Focus: Brussels – EU makes a difference over AIDS

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:993
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union is chary about getting involved in policy making in areas that will lay it open to accusations of meddling, and its officials are generally only too aware of where to draw the line. But this does not prevent the union from having an input into sensitive issues, where its contribution offers a mixture of ancillary bankroller, discrete disseminator of good practice and ideas, and an increasingly authoritative repository of unique pan-European data.

    The three are clearly exemplified in the European Commission's most recent report on the union's contribution to the fight against AIDS, where it plays a supportive, behind the scenes, role.

    Union funding on AIDS began in 1987–a few years after the first case was diagnosed in 1981–and by 1994-5, …

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