EU Strategy for Global Health
EU is claiming leadership in global health policies
SW – 04/2023
Members of Parliament (MEPs) discussed the new 2022 - 2030 Global
Health Strategy on 19 April. The EU adopted the strategy back in November 2022.
Commission’s notice is the result of the joint initiative of the
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE) and the Directorate-General
for International Partnerships (INTPA) and it replaces the 2010 Global Health
Strategy. The work on the new EU Global Health Strategy shows that health
policy, lately it included the COVID-19 pandemic as well, is not only being
tackled at European level, but also globally. The EU is claiming leadership in
Debate in the European Parliament
During the European Parliament session held
in Strasbourg, the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs, Jessika Roswall, first
highlighted the priority that will be given to global health by the Swedish
Presidency. Comprehensive coordinating of the relevant EU financial instruments
will be needed in order to successfully create the synergies.
The EU Commissioner for Health, Stella
Kyriakides, identified global health as an essential pillar of the EU's
external policy, which illustrates the external dimension of the European
Health Union and is a key component in the EU's “Global
Gateway“ strategy for a more crisis-proof Europe.
She cited three priorities for the new
"Global Health" strategy, which are all closely linked:
- combating the causes of health
hazards, which could be economic, environmental or social in nature
- strengthening global health
- strengthening health systems as
well as progressive and universal social protection
The European Commission wants to create a new global health
order and it advocates a multilateral system in which the WHO will be the core.
The EU will have formal observer status in the WHO.
How is global health funded?
The Commissioner is promoting the use of
innovative financial instruments and new funding opportunities in the European
Parliament to advance the European approach. The EU’s health strategy will have
appropriate budgetary mechanisms, such as EU4Health or Horizon
She is hoping for strong Council
conclusions, expected in a fortnight, to support the ambitious objectives.
"Only with a joint vote from the Commission, the Council, the parliament
and the member states will we be able to make a difference both locally and
internationally" said Kyriakides.