State of the Union Address 2016: Towards a better Europe – a Europe that protects, empowers and defends

State of the Union Address 2016: Towards a better Europe – a Europe that protects, empowers and defends

On wednesday, JC Juncker addressed the European Parliament in what was his second State of the Union Address #soteu. He outlined a number of new legislative initiatives, including a European solidarity fund, insisted that the EU could still be a “champion” for EU citizens. The EU, he said, had brought “huge if often invisible” benefits, not least economically and boosting employment. “However, it is not just about defending the EU but empowering those, including the young, who live in Europe.”

Mr. Juncker said nothing about health policy, focussing rather on constitutional matters (read Brexit), the refugee crisis, employment and growth. His priorities for the next twelve months are as follows, with my own possible interpretation regarding health policy:

  • a Europe that protects – (protects high levels of health?)
  • a Europe that preserves the European way of life – (universal health coverage?)
  • a Europe that empowers our citizens – (patient empowerment, personalised medicine?)
  • a Europe that defends at home and abroad
  • a Europe that takes responsibility (AMR, endocrine disruptors, alcohol policy?)

Read Mrs. Juncker’s full speech here.

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