The European Health Union: Strengthening the EU's health powers?

Anniek de Ruijter*, Eleanor Brooks

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article takes stock of the role of law in the development of the European Health Union. It reviews the limited legal basis for European Union (EU) action on health, and assesses the significance of the European Health Union given that, to date, its constituent elements have done little to strengthen EU health powers. It argues that, in the short term, the European Health Union has a political role in underpinning union-building and providing a framework for more ambitious health action. In the longer term, its significance will stem from its contribution to strengthening of the coherence and legitimacy of EU health governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-49
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2022


  • EU health
  • legal basis
  • competence
  • treaty change
  • European Health Union


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