How the Eurocrats affect our health

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:282

All sorts of government policies often have as big an impact on a population's health as pure health policies—as governments are slowly beginning to realise. The European Commission has taken a first step down this road to recognition by producing a comprehensive report on the health implications of all areas of European Union activity. For some the report may be too timid, but since it is the start of an annual exercise the report will surely become essential reading for those concerned with health in the union.

As well as providing insights into the direct and indirect ways that EU activity impinges on health, the 41 page report also offers useful pointers to where …

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