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Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU: Advancing Health Priorities for a Stronger Europe

On 1 July 2023, Spain took over the presidency of the Council of the EU. For the next 6 months, the healthcare agenda of the Spanish Presidency will place a strong emphasis on improving health outcomes and addressing pressing challenges within the European Union.

With a comprehensive approach that includes the protection of vulnerable groups, enhancing preparedness and response mechanisms for health emergencies, and aligning the European health agenda with global targets, the Spanish presidency is dedicated to promoting a healthier and more resilient Europe.

The Spanish Presidency will continue to work towards the creation of a European Health Data Space (EHDS) to improve healthcare policies and research. The EHDS will regulate the use of health data, granting citizens more control. Another important initiative is the creation of a European information system to oversee centers involved in obtaining and using substances of human origin. This system will ensure compliance with quality and safety standards and keep up with scientific advancements. The Presidency will prioritize disease prevention, health promotion, and addressing issues like childhood obesity, lifelong vaccination. Additionally, the Presidency will focus on tackling prevalent health issues such as HIV and mental illness.

The Spanish Presidency is responsible for driving forward the Council’s work on EU legislation. From July 1 to December 31, it will ensure the continuity of the EU agenda, legislative processes and cooperation among member states. Find the full programme here.

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