The Case for a European Health Union

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the loss of millions of lives and livelihoods, and societies are buckling under its weight. As the pandemic grips the globe, multilateral cooperation has become fraught and precarious among rising political tensions. Over the last year, we have witnessed panicked retreats into nationalist mindsets. But simultaneously, health and solidarity are having a rare moment in the political spotlight: we must use this momentum!

The initiative for a European Health Union (EHU) is calling for more, and better Europe amidst this crisis – a renewed concentration on our shared core values, and a commitment to vest into the European Union the necessary powers to sustainably secure better health for all. To learn more, watch our short video animation introducing the EHU Initiative below:


Visit the European Health Union website to sign the Manifesto, and stay tuned for upcoming events in the ‘Towards a European Health Union’ webinar series and episodes of the ‘European Health Union Now!’ podcastTo keep informed, follow the EHU Initiative on Twitter.  

We hope you are inspired to work with us towards building a European Health Union!

Written by the European Health Forum Gastein as facilitators of the European Health Union Initiative.


Published in GI-Mail 05/2021 (English edition).

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