30.01.11: The EU Health Policy Forum - Draft workplan 2011/2012Mission statement
The EUHPF’s mission is to contribute to and advise on the development, implementation and evaluation of EU health-related policies and actions and to empower European citizens in health for life. The EUHPF implements its mission by assembling a diverse range of pan- European health NGOs and industry associations. Through communication back to its member networks, the EUHPF enables health actors at national, regional and local level to more effectively initiate, influence, monitor and evaluate health-related policies at EU levels well as enhancing co-operation between stakeholders, sharing best practices and supporting activities of EUHPF members.
Health is one of the highest values for European citizens. There is a scope for actions at EU level aimed at protecting and improving health that complement actions at national, regional, local and individual level. Although the EU does have responsibility for delivering health care, it has important competencies in improving public health, preventing and managing illness and diseases, obviating sources of danger to human health and fostering cooperation between Member states. The EU also has extensive powers in policy sectors that have significant impact on public health, e.g. economic development, employment, agriculture, environment, internal market, taxes, budget and competition. It also has a major role in facilitating the exchange of information on best practices in the field of health. In 2007, the EU adopted a comprehensive Health Strategy for the period 2008-2013. This strategy
identifies priorities, provides for integration of health in other policy areas and creates a financial instrument for support of health activities in member states. According to this EU Health Strategy the future actions at EU level will focus on addressing health issues related to population ageing, on responding to health threats and effective use of new technologies in health care.