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Current approaches to the European Health Policy

Vasile Puscas () and Anda Curta ()
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Vasile Puscas: Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Anda Curta: Institute for Public Health Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2010, vol. 1(1), pages 63-86

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to identify the key elements that define the new European health policy. We observed that the health policy actually appeared to be an enclave within the integration process. The development of health policy in the new Member States followed a common pattern. Therefore, the European health policy reflected a general desire on behalf of the members to have more clarity of the rules in this area, given the different interpretation of the rules by different Member States. The Lisbon Treaty does not bring substantive changes regarding the public health policy, therefore the Member States shall keep their competence in defining the organization and financing this domain. However, the EU2020 Strategy states that “Europe faces a moment of transformation”. Therefore, the “Europeanization” of health policy could lead to the positive developments that all EU citizens are expecting.

Keywords: European public goods; Health Policy; Europeanization; new member states; integration; enlargement; sustainable development; European social policy; cross-border cooperation; free movement of services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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