Reference : L’Union européenne de la santé : perspectives d’action extérieure
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Law, criminology & political science : European & international law
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L’Union européenne de la santé : perspectives d’action extérieure
[en] European Health Union: external action perspectives
Neframi, Eleftheria mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Department of Law (DL) >]
Revue des Affaires Européennes
[en] Global Health ; International Cooperation ; External Action
[en] The European Union’s role in international health issues is of particular importance
in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Union aims to strengthen global health
policy, in order to build a European Health Union and consolidate its role in the international
scene. Article 168 TFEU enables the Union to collaborate with international
organisations and partner countries and to participate in the WHO governing bodies
despite the absence of full party status. The alignment of internal policies with the
objective of protection and improvement of human health gives the Union the implied
external competence to participate in international agreements and envisage its active
role in the elaboration of an international pandemic treaty. Besides, the Union has
recourse to international trade measures in order to preserve the level of human health
protection. The global approach of its external action objectives enables the Union to
promote human health protection as a value in the conduct of its external policies and
to support partner countries in their response to health threats. The Union gradually
becomes a unified actor in global health security preparedness and response capacity.

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