Focus: Brussels: Public health: is high profile the best profile?BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.690a (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:690
- R Watson
Should the promotion of public health in the European Union be given a higher profile within the various workings of the European Commission? That is one of the questions now being asked in Brussels as the organisation prepares to undergo what could emerge as its first significant overhaul for more than a decade.
Two major pressures lie behind the current readiness to review the commission's existing departmental responsibilities. The first is that structures established in the 1980s, or earlier, are not necessarily suited to the tasks and challenges of the next decade, in particular the new areas like security and public health brought in with the Maastricht treaty. Two senior internal working parties of the commission are currently carrying out preliminary investigations into how these might be modernised.
The second pressure is more overtly political. The …