EU faces tough decisions after budget cutsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7546.874-b (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:874
- Rory Watson
The European Union is facing some tough financial and policy options on its public health policy. After lengthy negotiations, EU governments and the European parliament finally decided on 5 April to allocate some €780m (£542m; $945m) to cover the union's entire public health and consumer protection policies between 2007 and the end of 2013.
This is well below the €1.2bn which the European Commission had originally sought for both policies, and is considerably less than the €969m that it wanted to allocate to health alone.
The institution will have to assess the different projects …