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EU health policy: From reaction to resilience

Elizabeth Kuiper , Danielle Brady

Date: 12/02/2024
As the European Union reflects on the challenges and accomplishments of the 2019-2024 mandate dominated by crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, health policy has become strategically crucial for the EU. However, as we stand on the cusp of the 2024-2029 period, many challenges remain and the next Commission agenda, the new Parliament, and the Council’s strategic agenda must include health as a strategic priority.

Focus also needs to encompass health policy and its intersections with economic security, industrial policy, changing demographics, gender equality, digitalisation, and environmental concerns.

This Policy Brief analyses the priorities identified for action and proposes solutions to strengthen the supply of critical medicines in the EU to prevent and combat their shortages. These include; the state of the environment as a health concern, changing demographics towards an older Europe, women’s health, digitalisation, and Artificial Intelligence.

Read the full paper here.
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Aris Oikonomou / AFP / POOL

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