A European Health Union. A blueprint for generations

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and European Institute of Health and Sustainable Development (EIHSD), based in Lithuania, launched together research on the conceptualization of a European Health Union and related policy at the European level and published the book “A European Health Union. A blueprint for generations”. Official launch of the publication and webinar was organized on October 19, 2023.

As the global health crises put the world to a halt, European citizens might question the lack of advancement of official European cooperation on health policy. Indeed, neither the overall objectives and goals of reformed European health policy, nor the actions and instruments, are yet to be agreed upon, and opinions regarding the future of the European Health Union are far from unanimous.
Edited by Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis and Gediminas Cerniauskas, this book delves into the connections with other European policies, explores the potential institutional and treaty changes, and, discerns what the most urgent steps are on the road towards an inclusive and social EHU.
With this compilation of essays from world-renowned experts, we first explore the origins and legal background of the concept of a European Health Union. Then, we recognise that there has been development and a strengthening of relations between European members, carried out by progressive decision-makers, and look into the strong backing of citizens for investment in health at a European level. Finally, as the path towards a Union will be challenging, we look into the most promising avenues of cooperation for the health and well-being of European citizens.

Authors of the book: Issam Alsamara, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Richard Bergstrom, Helmut Brand, Gediminas Cerniauskas, Thibaud Deruelle, Corinne Hinlopen, Ilona Kickbusch, Mihály Kökény, Dominique Polton, Maurizio Scarpa, Markus Schneider, Annette Schrauwen and Birutė Tumienė.

Original text: https://feps-europe.eu/publication/a-european-health-union/

Direct link to the publication: https://feps-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Book_A-European-Health-Union-2.pdf

Presentation of Vytenis Andriukaitis: presentation slides (VPA_20231019) and presentation text (VPA_20231019_Presentation).