeld

Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN Europe)

Global Health Advocates (GHA) France

Global Health Mentorships

Health Action International (HAI)

Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH)

Health Equalities Group

Health First Europe

Hellenic Cancer Federation – ELL.O.K.

HTAP Belgique

Hungarian Allergy Association

Hungarian Alliance for Tobacco Control

Hungarian Federation of People with Rare and Congenital Diseases Network (HUFERDIS – RIROSZ)

Hungarian Medical Association of the United Kingdom (HMA-UK)

Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Association (HOPA)

Hunger And Thirst Foundation

IndustriAll European Trade Union

Institute Cancer De La Loire Lucien Neuwirth

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)

International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA)

International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)

International Medical Cooperation Committee Denmark (IMCC)

International Step by Step Association (ISSA)

International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)

IOGT International


Irish Lung Fibrosis Association

Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Jagiellonian University Medical College

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Just Treatment

Lega per la Neurofibromatosi 2 Onlus

Liceu de Dones

Life Quality Improvement Organisation (FLIGHT)


Lund University

Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE)


Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM)

Malta Continence Care Association (MCCA)

Malta Dementia Society

Malta Health Network (MHN)

Médecins du monde

Mediterranean Roma Associations Federation (AKROMFED)

Mental Health Europe (MHE)

Multiple Sclerosis Society – Malta

National Association of Pensioners – Malta

National Patients’ Organisation – Malta

NIPH Kosovo

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Federation Europe (OIFE)

PSC Patients Europe

Pensionistenverband Österreichs

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

Polish Society for Health Programs (PSHP – PTPZ)

Programmes of Development of Social Support and Medical Co-Operation (PRAKSIS)

Pulmonale Hypertensie (HTAP)

Rare Disease Organisation Belgium (RaDiOrg)

Retina International

Roma Cultural Center O Del Amenca

Rroma Center “Amare Rromentza”

Romani CRISS

Romanian National Alliance for Rare Diseases

Royal College of Physicians (RCP London)

SAFE – Safe Food Advocacy Europe

SALUS Charitable Foundation

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

Slovenian Homeopathic Society

Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)

Social Platform


SOS Hépatites Fédération

Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP)

Suomen ASH

Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH)

Tallin Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF)

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)

The Cyprus Alzheimer Association

The European Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis & Related Disorders Federation (EU-IPFF)

The Salvation Army, EU Affairs Office

Transparency International – Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Programme

University of Konstanz

University of L’Aquila

University of Tampere

Usher Syndrome Coalition Forum Austria

Védegylet Egyesület

Vie & Cancer

Women’s Brain Project

W.Z.C. Domino


World Federation for Incontinence Patients (WFIP)



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The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) and a coalition of organisations have teamed up to express their concerns in a letter to European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker.

The letter ends with a request for a meeting with President Juncker, in order to explore the issues in more detail and agree a viable way forward.

Dear President Juncker, EU Health Collaboration is crucial for Europe’s future

We call for EU action on health supported by a robust EU Health Programme and the leadership of a dedicated Directorate in the European Commission. Health is absolutely and unequivocally a core business of the EU; we need more health to unlock the full potential of economic and social policies. Health protection and improvement is a great success story of the European Union.
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Health protection and improvement is a great success story of the European Union.

Why do we need EU action on health?

Unprecedented health and social challenges can only be tackled at a European level.

There has never been a stronger case, or a more vital moment for Europe to work together to protect our health. Whilst life-expectancy has improved, the years gained are often lived in relatively poorer health due to the proliferation of preventable chronic diseases, compounded by huge disparities that persist within and between member states. Average life expectancy is 12 years shorter for a man in Lithuania than in Italy.

Discrimination and inequality remains widespread when it comes to access to healthy living conditions and healthcare.

Europe is facing important health threats which must become a top priority for this Commission. We face common challenges from drug-resistant infections, spikes in chronic diseases, obesity, alcohol-related harm, infectious diseases, emerging technologies, rising prices of medicines, and inequities in access to healthcare, that can be tackled together far more effectively.

What does the EU do for your health?

Health protection and improvement is a great success story of the European Union.

Life expectancy is rising across the EU. Accession to the Union is positively correlated with health gains and longer lives. Without EU level action and support of the Health Programme, EU citizens would be more at risk from health threats.

European integration and collaboration has brought great benefits for our health and provides vital resources for our health services: free movement of health professionals, health technologies and patients. We are assured of our right to treatment in other member states, under common minimum safety and quality standards. Thanks to cross-border collaboration, highly specialised expertise will be shared across borders, thanks to the recent European Reference Networks for Highly Complex and Rare Diseases – an area not only where EU-wide strategies are effective, but also where the added value of EU action is striking.

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