Health gains status in European Union

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1282

The European Union has moved a step closer towards ensuring that the impact on public health of any of its policies is fully considered when legislation is drafted and approved.

Last week EU health ministers asked the European Commission to draw up criteria, methods, and a formal procedure to ensure that health factors are incorporated into other policy areas. The exercise is designed to ensure that health is taken into account when commission officials start the legislative drafting process and to provide appropriate information for EU governments and the European parliament when they debate and approve …

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