Social Europe and Well-Being

Promoting health - should the EU have a role?

14 June 2011
Benedetta Guerzoni (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC) and Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Europeans value health as a key component of well-being. But at the same time many suffer from preventable health problems that lead to sick leaves and early retirement, and are costly for Europe. This must change. The challenges with demographic change rise in chronic diseases and increasing budget constraints mean that Europe must find new ways to promote health and manage the demand on healthcare. In this Policy Brief, Annika Ahtonen and Benedetta Guerzoni analyse the possibilities and challenges with regard to health promotion and prevention of diseases. They consider EU's current role in tackling the causes and development of illnesses, and suggest ways how it could play an even greater role in creating a healthier European society.

Promoting health - should the EU have a role?

In this programme


Programme Team

Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst

Claire Dhéret

Policy Analyst

Simona Guagliardo

Junior Policy Analyst

Mihai Palimariciuc

Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES

Hans Martens

Senior Adviser to EPC on employment and the EMU

László Andor

Senior Adviser to EPC on health, social and migration policies

Lieve Fransen

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology, City University of London

Eric Harrison