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L’Union européenne de la santé : perspectives d’action extérieure
Neframi, Eleftheria
2021In Revue des Affaires Européennes
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Keywords :
Global Health; International Cooperation; External Action
Abstract :
[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.
Disciplines :
European & international law
Author, co-author :
Neframi, Eleftheria  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Department of Law (DL)
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Title :
L’Union européenne de la santé : perspectives d’action extérieure
Alternative titles :
[en] European Health Union: external action perspectives
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Journal title :
Revue des Affaires Européennes
Publisher :
Bruylant, Bruxelles, Belgium
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Law / European Law
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